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    Celebrating our members and our community.

    Who knew it would take a global pandemic to bring about an urban agriculture revival! In recent years, interest in things like vegetable production, bee-keeping and urban hens has been on the rise, but this year it skyrocketed.

    Be kinder than necessary, because everyone is fighting some kind of battle. You can be the THE CATALYST for someone to have a BETTER DAY, choose kindness

    A local chamber of commerce or board of trade helps member organization and business overcome problems like Economic Upheaval, Bureaucratic Red Tape, and Difficultly Finding Skilled Workers by advocating and raising concerns at every level of government so that members can focus on improving and expanding their business. They provide important information& invaluable services like skill building sessions, education and networking opportunities to support the business community.

    Canada's upstream oil and gas industry is ready to play a critical role in developing solutions and delivering results. We are shovel ready, with the capacity to create high-paying direct jobs, including indirect jobs through our multi-billion-dollar national supply chain. Additionally, we contribute to the local, hotel, restaurant, retail and other services where our companies operate.

    Our team is closely monitoring the worldwide global pandemic of COVID-19 and we are working with authorities from the City of Kamloops to monitor the risk locally along with partners to develop business continuity resources for you. I have called an emergency board meeting this week to determine our next steps.

    Planning a stand-alone event can be too much to ask for small businesses who don’t have the human resources and expertise to carry out event planning, design and implementation. Business owners wear many hats and event planning is a time-consuming process with many different aspects and tasks that can become overwhelming very quickly.

    Restaurants, brewpubs, wineries and eateries not only contribute jobs and a significant portion of our provincial GDP, but they are also where our communities gather and the lifeblood of our city.

    The conversation around workplace wellness and mental health is a topic that many feel uncomfortable discussing. Lack of knowledge or fear of judgement is often why historically these conversations were not head. What we know is investing in mental health programs has a positive ROI for your business. It is time to break the taboo and take care of your colleagues and in return, your business.

    According to a report released last November by Deloitte Canada. Analysis reveals that companies with mental health programs in place for one year had a median annual ROI of $1.62 for every dollar invested. For companies with programs in place for three or more years, the median annual ROI is more than double—valued at $2.18 for every dollar spent. It is not only good for people, it is good for business

    Acacia Pangilinan, Executive Director, reflects on 2019 and provides a sneak peek of what is to come in 2020.