December 12, 2017
Please forward  to all staff, managers and the owner!
Highlights:  Chamber Christmas Party; New Members; Business Achievement Awards; Member News and Events; Book Your 2018 BAB
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Board of Directors
President: Dave Willie
President Elect: Jeannie Maltesen
Vice-President: Andy Lankester 
Secretary Treasurer:  Terry Kerr
Cathie Kanani
Dee McKinney
Luc Oullet
Philip Perry
Beth Ross
Robynne Shaw
Meghan Walker
Past President: Bill McKinney
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Members are encouraged to use this newsflash as a way to communicate with other members...a Value-Added benefit of your Chamber Membership! Send your e-flash submissions to, and we will include member info that is directly relevant, member to member, as well as newsworthy, to give you the business edge. If we keep each other up-to-date about our businesses, then it will make cross-referrals more effective. Promoting ongoing courses, or other such advertising, will be included as space permits, if there is a discount for Chamber members, and at the discretion of Chamber staff.

Made For Small Business: Accessibility & Flexibility

Over 25,000 businesses purchase group benefits from the Chambers Plan. Comprehensive benefit packages apply to home-based businesses and small business firms - with no industry restrictions. For-profit businesses with three people and up are eligible for guaranteed coverage.

Flexible group plans are also available for larger firms with up to 35 employees. All plans start with employee life insurance. Your Chambers Plan advisor can help you select the right options for building as comprehensive a plan as you wish to meet your exact needs and fit your budget. 

Email    Mike Hrabowych  at Integral Wealth to find out more or call him at 1-250-753-1124/1-800-982-7761.


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Chamber Christmas Party - Limited Seats Remain
Bring your spouse, your partner, or your employees...our December Chamber dinner and annual Christmas party will be held Thursday, December 14 at the Quality Resort Bayside.  A special invitation is extended to those businesses who do not traditionally host a staff Christmas party - why not join us for a fun evening of entertainment and Christmas cheer?
Bring a bottle of commercial wine, trade it for a ticket and you could win the Wall of Wine! Networking starts at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm. $35 per person. RSVP 250-248-3613 or reply to this email.  
New Members
The first guild formed on Vancouver Island and the second oldest guild in B.C., this organization's vibrant history and talented membership make it one of the most successful guilds in the province. The mandate is to promote and encourage interest in the excellence of quilting.  

TEVAN ENTERPRISES LTD. - Jessica Schlager & Jeff Smith.   992 Price Road, Errington. 250-951-8027.  Tevan Enterprises is a wholesale distributor of quality confectionary products and unique beverages, providing flexibility with respect to order volumes and delivery methods at a lower price than you'll find elsewhere.
Engaging Both Visitors and Locals...
We designed a digital kiosk to act as a mobile Visitor Centre. Encouraging visitors to do more, spend more and stay longer! The local community can find all kinds of things to discover or rediscover and all the great the region has to offer. The kiosk can be found in Thrifty Foods near the customer service desk.

Thanks to: Jodi Young,North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Lisa M., Macdonald Realty, Keith Przada and Bill Rutledge, Thrifty Foods, Parker McDonald, Vancouver Island Realtor at Royal LePage,Dave Willie, Chamber President and Teresa Patterson, Pacific Brimm for coming out to help introduce the kiosk to its new digs!
Member News and Events
MAJOR CURLING EVENT COMING TO PARKSVILLE:  January 30 - February 4, 2018, the Parksville Curling Club is hosting the BC Men's Provincial Curling Championships, which will be televised [semi-finals & finals] on Sunday, Feb 4th. Sponsorship packages are available - deadline is December 31st, 2017. For more information on this sponsorship opportunity, please contact Ray Gramracy - email , home phone - 250-248-8265.

ESTATE PLANNING ADVICE EVENT:   Jennifer Hubbard, lawyer at Walker/Hubbard in Qualicum Beach, and Gerry Jeffs, RBC Parksville are offering an Estate Planning Advice Event on December 20th and December 21st.  The discussion and advice includes financial and legal advice on Joint Asset Ownership, Power of Attorney, and Will planning.  The events are Wednesday December 20th from 10 - 11:30 am or 7 - 8:30 pm OR Thursday December 21st from 10 - 11:30 am. If you, a family member, friend, or neighbor is interested in attending this free, very informative 90 minute advice event, please contact Gerry's assistant, Eva Loetscher at or 250-937-0383 to reserve. 
2017 Business Achievement Awards
The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the Parksville & District Business Achievement Awards, which will be held on March 15, 2018 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. These awards are an opportunity to recognize and honour businesses and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to our community over the past year.
Categories include:
1. Service Excellence Award
2. Small Business of the Year
3. Large Business of the Year
4. Outstanding Workplace - Employer of the Year
5. Young Professional of the Year
6. Not for Profit of the Year
7. Community Spirit Award - sponsored by the City of Parksville

Anyone can nominate and it's easy! Click here for the nomination form. Deadline for nominations: February 8, 2018.
Promote Your Business!
Hosting a "Business After Business" networking event is an excellent way to promote your business! A Business After Business is a fun networking opportunity for members and an ideal marketing opportunity for the host business. Generally, Business After Business events are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month - these events are very popular and are booked months in advance. Right now, we have two dates available - January 18 and November 15.  Book now to avoid disappointment - call Linda at 250-248-3613.