October 13, 2018 - Gala & Auciton night! Each year the gala brings the business community together for an evening of gourmet food, fun, dancing and a lively auction. The Chamber transformed the Parksville Community Centre with the theme 'All that Glitters'.  And Glitter we did, from the glittery decor to the sparkley outfits.... we definitely glittered! The Gala is our annual fundraiser for the Chamber and individuals and business community supported the Gala in so many different ways.  There were fun games and prizes to be won, a wonderful 'Wall of Wine ' to win,  a lovely dinner by Spice of Life Catering, a unique silent auction and a very engaging live auction. Auctioneer Marc Bergevin from Adesa Richmond Public Auction was on hand to guide the live auction and did a great job! There were some fantastic items to bid on and such a variety. It really is through the generosity of our members and community partners that this event continues to delight our attending guests. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and to our special donors and volunteers a huge thank you from the Chamber Staff and Board of Directors.

 

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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce have been advised of a possible issue with the collection and remittance of PST by Real Property Contractors. PST is a complicated tax, and even more so for contractors.  Currently, there are situations where the provincial government is receiving two PST remissions from contractors on the same item.The contractors who are impacted by this situation are those who install fixed products into permanent structures.  They are called Real Property Contractors.   The term, “fixed product” refers to immoveable items such as toilets, flooring, cabinets, light fixtures, security systems, etc.  By law, contractors must pay PST when they purchase products to be installed.  Customers are then invoiced with the PST absorbed in the entire price of the completed project.  They are not charged PST separately.Unfortunately, some contractors are making honest mistakes by purchasing these products as PST-exempt items, as if they are purchasing for retail only and not for installation.  These contractors are then installing the product, charging PST to the customer and remitting that PST to the government.  In the latter case, the government has now received the PST remittance.  However, the government is assessing many contractors for their error and then, through an intensive PST audit, assessing penalties and requiring them to remit PST a second time on the purchase price of the product, stating that the contractors have collected PST incorrectly.  Essentially, the government is then receiving double PST on each of these incorrect purchases.  In many cases, businesses have overpaid by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting an art lovers’ experience not to be missed!

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ArtWorks is a one-of-a-kind weekend event that brings together celebrated artists, art lovers, art collectors, gallery owners and the general public. The 2-day event takes place June 1st and 2nd, 2019, in the beautiful resort setting of Parksville, BC. The public will have a rare opportunity to see these exceptional artists at work, meet and speak with the artists, and attend demonstrations, workshops and panel discussions. An amazing collection of fine works of art by the participating artists will be available for viewing and purchase in a pop up gallery.  ArtWorks provides an opportunity for the public to meet some of Canada’s most renowned artists, while enjoying a weekend at the Quality Resort Bayside in downtown Parksville. 

Visitors can work on enhancing their own artistic skills by attending workshops, demonstrations and panel discussions.

Artists in attendance are by invitation. This event is a collaborative affair with the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer committee. Please contact Caitlin Woon if you have any questions:

Visit our website for further information: http://www.parksvilleartworks.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

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….be prepared to love this market.

 

Another great market this year brought to you by the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. Thousands of visitors and locals made the market a popular destination on Tuesday nights, 6 – 9pm from June 12 to August 28. The market has taken on its own personality over its 15 years and again this year it didn’t disappoint, as one of the most unique island experiences. Craig Street was filled with a vibrant energy and there was a great mix of vendors from local merchants, artisans, craftspeople, farmers, food trucks and don’t forget the live local entertainment. Chesapeake Shores personalities were spotted enjoying the market, 88.5 The Beach was onsite, the food trucks together made a convenient ‘food court’ of sorts. There were wineries, distilleries and cideries offering samples, cheesemakers, bakeries, candy, pretzels, gelato, popcorn, French fries, burgers, cotton candy, hot dogs, jams, pickles, dragon bowls, pizza and BBQ sauce, we could go on and on. We had belly dancers, flutists, guitarists, violinists and marimba music…each week brought something new.

There really is something for everyone!

 

Stay tuned, 2019 dates coming soon.

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