Business Excellence Nominations Now Open!
Nominations for our 31st Annual Business Excellence Awards launched June 1, so if you have or know of a worthy business you feel deserves to be recognized check out the nomination criteria and complete the nomination form. Deadline for submission is June 29.
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33 rd Annual Golf Tournament a Swinging Success!
The Harvest Golf Club's course was immaculate, the company was engaging, and the weather co-operated (no rain!) for this year's tournament. Most players walked away with a prize, and we were able to raise $2376 for KidSport!
Greater Westside Board of Trade Town Hall
The Greater Westside Board of Trade will be holding a Town Hall on BC's Speculation Tax, facilitated by Castanet's Wayne Moore. This is an opportunity for owners and others in the West Kelowna area to share personal stories with the audience and local elected officials of how the tax will affect them, their businesses, and their families. 

The Kelowna Chamber is a founding member of the " Scrap the Speculation Tax " Coalition, and authored the "Anti-Canadian Tariff: Pressing the Pause Button on BC's Proposed Speculation Tax" policy which was unanimously adopted at the May BC Chamber Annual Policy Session. The Kelowna Chamber is pleased to support the Greater Westside Board of Trade in promoting its Town Hall, and will be holding a Kelowna Town Hall on the Speculation Tax once legislation is tabled.

TOWN HALL  |  WED. JUNE 13  |  6:30 PM
HOLIDAY INN  |  WEST KELOWNA 
Free to attend  |  Doors open at 6 PM
ADVOCACY
POLICY UPDATE FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
A couple of important policies issues to keep you informed about. Of course these are only two of a number of key issues we are following on your behalf.
 
SPECULATION TAX- Your Chamber is keeping up its efforts to get the Province to step back from implementing this proposed tax. The Chamber sees value in investing in affordable housing but it does not believe this measure is the best way to achieve more attainable housing. In fact we believe it might do just the opposite by deterring investment from outside the province that stimulates our local economy. At the recent BC Chamber AGM the Kelowna Chamber got unanimous support for its resolution that calls on the BC Government to shelve the idea altogether or at the very least provide some evidence as to the rationale as to why Kelowna and West Kelowna were specifically targeted (among eight total districts/municipalities in the entire province) for this tax.
The Kelowna Chamber is a founding member of the "Scrap the Speculation Tax" Coalition, a growing body of individuals, companies and organizations fighting to curb this proposed tax. To find out more about the coalition's efforts check out their website and register your view. You'll join the more than 2,200 people who have already sent letters to their elected officials on this issue.
ELECTORAL REFORM - Should there be a referendum? What should the question be? With a growing rural-urban divide in BC, will proportional representation help close that gap or will it result in...
Our Policy Advisory Committee is active on a number of key issues. For a complete list visit our website under Advocacy/Key Issues.

Let us know what's on your mind: What issue do you think needs the Chamber's leadership?  RAISE YOUR CONCERN
UPCOMING  EVENTS

TOP 40 UNDER 40 WRAP UP PARTY   |  WED. JUNE 13  |  5 - 7 PM

"Recognition is the art of actively looking for efforts that make a difference every day." 
Join us in recognizing our Top 40 Under 40 Honourees and celebrating their outstanding achievements. 

FRI. JUNE 15 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Join us on June 15th for the final installment in this year's Okanagan School of Business Luncheon Series, where Deputy Commissioner Butterworth-Carr will share fact vs. perceptions on how the RCMP are approaching crime trends and public safety in BC and Kelowna. 

You will leave with a new understanding about where the RCMP have come from and where they are going; hearing about their vision firsthand, rather than only what is published in the media. Learn about the commitments the RCMP has made regarding issues affecting Business, and how you can play a role. 

TUES. JUNE 19 | NOON - 1 PM | ONLY $10!

The success of your business hinges on standing out rather than blending in. Whether your goal is to improve productivity, foster growth and profitability, or enhance the consumer experience, intelligent interior design can bring your business to the next level.

THURS. JUNE 21 | 5 - 7 PM

Expect fun and games as Playtime Casino & BCLC welcome you to this special event, including live music, mini-poker tourney, and so much more. Delicious appies and a special cocktail provided by MATCH Eatery is definitely another highlight of the evening!
MEMBER NEWS
WELCOME TO OUR MAY NEW MEMBERS

CONGRATULATING MEMBERS ON THEIR MILESTONES,
ACHIEVEMENTS & CELEBRATIONS.
  • Take part in or donate to the second Kelowna 6K for Water at Tugboat Bay. Kelowna Foundation for Hope & Social Innovation President Al Hildebrandt, in partnership with World Vision Canada are raising funds to provide some of the world's most vulnerable children with clean drinking water. MORE
  • Flynn Canada Ltd. is celebrating 40 years in business.
Let us join you in celebrating your business's achievements & milestones. 
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR AFFILIATE PROGRAMS?

ESSO IMPERIAL OIL
The Esso Business Card program gives you exceptional fuel savings and powerful, yet easy-to-use, fuel management tools. Plus Kelowna Chamber of Commerce members and their employees can receive a 3.5 cent per litre discount regardless of volume. Pick the degree of control and reporting that's right for your business.
There are amazing perks to becoming a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce member. From networking opportunities to our Affiliate Programs, we provide a variety of exclusive offers and opportunities. To learn more, visit our website under
Member Exclusives.
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