Happy New Year welcome to 2017, Canada's 150th anniversary! Over 24,000 people rang in the New Year by attending Spirit of 150 Victoria - First Night in Victoria's inner harbour. Read more about it here.
January Business Matters is Online!

The January Business Matters is in the mail and heading y our way.

Our latest edition features:
  • 2016-17 Message from the Chair : Chamber Chair Al Hasham reflects on 2016 and the plan for 2017.
  • Steering Advocacy: Getting things done requires planning, a vision and a whole lot of work. Have a read of The Chamber's annual "Advocacy in Action" report. 
  • Member Snapshots: Get to know Manjinder Benning, Michael Black and Daisy and Adam Orser.
These stories and more in the print and online edition!

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Chamber News
Opportunities and connections
Chamber Events
Marketplace Mixer
It's 2017 - What's Changed in Social Media
Prodigy Group Mingles
Business Mixers
Creativity Starts in the Shower
Have a creative problem you need to solve? Stepping into the shower just might do the trick.

72% of respondents to a recent survey reported having a new insight into an old problem in the shower. Shower epiphanies are just one of the seven stimuli that can stir your brain. Click here to read the other six ways to make your 2017 an even more productive year.

The Chamber at the Helm for 2017

A 2016 BC Business magazine survey found 31% of BC business leaders foresee the effect of government actions on businesses to be the biggest challenge facing their company over the next five years. 

This is where The Chamber can help you. 

As the voice of Greater Victoria businesses, we engage elected officials at all levels of government to ensure the region's business interests are heard.

To support this work, The Chamber annually identifies key priority areas based on member feedback and consultations. For 2017, The Chamber's advocacy efforts will be focused on the following issues:
  • Affordable Housing
  • Climate Change
  • Labour Supply and Retention
  • Local Economy
  • Local Government: Governance & Services
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Transportation
Please feel free to contribute your thoughts by contacting Peggy Kulmala, Manager of Policy and Public Affairs, at 250-383-3476 or  policy@victoriachamber.ca .

Know a Business with Sustainable Business Practices?
If you do, nominate them for the 2017 Sustainable Business Practices Award!

This award honours a business that:  
  • demonstrates sustainable business practices in their own operations (aside from the product or service for sale),
  • raises environmental awareness, and
  • demonstrates leadership and commitment to sustainable development and energy conservation and shows how these practices benefit the regional environment
Need some inspiration? Check out the videos of the 2016 Outstanding Customer Service finalists below.  

Winner: The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer
Finalist: Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours
Kicking Off Canada's Sesquicentennial Year canada
The first major New Year's Eve celebration in Victoria since the turn of the new millennium, Spirit of 150 Victoria - First Night, was a huge success. One of only 19 official events funded by the federal government, Victoria's programme ended with fireworks at  9 pm, timed to coincide with the midnight spectacle in Ottawa.

Highlights included a giant jellyfish and octopus puppet show, a digital light show projected onto The Fairmont Empress and the legislature, musical acts, Trial Bike Performances and food trucks.

Congrats to Atomique Productions for producing an amazing event! Looking forward to the July 1st celebration.

The Fairmont Empress: member since 1962

Atomique Productions: member since 2013

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2017 Board and Committees
The Chamber announced its 2017 Board of Directors and its committees this week. 

Comprised of established business and community leaders, The Chamber's board and committees work to improve business conditions in Greater Victoria and maximize the value of membership with The Chamber. 

"Our board and committee volunteers allow The Chamber to tap into the business community's influence and expertise to get what we need done, done," said Chamber Chair, Al Hasham. "We look forward to 2017 being another great year for business in Greater Victoria." 

$10 Million Royal BC Museum Reno
The Royal BC Museum is revving up for a $10 million renovation to showcase its Emily Carr works, refurbish its 1970s-era First Peoples Gallery and create a new Pacific Worlds Gallery and learning centre.

The top priority is a gallery devoted to the world's largest collection of Carr works, much of it in storage since the artist's death in 1945. These 1,100 pieces include sculptures, sketches, notebooks and textiles as well as paintings obtained when the museum merged with the B.C. Archives in 2003.

The $10 million renovation will be just the first of five phases of redevelopment on the site in a 25-year project called Treasures for Generations.

Royal BC Museum: member since 1994
Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Gaby's Seaside Restaurant
Casa Nova Bakery

Are You a Lover of Art, Science or History?
The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from Canadians to fill
the roles of 5 Chairs, 2 Vice-Chairs, and over 35 board member positions at Canada's six national museums.

Chair and Vice Chair positions will remain open until January 23, 2017, while all other trustee positions will remain open until January 9, 2017. Click here for more information or to apply

Happy Birthday Coho!
She's a proud 57 years old and still going strong!

Last year she carried 410,000 passengers and a recently commissioned study pegged the Coho's economic contribution to Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island at $123 million annually.

Congrats to the team at Black Ball Ferry Line that keep her looking good and working hard. We look forward to many trips to come.

Black Ball Ferry Line: member since 1961
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