Canada's Budget Surplus as the Holy Grail

Sep 23, 2015

Never in Canadian history has such an abstruse issue of public finance so dominated the election campaign.  Even before the government announced a $1.9-billion surplus for 2014-2015, each party was using the issue as a powerful symb...

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Clean Drinking Water a Concern in Kelowna

Sep 15, 2015

Kelowna City Council outlined priorities yesterday that will guide city operations through to 2018 and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to see clean drinking water on the top of the priority list. Our residents and businesses ...

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Business Excellence Award Finalists Announced!

Sep 11, 2015

Thirty-five finalists will be honoured at the 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards on October 21st at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort where eleven category recipients will be announced, along with the Business Leader of the Year recipient. ...

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Federal Candidate Business-Focused Q & A

Aug 31, 2015

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is keenly interested in all levels of government and the business environments that encourage economic development. In this light, we are hosting a Federal Candidates Forum on September 25th, 7:30am at the Manteo Resor...

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How to Find Time for Social Media

Aug 26, 2015

Small business owners, especially those businesses with under 10 employees, find it extremely difficult to justify the time on social media because it doesn’t lead to predictable, measurable cost savings or revenue. Social media and cont...

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Why We Need the TPP (“Trans-Pacific Partnership” or “Trade Is a Pain for Politicians”)

Aug 19, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great to join a free trade agreement with 12 countries in the world’s fastest growing region— one that covers 40% of the world’s GDP and one-third of global trade? The Peterson Institute for Internationa...

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August Update @ The Chamber

Aug 13, 2015

Here at the Chamber, we are gearing up for a VERY busy September. In partnership with our Ambassadors, we are hosting our very first Wedding Expo & Fashion Show. Those in the industry, or soon-to-be married, should not miss this! ...

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Mark this Date on your Calendar as a Landmark for Canadian Businesses

Aug 5, 2015

When Canadians go to the polls on Monday October 19, some results from this summer’s two major economic earthquakes will be known to us. Or at least, more clear. Greece: Is it still in the Euro community after the July emergency meetings? ...

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Export Revolution: When Zero Is Actually Pretty Good

Jul 31, 2015

Economic weakness abounds! The country is in recession and exports are “stalled” according to the Bank of Canada. But if you dig into the numbers, something bigger is happening. The first five months of export data show a huge 31%...

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The Return of Crisis: What it means for Canada's Economy

Jul 23, 2015

Dark storms are gathering over the global economy. Greece is once again at the precipice, insolvent and in need of another €85 billion to stave off collapse and recapitalize its shattered banks. At the same time, China’s stock market i...

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Canada - Even better than Crest Toothpaste

Jul 8, 2015

This week, we're going to channel Hendrik Brakel’s research on the Canadian “tourism economy” in the first quarter of 2015. Brakel, The Canadian Chamber’s Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy, has turned h...

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The Top 3 Issues in the Federal Election: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Jun 30, 2015

Jobs are always a top issue in a federal election, but with this shaky economy, it’s fast becoming the number one priority. Opposition parties have made much of the recent bad news: in the first quarter, Canada’s GDP shrank by 0.6%, e...

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Commodity Wildcard: What is happening in China?

Jun 22, 2015

When someone asks where commodity prices are headed, they’re really asking: what’s the outlook for China? Last year, China consumed more coal than the rest of the world combined and imported 70% of the world’s seaborne iron...

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Breaking Barriers to Employing in Multiple Provinces

Jun 16, 2015

Many businesses in British Columbia's resource sector must grapple with differences between the employment standards legislation of British Columbia and Alberta. This places an undue burden on many small businesses, and may result in a competitiv...

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Advocacy Update

Jun 8, 2015

Recently, our CEO, Caroline Grover and myself travelled to Prince George for the BC Chamber AGM. We brought forward five resolutions from our membership and received support from our colleagues across the Province. The theme this year for four...

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Right Place, Right Time

Jun 2, 2015

As spring races into summer, Kelowna’s economic numbers continue to reflect a sturdiness that makes us all feel optimistic. Our Chamber members are cautiously confident – not all businesses are enjoying growth, but optimism and ...

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Access to Technology & Innovation a Key Economic Issue ahead of the Federal Election

May 26, 2015

We've added our voice to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's, who released its electoral platform this morning in Ottawa. This document outlines a list of recommendations the Canadian business community has for the federal political parties as...

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New awards a reflection of #trending business models

May 20, 2015

Kelowna is home to world-renowned, nationally recognized, and otherwise excellent businesses. With each year that passes, more and more developers, entrepreneurs, corporations and the commerce-savvy are recognizing the economic viability ...

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Back in Black: What's so great about a surplus anyway?

May 13, 2015

  With the tabling of the federal budget, the curtain falls on the best spectacle we’ve seen for a while–the government’s fight to rescue its carefully orchestrated plan to balance the budget in time for the election. This...

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Days of May

May 7, 2015

May is upon us- signifying flowers, a day for "mom" and the end of tax season (insert sigh of relief here).   This month also holds meaning for some associations. All week, Mental Health awareness has been campaigned across t...

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