Business Excellence Nominations Closing Soon
Running a business is no easy task; as you likely know, if you are reading this. 
Are you impressed by a business' efforts to stay current with their technology? What establishment do you find yourself frequenting for the entertainment? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a business excellence award. Business nods will be accepted until June 29. 

Businesses are eligible for nomination in as many categories as applicable, but m ultiple nominations for the same category will have no additional "weight" in the selection process.

2018 CATEGORIES:
  • Rising Star Business of the Year (less than 3 years in business)
  • Micro Business of the Year (1-3 employees)
  • Small Business of the Year (4-15 employees)
  • Mid-size Business of the Year (16-50 employees)
  • Large Business of the Year (51+ employees)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Under 40)
  • Not-For-Profit Excellence Award
  • Social Leadership Award (FP Business) 
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award
  • Technology Innovator of the Year
Top 40 Under 40 Wrap-Up Party: Celebrating Kelowna's Future
The Kelowna Chamber's Top 40 Under 40 presented by BDO Canada came to a close last week as we celebrated our forty inspiring Honourees. With amazing appetizers (Lobster popcorn - come on!) provided by one of our very own Top 40 Honourees, Chef Michael Buffett and his team from Start Fresh Kitchen, and wine provided by our wonderful members at the hatch winery, it could not have been better! Check out the Word Wall that was created that evening and see what our Top 40 Under 40 Honourees envision as their Future Kelowna.

Thank you to our media sponsors who have been featuring articles on our honourees, The Daily Courier and Okanagan Edge.
Chamber of Commerce Past Presidents Reunite
Past Presidents of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, who served terms spanning from 1973 to 2017, sat down for breakfast at the Hotel Eldorado yesterday morning to discuss business and community issues from their unique perspectives as former Chamber Presidents and current community leaders.
ADVOCACY
WE WORK DIRECTLY WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS TO RAISE
OUR MEMBERS' CONCERNS & SEEK RESOLUTIONS
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What Could Government Do To Better Support
Business Success in Your Community? 
The Honourable Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has announced the launch of the Small Business Task Force, a special initiative of the Small Business Roundtable, to seek ideas from entrepreneurs and business owners across the province on how to maintain and strengthen a healthy small business sector in British Columbia. Share your ideas and take part in this online survey.
Our Policy Advisory Committee is active on a number of key issues. For a complete list visit our website under Advocacy/Key Issues.

Let us know what's on your mind: What issue do you think needs the Chamber's leadership?  RAISE YOUR CONCERN
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UPCOMING  EVENTS

COMMERCE CONNEX @ THE VIBRANT VINE 

THURS. JULY 12  |  5 - 7 PM

What do you do when there's just too much awesome to cram into one tiny wineshop? Expand of course! Attend The Vibrant Vine's Grand Opening of their new space, while making valuable business connections at July's Commerce ConneX.

COMMERCE CONNEX @ 
BRAND NEW VISITOR CENTRE
THURS. AUG. 16  |  5 - 7 PM

The Tourism Kelowna Visitor Centre extends a special welcome, offering the opportunity to connect with other business members while checking out everything the new centre has to offer. Join us for our August Commerce ConneX as we celebrate the latest and greatest addition to our vibrant downtown.

COMMERCE CONNEX @ SANDHILL
HOSTED BY PUSHOR MITCHELL

THURS. SEPT. 20  |  5 - 7 PM

Pushor Mitchell is switching up the venue for their annual Commerce ConneX. Meet new contacts and re-connect with old ones over a glass of wine and great appies at Sandhill Estate Winery.
MEMBER NEWS
CONGRATULATING MEMBERS ON THEIR MILESTONES,
ACHIEVEMENTS & CELEBRATIONS.
Let us join you in celebrating your business's achievements & milestones. 
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR MEMBER COUPON PAGE?

Member pricing isn't just for our awesome events. As a Chamber member you can also take advantage of great offers provided by your fellow members. Check out our 'Coupons & Discounts' tab on our website under 'Membership' and start saving today!

Give back to your Chamber community and get free exposure for your business.
Members, if you are interested in driving business to your door by offering enticing coupons or discounts to Chamber members, post to our 'Coupons & Discounts' page at no charge. 
There are amazing perks to becoming a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce member. From networking opportunities to our Affiliate Programs, we provide a variety of exclusive offers and opportunities. To learn more, visit our website under  Member Exclusives.
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