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  • Chamber Update
  • Invite to Chamber Mixer @ LMS
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month Webinar
  • Tourism Tuesday September: Invite for Tourism Stakeholders
  • Summer Students
  • Transfer Beach Food Truck Concession

Welcome New Chamber Members
  • Verticle Bridge HR
  • Soulstice Plants and Gifts

News & Resources
  • Embracing Truth: Honouring the National Day for Reconciliation
  • Take the Impact of Cost Increases on Business Survey
  • CVRD | Drought Tools for Businesses
  • Town of Ladysmith: Community Planning Advisory Committee
  • LDBA: Oktoberfest event

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Upcoming Ladysmith Events
Update from the Chamber & Visitor Centre
As the summer holidays wind up and everyone changes gears to the next season, there is change at the Chamber as well.

On August 16th Millie Stirling, resigned from the position of Executive Director of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce. In her 2 years at the Chamber, Millie was instrumental in connecting people, advocating for business, helping to organize business/fundraising events put on by the Chamber and was active in the community. Millie will stay on as a Director on the Board and stay involved in the conversion of the old Train Station to the new Visitors Center which is in the very beginning stages.
"I am very appreciative of all the "heart" work that Millie has put into her job over the past 2 years and the contributions she has made on behalf of the Chamber" says Cheri Mactier, Board President. "Millie will be greatly missed and we wish her all the very best in her future endeavours." 
Roberta Bowman will become the new Ladysmith Chamber Executive Director starting on October 3. Roberta brings with her a real passion for the Chamber of Commerce Organization and over 15 years of experience.

The Chamber is grateful for your continued support. As we embark on new initiatives and challenges, we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. We look forward to our continued collaboration and are eager to see what we can achieve together in the future.

We will be hosting a Open House in October
to wish Millie the best and meet Roberta.
Stay tuned for details!
Chamber Business Mixer Invite Hosted by Ladysmith Maritime Society
Chamber Members & Friends…
You’re Invited –

The Ladysmith Maritime Society welcomes you to the closing weeks of the ‘best summer ever’ with a Ladysmith Chamber Business After Business event on September 14th at 5 pm on the dock at the Community Marina. This season has seen numerous special events as well as our Tuesday afternoon Info Sessions. The event will offier harbour tours, marina tours, networking, snacks and refreshments and Marina updates.

We look forward to welcoming the business community through the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce. Members and non-members of the Chamber are all invited.
Disability Employment Awareness Month Webinar
Join the Inclusive Employers Hiring HUB team for a comprehensive webinar about Disability Inclusion in the Workplace.
The HUB team will cover everything from writing job ads to onboarding, all with inclusivity at the forefront.
The webinar will take place via Zoom on October 12th from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.
The Inclusive Employers Hiring HUB is a government-funded platform created by ETHOS designed to help employers hire and retain Persons With Disabilities.
Tourism Tuesday
Invite for Ladysmith Tourism Stakeholders
The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre would like to welcome Tourism Cowichan for Tourism Tuesday September 19th. Pop by the Visitor Centre or book a 30-minute time slot in advance by emailing kenzie@forvi.ca to meet in-person with Kenzie Knight, Coordinator for Tourism Cowichan. Kenzie will be available between 10am-3pm on Sept 19th from 10am to 3pm to discuss the range of support available to Cowichan tourism stakeholders.
Summer Students
Thank you to our awesome students! You may have seen Peyton taking photos and doing interviews for Locals Love Ladysmith and Tourism Ladysmith or Keizo at Transfer Beach on Sundays. They both kept busy providing excellent visitor services at the Visitor Centre, creating brochures and assisting with the social media. As they return to school we wish them all the best with their studies!
Transfer Beach Food Truck Concession
Shout out to all of the Food Trucks who participated in the Transfer Beach Food Truck Concessions 2023 Season!

Thank you to everyone who came down to Transfer Beach and supported the Transfer Beach Food Truck Concession!
The Chamber appreciates the opportunity from the Town of Ladysmith to manage the Food Truck Program.
Welcome New Chamber Members
The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is delighted to introduce our newest members. We continually strive to connect you to one another and to the community at large. 

Please welcome them by visiting their website, sending them an email or stopping by to introduce yourself. The personal touch will help our chamber continue to grow and thrive.
Soulstice Plants
Plants & Gifts for all your needs & wants. Step into Soulstice Plants Boutique, a mesmerizing haven for plant enthusiasts. Prepare to be enchanted by an exquisite variety of indoor plants that adorn every corner of this botanical paradise. From cascading greenery hanging from the ceiling to carefully curated planters, unique succulents, and a diverse selection of other captivating varieties, this shop offers an extraordinary collection.
But the experience doesn't end there! Soulstice Plant Boutique offers a range of exciting events, such as vibrant potting parties.

