From hotel discounts to discounted fuel and banking services, members of the Parksville Chamber of Commerce gain exclusive access to these and other terrific incentives for becoming a member. Interested in building connections with China? How about preferred rates with VersaPay and First Data Merchant Services? The benefits of becoming a Parksville Chamber of Commerce member are simply incredible.
Contact the Parksville Chamber of Commerce to learn how to access these benefits.
Networking and Promotional Opportunities
The Chamber hosts nine General Membership Dinner Meetings annually, where members have the opportunity to share ideas and business information, to connect with others, listen to a guest speaker and promote their business.
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 a chance to hook up with someone to play golf with on Saturdays.
Referrals are a big part of what we do. On average, the Visitor Centre welcomes over 25,000 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.
We have a Social Media presence through Facebook and Twitter (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
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.
We are always looking for new ways to expose your business to our members. Our staff, both at the Visitor Centre and the Chamber office is open to suggestions which may work better for your type of business. You can leverage our advertising budget to increase your visibility. Call our staff to discuss how we can help you in promoting your business.
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
Merchant Visa/MasterCard Preferred Rates
We have partnered with First Data Canada, a leader in the payments industry, to help your business Sell More and Save More. All members are provided exclusive low rates on merchant services; low credit and debit card processing costs, ecommerce tools, mobile payment apps, and a user-friendly online reporting tool to support and grow your business.
Call the Chamber officer 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.
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 partners are: PetroCanada, Shell Fleet Plan, Esso Imperial Oil. Contact us to learn more.
Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Members can take advantage of exclusive discounts on UPS and Purolator Small Package shipments, Brokerage and Freight shipments. Whether you send one package a week or 50, you save right from the start. No minimums. No hassle.
Other Affinity Programs
There are several other affinity programs you may access, including Hotel and Travel Discounts, Small Business BC webinars, and more.
Don't forget the Hotel Discounts!
Exclusive Worldwide Discounts for Chamber Members.
Chamber members can now receive hotel discounts in Canada and around the world for unlimited business and leisure travel. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce member hotel discount program is provided for the exclusive access of our members and their employees.
Savings may be as much as 50%, and average 10-20% below market rates.
Happy travels and happy savings!
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
Payworks Online Payroll ServicePayworks is the most competitively priced program of on-line payroll services available. Will remit your Revenue Canada payments for free. Must be an active Chamber member for this special pricing.
- Basic Run Charge $15.60 & one time set up fee $200
- Choice of direct deposit or cheques
- Integration with Chamber Group Plan
- Year end tax filing/T4’s
- $1.32 per Direct Deposit or Cheques
- "Go Green" and save 10% per payroll run and 10% off the per employee charge by printing your own reports and/or pay statements.
- Dedicated account managers
Stay informed about Chamber events and activities through the weekly "Chamber e-Connection". Members are encouraged to use this newsflash as a way to communicate with other members...a Value-Added benefit of your Chamber Membership! Send your e-flash submissions to the e-connection 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.
Regular editorials in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News and Business Vancouver Island papers are submitted by Chamber staff, and, of course, the website is a source of information as well.
The Chamber also maintains a Facebook page and Twitter feed, for immediate updates and information bulletins that, we hope, will be of interest to our followers.
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.
- All in One Home Inspections Inc. (discount applies to any regular priced home inspection or mold inspection)
- Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (10% discount applies to accessories & treats; 5% discount food & litter)
- Close to You (discount applies to regular priced, in-stock items)
- Hamilton Thorne Quality Cabinets Ltd.
- Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Ltd. (discount applies to parts, service & accessories)
- Island Self Storage
- Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
- North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (discount applies to gift shop sales)
- Parksville Home Hardware
- Village Design & Drafting
- IRIS Advantage - exclusive eyewear offers from IRIS, combinable with your existing extended health plan www.iris.ca/benefits