Biz Buzz 

The Chamber is proud to have hosted the 1st Inaugural Biz Buzz Business Symposium on Thursday, Oct 19th.  A day of learning, sharing, inspiration and motivation that was well received by the business community.  Thank you to the Ladysmith & District Credit Union, our generous Title Sponsor for this event.  Thanks also to the Chronicle & Palmer Leslie Chartered Professional Accountants for their generous contributions to the event.  READ MORE...

We hope all of you who attended the event enjoyed the day.  
We welcome your feedback!

Thank you to the Ladysmith & District Credit Union for Sponsoring this Event
Petition to Support Bill C352
90 FOOT 'VESSEL OF CONCERN' SINKS IN LADYSMITH HARBOUR, LEAKS OIL

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 a 90 foot wooden vessel built in 1918, named the Anapaya, sank and leaked fuel in Ladysmith Harbour. Transport Canada was aware of the vessel's risk, but failed to take any action until after the sinking and resulting oil spill. For the full Press Release from MP Sheila Malcolmson click here

It's Time for Action on Abandoned Vessels

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce invites you to help support our MP Sheila Malcolmson by signing a petition to support Bill C-352. You can support this Bill by signing the petition at the Chamber Office and/or by taking a copy of the petition to your business (which the Chamber will make available to you) and have your customers/clients sign it.

Ms. Malcolmson has introduced the Bill to:

* End the run-around and finger-pointing by designating Coast Guard as the agency responsible for directing the removal & recycling of abandoned vessels
* Build a coast-wide strategy in cooperation with local and provincial governments
* Get taxpayers off the hook by fixing vessel registration and creating a fee to help cover the cost of vessel disposal
* Prevent vessels from becoming hazards by piloting a turn-in program at safe recycling facilities
* Create good green jobs by supporting local marine salvage businesses.


Town moves forward to remove Derelict Vessels from Ladysmith Harbour

The Town of Ladysmith is moving forward with plans to address the serious issue of derelict and abandoned boats in the Ladysmith Harbour by applying for a federal grant and posting a public notice aimed at 9 derelict boats. Find out more at  http://ow.ly/6p7730g64aT 

BC Chamber of Commerce
Stop Unfair Tax Changes | #Protect Growth

The federal government's consultation period on proposed tax changes has ended, but our advocacy has not. 
The BC Chamber of Commerce encourages all Chambers and private  business owners to sign a petition asking the government to put these changes on  hold. For more information and to sign the petition, visit the   Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
  Welcome New Chamber Members
Riot Brewing Co LIFE'S A RIOT!    
Riot Brewing Co. is an award-winning micro-brewery located in beautiful Chemainus, BC.  Come for a tour, learn about beer and have one (or two) with us.  
 
Laurel's Place:    Nestled at the gateway to the Cowichan Valley, between  Nanaimo and Victoria you'll find Laurels Place. Brand new two bedroom suite with full kitchen, laundry, wifi, cable and a big beautiful deck to enjoy the BC sunshine. 

Saltair Roofing  
is a full service roofing and renovations company serving all of Vancouver Island. With 3 generations of roofing and renovations expertise we pride ourselves on superior results. All manner of roofing systems. 


News from Chamber Members
  • Ladysmith Golf Club: The Ladysmith Golf Course is moving to the fall/winter regime now at the clubhouse which means mostly
    the honour system for anyone wishing to golf.
    Course open weather permitting using the honour system; Charge is $10/day, leave cash in honour box at clubhouse door.  Special deal: buy 2018 green fees now and golf the rest of 2017 free.
    Christmas gift ideas: 2018 Youth (18 and under) fees only $100 for the year.
    Adult only $400/single or $700/couple; ( may be paid with 4 post-dated cheques, or credit card). Clubhouse open for purchase of 2018 green fees:
    10am to Noon Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
    NikkiDesigns will be at the Yellowpoint Artisans Tour, Nov 23,24,25,26 at "YellowPoint Country Home" 
  • Antique Addict:  Two new Cottage Paint 101 workshops coming up in November! Learn decorative painting skills including two colour distressing, waxing and finishing coats, dry brushing and more. You will be inspired to start your next furniture painting project! Friday Nov 17 or Saturday Nov 25, 10am to 3pm. Max 4 per class so sign up soon, the last class sold out quickly! Payment is required to reserve your seat. $125 includes all supplies PLUS receive 15% off your Cottage Paint purchase at Antique Addict! Info and registration 250-245-6533 or email us.
  • In the Beantime:  Looking to book your holiday party? Call us at 250-245-2305.  Coming back to the Beantime by popular demand The Deafaids!!! Tickets are now on sale for this Beatles tribute bands show at In the Beantime Cafe, Friday, Nov 3rd, 2017. Tickets are $10 for the show or $25 for dinner, dessert, drink, and show. This will be a great show, come on out and support this local talented group.  http://www.beantime.ca/event/the-deafaids-4/  
  • Royal Canadian Legion:  Volunteers Needed!  The Legion has helped many in the community, please spare an hour of your time and come and help with poppy sales.  Call (250) 245-3031.  
Small Business BC 
THE 2018 SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS

