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October 16 | 2019
Stat of the Week

Latest Poll Averages (as of Oct. 15, 2019 - via CBC )
Member Satisfaction Survey critical to providing better service
Earlier this month you may have received your 2019-2020 Member Satisfaction Survey via an email from us.

We're asking all our members to please complete the survey as it greatly helps us set the direction of the Chamber and prioritize the issues that matter to you. As a bonus, we're giving away a $100 Visa gift certificate to 5 lucky members who complete the survey.
If you did not receive the survey or have any questions, please email us at: .
5 Minutes for Business - It's still the economy, stupid.
25 years ago democratic strategist James Carville famously chalked up Bill Clinton's successful campaign to, “It’s the economy, stupid." In the latest "5 minutes for Business", the  Canadian Chamber of Commerce  reminds the parties that time is running out to talk about the issues that really matter. Read .
BC Chamber's MindReader™ helps you amplify your voice
Want to make yourself heard in Victoria and Ottawa? The BC Chamber of Commerce's data-driven community platform boasts among its members CEOs and leaders, entrepreneurs, captains of industry, business owners large and small, and corporate British Columbians. Check out this quick video from BC Chamber President and CEO Val Litwin to learn more, or head over to their website .
2019 Skate Canada International event a boon to Kelowna businesses
Kelowna plays host to the 2019 Skate Canada International Oct 24-27 at Prospera Place.

While certainly great for the profile of our city, the event also promises to provide a boost to local businesses, especially in the downtown core. Tourism Kelowna is anticipating an influx of visitors, many of them international visitors, for those dates. They are encouraging downtown businesses to consider staffing up and finding ways to make visitors feel welcome. You can email your questions to .
Big White one of three finalists for 2019 Canadian Tourism Award
Big White is up for a big award - the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s Pursuit Attraction & Adventure Award.

The award, presented annually, recognizes a Canadian organization that provides outstanding outdoor adventure tourism experiences. Congrats to Big White . Read more .
3 Qs with Susi Foerg, Chief Angler Rustic Reel Brewing Co.
Combining her love for fishing and the outdoors with the pub-vibe from her native Germany, Susi Foerg's Rustic Reel Brewing Company boasts one of Kelowna's best patios, a unique decor and of course, beer brewed in-house. We caught up with Susi to find out how things are going with this brand new Okanagan offering.

What is something you wish you knew when you first began?
How little control you actually have over your own project during construction. I had a game plan; I had timeline goals. But between weather, material delivery delays, and coordinating various groups of people on a project, there was very little that I actually had any control in. That made for a lot of stress and aggravation. 

What is something people might not know about Rustic Reel?
A couple things – 1. that our patio is still open and we are hanging on to summer! 2. That we are open at 11 for lunch, and also have a take-out lunch menu Tuesday-Friday. 3. That we are BIG! Most people come in and are pleasantly surprised that we have so much space!

What are you looking forward to/planning for the future?
We are excited about each new beer we bring out! We recently released our Imperial Chocolate Stout, and later this month will be our Gingerbread Brown Ale! We’re looking forward to (hopefully) having people see us as their new favourite local hang-out.

Rustic Reel Brewing Company is located at 760 Vaughan Avenue just north of downtown Kelowna. You can learn more about them and Susi on their website .
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Interested in hosting #CommerceConnex?
We're seeking interested parties to host Commerce ConneX in 2020. Criteria is you should be ready to accommodate around 150 people (including parking) and provide snacks and door-prizes. If interested, contact: .
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