November 30 | 2021
What's Keeping You Up at Night?
Annual Chamber Member Policy Breakfast Forum set for Dec. 9
Taxation, puzzling regulations, land use rules keeping you up at night? We want to know. The Kelowna Chamber’s annual Member Policy Breakfast Forum is scheduled for Thursday December 9. As a member of the Chamber this is your opportunity to join other members in discussing what issues you believe government needs to address. A complimentary breakfast will be provided. There is no charge for members although COVID protocols will be in place. To join this morning session just send us an email.
Business Excellence Awards - Nominations Are In & We're Ready to Celebrate!
Nominee Recognition & Finalists Announcement this Thursday
The 2021 Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards are moving into the judging phase following receipt of more than 200 nominations. Before we get to our 2021 winners, we'll be saluting the nominees and announcing the finalists at a virtual event at noon on this Thursday December 2. We'll have some special prizes for those who tune in to the big announcement so please join us. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required.

Farris LLP and Interior Savings Credit Union are back as presenting sponsors for the 34th Annual Awards which recognize the best in business and community leadership in the central Okanagan.
Last Chance to Register - OC Series: An Update From our MLAs
Fri. Dec. 10 | 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM | Coast Capri Hotel
What happened in Victoria this year and what’s coming in 2022? You could try to filter through the noise online, or you could go straight to the source – the people elected to represent you in Victoria. Join us for this in-person event as we head toward the end of 2021.

MLAs Norm Letnick, Renee Merrifield and Ben Stewart are ready to give you an inside look at what was discussed in the final months of the fall assembly and what lies ahead for 2022.
What you need to know About the Province's Paid Sick Day Announcement
As of Jan. 1, 2022, all employees who fall under the Employment Standards Act will be entitled to 5 employer-paid sick days per year. Here's what you should know:

Which employees are eligible?
This applies to all employees covered by the Employment Standards Act, including part-time, temporary, and casual employees. 
How much do employees get paid for the sick day?
You will be required to pay your employees their regular wages when they are sick.
Does it matter when they take sick days?
Employees are entitled to 5 days total over the course of the year.
Is there any carry over?
What does the government define illness as?
The government is not defining illness.
What about the 3 paid sick days for workers who miss work due to COVID-19?
The program providing for 3 paid sick days for workers who have been diagnosed with, or who await testing for, COVID-19 will end on December 31st of this year.
Will there be funding available from government to help offset this extra cost?
Is there more info from the Province on this?
Yes. For more info check out the Employment Standards' Guide on Paid sick leave.
Kelowna Chamber Reacts to Provincial Announcement on Paid Sick Leave
The provincial announcement of five days mandated paid sick leave is a tough pill to swallow for many small businesses that continue to face cost increased at almost every turn. The Kelowna Chamber is still looking for more details but is concerned it could have a negative impact on our economy and BC’s competitiveness. To read more click here.
Increase Your Brand Awareness by Connecting with the Chamber Network
The Chamber is currently seeking promotional items to include in our 2022 new member welcome bags. This is a great marketing opportunity to make a unique connection to new entrepreneurs and businesses which are eager to grow. We have a limited number of spaces available and need approximately 150-200 swag items for our welcome bags through 2022. If you want to get more info just contact one of the members of our team.
Make a Difference by Making a Donation
Plenty of options to support those impacted by recent flooding
As our neighbours in the Interior continue to face uncertainty as a result of recent flooding, we wanted to remind you that there are plenty of opportunities for you to help those that are facing significant challenges. If you are looking to help consider making a monetary donation to trusted organizations like the Food Bank of BC, United Way or the Red Cross. The Canadian Red Cross launched an extreme weather appeal for donations to help victims of flood, landslides and power outages. Learn more by CLICKING HERE
Congrats to OC Professors Who Win Back-to-Back North American Award
Business Professors Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Kerry Rempel and Stacey Fenwick continue to put Okanagan College on the map when it comes to case research and writing. They took home the bronze from the recent North American Case Conference, hosted by the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) virtually in October.

