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October 15, 2015
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Upcoming Events

Oct 22        Mentor Masterclass
Oct 24          Fall Gala and Auction
Oct 27         October Member Lunch

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I'd like to take a moment to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors. During the summer Frances Riley of The Argosy joined us bringing with her a valuable and unique perspective in our discussions. This month Rob Gruber of Good Times Games and Electronics also joined us. Both Frances and Rob are phenomenal resources in our Community, both as Small Business owners and as local leaders and bring a wealth of experience and important perspective as retailers in our region. This month, as many of you know, is Small Business Month one of our most important celebrations as a Chamber of Commerce. We wouldn't exist without our Small Business Members and the work they do, the people they employ and services they provide are the backbone and lifeblood of every community. 

Thank you to all the Small Businesses that make Prince Rupert, Port Edward and all the surrounding communities the amazing places they are! 

Is there information you would like to see or something you would like to learn about? Please drop me an email

Rosa Miller
Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce 

Last Chance for Early Bird Ticket Pricing!

Thank you to our Sponsors

Auction Items Generously Donated by:

Ridley Terminals Inc
Canadian Fishing Co
Slate Upper Mainland Inc
Databoy Digital Communications
Breakers Pub
Overwaitea Foods
North Coast Community Services
Silver Grizzly Transportation
Harris & Wick Goldsmiths
Lester Centre for the Arts
Helijet Prince Rupert
Pacific Paramedics
and more...



Join the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce at our October Luncheon. 

In Collaboration with the BC Chamber of Commerce we have a presentation from Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a national public policy think tank based in Ottawa. 
One of the hottest issues in the natural resource economy as well as for major project proponents in any field today is 'social licence': who has it, who needs it, who can get it. But what if social licence has become a Trojan horse, giving project opponents powerful but undemocratic authority to obstruct economic development and defy the law and our legitimate institutions? And what can be done about it? Come and hear Brian Lee Crowley, head of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Canada's leading commentator on social licence.  

WHEN: Tuesday October 27, 2015 
TIME: 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
WHERE: North Coast Convention Centre
COST: $25 Members and Guests, $30 Not-Yet-Members

Lunch Sponsored by:
Prince Rupert Royal LePage



Join us for a Business After Hours at the Port Interpretive Centre with the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. Clear Seas would like to meet you and other key public stakeholders and share their work and initiatives on the North Coast.

Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping ( is an independent not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based information on marine shipping risks, mitigation measures, and best practices for safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada.

WHEN: Thursday October 29, 2015 
TIME: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
WHERE: Port Interpretive Centre
COST: None
In Partnership with:


Jingle Boat Express

The rebranded Jingle Boat Express launched in December 2014 to great acclaim in the community of Prince Rupert.  Over 250 children and family members boarded a holiday-themed vessel captained by  West Coat Launch; the event was complete with a visit from Santa, goodie bags, holiday music and a maritime cruise around Prince Rupert's harbour for the excited children.   Many local businesses pitched in by adding items to the goodie bags that were given out by Santa and his team of volunteer elves.

The Jingle Boat Express in 2014 was organized by 3 main partners; Prince Rupert Port Authority, Success by 6 and Northern Savings Credit Union.  A number of other supporting organizations came on board to add strength to the event including West Coast Launch, Tim Hortons and the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce.  A group of  businesses in town also graciously donated to the goodie bags for the children or supported the event in other ways.

On December 10, 2015 we are looking to host the event again and expand the number of sailings to bring the number of participating children and families above the 300 mark.  The price point for tickets has been set at a very modest $5 per passenger to allow all families in Prince Rupert and our outlying communities the opportunity to access the event.  Additionally, all funds from ticket sales are donated to the Salvation Army to buy presents for children in our community.

This year, we are looking to bring on 7 Sailing Sponsors to join our partnership team to host the 2nd Annual Jingle Boat Express.  We have already had interest from 2 organizations, and as such have 5 Sailing  Sponsor openings still available to organizations with a donation amount of $500 to the event.  All Sailing Sponsors will have their logo included on poster materials, online advertising and acknowledged during speeches on the day of the event.

If you are interested in participating and supporting the Jingle Boat Express as a Sailing Sponsor or donating to the goodie bags, please contact any of the names listed below.  In order to ensure that logo recognition occurs on the initial poster, expressions of interest for sponsorship need to be received by Friday, October 16th.    Goodie bag items will be needed by December 4th a total of 250 items per donor and due to restrictions on the boat, we are not asking for any food or drink items at this time.  These items can be dropped off at the Port Interperative Centre (Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 to 5:00pm).  We are very excited to be planning this great community event once again and are looking forward to seeing some very happy children with Santa this December.

The Jingle Boat Express Organizing Team
Stefan Delloch (
Krista Ediger (
 Kate Toye (


Mentor Masterclass
Date: Thursday, October 22nd 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Museum of Northern BC, Prince Rupert
  • For business professionals who are currently mentoring or interested in mentoring, this hands-on, activity-based workshop covers Futurpreneur Canada's mentoring philosophy, outlines the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees, and  equips attendees with the skills, tools and resources to mentor the next generation of business leaders.
ThriveNorth Entrepreneur Happy Hour
Date: Thursday, October 22nd 2015
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Museum of Northern BC, Prince Rupert
  • Celebrate local small businesses at the ThriveNorth Entrepreneur Happy Hour, where you will have a chance to mix and mingle with local business owners and connect with people within your community. 



In this edition of  5 Minutes for Business , Hendrik Brakel, Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, looks at the importance of the economy in our current electoral campaign.
Normally at election time, nobody cares much about fiscal policy or whether GDP is up or down. But this is not a normal election. Instead, it has been wracked throughout by a series of economic shocks that have sent political strategists scrambling. Who would have believed that economics could be so exciting? From deficits that turn into surpluses to the TPP, the economy has been front and centre in the past 10 weeks. Will it affect the choice of Canadians next week?
Read 5 Minutes for Business
to find out.

Are you a business owner with an amazing story to tell? Or know a small business that deserves to be recognized in your community?

Get them noticed by nominating them in any of 10 award categories for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards  between October 1 to November 30, 2015:
Sponsored by The Province of B.C.
Sponsored by Yellow Pages
Sponsored by ITA
Sponsored by WorkSafeBC
Sponsored by Vancity
Sponsored by Livingston International
Sponsored by Dell
Sponsored by Sage
Sponsored by MNP LLP
Sponsored by WellnessFits

Winners receive the Premier's Prize of $1,500 cash, extensive media exposure and a one-year pass to Small Business BC resources.



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Have questions for the CRA? Join Us November 3rd for the opportunity to ask a representative in person! 

Connecting and Interacting with the Canada Revenue Agency
New Approaches to Compliance
CRA officials conduct community sessions as part of the CRA's outreach program.  The purpose of this session is to provide businesses with information, to learn more about CRA services, and to discuss tax-related issues or concerns (ie. Underground Economy Initiative, Liaison Officer Initiative). 
Electronic Services at the Canada Revenue Agency
Save time - go online! Our online services make it faster and easier to handle your tax matters. You, your employee, or your representative can file, pay, and access detailed information about your tax accounts - all online, all at your fingertips. 
Date: November 3, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce offices located at Suite #100, 515 3rd Avenue West
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Simone Clark
Communications Manager

Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce
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