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September 3 | 2019
Stat of the Week
BDO Top 40 Over 40 Celebration a chance to recognize excellence
We've shared their stories over the last several months and on Aug. 22 it was finally time to celebrate. We had a great turnout at the Innovation Centre, but more importantly, it was a chance to showcase some excellent examples of people who make a difference in our community.

Thanks to all who participated in this year's program.You can check out a full album from the night on our Facebook page .
What is Dark Fibre? Shining some light on one of Kelowna's major infrastructure projects
The City of Kelowna is laying 36 kms of 'Dark Fibre' beneath our roadways. According to the City, Dark Fibre will be a huge boost to businesses and attract more high-tech companies to our region. But what is Dark Fibre? Head over to find out how this exciting technology works. Learn more .
Strong quarterly numbers points to surprising economic growth
The economy exceeded expectations in Q2 2019, according to Statistics Canada. An annualized pace of 3.7 per cent was Canada's strongest three-month stretch of growth in two years. Much of the credit goes to a rebound in goods exports. Learn more .
Female entrepreneurs invited to Pitch for the Purse - and $25K
Know a local female entrepreneur who is doing amazing things? The Forum for Female Entrepreneurs (FEW) has launched Pitch for the Purse - a national education program with business coaching and a live pitch, culminating in one entrepreneur receiving $25,000 cash .

Applications are now open. Nominate yourself or someone else by September 20. Learn more .
Want to put your stamp on one of Kelowa's signature yearly events? Limited sponsorship opportunities remain for this year’s Business Excellence Awards.

Please email Brett for further details.
3Qs: Scott Stanger wants to Optimiiize your fitness
Scott Stanger (right) is a certified RMT and the founder of Optimiiize, a holistic fitness, nutrition and therapy business that recently opened in Kelowna. We put our three questions to him.

What is something you wish you knew when you first began?
When I first decided to open a business I wish that I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. Starting a business takes a lot of time, and requires a lot of sacrifice. It has been a challenging journey, but I am someone who loves a challenge. Ultimately, it has been a very rewarding experience. 

What is something people might not know about Optimiiize?
We provide a unique personalized fitness experience that is convenient and affordable. Each of our members receives their own personalized fitness program, based on their goals and a free initial movement assessment. Members can book a training session anytime throughout day, during which they will work with a qualified and experienced trainer, in a small group setting of a maximum 3 people. In short, we offer the same quality service of personal training, but at a much more affordable cost. 

What are your plans for the future?
We are looking forward to sharing our great service with more residents of Kelowna. We are also wanting to get involved within the local community, and give back to Kelowna in whatever way that we can.
Welcome new members
Shout out to some new members who joined the Chamber recently. We're honoured to serve as your Chamber and we look forward to the work ahead.

Kelowna Chamber keeps on rolling...
We're always powering ahead here at the Chamber, and our recent annual summer staff outing was no different.

Thanks to Amanda and Smile Cycle Tours for a great time! It wasn't easy moving that big bike, but fortunately our friends at Sandhill Winery, BC Tree Fruits and Tree Brewing Co. had our backs with the energy boosts. All in all an excellent time and highly recommended for your next team building exercise!
What is the biggest issue influencing your vote this fall? (choose one)
The economy/jobs
Housing affordability
Mental health/addiction & treatment issues
Climate Change/environment
Other (please tell us about it!)
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