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Welcome to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

The Kelowna Chamber is an Accredited Chamber of Commerce with Distinction. This means that we are a chamber that is run in a strategic and professional way and that our operations reflect national standards of business excellence. We work to ensure the Okanagan region will become the most economically prosperous region - and the most desirable place to live and work - in Canada. As the area's leading membership driven business organization, we are committed to providing value to our members.  
 

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  • Kelowna Chamber hosting Women of Wine
    Jan 09, 2017

    The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an exciting Women of Wine Luncheon Panel set in Kelowna Yacht Club’s scenic dining room on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:45 am until 1:30 pm. Panelists include three local female leaders in the wine industry from Culmina Family Estate Winery, Sperling Vineyards and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. Discussion topics will include the winery business, the people in it and the panel’s experiences. Moderating this discussion will be the award-winning writer, John Schreiner, Author of ‘Icon: Collectible and Iconic Wines of British Columbia’ to be published in May.

    “I have been writing about British Columbia wineries since 1977, when almost no women were involved directly,” says John Schreiner. “The landscape is entirely different today. In many wineries, women are becoming the driving force in disciplines ranging from vineyard management to winemaking and marketing. The industry should take a lot of pride in having unlocked so much talent.”

    Among the panelists is Sandra Oldfield, President/CEO of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, who has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2016 as a trailblazer with hopes to keep pushing the BC wine industry to greater heights. Ann Sperling, Winemaker of Sperling Vineyards and Southbrook Winery, brings 25 years of international winemaking experience home to the vineyard she grew up on. Elaine Triggs, Co-Proprietor of Culmina Family Estate Winery, not only focuses on wine sustainability, but has also been involved in the development of a Niagara-based winery with world-renowned Architect Frank Gehry."

    The Chamber has wanted to host an event highlighting the remarkable accomplishments of women making strides in the wine industry for years. We are delighted to shine a bright light on three remarkable women in the wine industry,” says Caroline Miller, Business Development at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

    Tastings from their respective wineries with a donation to the Kelowna Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program will be available along with a book signing with John Schreiner immediately following the event.

    To register please visit: http://www.kelownachamber.org/events/Women-of-Wine-Luncheon-Panel-1932/details or call us at 250-861-3627.

  • 2016 Kelowna Industry Highlights & 2017 Plans
    Jan 03, 2017

    Happy New Year! This month we will help you plan your new year ahead with our partnership with the Conference Board of Canada, to bring you a half-day seminar on Thursday January 26 at the Coast Capri. The subject: Economic Outlook and Analysis – Kelowna’s Business & Food Sector, by the Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada, Pedro Antunes.

    As well, we are hosting an interactive panel “Women of Wine” at the Kelowna Yacht Club on Tuesday January 24, moderated by wine maven John Shreiner. On the panel are three exceptional women, deeply involved in the wine business in professional capacities, and who will bring us fascinating insights from their careers. Plus, KYC’s outstanding lunch, served “family-style” will be followed by an optional wine tasting of product from the three wineries taking part.

    January also sees our call for new Board Directors of who the elected will be sworn in at our March AGM with Keynote Brad Bennett, Chair of BC Hydro.

    On January 25, we’re inviting our members to join us at Silver Star for a ski day – lots of great activities, skiing, and some aprés-ski warmers. Click on our Chamber web events for all the details. Now to the nitty-gritty: we asked some of our industry-leading members to take a look back at 2016 and cast an eye ahead to 2017 for us, as a year-end wrap up. We’ve included some of their comments here, and will run the balance in this month's Business Examiner. We’re grateful to read so much good business news.

    NOT-FOR-PROFIT “At the KGH Foundation our favourite saying is “giving changes everything”. And indeed, over the past year countless lives have been saved by the critical equipment and services provided through gifts from donors at KGH. Community pride is alive and well in Kelowna, and year over year the demonstration of this spirit grows through philanthropy. "Over the coming year we see the community coming together as never before on some critical projects that will change the face of Kelowna. These projects will be fundamental in making Kelowna a better place for our friends, our families and ourselves to live, and our community pride will be vital in making these changes possible.” - Doug Rankmore, CEO, KGH Foundation.

    WINERIES/TOURISM “Simply a great year with strong growth in tourism numbers. Awareness of the Okanagan as one of the key culinary destinations in North American continues to gain recognition internationally.” - Tony Stewart, CEO & Proprietor, Quails Gate Estate Winery “2016 has been up and down in the markets we’re in. Next year looks like it will be a bit better, especially in forestry, Class 8 truck business, and the Oil and Gas industry. We’re expecting markets to improve; they were pretty flat this year. Yes, there’s uncertainty right now in the US, but we’re planning that 2017 will be a better year for us.” - Steve McKay, President, Northside Industries.

