Tomorrow, Oct 26th at 10am join us for the last in our Small Business Month Seminar Series - Increase your Cashflow with Online Payments presented by local e-commerce experts Bambora . To register click here.  
Spooktacular Victoria

As the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has a ghostly history that comes to life in the month of October. The brilliant colours of fall hint at a plethora of vibrant and spooktacular events in BC's most haunted city.

Highlight of events:
You also can check out Tourism Victoria's list of the " Top 11 Haunted Places in Victoria" if you're dying to see a ghost. While you're out exploring the region use #victoriaBOO, we'd love to see what you get up to!

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Victoria Public Market: member since 2015 
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Greater Victoria Festival Society: member since 2016
Walking Tours by Discover the Past: member since 2017 
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Victoria's New Bag Bylaw 
The City of Victoria has released the first draft of its  Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw (pg 12). City staff are recommending it take place no sooner than July 1, 2018.

Key notes include the shift from simply banning plastic bags to addressing the use of all Checkout Bags, including:
  • Minimum fees for supplying a paper bag of 12 cents and $2 for a reusable bag.
  • Front-line retail workers (perhaps even one who is paid the minimum wage) can be fined $100 for failure to first ask a customer whether they need a shopping bag before providing.
The Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of local businesses for a regional approach and a longer phase-in period in order to provide retailers with time to implement changes. See Chamber CEO Catherine Holt's full presentation to the city here.  
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Time to Publish Those Salaries
Bravo to the Times Colonist for the editorial on the exceedingly generous benefits in the labour agreement between The City of Victoria and its city workers. 

As the editorial states: "These are excessive benefits, far beyond anything the ordinary taxpayer can expect to receive...Yet it's the ordinary taxpayer that gets handed the bill for the municipal workers."

And from a business perspective, commercial taxes in our 13 municipalities range from 2 to 5 times more than residential taxes. So businesses pay an even higher proportion of municipal salaries. Click here to see a chart comparing the two.

"A big step the provincial government took years ago to increase accountability and transparency with regard to taxpayer supported salaries, is to legally require that the salaries for public servants who earn more than $125,000 are published annually," said Catherine Holt, CEO of The Chamber. "This applies to all public sector organizations in the province except municipalities. Given the concerns outlined by the Times Colonist and the recent eye-opening deal that Saanich negotiated with its Police Chief, it's time all of our local governments publish the salaries they pay."

"For more on this topic, watch for The Chamber column in the November edition of Business Examiner, in which I talk about the 32 members of the Saanich Fire Department who earned over $100K in 2015."


Tourism is rapidly growing in BC - contributing $7 billion in GDP* annually.
Join us as Minister Beare outlines the provincial government's plans to expand tourism and invest in arts and culture in this province.
Tues, Nov 21 | 11:30 am-1 pm      
The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon St.

*Source BC Stats 
Members Around Town
100.3 the Q is celebrating their 30th year on the radio! Congrats on this historic milestone. They celebrated by hosting Beater Bonanza: 30th Edition where one lucky contestant won $5,000. 

100.3 the Q: member since 1987
Scott Phillips, CEO of Starfish Medical, won the technology category at the the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Pacific Awards. The award recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.     
StarFish Medical: member since 2009  
Omicron expects to break ground on its $35-million Sidney Crossing project in March or April of 2018. The 100,000-square-foot centre will include 10 buildings, with plans for anchor grocery and major appliance and electronics stores.
Omicron: member since 2015
Clive Piercy, a Victoria business person, avid angler, outdoorsman and generous community benefactor passed away Oct. 17. His most notable business legacy is the Chateau Victoria, which he and a partner bought in the mid 1970s. One of the hotel bars still bears the name "Clive's."

Chateau Victoria: member since 1974
Get ready to bid on one of our most delectable Auction items - the 3ft high Chocolate Santa courtesy of Rogers' Chocolates.
Only available at this year's Chamber Auction. Make sure you have your tickets today - only 15 seats left! 
Fri, Nov 24 | 6-10 pm         
The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon St.

Camosun's Co-operative Education Program Can Give You the Competitive Edge
A student from Camosun College's Co-operative education program has been the BC Co-op student of the year for 10 years in a row .   
Camosun students excel in technology, engineering, business, sport and exercise, hospitality, and arts and science. The hands-on innovative applied learning gives students relevant, current industry knowledge and skills. 
Co-op students can fill temporary needs or work on special projects. Mentor bright and enthusiastic students and enjoy the enthusiasm that students bring to the workplace.   
For more information about Camosun Co-op Programs and employer benefits,
visit and to register your workplace on our online job board go to .
 Camosun College: member since 1981 
How to Find Staff
In a blog post called "How To Win At Hiring In A Tight Labour" Christine Willow of GT Hiring Solutions delves into some of the issues facing employers on the lookout for employees. Labour shortages are evident across the board, so employers are competing with all industries to hire staff.  
Consider this:
  • 69% of candidates are likely to apply if an employer manages their brand (Glassdoor survey)
  • 76% want details on what makes the company a great place to work (Glassdoor survey)
  • 69% would not take a job with a company with a bad reputation (Corporate Responsibility Magazine, Allegis Group Services)
  • 84% would consider leaving to go to another company with an excellent reputation.

GT Hiring Solutions: member since 2006
Nominate Now for The Chamber's 2018 Greater Victoria Business Awards
Each week The Chamber will be profiling a different award category, encouraging members to nominate a deserving Chamber member for our 2018 Business Awards.

The Young Entrepreneur Award honours a business owner or founder under the age of 35 who:
  • Has excelled in business;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the community:
  • Exemplifies leadership and entrepreneurial skills; and
  • Exhibits exceptional vision that contributes to business success.
Know a person that deserves this award? Nominate them today!

Need some inspiration? Check out the videos of the 2017 Young Entrepreneur finalists below. Thanks to Royal Roads University for sponsoring this award last year.

Winner: Rachel Paish, Passion & Performance
Finalist: Glen Smethurst, Van Isle Paint and Island Digital Marketing  
Looking to Make a Sustainable Difference? 
The Government of Canada is seeking candidates to fill Director positions on the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) Board of Directors
SDTC is responsible for funding Canadian clean technology projects and coaching the companies as they move their groundbreaking technologies to market. The Board of Directors and its committees play a critical role in ensuring that SDTC fulfills this important mandate. In addition, the Board has the authority to approve the funding of technologies with strong competitive and environmental potential.
Interested applicants must  apply online by Nov 6, 2017.
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