BIZ BUZZ 2018
NETWORK ~ ENGAGE ~ LEARN

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce  2nd Annual Biz Buzz Symposium + Expo was held on September 28th.  We would like to thank all of our generous Sponsors, Trade Show Exhibitors and everyone who attended the event for their support.  A special thank you to the exciting line up of speakers who were all well received and delivered engaging presentations.   
We hope that everyone enjoyed the day and took advantage of this opportunity to connect with fellow business people and leaders in the community. 

Click here for photos of the event. 





Thank you to our Biz Buzz Symposium + Expo Title Sponsor,  LDCU 




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.     
           
 

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...


Tour de Rock 
Adopt a Rider Program well received by Ladysmith Businesses and Residents!   

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Sponsored the Ladysmith Tour de Rock - Adopt a Rider 2018 program!  

This year all of the riders were adopted, some twice!  Bravo Ladysmith. 
You can view all the adopted riders in an album on the
Tour de Rock Facebook page. Most businesses have received their photo of the adopted rider. For those who have not, they can email
Teresa McKinley for their copy.  
Thank you to everyone who supported the Adopt a Rider Program! Altogether $1875 was raised to send kids to Camp Goodtimes.


Celebrate Small Business Month
Small Business BC offers Free Seminars through-out October! 
 
Small Business Month celebrates the important contributions entrepreneurs make to the BC economy and to their local communities. Now in its seventh successful year, this October we encourage small business owners and entrepreneurs to take the time to develop your business ideas or to find new and exciting ways to improve and grow your business.

With the support of our partners, events and activities will be held right across the province, promoting the many organizations and groups that offer valuable support and resources to help foster the growth of small business.

Small Business BC is once again celebrating Small Business Month by offering free education throughout October.

Entrepreneurs are welcome to attend the free seminars being held at the Small Business BC Education Centre in Vancouver. The free seminars will also be broadcast via webinar so that all business owners throughout BC can also easily access these resources as well.

Click Here and check out some of the great free seminars happening in October for Small Business Month

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance 
 

The 12th Anniversary State of the Island Economic Summit will convene at the 
Vancouver Island Conference Centre  Wednesday & Thursday, October 24 & 25, 2018. 

Register today for the State of the Island Economic Summit

Click here for Summit Schedule 
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.
  • Hallowe'en is just around the corner. If you want to discharge fireworks on Hallowe'en night, remember that you must have a permit. To find out more, stop by City Hall or email info@ladysmith.ca, for an application. http://ow.ly/Eem830mksQ2 
  •  Election results for Ladysmith Council are posted on the Town of Ladysmith websiteThank you to all candidates and voters. 
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 Thurs, October 25, 2018, at 7:30 am. 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.  This kicks of the Friday Late Night Shopping for Dec 14 & 21
Business Resources 
    


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

November 3, 2018
October 30, 2018  

 

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 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. 


Grand Opening for Reflectiens Natural Health/To The Points Acupuncture

Reflectiens Natural Health is excited to share with you that they have now joined forces with "To The Points Acupuncture" to offer their clients a more holistic approach to their healing journey.   Come and join them for their Grand Celebration!!! October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  512 1st Avenue. 

RCL Branch 171 2018 Poppy Campaign
Another chance to honour our Veterans' has arrived.
 
Would you like a wreath for your personal or business display, or would you like to lay one at the Cenotaph during the Ceremony on Remembrance Day? We have them available for purchase. We have taken the liberty of including an order form this year, this will give you an opportunity to see prices and make your decision.
There is also questions that we hope will make the process easier for all of us. (Please Note: Unfortunately, the storage facilities at the Legion are no longer available - we have just run out of room).

If you would like to lay your wreath at the cenotaph, please bring it with you, at the end of the ceremony our emcee will announce when it is time for all to form a line and bring their wreaths up to lay. Many businesses honour our Veterans by displaying their wreath in store front windows.   If you would like to make a donation only, it will be acknowledged at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.
 
Each year, the Legion uses the Poppy funds first and foremost, to look after our local Veterans' and their dependents'. Some of the other expenditures from this trust are:
  • provide prizes for the Literary and Poster contests for local schoolchildren in all grades
  • bursaries for local graduating students of Veteran's families.
  • donations for relief of disasters in Canada
  • medical training and research directed to geriatric support
  • training or support for local community medical appliances to help with the care of Veterans. 
If you have any other questions or concerns or would like to volunteer, please contact our Poppy chairperson and President Karen Graczyk.  
 
Thank you for your consideration.
Karen Graczyk: President  graczyk@shaw.ca

Festival of Lights!
Work Party November 4th
It's that time again, when we prepare Ladysmith for the Festival of Lights by hanging, tying, carrying, plugging the lights in.
On Sunday, November 4th, we meet at 9:00 a.m. at the 49th Parallel parking lot. We rely on volunteers so the more, the merrier!

Kinsmen/Festival Parade Entry
Entries will be limited this year... there is a time frame for the parade so organizers will have to limit the number of entries. Entries that are strictly commercial will not be permitted this year.



Whats Happening in Ladysmith!
                          
Check out our EVENT CALENDAR on our website!  
Send us your event info!  

Upcoming Ladysmith Events!
 
October 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm  
October 27 at 8pm  
October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm  
November 3 & 4 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
November 3-12
November 4th at 9am at the 49th parking lot
 
     
  
Contact:
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce
33 Roberts Street, Ladysmith, BC.  V9G 1A4
250.245-2112
info@ladysmithcofc.com | www.ladysmithcofc.com