Chamber Week 2017 is February 20 to 24, 2017.  Chamber of Commerce Week, celebrated annually during the 3rd week in February, recognizes the outstanding contributions that Chambers and Boards of Trade make to communities across B.C.  The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating 
87 Years serving Ladysmith and Area. 
Further details on local events for Chamber Week will be available soon. 
Stay tuned!   

Advertising Opportunities RE: Chamber Week & Smart Guide to Local Business Directory

Chamber Week Special Feature in the Chronicle Feb. 23- Member Pricing 
The Chronicle is celebrating Chamber week with a Special Feature and great pricing on member's ads. Consider being part of this high profile celebration of Ladysmith's business community.

Smart Guide to Local Business Directory: reach 6,000 homes -  Ladysmith to Chemainus!   This useful directory will be delivered to the doorstep of 6,000 homes in the Chronicle and Cowichan Citizen.  The directory will also be online at  * Buy an ad and receive a free listing

THE Chronicle Serving Ladysmith, Chemainus and area since 1908
Contact:   Andrea Rosato-Taylor   T: 250-713-7876   OR
Troy Miller   T: 250-245-2277   OR
Kathy Holmes   T: 250-816-0670

Chamber Managers Tip of the Month
New Years Resolution: 

Revisit Your Business Plan
If your business plan has been collecting dust on a shelf somewhere for a few years, now's the time to pull it out, dust it off, and renew it. Review it to make sure it's still lined up with your vision for your company and that the targets and budgets you set for yourself are realistic and achievable.  It is very beneficial to lay out what you want for your business in the coming 12 months, to aggressively pursue those goals over the year, then start the process over early in 2018. Be specific, so you can actually measure results and see whether you accomplished them by year's end. Change what needs changing. And if you never had a business plan, check out Community Futures Small Business Toolkit to help develop one. 

Chamber Events

Chamber Week:  February 20-24
Chamber AGM: April 05, 2017 at Cottonwood 
All Candidates Meeting: TBA (target date April)
10th Annual Chamber Golf Classic:  Friday June 16, 2017 at Cottonwood.  

Details coming soon! 
Retooling and Rebranding othe Spring Home & Business Show

In an effort to bring a larger spotlight, and more support, to the Ladysmith business community, and to bring more emphasis on shopping and supporting local businesses and initiatives, the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce will be retooling and rebranding the Spring Home & Business Show.  Starting in 2017 the event will now be known as the Ladysmith Business and Volunteer Expo and will be held annually during Small Business Month in early October. The concept for the new event is that it will feature a trade show to showcase local business, product demonstrations including holiday shopping ideas & opportunities, business development workshops, a volunteer fair, family entertainment and more.  Stay tuned over the next few months to find out more about this new and exciting event. Read more..

Membership Renewals

Invoices for your 2017 Chamber Memberships have been emailed. If you have not received your invoice or have any questions please contact our office at your convenience. 

Please take a moment to check you business listing on our websites Find a Business page and let us know if you have any updates that you would like made.  
Ask us about the Enhanced Listing option! 

News from Chamber Members  Ladysmith has been selected as the second Canadian test centre for Riese & Muller eBikes from....
Ladysmith Fraternal Order of Eagles  ladies auxiliary membership drive.  Join in January, 2017 and we will...
NikkiDesigns:  Shop local and save on 100% linen sheets!  10% off sheet sets at...
Cheers Cowichan is pleased to offer  scheduled visits to the Vancouver Island...
GNB Builders:  Did you see that GNB Builders has been announced as a finalist...
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 presents the Vic Vaga tribute to ....
Pharmasave  has helped our community lose 1500 Lbs with.... 
Rotary Club of Ladysmith has set the date for their Annual Light up the Night.... 

Submitting your news is a free service for Chamber Members.  