Nominations for the 2018 Small Business BC Awards are now open!   To nominate your own business, or a business you love, click here  .   Nominations are open until November 30, 2017.

Town of Ladysmith
First Avenue is in the running for Canada's Great Street in the Great Places in Canada contest.
Ladysmith Downtown Business Association
  • OLD TIME CHRISTMAS:   The Community is Invited!   Many stores open late from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 8th  
  • LATE NIGHT SHOPPING - DEC 15 & 22  We kick off late night shopping with the  Old Time Christmas  event on Friday, Dec 8th, and encourage retail businesses to stay open late the next two Fridays as well - December 15th and 22nd.   If we build this up year after year, we will all be more successful at keeping people in town to shop.  
  • MORNING MEMBERSHIP MEETING - NOV 16:    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).
Help Plan the Future of the Cowichan Valley 
Survey & Focus Group Session 

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is undertaking a recreation planning project to help assess the current state of services and provide information that can be used to inform future decision making and planning projects. The project will look at recreation services across the electoral areas; the Town of Lake Cowichan; Town of Ladysmith; City of Duncan; and the Municipality of North Cowichan. Engagement with residents is a critical aspect of the project! Listed below are a number of ways to provide your input.  Read More...
Neighbouring Chambers News
Keep in touch with whats happening. 

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber invites you to join them for their  upcoming  Business Showcase Day on Friday,   OCT 27. Looks like a great action packed day!    http://ow.ly/eWMP30g0dsd  

30th Annual Festival of Lights
  • To All Ladysmith Businesses Please make sure you
    have all of your Christmas lights up and turned on
    for our workparty which is set for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5th
    This is YOUR community work party.  Our firefighters, bucket truck volunteers & other volunteers will be available to assist with bulb replacement if contacted on time. Please be at your business so when they arrive you can turn on the lights and the burnt out bulbs can be replace.

    This is Festival of Lights 30th Year!!!!! We are endeavouring to put on the biggest and best show every... and your business and building is a huge part of the show! Please help Festival really make Ladysmith glow this year.
    If you need our help, with burnt out bulb replacement, please call the Festival at 250-245-5888 before October 30th.  ... and the Ladysmith Seniors are providing a hot lunch so please be part of this fun family event!!! 
At the Chamber / Visitor Centre
  • Pick up your Kinsmen Parade Entry Forms at the Chamber Office or download at www.ladysmithfol.com 
  • Festival of Light T-Shirt and Hats are available at the Chamber / Visitor Centre.   Great Stocking Stuffers! 
Whats Happening in Ladysmith!

Check out our website for information on upcoming events and more.....plus send us your events to be added! 

 


 
For further info visit our EVENT CALENDAR on our website!
2017 Cops for Cancer
Tour de Rock
Adopt a Rider Program

Thank you to all of the Businesses/Individuals who generously adopted all 24 Tour de Rock riders this year! The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce was proud to sponsor the great program. Congratulations and Bravo to the Team and everyone involved! 
Chamber drop off location.
The Ladysmith Chamber / Visitor Centre is happy to provide the drop-off space for the Shoebox Project and the 7th Annual Toys Toiletries & Toques programs again this year.  Located at 33 Roberts Street, hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4pm. 
Members, send in your News & Events

Send us your news and events to share on our website, in the our  Commerce Connection ad in the Take 5 and in our Newsletter.  
 
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Contact:
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce
33 Roberts Street, Ladysmith, BC.  V9G 1A4
250.245-2112