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Oct 21, 2014

Kelowna Chamber Celebrates Small Business Week


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10/21/2014 Media Releases
Kelowna Chamber Celebrates Small Business Week


Kelowna, October 21, 2014 – As B.C. marks Small Business Week (Oct. 20 – 24), the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the vital role small businesses play in Kelowna.

The Kelowna Chamber will be hosting their annual Business Excellence Awards banquet tonight at the Coast Capri Hotel in conjunction with platinum sponsors Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. 25 finalists will be recognized at the special event and 10 businesses will be receiving awards.

“Small businesses make up a major part of Kelowna’s business community and play a critical role in driving our local economy and creating jobs,” said Caroline Grover, CEO of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

“Small Business Week is a great opportunity for our community to celebrate these hard-working businesses that bring great ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to our Kelowna.”

As a member of the BC Chamber of Commerce, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is part of active advocacy to support small businesses, including:
• The creation of and implementation of B.C.’s Small Business Accord;
• The removal of thousands of B.C. businesses from recycling costs and red tape under Multi Material BC’s packaging and printed paper program; and
• Continued advocacy for lower municipal business taxes.

The Chamber encourages Kelowna residents to demonstrate their support for small businesses this week by making an extra effort to shop local.

“Celebrate local small businesses this week by purchasing goods from local shops, eating out at a local restaurant or café, or going to get your hair styled,” said Grover.

Side note: Vehicles can park without paying on-street parking fees on Saturday, in support of Small Shop Saturday, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers. All other parking restrictions (designated accessible permit stalls, yellow curbs, loading zones) remain in effect.

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For further details, please contact:

Caroline Grover
Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
D: 250.469.7356
C: 250.470.3407
E: caroline@kelownachamber.org