Only five tickets left for the Harvest Dinner! Enjoy a freshly harvested four-course dinner prepared by House of Boateng at Woodwynn Farms featuring locally sourced, organic and homegrown ingredients.
September  Business  Matters is Online!

The September Business Matters is in the mail and headed y ou r way. 

Our latest edition features:
  • Hands Full at the Office The lack of affordable, government-regulated child care spaces in Greater Victoria is having a direct impact on employers, workers and our economy. Some of The Chamber's members were able to put a face to the problem.
  • The Rhythm of a New Beat: Del Manak Chamber CEO Catherine Holt sat down with the Victoria Police Department's new Chief Constable Del Manak.
  • Member Survey: It's All About YOU We asked our members to rate The Chamber on the three pillars of membership: Benefits, Connections/Events and Advocacy.
These stories and more in the print and online edition!

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Chamber News
Harvest Dinner
Business Leaders Luncheon: Bill Stewart
Industry Tour: Point Hope Maritime
Auction Donations
Business Mixers
Prodigy Group Mingles
Event Photos

Enjoying the Labour Day Long Weekend

Is it almost September already? You can feel it in the air - that combination of excitement to start a fresh year mixed with the bittersweet feeling of the end of summer.

Make the most of your Labour Day weekend by joining your fellow Chambers members in celebrating by enjoying a bite out, a night away from home, or plan an action packed weekend at these local treasures.

If you're a last minute kind of person, it's time to start making sure you have all the right supplies for back-to-school. Our Chamber members have got you covered for school supplies and clothing.

The Chamber will be closed Mon, Sept 4 for Labour Day.
Sweeping Tax Changes
Just after Labour Day, the federal government will be back at the table to make some sweeping tax changes. The Greater Victoria Chamber along with the Canadian Chamber wants to make sure that the voice of small business is heard before decisions are finalized.

Nobody supports tax evasion or loopholes, but these changes target small businesses who employ family members and invest the profits from business and delivers punitive taxation for those passing family businesses on to children.

Email your local MP and Minister Morneau to provide the real story behind running a small business. As chamber members across the country, we hope to impact this change - similar to the reversal on taxing employee health benefits - well before legislation makes it a done deal.

Highlighting Farm Fresh Ingredients
House of Boateng is catering the upcoming Harvest Dinner at Woodwynn Farms on September 7th. All four courses of this farm-to-table feast will be artfully prepared by award-winning chef Castro Boateng.
"The dishes that I will be creating that evening are all focused around highlighting the fresh ingredients from the farm," says Castro Boateng, owner and executive chef at House of Boateng. "It will be a unique experience for the guests to dine at the same place where the food is being harvested."  
With over 17 years of professional culinary experience, Castro has integrated his love for creative art and food into a successful fine catering business and partnership with the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit to open the Paddock Lounge last April. Castro's raw talent, admirable flavor combination and natural creativity have also propelled him to the top of the podium at many culinary competitions.
Come experience his delicious menu for yourself!

House of Boateng: member since 2016
Woodwynn Farms: member since 2012
A Fresh Look at Organic Online
This week the purchase is final and Amazon is now the proud new owner of Whole Foods Market. A $13.7 billion dollar purchase melds bricks and mortar with the world's biggest online retailer.

Speculation by analysts ranges from 1-click grocery shopping to meal planning to utilizing its popular prepared meals and in-store buffets to provide clickable weekday lunch boxes.

"It's been our mission for 39 years at Whole Foods Market to bring the highest quality food to our customers," said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. "By working together with Amazon and integrating in several key areas, we can lower prices and double down on that mission and reach more people..."

Whole Foods has already cut prices on a range of popular goods - including avocados.

Whole Foods Market: member since 2016

Meet the man who invented the screensaver!
Over the past 30 years, Bill Stewart has made a lasting mark on every day technology with his invention of the first screensaver and then a wallpaper that was embraced by over 1 billion computer users worldwide.
His clients include AOL Time Warner, Atomic Energy of Canada, Bambora and the BC Government.  
Hear Bill talk about how you can use visual design to improve your user experience and improve revenue, profit and customer satisfaction.  

Tue, Oct 3 | 11:30 am-1 pm      
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
728 Humboldt St.


Big Star Shines Brightly at Russell Books
Between astronomical events like the solar eclipse and celestial events like stargazing apparently Victoria is the place to be.

Recently spotted A-List actors include Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds and proving that nothing is more attractive than a great mind and a keen sense of humour, Josh Brolin was spotted at Russell Books doing a little research on his stepmother Barbra Streisand.

When the stars align for movie making in Greater Victoria, local businesses benefit. Back in 2008, local film and television production dropped sharply to $7.3 million when the region was inexplicably excluded from a production tax credit implemented by the province. Through combined efforts by The Chamber and the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission the tax credit was reinstated for Greater Victoria and by 2015, local productions generated $18 million in direct spending. An excellent return on the less than $140,000 provided annually by the province and eight of the 13 municipalities to fund the Film Commission.

Russell Books: member since 1999

Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission: member since 1980

How Can UVic's Co-operative Education Program Help you?
Need a new website? Want to market your business? Tackling a research project? Need help in the lab?
More than one third of University of Victoria (UVic) students take part in its renowned Co-operative Education Program (co-op), alternating terms in class with terms working for employers in their field. UVic co-op students' skills are as diverse as the programs offered at UVic-they can apply their competencies to almost any task.
Hiring a co-op student is a great way to gain short-term help. Plus, co-op helps you give back to your community, create a relationship with UVic and become a partner in students' education.
For more about the UVic Co-op Program and employer benefits, email , or visit .

UVic: member since 1976

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