Town of Ladysmith
  • Comox Valley to Take Ladysmith Bio Solids as in Interim Solution. Read More... 
  • Ladysmith secures new site for Composting Operations
  • Claim your Space. Speak your Mind! PlaceSpeak launches in Cowichan.  
  • Reminder to get your 2017 Dog Tags by Jan 31 2017
  • A New Plan for our Waterfront:  The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz'uminus First Nation are working in partnership to develop a plan for the Ladysmith Waterfront Area, in the spirit of reconciliation.
    Public and stakeholder engagement is an integral part of this process!  Stay tuned for future community events, surveys, and other opportunities to share your input.  It's your waterfront - have your say!  
Click here for more information
  • The LDBA AGM will be held on Thursday, February 16th, 2017. Location will be Fox & Hounds, meeting starts at 6 pm, dinner at 6:45 pm.
  • Call for Directors:  The LDBA is made up of a minimum of 9 Directors, 5 of whom form the Executive (President, Past President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary). At the AGM, we will likely lose 3 so are looking for new people to join. We invite you to join our 2017 team.
What's Happening

We are working on our 2017 Event Calendar. 
If you have set your date or have a new event to add, send us your event information
Include your event poster and we will print and post the poster on the Visitor Centre bulletin board.  This includes events, seminars, workshops etc. This is a free service to our Chamber Members.  

Dine About Cowichan Program
Registration Deadline: Jan. 27/17 

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber will be launching a Dine About Cowichan program, similar to the Nanaimo Chamber's Dine About Mid-Island program in 2016. 

For all Ladysmith Chamber Members who participate, the Ladysmith Chamber will Purchase a Gift Certificate in the referral amount of $25 to be used for further promotion at a future Chamber event.  

PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES | Dine Cowichan: Feb. 24 - Mar. 12/17 Registration Deadline: Jan. 27/17 Menu Deadline: Jan. 27/17

Here is the list of participants so far! 
Fox & Hounds, 
Bridgeman's Bistro, 
Sawmill Taphouse, 
The Farm Table Inn, 
Original Joes, 
The Lion Rampant Pub, 
The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, 
The Duncan Garage Café, 
Unsworth Vineyard, 
Merridale Bistro, 
Oak & Carriage Pub, 
The Black Swan Pub, 
The Cobblestone Pub, 
Odika Café, 
Owls Nest Bakery & Bistro, 
Hudson's on First, 
The Rock Cod Café, 
Village Chippery, 
Boston Pizza....
Tourism Cowichan
  • Tourism Cowichan: Upcoming Sector Collaboration Meetings.  Boating & Marinas + Water Sports + Fishing. TODAY, Mon, Jan 23
  • Not yet a registered stakeholder? Find a diverse list of stakeholder benefits  here and know that there are so many other directly tourist facing programs such as holiday/seasonal campaigns, web listings and vacation guides that we offer. It's FREE and easy to  join!
  • BIG NEWSTourism Cowichan Website Soft Launch.  We invite you to come and check out the NEW Tourism Cowichan website here.  
  • STAY CONNECTED  Bookmark our new Tourism Cowichan Partner Portal
    What is a Partner Portal? It's a website that has been designed to keep you - our valued stakeholders - connected and current. Think of it like a 'virtual office' - a place where you can get caught up on what's happening, access information and resources, and share your input and ideas. Please take a moment to explore the portal at:
Duncan Chamber invites you...
Ladysmith Chamber Members are invited to attend the Duncan Chambers Luncheon ...

Marsha Walden, CEO of Destination BC, presents at the Chambers first luncheon of the new year on Jan. 26. Tourism contributed $7.1 billion in GDP in 2014, and has shown steady growth over the last decade. Ms. Walden will consider what successes and challenges are on the horizon for tourism in 2017 and beyond.
Ms. Walden, was born and raised in Vancouver and joined the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) in 2002 as Director of Marketing and eBusiness. Over the last 9 years, Ms. Walden has served in a number of senior executive roles, most recently as Vice President of Strategy, Transformation and Social Responsibility. See Ms. Walden's bio here

Thurs. Jan. 26/17
Ramada Duncan
140 Trans Canada Hwy.
11:30 am - Check in & Networking | Noon - Buffet & Presentation
1 pm Wrap
Members $30.45  | Non-members $40.90
Register online, or Contact:
Elizabeth Croft  |  250.748.1111
Additional news...

Canada Summer Jobs:  The deadline to apply for Canada Summer Jobs funding has just been extended by 2 weeks to February 3rd! 

Community Gaming Grant Workshop:  You are invited to the BC Government's Community Gaming Grant Workshop for the Vancouver Island/Coast Region on February 15 at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo.   READ MORE....
Canada-B.C. Job Grant:    Small Business BC has two advisors to help eligible small business access up to $15,000 for job skills training.  READ MORE...

Small Business BC - T ake our survey and let us know what products and services you need to successfully start or grow your  #BC  small business!  Take Survey
Small Business Trends for 2017.  

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