the latest from your Chamber
In this Issue
From your Chamber
  • Chamber AGM
  • Tourism Ladysmith Relaunch
  • Membership Renewals

From Local Partnerships
  • Sign up for the Poverty Challenge
  • Cowichan Secondary School Replacement Project 
  • Get your local business on the regional government's purchasing radar
  • Chamber Member invite from Victoria Chamber
  • Cowichan Food Innovation Program
  • Dine & Sip Cowichan - March 3rd to 31st
  • Ladysmith Rotary Fundraiser

Resources for Members
  • BC Chamber Welcomes Announced Changes to the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant 
  • Launch Online Grant Program
From your Chamber
Save the Date! Ladysmith Chamber AGM April 14th
Wednesday, April 14th | 9:00am - 10:00am | Zoom

Join your fellow Chamber Members, Directors & Staff on zoom as we reflect on the accomplishments, challenges & resilience of 2020 & share our plans for the future.
With Guest Speaker Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan speaking on Business Support, & Economic Recovery Program & other Provincial Priorities.
Relaunch of Tourism Ladysmith Facebook Page
To better serve our members and locals the Ladysmith Chamber in partnership with the Town of Ladysmith has relaunched the Tourism Ladysmith Facebook page! Chamber news and updates from our valued members will still be on the Chamber of Commerce facebook page so be sure you are following us there!
Chamber Membership Renewals
We have new payment options available for renewals!
If you did not receive your invoice or have any questions about the new payment options, call the Chamber at (250) 245 - 2112 or email Mark or Jacquie.
We sincerely thank you for your past support and look forward to working with you to improve the business climate in Ladysmith through economic and business development programs!
From Local Partners
Sign up to participate in Poverty Challenges March 29 - April 9
Ladysmith, March 10, 2021,
Can you live on a three-day food allowance that is based on social assistance? What would it be like to get around by only accessing public or active transportation for three days? What would you do with 12 hours out in the community with nowhere to go? 
For some Ladysmith and Stz’uminus residents this is everyday reality. 
The CommUNITY Together to End Poverty Hw-nuts'-ulwum (As One) project is launching three Poverty Challenges to raise awareness about some of the struggles facing those living in poverty. Between March 29th and April 9th, you are invited to participate in one or more of these challenges:
  • Food Allowance Challenge: Live off a food allowance budget based on social assistance for three days.
  • Public/Active Transportation Challenge: Use only public or active transportation for three days.
  • 12 Hour "Nowhere To Go" Challenge: Spend 12 hours in our community with nowhere to go.

Sign up for the Poverty Challenges now through the project website and put yourself in the shoes of a fellow community member living in poverty.  
Cowichan Secondary School Replacement Project - Business to Business Networking Event
Cowichan Secondary School Replacement Project - Business to Business Networking Event

Infrastructure BC is inviting local contractors, suppliers and businesses who might be interested in working with, or providing products and services to the successful Design Builder that will be designing and constructing the new facility.
These events will also allow the three Design Builders competing for the project to enhance their knowledge, understanding and awareness of the local goods and services available and to begin developing relationships with local contractors, suppliers and businesses. 
Get your local business on the regional government's purchasing radar
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is developing a directory of local businesses delivering community values to be used for more immediate and routine purchasing needs. Businesses will be able to get their name onto this directory by completing a simple form through a Request for Information (RFI) process that the CVRD has launched in partnership with the Coastal Communities …
Participation is easy with these three steps:
  1. Register for a free vendor account in the CVRD’s e-sourcing platform, Bonfire
  2. Download and fill out the RFI form
  3. Submit the RFI using the Bonfire platform before April 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m
The CVRD is hosting an online information session on April 1, 2021, at noon, for an overview of the process, a walk-through on completing the Request for Information forms and to answer questions. Register for the session here.
Ladysmith Chamber Member Invitation from the
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Tue, Mar 30 | 12 PM to 1 PM
The emergence of the pandemic and subsequent panic buying in grocery stores highlighted the reliance modern societies have on national and international food distribution systems.
Hear from Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries about how new policies, programs and technology are helping increase food security, support urban agriculture systems and the growing realization that when people Buy BC they are supporting food production, jobs, and sustainability in our communities. Read More...

Ladysmith Chamber Members can register as a non member and apply the promo code "Ladysmith" at payment to get a special $10 ticket price.
Cowichan Food Innovation Program
Are you looking to build your community through food entrepreneurship? Do you have an incredible food business idea that you’d like to develop, or do you want to take your existing business to the next level?
Economic Development Cowichan has partnered with Spring Activator to bring you the Cowichan Food Innovation Program.
This free, 12-week virtual program launching in April 2021 consists of a business incubator and accelerator streams to catapult the region’s food and beverage entrepreneurs to new dimensions of flavour.

Learn about the program at ecdevcowichan.com and apply by March 31!
Join Economic Development Cowichan for an info session on March 17th at 10 AM to learn about the Cowichan Food Innovation Program launching this April!
Dine & Sip Cowichan - March 3rd to 31st!
The event is hosted by the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and includes Chamber Members Fox and Hounds and Ironworks Café & Crêperie.

This year the program includes wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries!

Participating venues offer a range of inspired dishes and beverage tastings at special pricing, and take-out options for those who prefer dining at home.
Dine & Sip Cowichan is another great opportunity for locals to enjoy the tastes of the Cowichan Valley.
Support Ladysmith Rotary Club & Disaster Aid Canada Projects!
Resources for Members
BC Chamber Welcomes Announced Changes to the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant
Changes are celebrated as grant becomes more available to qualifying businesses across British Columbia

The BC Chamber of Commerce applauds the B.C. government’s announcement to extend the deadline for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant and decrease the revenue loss threshold that will allow more businesses to access the grant.

“We appreciate the B.C. government’s willingness to hear the feedback from businesses across the province and to take timely steps to adjust the grant program so that the financial support can be accessed more easily,” said Fiona Famulak, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “The announced changes will go a long way to helping businesses in every sector, and particularly those sectors hardest hit, to navigate these very challenging times.”
Launch Online Grant Program
Have you heard of launchonline.ca? Does your business need to create an online shop or improve your e-commerce experience to attract new, local customers and expand to new markets? If your answers are Yes, then check out launchonline.ca. Grant funding is now available through B.C.s Economic Recovery Plan.
The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce works with many partners to create and improve business opportunities for our members
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