West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter October 19, 2016
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In Celebration of BDC Small Business Week in Canada

Social Media for Small Business
– the Dos and Don’ts


Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:00 am to 9:00 am
Amica – West Vancouver (Theater)
659 Clyde Ave., West Vancouver 
JOIN US for breakfast and Learn some excellent tips on what to do and not do with your small business social media!
Our Guest Speakers: 
Nick Bellamy – Owner, Adaptive Marketing Solutions
TOPIC: Online transparency and how to respond to criticism and or negative reviews online.

Chamber member Nick Bellamy is the owner of Adaptive Marketing Solutions. He has worked in sales for over 10 years, in a variety of industries including food, retail, automotive, and advertising. He understands the challenges and the opportunities that are here on the North Shore. Nick has been nominated as a young entrepreneur for the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Business Excellence Awards. He is Google Adword’s and Google Analytics certified, and is registered in the Google Partner program.
Catherine (Cat) Barr – Owner, &
TOPIC: Social Media Secrets
Since 1996, Chamber member Cat Barr has reported on all aspects of life in Vancouver and has over 15,000 photos and articles published in print. She is the founder/owner of and and is a pioneer in the web publishing industry. An accredited journalist, with a background in print, television, radio and production, she is best known for her social event columns and celebrity photos in various newspapers and magazines.
WV Chamber members: $25    Non-members $35 +GST
Ticket includes coffee/tea and light breakfast complements of our Venue Sponsor:
Amica West Vancouver 

BDC Small Business Week, October 17 – 21. Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for almost 40 years. Each year, more than 10,000 business people come together at hundreds of events across Canada to celebrate entrepreneurship, learn and network with other entrepreneurs. BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016  
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

Starbucks, Dundarave Village
2416 Marine Drive. West Vancouver 

Want to grow your business?
Meet new business contacts from across the North Shore?
Join us for Speed Networking! - This fun networking event lets you can pitch your business to other guests while enjoying wine & appetizers.
 What is Speed Networking? Each person has 3 minutes to explain their business to a guest; a bell rings and it's the other guest's turn to highlight their business. Another bell rings and everyone switches tables.

WV Chamber members: $25    Non-members $35  *+GST
Ticket includes appetizers and one glass of wine.
Featuring Starbucks Panini!

Presenting Sponsor: Loren, Nancke & Co.
Venue Sponsor: Starbucks, Dundarave 
We thank our generous sponsors for their support!
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The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce presents

All Candidates Meeting  
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts
1700 Mathers, West Vancouver

 Admission is free, but RSVP IS REQUIRED:
Please your RSVP or click on button below.

Supported by: 
Ambleside Dundarave Business Improvement Association, Caulfeild Business Association, Horseshoe Bay Business Association, Park Royal Shopping Centre
Media Sponsor
The election will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The term for the position will end October 2018, when the next general local election will be held. The nomination period will be open from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4 until 4 p.m. on Friday, October 14. Nomination documents are available at West Vancouver Municipal Hall in Legislative Services, or online.
RSVP All Candidates Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Capilano Golf & Country Club
420 Southborough Drive, West Vancouver

We hope that you will join us for the Chamber's annual Christmas Dinner - enjoy a fabulous gourmet Christmas Dinner buffet at the lovely Capilano Golf & Country Club.  The Evening also features our largest Live & Silent Auction of the year - a great way to do some Christmas shopping!

Call for Auction items

We welcome your Auction Donations! It is a great opportunity to showcase your business and support your local Chamber of Commerce and our Charity of choice for the event. Have an item to donate?  Contact Debbie Janson, West Vancouver Chamber 604-926-6614 or We can arrange for pickup of your donation.
Thank you to those donors who have already donated: 
BFit Personal Training - fitness certificate
Capilano University - CapU Singers CD
Cypress Mountain - gift of cypress goodies
Freedom Health Studio - fitness Certificate
Loren, Nancke & Co. - Browns Socialhouse gift certificates
Milestones, Park Royal - TBA!
Rick Loren - Canucks tickets 
Roper Greyell LLP Employment + Labour Lawyers - Gift basket
Toby Rae Holistic Health - individual wellness program
Victor J. Harrison - handmade pottery 
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Board - International gourmet Wine basket
West Vancouver Memorial Library -framed archival photograph from their collection
Christmas Dinner Tickets: Members $125   Non-members $140 + GST
Ticket includes gourmet dinner buffet and wine
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Notice from District of West Vancouver regarding Transit Strike

"Media reports indicate that the transit union is planning a full strike for Friday, October 21. We are encouraging Blue Bus users to make other travel arrangements.
Cancellations, delays and route changes will be posted at or Blue Bus users can follow District social media for updates.  You can also sign up to receive transit alerts at"


Public Notice of Open Houses -Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Feasibility Study

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is undertaking consultation for the Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Feasibility Study. The Open Houses will present preliminary study findings on potential future fixed link connections between the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland. Communities, stakeholders and the public are invited to attend to learn more about the preliminary study findings and to provide their input.

Project team members will be available to provide information and answer questions. Public and stakeholder feedback will be included in the final report submitted to government to help determine the feasibility of a fixed link.
Open House Schedule:

Squamish - Tues, October 18 4:00- 8:00 p.m.
West Vancouver - Thurs., October 20 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Gleneagles Community Centre 6262 Marine Drive

Contact them at:
For further info:  1 844 301-6680 or

Business Transitions Forum Nov 29/30 - Vancouver

The BUSINESS TRANSITIONS FORUM (BTF) will help you maximize the value of your business and avoid transition pitfalls.  The Forum is a multi-city conference for business owners who wish to learn how to plan for the eventual sale of a mid-market privately owned business. BTF demystifies the process of selling a business so that you can build a road-map that will put more money in your pocket when the time is right to sell.
It’s no secret that many businesses fail to transition successfully; BTF is your opportunity to efficiently gather information and hear from a variety of people who have experienced the transition process first-hand.
Join us in Vancouver on November 29th & 30th at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.
West Vancouver Chamber Members are offered a 20% discount on registration.  Use code: WV1620. Early Bird Deadline: October 28, 2016.  For further information:


Small Business BC Awards Nominations now Open 

Looking for a way to show off your small business, or one you love? Nominate and vote in this year's Small Business BC Awards contest.
The #SBBCAwards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

Businesses can nominate themselves, or be nominated, from now until November 30 in as many award categories as they're eligible for, including:

Further info:

Member Canada Home Elevator has new website

Canada Home Elevator is excited to announce the launch of their new and improved website! Please check it out!

Not a member yet?  Join us! 

We are your Chamber! - A Chamber of Commerce membership is your  introduction to the local business community. We are the 'umbrella' organization promoting business in all areas of West Vancouver and Bowen Island.  We hope you will join us. 

Contact Debbie Janson, Membership & Events Manager   (604)926.6614
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