October 26 | 2021
Last Chance to Register: Improving Business Processes to Drive Growth
Business Smarts Webinar: THIS MORNING (Oct. 26) | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Virtual
Join us for our October edition of Business Smarts as Aqurus Solutions provides insights to help you learn how your business can streamline and automate business processes to drive growth and success.

Kelowna Chamber member Aqurus will share a number of case studies where small and mid-sized businesses have adapted their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to improve efficiency. No charge for Chamber members.
MEMBERSHIP NOTICE: Quarterly Member Meeting - Thurs. Oct. 28 @ Noon Virtual
Guest Speaker: Ingrid Jarrett, President, BC Hotel Association
Join us for our next Quarterly Membership Meeting on Oct. 28 as the Board Committee Chairs provide an update of their committees' activities to-date. This initiative is meant to provide another opportunity for members to engage directly with your elected Directors.

Participants will also have a chance to hear from BC Hotel Association President & CEO, Government Relations, Ingrid Jarrett who will take questions from those attending.
Do You Know a Business that's Rock'n Resilience? Nominate them today!
Time is running out to show local some love by nominating them for a Biz Ex Award.
This week is your final opportunity to nominate your favourite business or organization for a 2021 Business Excellence Award! Through all the challenges over the past year we've seen some terrific displays of determination, innovation, and resiliency. Our 34th Annual Business Excellence Awards will celebrate those accomplishments but we need your help.

Show how much you appreciate your favourite local business by nominating them for one of our sixteen different awards from Young Entrepreneur to Marketing Campaign of the Year. Show local some love by nominating them for their commitment to excellence.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE: Noon - Monday, November 1.
Chamber Membership 101 - Friday Oct. 29
Kelowna Chamber members only | 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM | Virtual
As a member of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce there are many opportunities for you and your business to accelerate your success. However, learning to navigate and take advantage of those opportunities can sometimes be confusing.

Join us for a (virtual) introductory seminar to meet the Chamber team and understand how you can get the most out of your membership. 
New Faces on Campus: Empowering Learners, Supporting the Region
Speaker Series Luncheon: Tuesday, Nov. 9 | 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM | Coast Capri Hotel
Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus have built reputations as leading educational institutions through their shared commitments to student success and helping build the communities they serve.

Newly at the helm of their respective institutions, Lesley Cormack and Dr. Neil Fassina assumed the top posts of UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College in the midst of incredible local and global challenges. In the face of these tests, both institutions have continued to notch up strong student enrollment, create new partnerships, and make ongoing investments in the community.
Recording Now Available: Okanagan College Speaker Series with Tim McMillan
Last week, Tim McMillan, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, joined us in-person for an insightful discussion of the resource industry’s role in Canada’s economic recovery.

To learn more about the present and long-term opportunities for Canadian oil and natural gas to make a better world, watch the replay at the link below.
November Business Smarts: Uncovering the Power of LinkedIn
Tuesday, November 16 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Virtual
LinkedIn, #1 digital networking platform is a strategic tool for virtual relationships. How are you using it to leverage business and client relationships? Are you putting this free tool to work for you?

Join us for hands-on virtual training with tips and strategies you can immediately implement. Create greater success with prospecting, receiving referrals, and staying front of mind with your clients. Learn why LinkedIn should be a part of your sales strategy. Shari makes it easy and fun to learn how.
The BC Chamber of Commerce Collective Perspective Survey
BC's largest and most comprehensive business survey
The Kelowna Chamber is pleased to be supporting the BC Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to gauge the economic environment in BC with the launch of the Annual Collective Perspective survey.

This is BC’s most comprehensive economic snapshot, and it will capture insight from every sector, business size, and region in the province. 

The results will:
  • Identify evolving trends – and roadblocks 
  • Inform our advocacy efforts 
  • Brief the provincial government on the business climate in preparation for the 2022 budget

As a bonus, you can submit your contact details at the end of the survey for a chance to win one of three $250 VISA Gift Cards
Small Biz Week: Thanks for Connecting During Business Walks
Last week, your Chamber joined the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and other community partners to undertake our Annual Business Walks.

The Business Walks help us get a sense of how our local businesses are doing and shape government initiatives aimed at helping. 

Thank you to all of the business reps that took time to speak with our teams.
In case you didn't get a chance to engage our teams in person we still want to hear from you. A short (less than 6 minutes) survey has been developed by the COEDC and is open at the link below.
Okanagan Young Professionals Coffee Social - Wed. Oct 27 8:00AM - 9:00AM | Virtual
Connect with new friends and other young professionals in a casual, friendly environment at OYP's October Halloween Coffee Social, brought to you by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC). This spooky virtual social is an opportunity to wear your costume or a Halloween-themed look - they'll be giving away prizes for best costume. LEARN MORE
Scaling for Success Workshop Series - Tues. Nov 2 - 9:30AM - 12:30PM | Virtual
What do you think of when asked about marketing strategy? Your website? Advertising? Maybe referrals or ratings? There are many tactics that can be used to achieve your overall marketing goal. However, tactics are only as effective as the strategy behind them— the WHY of marketing.

In this interactive workshop, participants will take part in lively hands-on and breakout activities to guide them through the process of building a sound marketing strategy. LEARN MORE
COVID-19 Capacity Limits Lifted on October 25 But Not Yet in Interior & North
As of Sunday, Oct. 24, full vaccination for everyone born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and presentation of your BC Vaccine Card is now required to access certain non-essential events, services and businesses.

As of Monday, Oct. 25, more people are now able to come together at organized gatherings and events in parts of the province. The provincial health officer order restricting capacity limits to 50% for inside organized events and gatherings has been revised to allow 100% capacity in those settings where the BC Vaccine Card is in place and proof of vaccination status is checked.

Regional restrictions remain in place in the Interior (and north) so while the Canucks can play before a full house, the Rockets can not. Hopefully Interior Health will follow the provincial lead soon.
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