Connie Fair, CEO of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA), described how the LTSA's project  ParcelMap BC is improving real estate information for those buying, selling and developing land. Thank you to Pemberton Holmes Ltd. - Real Estate for sponsoring. See the photos here.
Breaking Ground a Good Start
BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone, Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell and Chamber CEO Catherine Holt  officially broke ground for the $85 million McKenzie interchange project on Sept 29.
At the event, Catherine publicly thanked Minister Stone for the high-profile, thorough and transparent public consultation process, and for making decisions based on that consultation.
"Fixing this intersection has been high on the Greater Victoria Chamber's advocacy list for years - the bottleneck is untenable and dangerous," said Catherine at the event. "We're pleased to see the design take all modes of transportation into account - vehicle, pedestrian, public transit and cycling."
The Chamber is also advocating for an effective regional transportation system, which requires a transportation authority with planning, decision-making, taxation and project delivery responsibility.

Currently, transportation planning is a local government role. Regional projects require the cooperation of municipalities with varying - and often conflicting - interests and limited capacity.
Chamber News
Opportunities and connections
Small Business Week
34th Annual Dinner Auction
Fall Members Breakfast
Business Mixers
Prodigy Mingles

Nominate Now for the 2017 Business Awards
Each week The Chamber will be profiling a different award category, encouraging member to nominate a deserving Chamber member.

Business Leadership honours a business that:
  • provides leadership and inspiration,
  • makes a positive contribution to their business sector,
  • serves as a positive role model for other businesses, and
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the community.
Know a business that deserves this award? Nominate them today!

Need some inspiration? Check out the videos of the 2016 Business Leadership finalists below. Thanks to Coast Capital Savings for sponsoring this award.

Winner: Emterra Environmental
Finalist: Victoria Residential Builders Association
Bringing Home the Bacon
As part of The Chamber's three-year Trade and Investment Program, The Chamber helped attract investment to Greater Victoria by:  
  • meeting with more than 300 investors seeking to buy, invest in or start a business in Greater Victoria and
  • partnering on trade missions to the US and Asia, and showcasing Greater Victoria's technology, tourism, education and manufacturing sectors.
    The Chamber also partnered on the Feb 2016 reverse trade mission that
    bought potential investors from the US and across Canada to see Greater Victoria's potential first-hand.
Investment Attraction was one of six core components of the Trade and Investment Program. It was led by The Chamber's committee - the Greater Victoria Development Agency - and made possible by Western Economic Diversification Canada as well as local private and public partners.
With the South Island Prosperity Project assuming the mantle of regional economic development, The Chamber is winding down the Trade and Investment Program, with an end date of March 31, 2016.
More about the San Francisco trade mission in West Coast Ingenuity: Border-less.

Oct 17-21, 2016
Small Business Week TM
Coralee Oakes, Minister Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
Hear how the provincial government is helping entrepreneurs so they can start and grow their businesses in BC.

Tues, Oct 18 | 12-1:30 pm 
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
728 Humboldt St. 

TM BDC Small Business Week is a trademark of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
Fastest Growing Companies in Canada

Redbrick has been listed at number five on the 28th annual PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies. The prestigious report awarded the honour to Redbrick for having achieved remarkably high revenue growth of 8,214% over the last five years.

"We are honoured to be ranked in the top five fastest-growing companies, and help represent the incredible growth in the technology sector here in Canada, and on the world-stage," said Tobyn Sowden, CEO, Redbrick. "Redbrick has been on an exciting growth trajectory since we started doing business, and with the recent launch of our desktop software analytics platform, DeskMetrics, we are not slowing down anytime soon."
Also cracking the top 500 in the rankings was Chamber member MD Charlton Company Ltd.

Redbrick: member since 2012

MD Charlton Company Ltd.: member since 2003 

Keep your most important asset - your people - healthy and well taken care of with the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, the most popular employee benefits plan in Canada for small business. Click here for more information.
Falling Grade for Housing
In the newly-released VitalSigns, housing affordability in Greater Victoria dropped from a C to a C-.

"F or Greater Victoria employers to be able to attract and retain workers, there needs to be access to affordable housing, both rental and ownership. At present, there is a scarcity of affordable housing available to labour throughout the spectrum, contributing to our skills shortage," said Chamber CEO Catherine Holt. "Thanks to the Victoria Foundation for contributing its strong voice to the call to address affordability of housing in Greater Victoria"
Oct 17-21, 2016
Small Business Week TM
A reduction in staff turnover means you save money. Learn how to keep your new hires engaged and happy.
Jill Little
Chemistry Consulting  

Tues, Oct 18 |  2-4 pm 
The Chamber, 852 Fort St. 

Learn the tips and tricks needed to successfully navigate networking events in Victoria, conduct post event follow-up and more!
Jason Scriven
Times Colonist  

Thurs, Oct 20 | 2-4 pm  
The Chamber, 852 Fort St.
TM BDC Small Business Week is a trademark of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
Toilet Paper to Benefit Families

For a second year in a row The Chamber's Prodigy Group led the charge on TP the Town on Sat,  Oct 1. The event filled a Hendra Moving truck with toilet paper for the Mustard Seed who will give it to families in need in Greater Victoria. 
"I'm so proud of our volunteers, our community, and our sponsors for coming together to benefit the less fortunate," said Shaun Cerisano, incoming Chair of Prodigy Group and Co-Founder of TP the Town. " If we continue to take care of each other,  and we continue to push forward and provide positive impact to those in need, this generation of young professionals and young entrepreneurs aren't just here to take part, we're here to take over."  
  HENDRA Moving and Storage: member since 2009 
  The Mustard Seed: member since 1999

Welcome to Our Newest Members! 

A New Chamber Benefit!

In the spring, The Chamber surveyed its members about their satisfaction with our current benefits.

"We were very pleased to receive a 90% approval rating! It has inspired us to provide more," said Chamber Membership Manager, Stephanie Knox. "
The Chamber is excited to offer a new Home Insurance program to both you and your employees - after all, your business couldn't do all that it does without your team."

Chamber members will now receive lower preferred home insurance rates.
Click here for more information!  

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