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Celebrate Canada Day

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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to return to its role as the organizing committee for Canada Day in Parksville on July 1st.

Parksville's Canada Day celebrations are among the largest on Vancouver Island. The day's festivities kick off with the Shriner's Pancake Breakfast, parade, family focused entertainment and activities as well as the fabulous grand finale fireworks, sponsored by Thrifty Foods. Add in food trucks, concessions, artisan booths and fun rides for the kids, and it will be a full day of family fun.  

Shriner's Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am -11:00 a.m. 

Parade (Pioneer Crescent to Parksville Community & Conference Centre) - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  

Opening ceremonies - 12:00 noon  

Entertainment - 12:30 pm to dusk, featuring a variety of talent, and headliners (TBA) at 9:00 pm.

Thrifty Foods Fireworks Spectacular - 10:15 p.m  

Vendor Registration Form.  

Parade Entry Form

Canada Day Sponsorship Information




Competitive Assessment of the Oceanside Economy

Posted in Committees and Task Forces, Articles

Prepared by: Vann Struth Consulting Group Inc.

This Competitive Assessment of the Oceanside Economy is the first step in an emerging initiative to attract new business investment to the Oceanside region of Vancouver Island. It provides an analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the region from an investment attraction perspective and matches those characteristics to potential growth industries.

Checklist for Starting a Small Business

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If you are in the process of starting a small business, you have probably talked with consultants and financial advisors, studied market research and read dozens of books on the innumerable aspects of beginning a small business.  In short, you’ve left no stone unturned in finding out everything you can about how to make a small business successful. 

But there comes a time when you need to begin assembling the pieces involved in moving your idea from paper to reality.  To do this, you should prepare a comprehensive checklist that includes everything that you may need to accomplish to get your business up and running. 

A great checklist can be found on the Small Business BC website

THE BC AGENDA FOR SHARED PROSPERITY: Setting a new tone for conversations about BC’s future

Posted in Editorials, Articles

Too often when British Columbians hear the term 'prosperity', the belief is that the rich are simply getting richer and the poor poorer. In fact, in a recent survey commissioned by the Business Council of British Columbia found 84% of British Columbians believed this to be true. While the reality may not be quite this stark, there is no question that many BC families have accumulated higher levels of debt and are under increasing financial pressure in their day-to-day lives.

Why should BC businesses care about this widely held sentiment in BC?

Small Business Solver

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Tools to Help Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed!

Running a small business is challenging and the Chamber is always looking for tools and benefits to assist business in our community. We have initiated a relationship with Small Business Solver a web based company offering tools to help businesses to start, grow and succeed.

Small Business Solver offers a number of free webinars to help business owners evaluate their service and to help the Chamber determine the demand from our members.

Should there be sufficient demand we will work out a volume price package with Small Business Solver for our members.

To register for the scheduled webinars please access by clicking on the link.


Learning from our successes is valuable

Posted in Editorials, Articles

by Kim Burden, Executive Director

I receive a regular inspirational message in my inbox every morning. It's a great way to start my day. I see many more of these messages throughout the course of my day. They are everywhere. These encouraging statements are nothing new, one of my favourites drummed into my head by my mother - "Good Better Best, never let it rest, until the Good is Better and the Better is Best" - has served me well through school, business and my personal life.

I recently read an interesting article about filtering these sayings into Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty categories. The writer describes these sayings as small lies. They have an important subtle message, but they're perceived as whole truths. And, often they're so universal we don't even give them a second thought. But, these small lies end up having a pretty distorting effect on our behaviour or our perceptions.

One example is the statement "life is short." I hear it all the time. I understand why people say it. What they mean is "live live to the fullest." But we don't say that. We instead say "life is short."

In the world of business I think the most dangerous lie we tell ourselves is: "I've learned more from my failures than my successes." It's simply not true.

An Employment Consultant Answers an Oceanside Newcomer's Questions

Posted in Chamber News, Articles

Here are a few questions newcomer’s frequently ask:

An Employment Consultant Answers an Oceanside Newcomer's Questions

Autumn's magnificent gifts are all around us. It's not surprising a great number of people we see in our centre are newcomers who have decided to make Oceanside their home. It is a growing trend over the past few years. Here are a few questions newcomer’s frequently ask:

Q.  I've sent out dozens of resumes since I moved here in May, and I haven't had one call for an interview. Are the employers here biased against applicants from other provinces?
A.  Absolutely not! Many of our clients from out of the area have successfully found work here. Employers welcome the skills and experience of these individuals. Most importantly, they want someone who is a good fit. There could be several reasons for the lack of response. Have you had a career professional in this area review your cover letter and resume? The style you used in the past may not work for your job search here and now. Have you researched the companies before writing the cover letter so you can catch the employer's attention? Are the skills you highlight transferable to the type of business you are applying to? Can the employer easily see the value you would bring to the company? Employers value people who can describe their ability to save time and money or increase the organization's “bottom line.” Companies are hiring now, so if you aren't getting interviews it's time to change your resume and cover letter.

Q.  Many of the jobs here are part-time or casual, and I want full-time work. What should I do?
A.   Do your best to get an interview and see what happens. Sometimes employers hire staff on a part-time or casual basis to start. They know they need to fill a position, but they may not be clear on what they really need. Your job as a potential employee is to convince the employer you will contribute to the objectives of the organization. Then, when you start the job, demonstrate the unique strengths you bring. We have countless stories of people who have started this way, and before they know it, they are working more hours. Consider it your opportunity to show your dedication, work ethic, new approaches, creative problem solving, or your unique skills.

Q.  My family is advising me to take training to work as a care-aid because there are so many seniors here. Should I do that?
A.  Yes, but only if you are clear about the duties of that job, you sincerely enjoy the type of work, and you can work through the process of being a student. However, if you don't like the duties of the job, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. This is setting yourself up for disappointment. We strive to support our clients to find work that is both interesting and satisfying. The labour market needs people who thrive in “helping” occupations and people who thrive in many other occupations. Stay focused on your goal. Let us help you find the right job for you.

Submitted by: Janet Kimmel, Career Centre, Parksville

Complimentary Assistance and Training from the Employers’ Advisers Office

Posted in Chamber News, Articles

Helping employers manage Workers’ Compensation

As part of the Ministry of Labour, there is no cost for the services of the Employers’ Advisers office, as they are funded through the assessments employers pay to WorkSafeBC. In the Nanaimo office, there are three advisers capable of providing professional advice and assistance for your business. These advisers can help you manage workers compensation costs by offering same-day telephone assistance; representation at WorkSafeBC, WorkSafeBC Review Division and WorkSafeBC Appeal Tribunal; and keep you up to date about your rights, responsibilities and obligations through their complimentary training seminars. For a full list and description of the seminars offered, please visit www.labour.gov.bc.ca/eao. The Nanaimo office is located at 404-495 Dunsmuir Street, 1-886-827-2277.

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