Mark Drysdale_ Chamber Manager
Chamber Manager Tip of the Month
Competing with the Big Boxes

It may seem that our small businesses in Ladysmith are facing an uphill battle when competing against the Big Box competition in Nanaimo and Duncan but in reality there are many things that make local smaller businesses more appealing to customers - we simply need to embrace and capitalize on our differences.  Here's a few ideas:
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On the lighter side, you know it's time for a much needed vacation when you show up for work with your chicken......Read full story here
Chamber Business Mixer

Join us for a Business Mixer Hosted by Oyster Bay Beach House and the 49th Parallel Grocery.    Mayor Aaron Stone will be there to say a few words as well as in introduce us to our new City Manager,  Guillermo Ferrero
Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Time:  5pm to 7pm
Cost: Free
RSVP: 250-245-2112 or email

Coming Soon

Business Walk Report
The data from the Business Walk conducted on June 22nd has been collated and analyzed and the report should be ready soon.  Stay tuned for more information about the results and what the business community had to say regarding the business climate in Ladysmith.  More information and announcements will be available in early to mid- September.
Small Business Month
October is Small Business Month in Canada.  Stay tuned for Chamber activities and events that will take place to emphasize and support the importance of Small Business to our community.

Membership News

EVERGREEN CREMATION CENTRE is currently working with Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada, Living Reef Memorial to obtain permits to begin offering Memorial Reefs here in Canada......
LITTLE OTTERS DEN has recently celebrated their FIRST anniversary.....
MARKET 2 ALL:  Are you doing email marketing and not happy with your current provider? Thinking about getting started in email marketing? ......
OYSTER BAY BEACH HOUSE:  Sept. 1st to April 30/17 for $1,800/month for a furnished/all inclusive place with utilities; a unique Beach House. .....
VANCOUVER ISLAND INSURANCE CENTRE welcomes Sandra Narduzzi, Commercial Insurance Specialist to their team......
SEALEGS KAYAKING AND MARINE ADVENTURES will be open weekends only for the month of September. Thanks for a wonderful season!   
CITRUS CYCLES:  Fall is the perfect time to try an Electric Bike tour and discover... 
LADYSMITH & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY annual raffle draw date is Aug 30th.  Don't miss out on your chance for some great prizes.....

View our Membership Directory here

Register your Tourism / Hospitality Business with Tourism Cowichan Society, ITS FREE!!
Are you a tourism or hospitality related business or organization operating in the Cowichan Region?

Do you have an interest in the success of Cowichan as a tourism destination? If so, register for FREE as a stakeholder of Tourism Cowichan.  By doing so, you access a wide range of benefits that can help grow your business.  Tourism Cowichan is pleased to provide information on research, marketing initiatives, and other resources of benefit to our stakeholders.

It is important to have a Ladysmith business presence in this regional tourism initiative.  The regional tourism dollars are being managed through this organization.
Remarkable Experiences Program in the Cowichan Region
Destination British Columbia has partnered with Tourism Vancouver Island to deliver the Remarkable Experiences Program in the Cowichan Region.

The Remarkable Experiences Program is a one-of-a-kind tourism program in Canada. It was designed to support BC tourism operators in developing and delivering outstanding, visitor-focused experiences while enhancing their digital and social media marketing efforts.
If you run a tourism business, manage an attraction or site, or promote your community, then this program is for you. It's also a great way to network with your fellow tourism colleagues.

Small Business BC: 
Webinar - My First Year in Business:
A Financial Overview Aug. 22
Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system should be one of the first orders of business when starting your company. You will need to establish a separate business bank account, put together a filing system, and decide how to invoice your clients. Book this seminar today to understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.   Read More

Additional News...

Check out whats happening with the LDBA! Try Ladysmith First! Read More

Town of Ladysmith
Keep up on all the upcoming Town of Ladysmith Meetings and Events.  

BC Chamber:             
Insight: Trans Mountain pipeline, B.C. sales tax, BC Chamber  new CEO.   Read More
Upcoming Events: 

Aug 19: Rod Run
Aug 20:  Hip on the Hill 
Aug 21 & 28:  Concerts in the Park
Aug 26:  Dine on the Dock
Aug 27:  Light up the Night
Aug 28:  Arts on the Avenue

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for more events!
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce
33 Roberts Street, Ladysmith, BC.  V9G 1A4
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