The Peachland Chamber of Commerce has so much going on right now I am beginning to feel like a one-armed paper hanger. If it were not for some very wonderful and talented volunteers, I am not sure how we would accomplish all the things we do as a chamber.
With the Business Excellence Awards fast approaching on March 8, the chamber has relied heavily on Peachland volunteers to manage everything from event decorations, to conducting the adjudication process to determine the ten winners of the ten business awards categories, to development of the marketing and promotional materials and tools to create communication and awareness of this annual highlight event.
I want to personally thank Gina Porta, Archie Lucciano, Leanne from the Peachland View, Errin from Serendipity, Vangie from Dunamis Projects, Mat Warnet-Pelletier from Welcome to Peachland, Terry Condon, Constantine Costa, Wolfgang Muhs, and Jan Blunden for their role in the judging process. Tickets are going fast so make sure you get your order in now. This is going to be an evening of surprises, excitement, and great fun and that I can promise. What I can’t promise is tickets if you hesitate. The cost is $50 per person and you can reserve tables of eight seats if you have a large group you want to attend with.
Be sure to bring a lot of cash for our fabulous live and silent auction items, our new portrait studio photo opps; the incredible 1.5 ct. white gold diamond necklace raffle and the cash bar. You might also want to bring a pair of comfy shoes for the dancing and action that Jeff of DJHaymaker is lining up for you.
Following on the heels of awards night will be the chamber’s 2014 Business Expo on April 12. The expo is another well attended event that provides our members the opportunity to showcase their business products and services to the community at large, and to collaborate with other businesses, which can lead to entrepreneurial ideas on how to cost share marketing, product delivery and co-packing.
This is always a sold out event and we only have 50 booths available. Booth sales are coming faster than the snowstorm this past weekend. Costs are $150 for members, $180 for non-members and $25 for community service groups (plus 5 per cent GST). If you have not received a vendor package via email contact me at email@example.com or call 250-767-2422. Remember, if people don’t know you exist, you can’t blame them for not supporting you. If improving your bottom line is your goal, then sign up now because its first come first served.
The chamber also hosted their fourth quarter 2013 members meeting on February 18 at the Peachland Historic Primary School, which attracted 31 people who enjoyed complimentary appetizers sponsored by Peachland Radio.
The evening provided an opportunity to celebrate Chamber Week in B.C. and to find out what the Peachland Chamber of Commerce and the Peachland Visitor Centre has done for its members this past year.
Lorraine Gabriel of Flying Soul O, another one of our newer chamber member and new resident/business to Peachland, was the winner of one of Hainle Estate/Deep Creek specialty wines generously donated by Walter Huber. Gabriel provides success coaching to inspire, educate and empower you in your business and personal life.
During the meeting, a motion from the membership resulted in the induction of two new board directors – Dr. Peter Stapleton of Peachland Lakeside Chiropractic Centre and Shayn Moritz of Edward Jones. A call for nominations from the floor for directors was also made and members were encouraged to put forth names for our upcoming May 12 AGM.
Did you know that B.C. has more than 125 chambers of commerce with more than 36,000 businesses? The chamber network in B.C. is the largest, most broadly based business organization in the province. These chambers work year round as an influential voice for B.C.’s business communities, advocating and encouraging polices that support businesses and community economic development.
B.C. ranks first in Canada for the number of small businesses per capita, with 83.5 businesses per 1,000 people. In Peachland, our chamber membership is made up of 73.5 per cent of all the businesses that have registered business licenses with the District of Peachland. This is a demonstration of solidarity and support for making Peachland a better community for all. Remember, we can only do what we have the budget to do, so if you have not paid your 2014 renewal fees please do as they are payable upon receipt of invoice and the full membership has been invoiced.
For more upcoming meetings and event information, visit www.peachlandchamber.com. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours this year give me a call at 250-767-2422. For your information, although the chamber has not as yet started posting its minutes to its website, all minutes from board and quarterly meetings are open to the public for viewing through our office. We are open for business and business is what makes things happen.
Gail Scott / Special to the Peachland View