Join us for the 2nd Annual  
Chamber and LDBA Christmas Social!
Celebrate the Holidays with fellow business people!  Members and guests are invited to the 2nd Annual Chamber / LDBA  Christmas Social at Cottonwood on Tuesday, December 4th from from 12 pm to 2 pm.  Book a table for you, your staff and guests!   Silent Auction donations are welcome. 
Please  RSVP by Friday, November 30th.   
Email   or call 250-245-2112
Welcome New Chamber Members 

Join us in welcoming our NEW members of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce! We encourage you to welcome these new members by patronizing their businesses and or visiting their  websites.      
     
 
Ladysith Thai Yoga Massage
            
Thoughtful Place Design  
 
      
Book Your 2019 Chamber
Business Mixer!

Mixers are an ideal opportunity to gain exposure and publicity for your business. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you are invited to host a monthly Mixer. As a host you will also benefit from a large, positive and business-oriented crowd.  Read More...

BC Chamber Collective Prosperity Survey 
Make Sure Your Voice is Heard

Every year, our Collective Perspective survey takes the pulse on BC's economic climate. 
The survey reaches every sector of BC's economy-making it one of BC's most comprehensive economic snapshots. 
Results from the survey serve several purposes: 
  • They inform our advocacy efforts and define how we advance policies that serve BC Businesses 
  • Results are shared with government, in preparation for the 2019 budget.  
  • The survey identifies evolving trends over time, and helps our members and partners see where we've come from, and where we're going. 
We rely on the business community's participation to ensure the results reflect the scope of economic activities that make up our province. 
Please take the survey - and share with your network. 
Make sure your voice is heard.   TAKE SURVEY

All respondents will be entered in a draw to win a $500 Air Canada Gift Certificate.
Proportional Referendum Info Session 
November 21st

The Ladysmith Seniors Association and LRCA are presenting an information session on Proportional Representation 

When: Wednesday, November 21st,  6PM 
Where:  Ladysmith Seniors Association,  630 - 2nd Ave.

This is a chance to hear the three PR options described and ask questions of the Presenter(s). We look forward to seeing you. If you have questions please contact info@lrca.ca

If you're unable to attend the Info Session on November 21st there are a series of videos that have been produced by Elections BC to help explain the various voting systems.  These videos are available on the Elections BC website at https://elections.bc.ca/referendum/voting-systems/voting-systems 

Here is another video that is a little more fun to watch but still informative.
2019 Small Business BC Awards
Nominations are open until November 30th!  

ENTREPRENEURS WORK 365 DAYS A YEAR. TAKE ONE DAY TO CELEBRATE AT THE SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS.
British Columbia's small business owners make our province the best place in the world to live, work and play. It's only fair they get a little recognition, right?
The Small Business BC Awards are the largest awards of their type in the province. They exist as a celebration of entrepreneurial achievement, and to give nominees a platform for further success.
Nominating your business, or a business you love, is easy and there are plenty of amazing benefits. Nominated businesses can leverage the amazing marketing and PR opportunities the Awards present. And, if they win, they'll receive a cash prize of $1,500 and an all-access pass to Small Business BC education and experts for one whole year.

Congratulations and Good Luck to Chamber Members, COCO CAFE and RIOT BREWING Brewing for their nominations!  Click on the nominee and support them with your vote! 

The Open for Business Awards recognize and celebrate communities that best demonstrate they are promoting business friendly initiatives within their region.Congratulations to the TOWN OF LADYSMITH for their Open for Business Awards nomination!  

Working Towards an Age-Friendly Ladysmith  

Get Involved!
As a business, please consider completing an Age-Friendly Business Assessment.
You can download a self assessment checklist at: https://goo.gl/osHM2g 
For more information and to share your assessment results by Dec 1, 2018, connect with Rosalie at rosaliespcowichan@gmail.com or 250-597-0172 Ext 109.

LRCA: Extreme Weather Shelter Information Meeting 
Re: Homeless Shelter Temporary Use Permit Application (631 First Ave.)

Members of the public are invited to attend a neighbourhood information meeting on November 28th, hosted by the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association (LRCA).
Currently an Extreme Weather Resource Shelter operates at 631 First Avenue. However, it only opens when extreme weather conditions occur.
The LRCA is seeking feedback from the neighbourhood regarding a proposal to open the shelter to the homeless every night from November 1st to March 31st.

The neighbourhood information meeting is on Wednesday, November 28th, from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm, and is being held in the basement of the building at 631 First Avenue 
If you require further information please contact Toby Seward by email at  toby [dot] seward [at] shaw [dot] ca or by phone at 250-713-6595.

Town of Ladysmith
  • The next Council Meeting is on November 05, 2018 at 7pm. Click here for the Regular Council meeting schedule.  A full agenda package is prepared by 5:30 p.m. on the Thursday before the Council and Municipal Services Committee meetings and is available by clicking on the following links: Council Minutes and Agendas Municipal Services Minutes and Agendas.
  • Click here to "Meet your new Council" including their contact information and the committees they will be a part of. 
  • Please be advised that the installation of safety bollards on 1st Avenue will be delayed until after light-up for safety reasons.  Read More...
  • Dec 03- Jan 18:  BC Hydro Transmission Tree Work, Holland Creek Trails area. Read More...
Thank you to our Biz Buzz Symposium + Expo Title Sponsor,  LDCU 




Advertise here to support Your Chamber
& promote Your Business for $30 per month.
Call 250-245-2112 to book your spot!

