June 30, 2016
In This Issue
Federal Government Funding to Improve Accessibility and Safety
Employment and Social Development Canada

Apply by  July 26, 2016  and you could receive  up to $50,000 through the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to help improve accessibility in your facility or venue through 2 funding streams;  Workplace Accessibility Stream and Community Accessibility Stream.  

Successful applicants with receive 65 percent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $50,000.  For more details, click HERE. 
July Luncheon
Hon. Amrik Virk

Wednesday, July 13
Nanaimo Golf Club
Innovation Island 
11:00 Registration/
11:30 Buffet Opens
$42.00 Members and " Future Members"

Our annual Golf Course luncheon is a steak/chicken BBQ and the price reflects this extra-special menu! 
The Hon. Amrik Virk was appointed Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services in 2014. At the July luncheon, you'll learn about the recently announced $100-million BC Tech Fund, an avenue for capital and support funding for promising start-up companies and the plan that highlights K-12 curriculum changes that provide 'coding' learning opportunities for more than 600,000 B.C. students. Innovation Island will also discuss recognition of Nanaimo's growing importance as BC's fourth fastest growing tech centre. It's a busy time for tech, it will be a busy luncheon! How can you cash in? (Plus... it's the golf course!!!)
First Data Major Announcement

First Data has decided to change its chamber program offer by removing their current posted chamber rates and implementing a new "MEET or BEAT" strategy.
They will confidently  "MEET or BEAT" any offer in the marketplace or they will pay the business a $1000 pre-paid Master Card.  If it sounds too good to be true, its NOT!  What better way to take advantage of your chamber membership.  It's a WIN-WIN and effective immediately! Click HERE to learn more.
Smart Living App Launch

See what  Wild Play, the Nanaimo Golf Club, Simon Holt, Extreme Pita, New York Style Pizza North End, Fountain Tire, HA Photography and Open Connection are offering in our deals section.  

Check the Chamber's M2M -- Member to Member Discount Program -- see what's being offered right now on your mobile device, what's happening in town, where to eat, and more and more and it's FREE. Click  HERE.
Canada Day
Friday, July 1st, 2016 
11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Maffeo Sutton Park
Families flock to Nanaimo's waterfront to enjoy the annual celebration
featuring bands, clowns, cake, food trucks and more live entertainment!

Don't miss it!  For parking tips, click HERE.
Did You Know...
Smythe CPS is relocating to a brand new office space at 201-1825 Bowen Road effective July 1 with phone numbers remaining the same. 

The Foam Guy in north Nanaimo;  6481 Portsmouth Road, 250-933-0600,  focuses on the Science of Sleep!  Do you need a comfy bed? John Day will help analyse your needs and find the right match. www.foamguy.ca

Arbutus Distillery has applied for a liquor license for a 30 seat lounge at their 1890 Boxwood Road location. Cheers!

Costco is getting closer to making a decision on its new location (including a gas bar) in south Nanaimo.  Check back here for more details.

The New Brooks Landing liquor store is opening in July.  Owner Dan Brady promises a great new beverage shopping experience.  Watch for it! And, remember, the HOJO liquor store is now closed.

Shear Agony Barber Shop will be moving to a new location in Terminal Park July 1. Unit 11-1150 North Terminal Ave. 250-716-1967.

Follow our fearless Ambassador leader Bill Jones aboard "Ion" as he takes on the challenge of the Victoria to Maui Yacht Race this year.  Click on   Vicmaui.org  to keep up with the Jones!
BC FoodWorks Launches Soon!

Call 877-223-8467, #21 or click HERE.
Business BEFORE Business
Wednesday, July 20 
Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Rd.
7:30 - 8:30 AM
FREE to everyone
What better way to start your work day! When's the last time you enjoyed Westwood Lake and the Bethlehem Centre so bright and early?

Meet the new Executive Director Kathleen Darby and learn about this space perfect for corporate and personal getaaways. Make sure to take a walk in the famous "Labyrinth". 

PS:  Please bring a food or monetary donation for our local food security programs. 
Board of Directors

Here is a NEW photo and list of our Board of Directors and Officers.   
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