FEB. 17, 2015
VERNON –It is Chamber of Commerce week in B.C. (Feb. 16-20) and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is using the occasion as a chance to express the benefits it brings to its members and the local economy. GVCC is inviting members of the business community to celebrate BC Chamber Week by dropping by the local chamber office to learn more about what the chamber has been doing to help build a stronger economy in the Greater Vernon area for more than 100 years.
“Our primary strength is getting our local business issues out to all three levels of government,” says Dan Rogers, general manager. “We are working on a variety of local issues that members have concerns with and also expect to have one or two policy resolutions that we will take to the BC Chamber AGM in May.”
“We are actually right in the middle of resolution time as the provincial AGM is fast approaching,” says Rogers. The Chamber will put forward a resolution calling on the province to initiative a regional governance review. The Chamber is also considering a resolution that calls on the province to further support the digital media industry as an economic driver in BC.
Over 36,000 businesses in B.C including close to 600 in the greater Vernon area are members of Canada’s largest Business Network: The Chamber Network. “Our focus is to strengthen your business, offer exclusive member benefits, training resources and connect businesses like no other organization,” says John Winter, president & CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce.
To celebrate GVCC is hosting a special Business after Five networking event on Tuesday at Soul Studio, 2709 B 43Ave. (5-7pm) and will also hold a special members workshop on Thursday that will help them maximize the benefits that flow from being a member of the largest business network in the country.
“We are using this opportunity to encourage our members and non-members to drop by our office on 32nd Street this week to learn more about the benefits of being a chamber member,” says Rogers. “The coffee is on and our team is ready to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns you have.”
FACTS, FIGURES AND MYTHS ABOUT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
66%* of consumers believe companies that are active in a local Chamber of Commerce:
ü Use good business practices
ü Are reputable
ü Care about their customers
ü Involved in the community
* A recent national study in the U-S (Schapiro Group, 2013) indicated that consumers view Chamber Members in a positive light with two thirds of respondents saying that companies that belong and promote their membership in the Chamber are seen to be much better than those that aren`t a Chamber member. The study showed that Chamber members are seen as more reputable and involved in the community and that leaves a positive impression in the minds of potential customers.
The study also reveals a positive perception for the local chamber itself, 82% of respondents believe that the local chamber of commerce helps create jobs and promotes local economic development.
WONDER WHAT A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS AND DOES FOR BUSINESS?
True or False:
- Myth #1: The Chamber of Commerce is a Bank. False. We are not a bank; we are the most broadly-based business organization working on behalf of small to large businesses.
- Myth #2: A private club. False. We are an accessible, modern, organization supporting local business in their community.
- Myth #3: Chambers are a part of Government: False. Local Chambers of Commerce engage with all levels government as a voice, advocating on behalf of businesses.
- Myth #4: All we offer is Group Insurance Benefits. False. Chambers have a long list of exclusive member benefits to offer businesses; Group Insurance is just one of many.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dan Rogers, GVCC General Manager
T 250-545-0771 E firstname.lastname@example.org