The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to be involved in recognizing and honoring businesses that excel in our community. The annual Business Achievement Awards celebrate outstanding business success in Parksville and District.

The Business Achievement Awards will be held at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre on March 15, 2018

Join us for networking, drinks, dinner and a celebration of our business community. 

Tickets for the Awards ceremony can be purchased by calling the Chamber office @ 250-248-3613

The three finalists in each of the six categories are: 

Service Excellence Award

  • Angela Giannotti, Cruise Ship Centers
  • Beth Ross, bDigital Video Productions
  • Neelam and Mark Nagra, M&N Mattress Shop

Small Business of the Year

  • Coombs Junction Sign Shop
  • Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company
  • Namaskar Yoga Studio

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The Voice of Business Advocates for a Slow and Measured Increase to Minimum Wage.

On November 17, 2017,  the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce appeared before the Government of BC's Fair Wage Commission to present our postition on how BC should achieve their goal of implementing a minimum wage of $15/hr.

We recognize the difficulties that a sudden increase to minimum wages presents to business and wanted to ensure we voiced those concerns to government. We consulted with several of our members in the service sector prior to preparing the presentation. The postion we presented sought a gradual increase on a set formula that would allow businesses to prepare for those increases.

What determines a fair wage? It is often explained using the theory of supply and demand where in a market place with a shortage of workers employers must compete for the best workers for their business and in a market with a surplus of workers, employers can be selective about who they hire. In reality that is not so. Unfortunately, there are some who will try to help themselves at the expense of others. To protect peaceful productive citizens against those who resort to such actions, government intervention is necessary.
The institution of minimum wages provided a tool to protect the most vulnerable workers from exploitation. This was at a time where people had little to no recourse for unfair work practices and in fact many of the people who were looking to be protected were not even franchised when the early minimum wages were introduced to protect women and children.

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Earlier this year, we embarked on a new project to engage both visitors and locals, with the combined goal of sharing details about all there is to experience in the region. As part of that strategy, we received a grant from Destination BC’s Innovation Funding program to develop a digital informational kiosk.
The kiosk acts as a mobile visitor information centre while ultimately promoting our Chamber members. With up to 18,000 visitors per day to Parksville and area, the opportunity exists to attract visitors to do more, spend more and stay longer. That, along with helping the local community to discover or perhaps rediscover all that our great region has to offer. The kiosk offers visitors information in an easy, accessible and innovative way and we are sure the kiosk will benefit our tourism industry members including attractions, restaurants, retail shops and accommodations. Travelers can check on highway conditions, festivals and events, weather conditions and view a local map.
‘The kiosk now makes its home in a high traffic area of Thrifty Foods, right near the customer service desk and we couldn’t be happier with the results’ says Kim Burden, Executive Director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, we’ve been provided the opportunity to showcase our regional video and work with some great partners including: Thrifty Foods, Pacific Brimm Café & Catering, Sunrise Ridge Resort, Horne Lake Caves, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Lisa M., MacDonald Realty, Quality Resort Bayside, Parker McDonald – Royal LePage Parksville Qualicum Beach Realty, Tyler Cave Productions, bDigital Video, 5 Star Media Group and Geeks on the Beach’ Thank you to everyone who worked on this project and please, come by to check out the kiosk, it really does look like a giant iPhone!’

At the beginning of the video project we had a vision – we wanted the video to showcase our members and this beautiful region we call home. Our first thought was, the Chamber of Commerce has some valuable resources that we should be sharing with our members. Some of the ‘real estate’ includes a very popular Chamber website with a high return rate and useful business directory, the usual social media suspects such as Facebook with over a thousand followers, an in- house TV monitor in the Visitor Centre which sees 25 to 30,000 visitors annually, a direct communication with 430 Chamber members through our e-connect newsletter and of course our digital interactive kiosk….which really looks like a giant i-phone and contains valuable tourism and community related information for visitors and residents. We just had to package them up and figure out a way to deliver that value to our members.   Watch HERE.

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