NACRA is an organization made up of case writers, researchers and teachers from all over the world. It holds an annual conference and publishes a top-level peer-reviewed journal of educational teaching cases that business instructors can use in their classes. 
Routine bookkeeping is critical to keep your business running. In a highly competitive environment, you need to know what’s coming in and what’s being spent, and you need to know that now. But bookkeeping can take precious time away from getting things done, and often plays catch-up with what’s actually happening in your business. Whether your finance team is struggling to keep up with growth or you’re on your own, an automated, cloud-based accounting and bookkeeping platform and team of advisors can make sure you’re not falling behind where it literally counts. To learn more click HERE
Last Chance to Tap into Student Talent at UBC and Capstone Projects
UBC Okanagan Capstone Projects Seeking Organizational, Strategic or Operational Challenges 
The culminating project course for the UBC Bachelor of Management (Bmgt) program is Capstone Service Learning and Consulting. This is an opportunity for students to apply cumulative knowledge they have gained throughout their degree studies to research and analyze a strategic or operational challenge for a host organization, over a 13 week term. The project ends with a report and presentation on key recommendations to address the challenge. 

Organizations with a project and an interest in being a host organization are invited to submit a short capstone project application for review by the Capstone instructors. The project application deadline for this round is today, November 30, 2021, and applicants will be notified regarding their project's acceptance in the following week.
Call For Presenters: Kelowna Chamber Seeks Experts
We're looking for members who want brand exposure while helping others gain new skills
The Kelowna Chamber is seeking business experts who are prepared to host a workshop with members. The Chamber's Business Smarts Series features members of the Kelowna Chamber who deliver workshops across a number of business areas ranging from accounting to social media marketing to networking skills.

This is a great way to promote your brand and share your expertise while helping Chamber members learn, grow, and prosper. To learn more contact
City of Kelowna Reflecting on the Future of Performing Arts Centre
The future of Kelowna Community Theatre is a hot subject of conversation in the community. Council heard an update around the long-range plan to replace the 60-year-old building, including a consultant’s feasibility study report to identify and analyze funding options for a new Performing Arts Centre and look at the City’s next steps.
City Plans to Re-open Stuart Park Ice Rink This Week
The City of Kelowna has advised that Stuart Park ice rink is getting ready to shine. Free skating at the Stuart Park outdoor ice rink begins at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, Dec. 1, weather permitting. The rink will be open daily from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. until late February. 

A still-image live cam is set up at the rink so residents can check ice and crowd conditions or see if the rink is closed for weather related maintenance before they head down to the rink. The live cam feed is updated every few minutes and is already live so residents can view the evening ice making process ahead of opening day.
Mini Guide to Help Employees’ Mental Health through Winter 
With the challenges brought on by cold weather and the holiday season, winter can often be a difficult time. But with COVID-19 lingering, this year’s winter may be even more demanding on our mental health and well-being.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has developed a mini-guide to help employers provide their employees with specific tools and resources during the winter months.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Okanagan Sunrise Construction
Recently our team connected with 25 year Chamber member Nick Franz, Owner and President of Okanagan Sunrise Construction to learn more about their business, and what's on the horizon for the future.

A bit about Okanagan Sunrise Construction
Okanagan Sunrise is a builder that has an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. For over 20 years the company has built homes throughout the Okanagan Valley for clients; these homes have become a source of extreme pride. From the integrity of the company’s craftspeople to inspiring designs to suit every lifestyle, Okanagan Sunrise pays attention to even the smallest of details to ensure their customers' dream homes become a reality.

What is something people might not know about Okanagan Sunrise Construction?
That I was born and raised in Kelowna; that my dad was involved in commercial construction; and my son Ryan is my partner.

What are you looking forward to/planning for the future?
Looking forward to winding down my career and watching Ryan’s career flourish.
Federal Government Introduces Legislation to Provide Targeted COVID-19 Support 
Last month, the government announced it is pivoting from broad-based economic support to targeted measures that provide support where it is needed, in order to create jobs and growth and prudently manage government spending.

Last week, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, introduced Bill C-2 in Parliament to implement the recently announced measures. This bill would:
  • Extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10% and increase the subsidy rate to 50%.
  • Deliver targeted support to businesses still facing significant pandemic-related challenges.
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