December 5, 2017
Please forward  to all staff, managers and the owner!
Highlights:  Chamber Christmas Party; New Member; Business Achievement Awards; Member News and Events; New Chamber Benefit; 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
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 Member
PARAMOUNT RECREATION - Gauri & Matthew Harrison.  2701 Alberni Highway, Coombs. 250-240-8827. Paramount Recreation is your one stop shop for all of your pool, spa and backyard recreation needs.  Visit in store to check out hot tubs, saunas, Traeger bbq's, steam showers, accessories & more
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.
Member News and Events
You are invited to stop by the MAC between now and December 19th to bit on a Tiny Tree, purchase an ornament from their Artisan Tree in the Oceanside Gallery or pick up a unique gift in the gift shop.  And please join them on December 9th from 1-3 pm for a festive family reception to celebrate the holidays, thank their volunteers and enjoy a tasty nibble or two.  

Project contractor, Locar Industries, has begun the upgrades to Corfield Street. This week, the contractor is upgrading the sanitary sewer line and manholes on Cofield Street and for this reason, the south access to the Corfield Plaza is affected while sanitary sewer bypass pumping is completed. Once completed this week, the contractor will not return to Corfield Street, north of Jensen Avenue until January, which will allow full access from the two Corfield Street entrances into the plaza parking lot during the remainder of December. MORE INFO:
New Member Benefit - Special Subscription Offer 
BCBusiness and the BC Chamber of Commerce are now partners. To seal  the deal, here's a great rate!   Your one-year subscription to BCBusiness magazine includes 10 issues of the print and digital edition-all for one low price!  There's no easier way to stay informed, join the BCBusiness community and keep ahead of the competition.  As a member of the BC Chamber of Commerce, you can become a subscriber for just $12. This offer is also open to your employees.  Take advantage of our lowest subscription price ever! 
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 already have several dates booked for 2018 but there are four dates available, two in the spring and two in the fall.  If you are interested, please call Linda at 250-248-3613.