Catherine Holt will be on #YYJChat between 7:30 and 8:30 pm on Tues, Oct 18 to discuss business in Greater Victoria and her first few months as CEO of Great Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

#YYJchat is a tweet chat, hosted every Tuesday evening by co-founders Susan Jones and Mat Wright, covering Greater Victoria's different issues and
aspects of life and community.

Be sure to join in on hashtag #YYJchat, follow @YYJchat or visit for updates.

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Marketing a World-Class Educaton
As part of its three-year Trade and Investment Program, The Chamber partnered with Greater Victoria's private and public education institutions as well as Tourism Victoria to develop Education Victoria - a region-wide marketing campaign. 

"The campaign positions Greater Victoria internationally as a destination for world-class education within a safe and vibrant setting," said Chamber CEO Catherine Holt. "This collaborative approach uses a common brand and message to attract international students, faculty and researchers as well as global partnerships." 
Although the program's various successes are expected to continue well into the future, The Chamber's Trade and Investment Program ends March 31, 2017. 
The Trade and Investment Program was made possible by Western Economic Diversification Canada as well as local private and public partners. 

The Chamber's Trade and Investment Program is funded in part by       

Know an Innovative Business?
Do you know a business that exemplifies successful innovation, demonstrates vision in the development of new technologies, products and/or services, takes risks, and exhibits a commitment to the community? If you do, nominate them for the 2017 Innovation Award!

Need some inspiration? Check out the videos of the 2016 Innovation finalists below. Thanks to University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
for sponsoring this award. 

Winner: LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.
Finalist: StarFish Medical
Small Business Owners and the Economy

Many business owners feel that when they want to retire, they will simply list their business for sale with a real estate agent. But in reality, business owners need to begin this preparation years in advance whether they plan to sell it or transition it to staff or family members.
"Succession planning is no longer an issue that impacts just the business involved - with the high number of local businesses owned by baby-boomers nearing retirement - it is an issue capable of affecting Greater Victoria's economy as a whole," said Chamber CEO Catherine Holt. "We cant afford to lose the commercial activity or business knowledge that goes out the door if the transition is unsuccessful."
Read more in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's 5 Minutes for Business

Shaping the Provincial Budget
As part of the provincial budget stakeholder consultations, Chamber Chair, Al Hasham, and CEO, Catherine Holt, presented Greater Victoria priorities to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
"Victoria is booming and businesses need help managing the impacts of that boom," said Chamber CEO Catherine Holt. "We asked for funding to help with affordable housing, attracting workers, regional transportation and improving local governance. 

The Committee makes recommendations to the Minister of Finance for Budget 2017 and to ministry service plans. 
CFAX Wins International Award
CFAX 1070 was received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award from the US arm of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Monday during a ceremony in New York City.

Victoria @ Noon - CFAX 1070's regularly scheduled and longest weekday newscast - won the award for best radio newscast in a small market.

"I'm very proud of this achievement. It's the biggest award we've won in my memory, maybe ever," said CFAX 1070 News Director Ryan Price. "Having C-FAX radio from Canada win this American 'best newscast' award is a wonderful reminder to our staff and our listeners that what we do here is world-class radio."

  CFAX 1070: member since 1995

Welcome to Our Newest Members! 


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Free Shipping Tuesdays
As part of Small Business Month, Canada Post is thanking Canada's small business owners with free shipping on Tuesdays in October.

This special offer entitles customers to one domestic Xpresspost  or one Expedited  parcel shipment at no cost every Tuesday in October. The offer is open to Canada Post Solutions for Small BusinessTM customers. 

Just look for the promotion code on Canada Post's webpage each Tuesday in October to take advantage of this offer.

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