Benefits of Membership

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From hotel discounts to discounted fuel and banking services, members of the Parksville Chamber of Commerce gain exclusive access to these and other terrific incentives for becoming a member. Interested in building connections with China? How about preferred rates with VersaPay and First Data Merchant Services? The benefits of becoming a Parksville Chamber of Commerce member are simply incredible.

Contact the Parksville Chamber of Commerce to learn how to access these benefits.


  • Networking and Promotional Opportunities

    The Chamber hosts nine General Membership Dinner Meetings annually, where members have the opportunity to share ideas and business information, to connect with others, listen to a guest speaker and promote their business.

    Our monthly Business after Business (BaB) events are also a great way to meet other members. As the host of a BaB, you have the opportunity to showcase your business to a captive audience or simply a chance to hook up with someone to play golf with on Saturdays.

    Referrals are a big part of what we do. On average, the Visitor Centre welcomes over 25,000 people each year and answers many telephone inquiries. Local residents, businesses and tourists are seeking information on: Accommodations, Shopping, Relocation, Attractions, Restaurants and Services. Members can display their business cards/brochures at the Centre to capture the attention of visitors.

    Our Website and its Business Directory are the main source of information for the many daily inquiries by phone, email and in person about local businesses. Your membership includes a basic listing, a link to your site / email, a location map and the tools to load your own logos and pictures.

    We have a Social Media presence through Facebook and Twitter (with over 1,500 followers), and like/follow our members and others so we can pass on relevant, member to member, information to our followers.

    Networking and Promotional Opportunities
  • Promoting Your Business - Exclusive Promotional Activites

    We work behind the scenes to promote your business 24/7. When potential clients stop by the Chamber office or come in to the Parksville Visitor Centre, we point new customers in your direction through word-of-mouth advertising. Put your promotional material on display and find potential clients when and where they're looking. Our Online Member Directory has the double impact of enabling people to find out about your business through the Official Chamber Site while simultaneously increasing the visibility of your own website on the search engines.

    We are always looking for new ways to expose your business to our members. Our staff, both at the Visitor Centre and the Chamber office is open to suggestions which may work better for your type of business. You can leverage our advertising budget to increase your visibility. Call our staff to discuss how we can help you in promoting your business.

    Promoting Your Business - Exclusive Promotional Activites
  • Advocacy

    Advocacy Working on your Behalf

    The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with industry, business associations, and other Chambers of Commerce to work with municipal, provincial and federal government bodies to find solutions to issues that negatively affect business and/or our community.

    A list of the Policy and Position papers in the works is right here.
    Advocacy
  • Exclusive Member Discounts

    Merchant Visa/MasterCard Preferred Rates

    We have partnered with First Data Canada, a leader in the payments industry, to help your business Sell More and Save More. All members are provided exclusive low rates on merchant services; low credit and debit card processing costs, ecommerce tools, mobile payment apps, and a user-friendly online reporting tool to support and grow your business.

    Call the Chamber officer at 250-248-3613 to find out more.

    Member 2 Member Discounts

    This program is based on “Members Supporting Members”. Participating members offer 10%, 20%, or 30% off of their regular prices to other members. The use of your member card identifies those who participate. This program encourages our members to shop locally; it's a win-win.

    Fuel Discounts

    With the cost of fuel today, ANY discount can make a difference. We are pleased to participate in special programs and be able to pass these discounts to you. Our current partners are: PetroCanada, Shell Fleet Plan, Esso Imperial Oil. Contact us to learn more.

    Shipping Discounts

    Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Members can take advantage of exclusive discounts on UPS and Purolator Small Package shipments, Brokerage and Freight shipments. Whether you send one package a week or 50, you save right from the start. No minimums. No hassle.

    Other Affinity Programs

    There are several other affinity programs you may access, including Hotel and Travel Discounts, Small Business BC webinars, and more.

    Don't forget the Hotel Discounts!


    Exclusive Worldwide Discounts for Chamber Members.
    Chamber members can now receive hotel discounts in Canada and around the world for unlimited business and leisure travel. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce member hotel discount program is provided for the exclusive access of our members and their employees.
    Savings may be as much as 50%, and average 10-20% below market rates.
    Happy travels and happy savings!

     Take me to the hotel discounts!

    Call Linda at the Chamber for your Username and Password: (250) 248-3613
    Exclusive Member Discounts
  • Group Insurance Plan

    Whether you're a solo entrepreneur, home-based business or part of a larger firm, benefits are a very important part of your financial security. The Chambers Plan lays a solid foundation for that security, based on a benefit program designed specifically for you and your company! Coverage
    • Dental Care
    • Extended Health Care
    • Group Term Life Insurance
    • Critical Illness
    • Disability Coverage
    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
    • Best Doctors
    • Business Overhead Expense Insurance
    • Employee Assistance Services
    • Group RRSP
    • For more information, contact our local representative, Mike Hrabowych
    Group Insurance Plan
  • Payworks Online Payroll Service

    Payworks is the most competitively priced program of on-line payroll services available. Will remit your Revenue Canada payments for free. Must be an active Chamber member for this special pricing.
    • Basic Run Charge $15.60 & one time set up fee $200
    • Choice of direct deposit or cheques
    • Integration with Chamber Group Plan
    • Year end tax filing/T4’s
    • $1.32 per Direct Deposit or Cheques
    • "Go Green" and save 10% per payroll run and 10% off the per employee charge by printing your own reports and/or pay statements.
    • Dedicated account managers
    Payworks Online Payroll Service
  • Staying Informed

    Stay informed about Chamber events and activities through the weekly "Chamber e-Connection". Members are encouraged to use this newsflash as a way to communicate with other members...a Value-Added benefit of your Chamber Membership! Send your e-flash submissions to the e-connection publisher, and we will include member info that is directly relevant, member to member, as well as newsworthy, to give you the business edge. If we keep each other up-to-date about our businesses, then it will make cross-referrals more effective.

    Regular editorials in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News and Business Vancouver Island papers are submitted by Chamber staff, and, of course, the website is a source of information as well.

    The Chamber also maintains a Facebook page and Twitter feed, for immediate updates and information bulletins that, we hope, will be of interest to our followers.

    Staying Informed

 

MEMBER 2 MEMBER DISCOUNTS

One of the goals of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is to encourage our members to shop locally. Your member card is a reminder of the great value Chamber members offer to one another. These discounts will be offered year round, on REGULAR pricing, unless otherwise stated.

10% discount

    • All in One Home Inspections Inc. (discount applies to any regular priced home inspection or mold inspection)
    • Arneeon Media
    • Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (10% discount applies to accessories & treats; 5% discount food & litter)
    • Close to You (discount applies to regular priced, in-stock items)
    • Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (10% discount applies to accessories & treats; 5% discount food & litter)
    • Country Kusina
    • Elite Image
    • Hamilton Thorne Quality Cabinets Ltd.
    • Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Ltd. (discount applies to parts, service & accessories)
    • Infinity – Gifts for your Soul
    • Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
    • North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (discount applies to gift shop sales)
    • One of a Kind Creative Wood Crafting
    • Paradise Sea Shell Motel
    • Parksville Home Hardware
    • Sexessories
    • The Tool Shed
    • Village Design & Drafting

Other

  • Freedom 55 Financial – free planning session
  • Nigel Burridge Ltd., C.A. – free initial consultation
  • Team W Realty, Rudi & Trish Widdershoven - $350 credit towards Building Inspection or Legal Fees

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