September 27th, 2017

Tickets on sale now at  EventBrite or call the 
Qualicum Chamber at 250-752-0960.

This year's Rotary Chamber Oktoberfest could not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers and sponsors. We would like to thank our primary sponsor Koers & Associates Engineering Ltd. for their generous contribution to this year's fundraiser. Danke!

Win a Trip to the Real Oktoberfest or Wherever you Want!

Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets from a Qualicum Beach Rotarian (pm club) or the Qualicum Beach Chamber for your chance to win a $2000 Travel Voucher with $500 spending money.
Second prize is a Napolean Gas BBQ worth $1500.

Tickets are only $20. Winner to be drawn at the Oktoberfest event but you do not need to be present there to win!

Call us at 250-752-0960 for more information. 
Thank you to our sponsors CruisePlus Qualicum Beach and Fortis BC!

Small Business Development Workshops

Sponsored by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, Northern Community Economic Development, Regional District of Nanaimo, Town of Qualicum Beach and the Lighthouse Country Business Association, we are pleased to offer the following workshops:

Business Communications- 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
November 14th (Qualicum Beach) and November 15th (Magnolia Court)
In this action-packed session, you will learn:
  •  The crucial question you MUST ask yourself before every difficult conversation
  • Preparation strategies that are simple to master, easy to implement, and set you up for success
  • What an ABC message is and why every successful conversation starts with one
  • Insider secrets to keep yourself calm and your own reactions in check
  • Easy success tips for handling reactions with courage, poise and power so you can stay focused and keep the conversation productive
Finances for Small Business - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
November 15th (Qualicum Beach) and November 16th (Magnolia Court)
Learn how to build a stronger business by understanding what financial statements are telling you, how to get the right data into financial statements to ensure good information and the development of forecasting, cash flows and budgeting.

Expand Your Market - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
November 17 (Qualicum Beach)
Learn how to diversify your customer base, expand to new markets, and increase the size of your market. Increased production generally leads to economies of scale and decreases cost per unit, which increases your profit margin - find out how. Export Navigator helps BC businesses grow by supporting their entry into new domestic, and/or international markets.

$20 for individual workshops / $50 for three workshop suite
All workshops take place at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre and Magnolia Court in Bowser
Please call the Chamber of Commerce to register at 250-752-0960
Christmas Tree Auction - Six Sponsors Needed 

You heard me right, Christmas ....
On November 15th the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a public Christmas Tree auction at Thalassa Restaurant. We have the trees, now we need local businesses to decorate themin a theme of their choice; first come first served - please respond to

Sunday, November 12 - Trees set up at Thalassa
Monday and Tuesday, November 13 & 14 - Trees on display
Wednesday, November 15 - Tree Auction
Small Business Week is October 15 to 21!
The Career Centre is pleased to support local employers by delivering these insightful workshops:  
Payroll Basics
Hiring your first employee? Need a refresher on payroll? Learn the requirements for:
  •          setting up a payroll account with CRA and Worksafe BC
  •          payroll how-tos and deductions
  •          remittance
Facilitated by Jordan Stanley CPA, CMA, previous payroll instructor through the VIU continuing education department
Date and Time: Monday, October 16; 8:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $25 (to be paid by cash or cheque at the door or we can invoice your organization); refreshments provided  
Creating Job Postings to Attract Top Candidates
In today's demanding world, finding the right staff can be challenging. Come away with an easy 4-step process to create a captivating job posting. Gain an overview of the free job posting service on the Career Centre website. Leave the session with our updated employers' handbook with several recruiting tips.
Facilitated by Diana Jolly, Employer Services Coordinator with the Career Centre
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 17; 1:00-2:30pm
Cost:   Free; refreshments provided 
Employee Engagement, and Recognition
What differentiates a business as an employer, in customer-relations, sustainability and success? This session will feature successes and learnings, a round table to share ideas, questions and experiences. Led by Ilka Bene, AVP, Human Resources, First West Credit Union Duncan and recipient of the 2017 Chartered Professionals in Human Resources HR Professional of the Year Award.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 18; 1:00-2:30pm
Cost:   Free; refreshments provided 
Location for all workshops: Room 328, Career Centre, 198 East Island Hwy, Parksville (in Seaview Centre - off Weld Street).  Seating is limited; RSVP by Thursday, October 12. 250-248-3205 or email
Qualicum Beach Family History Society
Teaching Genealogy to Mid-Island Residents and Visitors

Meeting  Wednesday, October 18 , 2017 @ 7:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion, 180 Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach.  Guest Speaker: Dave Obee of Victoria speaking about DNA and how it can help with family history research. All Welcome.
Meeting of the Qualicum Beach Garden Club

The Qualicum Beach Garden Club will meet on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Doors open at 7 pm, the meeting takes place from 7:30-9:00 pm
All are welcome, guests are charged $3. Of course you can join the club for an annual fee of $15!
Topic: Putting Your Garden to Bed
Speaker: Amy Robson
88.5 The Beach Interview Schedule  Sept 25 - Oct 20
Interviews air at 8:45 am unless noted otherwise.

Mon 25 - RDN Recreation programmer Jenn Hopewell: Active Aging Week
Tue 26 - Mindful Moment with Diane Hancox: the importance of loss and grief
Wed 27 - Michael Garland, Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers
Thu 28 - Matt Breedlove on the Burger and Beer Tour de Rock fund raiser tonight at Bayside
Fri 29 - Magician Paul Romhany.  He will be the headline act at a magic show in support of the Qualicum Beach refugee sponsorship group on Oct 1 at QB Civic Centre.  This new group is raising $35,000 in order to sponsor another family to move into the area.  Tix are $10 for kids/$15 adults at The Source in QB or Parks West Business in PV.
        9:40 - events with Bill Dean
Mon 02 - RDN Recreation programmer Chrissie Finney: rail trail opening and RDN's 50th
Tue 03 - Off the Cuff with Chris Burger will be back in November
Wed 04 - Permilia Popham, Pres. Oceanside Women's Business Network
Thu 05 - Lighthouse Country correspondent Linda Tenney
Fri 06 - Echo Players - their 43rd season begins with Norm Foster's "Hilda's Yard" on Oct 12.  Guest tba (may be director Kelly Barnum or perhaps producer Allistair McVey)
       9:40 - events with Bill Dean
Mon 09 - Thanksgiving
Tue 10 - Living Well with Lisa Leger: Pharmacist Lonny Barr on flu shots
Wed 11 - Evelyn Clark, QB Chamber
Thu 12 - Oceanside Volunteer Association's Georgii March
Fri 13 - Career Centre's Colleen Dykslag and Cheryl Dilll
      9:40 events with Bill Dean.
Mon 16 - Parenting expert Amber Scotchburn: questions parents might ask teachers
Tue 17 - SOS (guests tba)
Wed 18 - Kim Burden, Parksville Chamber
Thu 19 - tba
Fri 20 - tba

To book on The Beach morning show with Dave Graham call 250-248-4211 or