Located at 17 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, BC
Phone: (250) 734-1935
Verticle Bridge HR
Providing Outsourced Human Resource Solutions

Celebrating 17 years!

We customize each project to your specific needs. Our ability to identify gaps and areas for improvement, along with our expertise at designing unique HR and leadership development for your business is what sets us apart. We work with you and your team to make sure that you have effective and lasting HR best practices in place.
Phone: 1-866-295-3274
News & Resources
Embracing Truth: Honouring the National Day for Reconciliation
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day for Canadians to commemorate the history and legacy of the residential school system. In this spirit, we are honoured to invite you to the virtual event, "Embracing Truth: Honouring the National Day for Reconciliation," with guest speaker Chris Sankey, Indigenous Affairs & Economic Reconciliation Advocate. Hosted by the BC Chamber of Commerce, this event is a step towards fostering understanding, collaboration, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in British Columbia.

Join us over Zoom on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, from 8.00am to 9.30am (PT) for an opportunity to contribute to ongoing reconciliation efforts.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Your voice matters! Take the Impact of Cost Increases on Business Survey
Has your business been impacted by employer-paid sick leave, Employer Health Tax, and minimum wage increases in B.C.?

The BC Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey to gauge the Impact of Cost Increases on Business, and we would like to hear from you.

At the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, we strongly advocate for creating a favourable business environment by lowering the costs of doing business in British Columbia. Taxes, fees, benefit programs and government regulations represent a significant portion of the costs businesses face. Therefore, we are keen to understand the impacts (if any) of employer-paid sick leave, Employer Health Tax, and the increase to the minimum wage, which have all been implemented by the provincial government in recent years.

Your participation in this survey is vital to inform our advocacy efforts to advance B.C. businesses’ interests. By providing your perspectives, you will play an integral role in shaping a business-friendly landscape in British Columbia.

The survey will take approximately 8 minutes to complete and will be open from September 5 to 15, 2023, at 4.00 pm (PT).

Together, we can pave a future where businesses prosper, families thrive, and communities flourish. Thank you for your time and input.
Emergency Management Cowichan launches new website

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is pleased to announce with Emergency Management Cowichan (EMC) and partners that the emcowichan.ca website is ready to provide the Cowichan region with the information and tools to mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from, a range of hazards and emergencies. Read more...

Drought Tools for Business

The Cowichan region is currently experiencing the highest Provincial level for drought: Level 5. This means adverse impacts to socio-economic and ecosystems are almost certain. Urgent water conservation measures are required immediately to avoid Stage 4 water restrictions and its potential impacts on all residents and businesses. 
The public is urged to decrease water consumption where possible. Our local ecosystems are counting on all of us to conserve water. Every drop counts.
How are you saving water in Cowichan? Let everyone know by posting to social media with #savecowichanwater
Town of Ladysmith
New crosswalks coming soon to downtown Ladysmith: The Town is pleased to share with the community that two new crosswalks are being painted in the heart of our downtown.

The crosswalk themes are ‘Every Child Matters’, helping to raise awareness of the victims and survivors of the residential school system, and ‘Ladysmith Remembers’, a tribute to our veterans.

Ladysmith receiving additional funding for Poverty Reduction Strategy: The Town of Ladysmith is receiving a $49,600 grant from the Union of BC Municipalities to carry forward the recent momentum of the Poverty Reduction Strategy implementation. Read More...

Town of Ladysmith Council Meetings: Ladysmith Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on our Council Minutes, Agenda and Video page. For full schedule and info click here.

Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture: The 2023 Fall Activity Guide is now available! Among the exciting programs are swimming lessons, fitness classes, biking clinics, computer workshops and more! Something for everyone!
Ladysmith Oktoberfest SOLD OUT!
The LDBA has partnered with Bayview Brewery to bring Ladysmith it’s first Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 16th, from 2pm to 8pm at the High Street Ball Field
With the funds raised they plan to do a big promotion for Ladysmith’s downtown. Stay tuned for more info there.
Even though this is a sold out event, your business can still support and be a part by providing tents and volunteers for the event!
Chamber Member Benefits
As a member of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, you get access to a suite of benefits through the BC Chamber network. Whether you're looking for exclusive employee benefits, help with merchant processing, online marketing, payroll solutions, or travel/hospitality/fuel savings (and more) - the Chamber has partnered with top brands so you can maximize your productivity and minimize your cost.  
Upcoming Ladysmith Events
There are so many amazing upcoming events and festivals!
Visit our event calendar and follow our Tourism Ladysmith Facebook & Instagram for information about all of the events happening in Ladysmith during this summer.
The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce works with many partners to create and improve business opportunities for our Members
Proudly working with Provincial & local Chambers
The Ladysmith Chamber acknowledges that our members, live, play and do business on the Traditional Territory of the Stz’uminus First Nation.
(250) 245 - 2112
33 Roberts St