April 7 | 2021
Kelowna Chamber Calls on Community to Rally behind Local Restaurants
The Kelowna Chamber says it’s time to rally behind the many businesses, particularly those pubs and restaurants that are going to be significantly hard hit as a result of the latest health orders from the province.  

In a prepared media release last week the Chamber noted that most people understand that swift action is needed to curb upward trends, but the province needs to find a way to provide more time for businesses to prepare for such sweeping orders which in this case come into effect with less than 12 hours notice.
Federal Budget Briefing Breakfast (you bring the breakfast)
The Federal Budget will be tabled on Monday and you can join us the morning after for an exclusive Okanagan Analysis. Join us Tuesday April 20 from 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM as we hear from tax experts with KPMG, and from Kelowna Chamber Executive Director, Dan Rogers. You will get insights into the budget and its impact on both the personal and corporate tax side while also getting an idea of the long term financial impact of the Pandemic on our national debt.
April Business Smarts: 8 Steps for Turning Your Service into A Product
Service companies have been among the worst hit by this pandemic. Consumers and businesses have drastically cut their expenditures on services to conserve cash and avoid human contact. However, we're still buying products that meet an immediate need.

Join us Tuesday April 20 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM to learn how to capitalize on this flight to purchase products that meet an immediate need, service providers need to "productize their service".
Registration Now Open for Chamber's 36th Annual Day of Golf
Presenting sponsor Parke Pacific Projects Ltd. along with the Kelowna Chamber invite you to register for one of the valley’s most anticipated business events of the year, the 36th annual Chamber Best Ball Golf Tournament (okay day of golf) on Wednesday May 26 at the Harvest Golf Club.

Enjoy the great outdoors, get in on the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes, and do some good will along the way in supporting a number of community non-profit organizations.

We're down to our last couple of hole sponsorships. These sponsorship opportunities are available to Kelowna Chamber members only. To explore the promotional opportunity contact us now: sales@kelownachamber.org.
Let's Keep the Conversation Going
Last week, Talent Forward, UBC Okanagan, and Okanagan College shared their insights into how hiring skilled post-secondary student talent can provide short-term labour support to address your organization's needs, while helping you save costs and increase capacity. If you would like to contact either institution directly to explore opportunities in work-integrated learning, or chat with Talent Forward, their resource guides can be found below:
On the Blog: What a #1 COO Coach Knows About your #2
Cameron Herold is one of the premier executive coaches in North America, helping C-level employees manage their time and their teams as efficiently as possible. As the CEO of a company, your COO is your second-in-command, so it is crucial that the two of you be on the same page in terms of business goals and corporate strategy. Read the blog to learn what Harold advises.
Kelowna Chamber is Growing to Better Serve Members
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is seeking a highly motivated Program and Member Relations Coordinator who will bring their strong organizational and interpersonal skills to an energetic team that is focused on continuously creating value for our members and the communities we serve. Posting closes at 4:30pm on Monday 12 April 2021.
Help Save Startups!
This website is focused on the plight of businesses that opened on or after March 1st, 2020 and immediately had to shut down due to the pandemic. These are businesses that have proof of investments they made in their businesses, loans they have taken out, signed leases, etc... but because they have no historic records of being in business, they don’t qualify for any of the federal supports.

The site also suggests solutions and contains a growing list of impacted businesses. We received many phone calls from entrepreneurs–especially in the first 6-8 months. Unfortunately, we don’t hear from them anymore.
Federal Government Increases Alcohol Excise Tax – Again
Canadians already pay some of the highest alcohol prices in the world, with 47% of the retail price of beer being tax, 65% for wine and a whopping 80% tax on spirits.

Nevertheless, and despite the ongoing pandemic crisis in hospitality, Ottawa has again increased the tax rate. This is clearly unhelpful for economic recovery, and the Canadian Chamber continues to call on the government to reverse course in the upcoming April 19 budget.
Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day, Virtually
The meetings landscape has certainly changed over the last year. This year, like in 2020, GMID celebrations will once again be held virtually as in-person events continue to be restricted in BC and in other provinces around the country. Read more from Tourism Kelowna on the two online sessions to consider so book your calendar for April 8 at 9:00 AM and register for one of these important events. 
BDO's Top 40 Over 40 program celebrates remarkable individuals in our community over the age of 40 as a means to showcase mentors, champions and role models who encourage and foster the future leaders of our community. 

Check out our website to nominate your favorite mentor or business coach CLICK HERE.

Kray Mitchell is working for Shopify in Kelowna, helping build community around entrepreneurship while also providing free business coaching and consulting services. Those services help launch, grow or scale a business, whether or not one which is situated on Shopify. He is a former IT Manager for five years in the Film / TV Industry, and was a member of several business groups in Calgary: Ladies Learning Code and Chic Geek.
JEAN WATSON | Vision Mechanical Ltd.

Jean Watson is a founding owner of Vision Mechanical Ltd. In Kelowna, along with her husband John. Their company is family run, becoming established in 1986 as a plumbing company. They moved to Kelowna from Vancouver in 1990 and opened Vision Mechanical then. Vision won Gold medals two years running in Best in Kelowna, Plumbing. Their giving profile includes the Bridge, schooling of several children in Kenya, and supporting local not for profits both through donations, and discounts for services. 
Feds Extend Canada Emergency Business Account Applications
On March 22, the federal government announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.

This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000.
Canadian Chamber Launches Business Development Bulletin
As the pandemic continues to evolve, so too do the Canadian Chamber's responses and supports. Through their new update, they intend to bring the entrepreneurial DNA of members and of their COVID-19 Recovery Leadership Council to take on the social, economic and healthcare challenges created by COVID-19. The ingenuity and adaptability of businesses will allow Chambers to be a critical partner of governments in delivering results more quickly.
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