    RETAIL “Now in its 10th year, Enterprise Flower Studio saw continued growth in 2016, adding another member of staff to its team. Increased investment in technology, improved product sourcing, and greater efficiencies have led to a boost in sales to both commercial organizations and residences. "Enterprise Flower Studio is able to deal with large-scale events, notably the Royal visit in September. We anticipate further growth in 2017 due to increased population in and around Kelowna, and more businesses appreciating how incorporating flowers brings both flair and value.” - Zena and Kevin Tucker, Owners, Enterprise Flower Studio.

    BUILDING/CONTRACTORS/ENGINEERING “Locally RJC has enjoyed a successful 2016, including great relationships with our clients and a growing team. The year ahead looks positive, and we’re excited to continue providing our clients creative thinking and practical results.” - Michael Blackman, Regional Manager/Associate, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., Engineers.

    SAFETY “Hazmasters Kelowna experienced a healthy growth in 2016. This growth is contributed to by the strong housing market, re-development and infrastructure in our surrounding area. The branch moved to a business location that added more exposure of our products and demands for these products. "The abatement, disaster, safety and training classes have been strong with the recognition and awareness that is being exposed in the market. We feel positive going forward into 2017 and expect to develop with the demands of our industry to successfully fulfill our customers’ business requirements.” - Brigita O’Brien, Branch Operations Manager, Hazmasters Kelowna.

    -KCC 

  • Kelowna Chamber Annual Highlights & Accomplishments - 2016
    Dec 27, 2016

    2016 was a year of new milestones for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Not only did we accomplish membership growth, but increasingly, members saw the value of being connected and being part of an organization that contributes to the good of the community.

    Some of our notable accomplishments this year:

    • Accredited Chamber of Commerce 2016/2019 – with Distinction

    • More members – 1,352 – than at any time in our history

    • 110th anniversary as a Chamber of Commerce

    • Hosted all BC Chambers in Kelowna at their annual conference and AGM

    • A successful year, financially

    • The most attendees at our Business Excellence Awards

    • A historic trip with the Kelowna mayor and the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association to Japan

    • Hosted an exceptional Travel & Learn experience for members on a trip to Iceland

    • Hosted round tables with a Catalyst for Growth Fund grant with Women’s Enterprise Centre and Status of Women Canada

    • Launched new programs for Young People in Business

    We’re particularly proud of our Accreditation: to quote, “This Chamber has demonstrated that it meets a high standard of excellence in service to its members through strict adherence to a prescribed set of programs, services, management and governance principles, and policy and advocacy initiatives. This Chamber is a leader and ‘the Voice of Business” within its community.” Our CEO, Caroline Grover, was a driving force behind our recognition for organizational excellence and initiation of new programs.

    We are looking forward to a prosperous 2017 in our community and invite you to join our members at many of our thought-provoking events this year.

    -KCC 

  • What the economy is saying for BC and Kelowna Business
    Dec 07, 2016

    Thank you to all of those who participated in the "Collective Perspective" survey sent out last month by BC Chamber President. The results discovered a strong confidence among the business community in both the current health of their businesses and their future outlook on the economy.

    “This pan-provincial snapshot offers a unique look into the hearts and minds of B.C. businesses,” said Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “We hope this survey will be useful to all parties heading into the provincial election.” Nearly 1200 businesses of all sizes, representing all sectors of the economy and from all regions of the province participated in the survey. 

    - An impressive 92% of businesses believe their businesses are in good or acceptable shape today (refer to pg. 8 of report). - Approximately 4/5 of B.C. businesses surveyed expect that they will grow their businesses over the next five years (refer to pg. 12 of report).

    - A large majority of respondents believe the government is supportive of B.C.’s business community, with the provincial government taking the highest praise, followed by the federal government and then local government (refer to pg. 16 of report).

    - Respondents expressed that many sectors of B.C.’s economy will become “more important” over the next five years to ten years, with Tourism, Clean Technology, International Trade and Health Services emerging as the top sectors (refer to pg. 17 of report).

    - Respondents also expressed that even the province’s most well-established industries like Forestry and Mining will become “more important” to the business landscape over the next three to five years (refer to pg. 17 of report). Under the section “what matters to business success” our respondents identified the four most important factors affecting their business where they need more help (refer to summary graph on pg. 25 of report):

    Because your plans for 2017 hinge on knowing what's up with the economy, in addition to supporting this survey, we've partnered with The Conference Board of Canada to bring you Pedro Antunes, their Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist, for Kelowna's Business & Food Sector Outlook Conference.

    Attending this 1/2 day conference will give you an in-depth look at the economic conditions of Canada, B.C. and Kelowna, how they interact with the global economy, and where business is headed in 2017. For the full agenda and speaker list; please visit the event agenda page. Register today for only $249 using priority code: MP - KCC

    For more information, or for group pricing please contact Natasha Chipilova at the Conference Board at 613-526-3090 ext. 478.

    -KCC