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"Walk on the Wild Side" Regional Business Walk Concludes

Posted in Chamber News

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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the conclusion of its first official regional Business (BIZ) Walk project called “Walk on the Wild Side”.  This was an in-depth comprehensive six month project where provincial and federal funds plus the Regional District of Nanaimo footed the bill.  On February 16-18, 2016 over 55 volunteer BIZ walkers put on their comfy shoes, stepped 171,068 steps (130 KM) and hit the pavement to do 27 one-on-one visits or walkabouts to about 650 businesses in Nanoose, the city of Parksville, Coombs, Errington, French Creek and Hilliers. 

We tabulated the data and took our NEXT STEPS to address the three key identified areas.  Our businesses wanted more access to information, enhanced educational opportunities and advocacy.  Recently we mailed a personal letter to each of the 373 respondents outlining the information requested.  Please click on the active links for more information and educational assistance.

As the “Voice of Business”, our role is to create the best possible conditions to allow businesses in the Parksville area to be successful.  

You WALKED, the businesses TALKED  and we LISTENED!.  Working together, we crossed the finish line as winners! 

Final Report


The Parksville & District Business Awards of Excellence

Posted in Special Events

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March 3, 2016

Parksville, BC –The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Parksville & District Business Awards.  The awards were presented on March 3, 2016 at the regular monthly Chamber meeting, but there was nothing “regular” about the excitement and anticipation of the 150 members and guests who attended the event at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort.  The evening was a chance to recognize and celebrate the successes of the all of the finalists, who were all proud to be recognized in the elite group. 

Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to Diana Eichler, Wags Animal Care Center Inc.  

Outstanding Customer Service of the Year was presented to Cathy Shoemaker, Joe Cunningham Ford (2012) Ltd.

Business of the Year Under 15 Employees was presented to The Kerr Group Management Corp.  

Business of the Year Over 15 Employees was presented to Weather-Wise Cedar Products (a division of Aquila Cedar Products).  

Congratulations to all of the recipients, nominees and finalists. Of course, these awards would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, The Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Vancouver Island University and Coastal Community Credit Union. 

New Board of Directors Elected

Posted in Chamber News

At the Annual General Meeting of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April14, 2016, your 2016/2017 Board of Directors and Executive were elected:  

President: Bill McKinney

President Elect: Andy Lankester

Vice President: Jeannie Maltesen

Treasurer: Terry Kerr

Directors: Garry Bentham, Cathie Kanani, Ainsley Moore, Beth Ross and Dave Willie.  

Directors with one year left in their term are Sue Battle and Dee McKinney. Our thanks go to Donna Andres and Al McLean for their past participation on the board, and to our Past President Rudi Widdershoven, who is retiring from the board after 13 years.  

A SLAM-DUNK for Parksville Chamber Business (BIZ) Walk - Take a “Walk on the Wild Side” (WWS)

Posted in Chamber News

The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce just held their first official regional BIZ Walk last week (February 16-18).  It was a resounding SUCCESS!  So far this is the BIGGEST, most comprehensive, BIZ Walk to date in BC.  

“Our local business communities are diverse and vibrant.  Our energetic WWS walkers were delighted to be welcomed so warmly.  It’s a WIN-WIN for all involved as it is an excellent opportunity to establish new and ongoing conversations.  With active listening we get an accurate representation of the “business pulse” in our region.   We greatly appreciate the support of the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.” - Robynne Shaw, President of Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.



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