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  • Saying Goodbye to 2019, Gearing up for 2020

    Saying Goodbye to 2019, Gearing up for 2020

    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 now).
    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.

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  • Request for proposals are now being accepted for members seeking opportunities to lead a workshop, teach a seminar, coordinate a tour, host an on-site event or contribute as a guest blogger for our website. Each month we will provide programming focusing on a specific industry or theme, our focuses for 2020 can be found at the bottom of this page.

    If your idea does not fit into a specific theme category - we still encourage you to apply, we will help find an appropriate spot for your initiative. For example: a Microsoft Excel Boot Camp can be relevant anytime of the year, a Microsoft Excel Boot Camp for Restaurants would be most relevant in our hospitality focused month.

    Each theme is designed to help target members in specific industries who may find the programming relevant and raise awareness to issues affecting that sector and to celebrate its successes, while providing you with an opportunity to connect with members and grow your business. We believe that you are the knowledge-experts in your field and want to help you share that knowledge with our members.

    These events can be educational or entertaining, formal or informal, free or paid. The primary goal is to help members connect and highlight the work you and your organization contribute to the #KamBiz community. You provide the idea and we will help promote the initiative. Please remember, these are educational opportunities for members and are not sales focused. No politically motivated initiatives will be considered. All paid initiatives will be operated as a revenue-sharing initiative alongside the Kamloops Chamber.

    One application submission per idea. If you have multiple ideas, please submit multiple applications.

    Why should you host an initiative with the Kamloops Chamber?

    • Generate leads and strengthen your personal brand
    • Build brand awareness
    • Gain valuable public speaking skills
    • Knowledge-share with specific industries
    • Access to the Chamber network
    • Test New Ideas

    Conduct a Workshop
    You've probably been a participant in a number of workshops. There are workshops on subjects ranging from cooking classes to database building, all of which are limited in time, meant to teach practical skills or techniques or ideas, and conducted by people with real life industry experience, like you. Get creative and share your ideas with us.

    Teach a Seminar
    Seminars are a great way to share relevant and thematic information with our members. They exist in a variety of formats and can range from a casual pint of beer to discuss social media strategy to a roundtable discussion about business succession planning.

    Host an On-Site Event
    Bring members into your space! Host a member-only boardgame night, after work yoga, wine tasting or teach members the basics of food photography. On-site events are typically informal and are a chance to show off your work environment.

    Facilitate a Site Tour
    Show us how its made! Our members love to learn about how it is made and how it is processed. If you are interested in showcasing your showroom or taking members behind-the-scenes of your facility, let us know – we want to help you make connections, while showing off your space.

    Build Your Following with a Guest Blog Post
    Calling all storytellers and knowledge experts. Have you discovered the secret to great SEO? Do you know the top 10 most Instagramable spots in Kamloops? What tips & tricks can you share with upcoming entrepreneurs like yourself? Flex your writing skills and apply as a guest contributor for the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce website.


    Month Focus
    January Health & Wellness
    February Hospitality
    March  Arts & Culture
    April Made in BC
    May Natural Resources
    June Tourism
    July Agriculture
    August Indigenous Business
    September Technology
    October Celebrate Small Business
    November Non-Profits & Charities
    December Retail


    Applications are now open for January, February and March 2020 programming until December 10, 2019You can submit your idea here. Additional deadlines for applications are listed below:

    April, May, June 2020 Programming Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
    July, August, September 2020 Programming Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
    October, November, December 2020 Programming Application Deadline: July 15, 2020
    January, February, March 2021 Programming Application Deadline: October 15, 2020

    Due to the volume of ideas and initiatives we receive, we will not be able to accommodate all requests. We want to make sure all selected programming has the opportunity to shine and that is given the attention it deserves. If your idea is not selected, we encourage you to apply again. We will be selecting ideas that fit in with the theme and align with the values of our organization. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

    Please reach out to our Membership Specialist if you have additional questions at membership@kamloopschamber.ca