Benefits of Membership
From shipping discounts to discounted fuel and banking services, members of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce gain exclusive access to these and other terrific incentives for becoming a member. Interested in preferred rates with Elavon Merchant Services? Group health benefits for your employees (it's a great retention tool)? The benefits of becoming a Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce member are simply incredible.
Contact the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce to learn how to access these benefits.
Networking and Promotional Opportunities
If your goal is to grow your business by networking, then you have come to the right place!The Chamber hosts a variety of networking events during the year, including General Dinner Meetings, where members have the opportunity to share ideas and business information, to connect with others, listen to a guest speaker and showcase their business. Aside from those events, we also host an annual Golf Tournament, Business Expo, Business Excellence Awards, Canada Day festivities, Summer by the Sea Street Market, Lunch & Learns, New Member Breakfasts and, of course, monthly Business After Business events.
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 make a date with someone to play golf with on Saturday.
Referrals are a big part of what we do. On average, the Visitor Centre welcomes over 20,000 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. Be sure to update your information regularly.
We have a Social Media presence through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (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.
Promoting Your Business - Exclusive Promotional Activites
Referrals.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.
Sponsor an Event. Many of the Chamber's monthly events offer high value sponsorship opportunities. As a non-profit organization, our events couldn't and wouldn't occur without the ehlp of our generous and supportive sponsors. There are sponsorship opportunities available for any business, no matter how small or large. Our sponsors benefit from exposure at events through various marketing mediums, showcasing and speaking opportunities, networking, VIP treatment at the event, complimentary access to that Chamber dinner and thank you announcements made at the event.
Donate a Prize. We host annual events for which we ask businesses to donate a prize, such as the Gala, Golf Tournament and other Chamber dinner events. This offers great exposure of your services, products or branding to our Chamber members and their guests. You choose what value of gift to donate to gain maximum awareness.
AdvocacyAdvocacy 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.
Exclusive Member Discounts
NEW! SME INSTITUTE
The SME Institute by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is designed as a one-stop shop to give SMEs of all sizes, maturity and sectors the resources they need to adapt, grow and thrive. Get more details at https://www.smeinstitute.ca/
Merchant Visa/MasterCard Preferred Rates
Chamber of Commerce members can see the following advantages when working with Elavon:
- Excellent payments hardware
- Industry leading reporting capabilities
- Increased support from our BC based team of experts
- Increased profits through lower processing fees
Call the Chamber office 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.
Member discounts are offered for the Summer by the Sea Street.
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 partner is: Esso Imperial Oil. Contact us to learn more.
Sourcing your own rates from multiple carriers can be too slow, too difficult and too time-consuming, so streamline your process by using our Freightcom technology that can integrate, consolidate and improve the entire end-to-end shipping process. .
Other Affinity Programs
There are several other affinity programs you may access, including Constant Contact and Rogers for Business.
Group Insurance PlanWhether 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
Staying InformedStay informed about Chamber events and activities through the weekly "Business Matters" e-news. Members are encouraged to use this communication tool as a way to communicate with other members...a Value-Added benefit of your Chamber Membership! Send your e-news submissions to the 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. The Chamber is also active on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for immediate updates and information that we hope will be of interest to our followers.
More Ways to Market Your Business
Chamber E-Blast. YOU choose your message and WE E-blast out to over 1100+ newsletter subscribers on a day of your choice (except Tuesdays and Thursdays) and share to our social media pages to thousands of followers. $125 + gst.
Social Media Posting - Business of the Week. Strategic posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest highlighting the highest priority talking points and image of your business. $50 + gst.
Chamber Website and Visitor Centre/Mobile Kiosk Video. Your desired promotion/business highlight will be professionally filmed and advertised at the Parksville Visitor Centre and on the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce website. $650 + gst (included in the Chamber Partner Package).
Chamber Partner & Website Highlight. Become a Chamber partner and display your logo on a banner at the bottom of our website for a whole year, with a link to your website included in the package AND display your banner on the Chamber website and Visitor Centre/Mobile Kiosk video plus sponsorships to all remaining Chamber events for the year of 2023. Only $3000 + gst.
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.
- Coastal Vibes Apparel - Offering 10% off code for all online orders
- Masala Hut Indian Cuisine
- North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (discount applies to gift shop sales)
- Village Design & Drafting
- Back40 Grill
- IRIS Advantage - exclusive eyewear offers from IRIS, combinable with your existing extended health plan www.iris.ca/benefits