Ladysmith Downtown Business Association
  • The next Membership meeting is in January 2019.  It will be held at the Waterfront Art Gallery. Entry is on the front of the building, go upstairs (turn right and come through to office if we are not in the gallery on the left).  
  • Mark your calendars!  The LDBA Old Time Christmas 2018 will be on December 7th, 2018.  Read More...  This kicks of the Friday Late Night Shopping for Dec 14 & 21  Read More...
  • Our Grand Christmas imitative is now active through the community.
     
Business Resources 
    


Cowichan & Neighbouring Chamber News
Keep in touch with whats happening...

 

Ladysmith Art Strategy
Let's get creative!

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District has been given $20,000 by the town to develop a broad-based public arts strategy for the community of Ladysmith.
Working with local artists, arts and culture organizations, schools and community members in Ladysmith, district and Stz'uminus First Nation we are underway to create a strategy to be presented to the town in December.
How can public arts be incorporated into the community? Can public arts have benefits to boost tourism and the economy? Can public arts bring a better quality to one's life?
Current Projects and Events: 
  • Take the Community Feedback Survey
  • Join us for a 2 part Community Engagement Workshop on November 22, from 4-7pm  at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery.  
  • Join us at one or all of our open houses this December.  This is your chance to take a visual walk through all the various projects that have taken place. 
    *Wednesday, Dec 05 at Aggie Hall fom 4pm-7pm
    *Thursday Dec 6th at the Ladysmith Waterfront Galley from 4pm-7pm
    *Sunday Dec 9th at Aggie Hall from 9am-12pm 
  • Questions? Email us at ladysmithartstrategy@gmail.com 
Shoebox Project for Women
Drop Off Location

The Ladysmith Chamber / Visitor Centre is happy to provide the drop-off space for the Shoebox Project for Women program again this year.  Located at 33 Roberts Street, hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4pm.  Deadline,  December 20, 2018.  Read More...


Toys Toiletries & Toques 2018 Cowichan

Palmer Leslie Chartered Accountants and Waypoint Insurance is participating in the 8th annual Toys, Toiletries and Toques as a drop off location for all New non-food items. Visit them in their Ladysmith location and drop off any items you can! Thank you so much! Follow them on facebook and instagram to learn more. 
Whats Happening in Ladysmith!
                          
Check out our  EVENT CALENDAR on our website!  
Send us your event info!  

Upcoming Ladysmith Events!
   
November 17-25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery Presents: Through the Open Lens
Nov 21, 28 Dec 5,12,19: LRCA Bingo
Nov 21 @ 6pm:  Proportional Representation Info Session at the Senior Centre. 
November 22, 23, 24, 25 @ 10am - 5pm: Cedar & Yellow Point Artisans 2018 Country Christmas Tour 
November 22 @ 5-7pm Winter Social Night at Left Coast Fashions
November 22 @ 7pm - 9pm: Ladysmith Pharmasave "A Night to Sparkle"
November 22 @ 4pm - 7pm: Ladysmith Art Strategy Community Engagement Workshop @ Aggie Hall
Nov 22, 23, 24 @ 6:30-9pm: LSS IMPROV XX
November 25 at 9:30am: Cinnamon Bun Run 
November 26-28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm: Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery Presents: Hats Off to the West Coast
November 27 & Dec 18: @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Ironworks Cafe & Creperie Book Club
November 28 from 2-4pm at the Eagles Hall: Cowichan Valley Health Care Info Session ~ Ladysmith 
November 29 @ 3pm - 9pm: Ladysmith Festival of Lights
November 30-Dec 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm: Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery Presents: Merry Christmas
November 30 - Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Ladysmith Little Theatre Presents: Scrooge in Rouge
Dec 4th 12-2pm: Chamber/LDBA Christmas Social 
December 5 @ 4pm - 7pm: Ladysmith Public Arts Strategy Open House
December 7 @ 5pm - 8pm: Old Time Christmas and Candlelight Walk
December 8 @ 6pm - 8pm: Ladysmith Christmas Mt Brenton Sail Past
December 8: 16th Annual LaFF Breakfast with Santa
December 9 @ 9am - 12pm: Ladysmith Public Arts Strategy Open House
December 13 @ 6 - 9pm: Cottonwood Family Christmas
December 14 @ 6pm - 9pm: Celebration of Light Concert @ In the Beantime
December 20 @ 6 - 9pm: Cottonwood Family Christmas
December 23 @ 4pm - 9pm: Ladysmith Fire Rescue Santa Claus Parade
December 7 : Old Time Christmas Downtown Ladysmith 
December 9: Laff 14th Annual Breakfast with Santa 
Dec 19 @ 12pm-6:45pm Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic 
Visit http://www.ladysmithcofc.com/calendar/  for more info and events!
  
    



Contact:
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce
33 Roberts Street, Ladysmith, BC.  V9G 1A4
250.245-2112
info@ladysmithcofc.com | www.ladysmithcofc.com