As 2019 ends, we close the chapter on another decade and welcome a new one. A decade I hope brings further prosperity and inclusivity to the Kamloops business community.
Reflecting on 2019, the Chamber saw many new changes. I accepted the role of Executive Director and we on-boarded two new team members. As a new team, we set out on a discovery mission to learn about the community and what issues you face today. We did this in-person via our #KamBiz walks, released a digital membership satisfaction survey and met with dozens of local business owners, managers and employees for coffee (I think I am officially a regular Caffè Motivo
As a community we came together for Kamloops Tomorrow
, a forward-thinking conversation where local thought-provokers from TRU
, Kamloops Innovation
and CFDC of CIFN
presented a vision for what Kamloops could look like in 2050 and beyond. We celebrated business success at the 33 rd
Annual Business Excellence Awards presented by MNP
, where our friends at Abbott Wealth Management
took home the Business of the Year trophy.
As we enter the New Year with a fresh team, our vision is to meet monthly with different industries for roundtable discussions to determine where we will focus our advocacy efforts. We hear that taxes are high, we hear that there is a skilled labour shortage, we see that social issues need to be addressed to help you and your business thrive. Our board and staff will rise to that challenge.
I invite you to learn more about how you can bring an issue to us and learn about how we advocate for you and the entire business community. No issue is too big or too small. We are your cheerleaders. If you want to learn more, send me an email
, let’s meet for coffee.
Beyond advocacy, our team is using the data collected from our #KamBiz walks and membership values survey to put programming in place that will enhance your business and equip you and your team with new skills and tools to remain competitive. In January, we will be focusing on workplace health and wellness
Our first signature event, the State of the City Dinner
, will be taking place on Thursday, March 12 at the Sandman Signature, where Mayor Ken Christian will present his vision for the business community. We hope you and your team will join us for this event. Pre-register for this event here
In 2020, we welcome new challenges, embrace change and will continue to champion you and your business.