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Walk on the Wild Side - 2016 Regional Business Walk

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TA-DA!!!   Thrilled…intrigued….adventurous. Those few words capture only a snippet of the enthusiasm the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce wants you to experience.  In case you have heard we are coming to Take a “Walk on the WILD side” (WWS) with you February 16 - 18, 2016.  It is our 1st official Region wide (Northern Communities of the Regional District of Nanaimo) Business Walk (BIZ Walk).   

Our WWS teams will be blanketing the region for 3 days to “go toe-to-toe” and meet with you on your terra firma.  Only 10 brief minutes of discovery to find out what makes your business “tick”.  What’s important to your business success?  What can we do to help?  By gathering this relevant information we can identify common themes of action and bring together educational resources, municipal services and representatives of the business community for specific action plans.  

The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce intends to fulfill our purpose and create the best environment for your success by adding ways to identify resources that will boost economic growth and job creation through business expansion and retention programs.  At the end of May we will be hosting a get-together to introduce our WWS findings.  A written report will also be made available.  

PS:  And we haven’t left out the home-based businesses either! Please stop by any of the special coffee meetings as coffee is on US! We will have a WWS team member manning a table waiting for you!!

Where? Nanoose – Feb. 16, 2016: 3-4PM

                Perks Coffee@ Red Gap Centre-2451 Collins Crescent


Parksville – Feb. 17, 2016:  9-10AM

                Serious Coffee @ Heritage Mall -1209 Island Hwy. E.


                Errington – Feb. 18, 2016:  3-4PM

                Trees Restaurant-1385 Alberni Hwy. 


         “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” ~Tony Robbins


The Parksville & District Business Awards of Excellence

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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. 

Parksville & District Business Excellence Awards

Posted in Chamber News, Special Events

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At our monthly dinner on March 3, 2016, at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the Parksville & District Business Awards of Excellence. We are proud to host these awards, to honour excellence in business. A business or person does not need to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to be nominated.  All residents, employees and businesses of Parksville & District (Parksville, Nanoose Bay, French Creek, Errington, Coombs Bowser and Deep Bay) are eligible for nomination. The deadline for nominations has passed, and we look forward to soon announcing the finalists in each category. 

The Awards night is not only a chance to celebrate the successes of the finalists, but a great opportunity to meet, greet and network with the many contributors of our community. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Chamber office at 250-248-3613. 

Sponsorship packages are available for those who would like to contribute to this special event.  

Summer by the Sea Street Market

Posted in Visitor Centre, Special Events

Looking for some summer fun?

The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce invites you to come and experience the excitement of downtown Parksville’s annual Summer by the Sea Street Market being held every Tuesday night from mid June to the the ed of August, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Craig Street.

Over 150 exceptional artisans offer everything from wrought iron work, rock candles to wooden toys; we definitely have something for everyone. Add tasty food and food trucks and a fabulous line-up of entertainment for your enjoyment. Come out and support our local merchants, as well as vendors traveling from all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Applications will be accepted starting March 7.  Complete our online form HERE .

2016  Rules and Regulations download here. 

Gala Auction

Posted in Chamber News, Special Events

A night of fun(d) raising!

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32nd Annual Gala:   

On October 22, 2016, the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 32nd Annual Gala - Some Enchanted Evening.   

The Gala is a night of fund raising! Your Chamber of Commerce takes on many responsibilities and projects within our community, such as economic and social development (business start up and relocation counseling, residential relocation packages, retail promotions, etc), Business Awards and hosting public meetings. As well, the Chamber of Commerce operates the Visitor Centre year round.

Join Us

The annual Gala Auction fundraiser includes a gourmet buffet dinner catered by Spice of Life Catering, Silent and Live Auctions, draws and dancing! It’s one of Parksville’s premier social events and you don’t have to be a Chamber of Commerce member to enjoy this special night. Just call 250-248-3613 for your tickets, which are $80 each - organize a table of 8 or 10 of your friends, and your ticket is free! ($560 for a table of 8 or $720 for a table of 10).

FREE SHUTTLE service is provided to get you home safely after the event.

Donate to a worthy cause

A member of our committee may be calling or dropping by your business to see you in the near future. We hope that you will consider supporting this event by making a donation. Click here to download the pledge form (pdf) or use our Gala Auction online pledge form and help out a worthy cause.

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