Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:03:01 -0700 gotbcms en-gb Chamber Advocacy to Mitigate Impact of MMBC
On May 19, Multi Material BC (MMBC)’s stewardship program for packaging and printed paper (PPP) will go into effect. The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce does not endorse MMBC or this program and, since summer 2013, has actively worked with the BC Chamber of Commerce to mitigate program impacts on businesses. As a result of the BC Chamber and the network’s hard work on this file, the B.C. government has exempted from this regulation any business that meets one or more of these criteria: • Any business with less than $1 million in gross annual sales; • Any business that annually produces less than 1 tonne of packaging and printed paper; and • Any business with a single point of sale, with the exception of franchises, chains and businesses operating under a banner.
This translates into approximately 27,000 producer businesses, province wide being excluded from the program. This means that, as a result of Chamber network advocacy, only 2,000 to 3,000 of B.C.’s nearly 400,000 businesses will be captured under the program – less than 1%. But while those numbers are down significantly, we have identified further areas of concern with this program. Firstly, we’re concerned that local governments, who will save significant dollars under the MMBC program – and who played a significant role in bringing about this program, through policy passed at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention – have not, by and large, committed to passing savings back to taxpayers. Taxpayers need to start calling for this – and the Chamber network has an opportunity to lead this. Secondly, we’ve become aware that MMBC may not be exempting small B.C. franchise locations under the first two exemptions, potentially creating hardship for this sector. Thirdly, certain industry sectors, such as the newspaper and printing industries, are just now coming to our network for assistance in mitigating potential hardship under the current MMBC program. So there is more work to be done. What is not realistic is delaying or scrapping the MMBC program; that train has already left the station. MMBC has already signed significant numbers of contracts with local governments. Any disruption to the program would result in a hefty bill for B.C. taxpayers. Moreover, B.C., like its counterparts across the country, is firmly committed to extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs – so these programs are here to stay. But here’s what we think can be achieved: • More local governments returning MMBC savings to their taxpayers – or explaining why not; • Ensuring that the spirit of the exemptions, with regards franchises, is carried out; and • For business sectors still facing undue hardship under this program, there may be opportunities to achieve some mitigation. So what are we doing? We will work with the BC Chamber to push for local government accountability on what’s happening with MMBC savings. We will work to ensure that the franchise sector is treated fairly under the program exemptions and we will work with any business sectors within our membership that face undue hardship under the MMBC program towards finding realistic solutions that we can assist in advocating to government.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:03:12 -0700
Parksville's Business Walk

It’s a quick way to take the pulse of business in Parksville. It’s called a Business Walk. On February 11 small teams of representatives from The City of Parksville and The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce will walk through the City talking to business owners to find out how their businesses are doing. The teams won’t spend a lot of time in each business but the information they will gather will be critical to build relationships and to address the important issue of business retention.
“We want to find out what businesses needs to increase their success and how we can help them to get there” says Chamber President Robynne Shaw.

The Chamber is currently working on a number of Economic Development initiatives including Business Attraction, Succession Planning and Retention and Expansion. While Business Attraction is important, it is the latter two initiatives that build a successful commercial sector in the community. It is important to ensure that there are buyers for business owners wanting to retire and it is essential that existing businesses are able to be successful and grow.

It is hoped we will get direct relevant information by asking four simple questions…. How’s business? What are the challenges? Why is it located here? What does it need?

Armed with the answers to these questions the Chamber will prepare a report of its findings and determine how best to tackle the challenges and needs and support the successes.

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:49:14 -0800
PDCC Position on Proposed DCC Increases

Development Cost Charges are prescribed as an allowable imposition by a local government to assist the local government to pay the capital costs of constructing sewage, water, drainage, and highway facilities and providing and improving parkland.

Development Cost Charges are regulated through the Local Government Act; Division 10, Sections 933-937. The Act lays out the parameters by which local government can implement a DCC Bylaw.  The City of Parksville is proposing to introduce a new DCC Bylaw which will see rates increase by 45%.

The Chamber’s response to DCC changes will address:

Click <Here>  for the full document.

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:19:51 -0700
Inter-Community Business License Program City Approves in Principle

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce congratulate the City of Parksville for their approval in principle of participation in an inter-community Business License Scheme.

This initiative, proposed and promoted by Island Chambers and received and implemented by Island Local Governments, will allow businesses to work in communities from Duncan to Campbell River by purchasing a business license in their hometown and also purchasing an intercommunity license.

This initiative will make doing business on a regional basis more cost efficient for businesses that work, conduct business or provide services in more than one community in the participating region. The expected benefits of the program to business include:
• Reduce the time and cost of buying multiple licences.
• Save the burden of remembering to renew multiple licences.
• Simpler process for the inter-community licence gives less room for errors and noncompliance.
• Provides access to larger market, across total of participating communities.
• Allows consumers greater choice of service providers.
• Allows greater opportunity for businesses to grow their client base regardless of the client location.

Kim Burden, Executive Director         

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:38:08 -0700