We're excited to be continuing a long tradition of having the Mayor come to speak about the state of the city and eager to hear what Mayor Colin Basran will say about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the Kelowna region. 

Join us for this exciting opportunity and get the inside scoop on what developments or projects will be coming our way.
Just prior to the presentation from the Mayor, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting as President Carmen Sparg finishes her term. Join us as we introduce you to your new board members, receive our audited financial statements and deal with a proposed adjustment to our by-laws (more on that later). All Chamber members in good standing are eligible to vote. There is no charge to attend the AGM though there is a charge if you wish to stay and listen to the Mayor.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO CHAMBER MEMBERS

A notice of motion was tabled and accepted at a special membership meeting held on March 6, 2019. Chamber members will have a chance to vote on a new set of by-laws at our AGM on April 3.
Sold-out Crowd for former PM
President Carmer Sparg chats with former PM Harper over lunch
Former Prime Minister the Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper, P.C., joined us for lunch this week - no biggie!

Actually, at more than 650 tickets sold, it was one of our largest events ever. 

Thanks again to all those who helped make the event a great success including our Ambassadors, the team at the Delta Grand, Dan Baxter from the BC Chamber for moderating, and of course, our excellent sponsors JDS Energy & Mining Inc. and Troika Developments.

And a huge thanks to our members and those who came. Without your support we wouldn't be able to put on these events. We hope you enjoyed it and we welcome any feedback you might have. 

See you at the next one!
Social Media for your Business - What are you waiting for?
Did you know that 94% of online Canadians use social media... but less than 40% of Canadian businesses use and maintain one or more social media account?  Why are you leaving so much potential money on the table? 

If you simply don't know where to start or don't think you have the time to manage social media, our next Business Smarts seminar is for you.
Exclusive Offer for Chamber Members!
International e-Commerce is growing twice as fast as domestic e-Commerce and expected to hit 4.5 trillion dollars by 2021. Are you eager to grow your global market and grow your business?

Join us on April 17 as World Trade Centre Vancouver returns to the city to partner with the Kelowna Chamber on a half day workshop for International e-Commerce Essentials (ICE), a workshop that helps businesses discover, learn, and create an integrated online strategy to drive global sales! This structured half day workshop is just the thing to accelerate your potential. 

Registration is only $400 but as an exclusive bonus for members of the Kelowna Chamber, you can apply for a bursary to cover the entire cost!

Contact jenna@kelownachamber.org for more info. 
MEMBER NEWS: Local Company wins National Award
A belated congrats to Aaron Piva and Treena Carson-Piva of Real Property Management of Kelowna, winners of the 2018 Canadian Rising Star Award at the North American RPM Conference held in in Salt Lake City, Utah last month.

Read the full story on Okanagan Edge
POLICY UPDATE
With our GDP at a standstill, businesses need to see a focus on protecting and fostering growth in the upcoming federal budget ahead of this year's federal election. With small businesses in Canada employing more that 8.2 million Canadians, this budget could be a score or bust for the federal government in its upcoming election. 

Read the full story from the Canadian Chamber in this month's 5 minutes for Business, A Budget for Business or Bust.

SPONSORSHIP NEWS - Only a few holes left!
Sponsorship opportunities are running out for our 34th Annual Golf Tournament. Contact  brett@kelownchamber.org   to be part of this very popular local event. 

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Watch for the next issue of Connexions on March 28, 2019.
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