West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter February 5, 2016
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"Mayor Mike, Unplugged"
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

West Vancouver Yacht Club 
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be hosting our annual Mayor's Reception on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Please join us for Business After 5  for "Mayor Mike Unplugged"  at the West Vancouver Yacht Club. Mayor Michael Smith will join us for his annual informal get-together with the business community. Bring your questions!
Presenting Sponsor: Maison Senior Living
Gold Sponsor: West Vancouver Community Foundation
Media Sponsor: North Shore News


Vancity Luncheon
Wednesday, March 8, 2016
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a special luncheon featuring guest speaker Linda Morris, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Member and Community Engagement at Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union.

Topic: How global trends impact local business
Trends like digital disruption, the sharing economy, and access over ownership are impacting the world around us, and businesses need to adapt to stay relevant and successful. 
You're invited to hear Linda Morris talk about Vancity's trend watching practice, current socioeconomic and technology trends, and what global trends mean for local business.


Registration: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Presentation, Q & A: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Members: $30.00 +GST • Non-members $40.00 + GST

Linda Morris

About our Guest Speaker

Linda Morris leads and mentors in the Business Development, Member and Community Engagement Division – contributing to Vancity’s reputation as a leading community catalyst. Linda and her team developed and executed Vancity’s “Make Good Money” branding strategy and campaign about values-based banking, which earned Vancity the 2013 Marketer of the Year Awards from the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Sponsored by




Canada Summer Jobs 2016 - Information Session Wed February 10 - Hire a Student this Summer!

The constituency office of MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones is hosting an information seminar in collaboration with Service Canada about Canada Summer Jobs 2016 -  on filing applications and the process for choosing successful applicants.

Wednesday February 10,  4 pm – 6 pm
Welsh Hall, West Vancouver Memorial Library


Canada Summer Jobs is a unique funding initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

The Program is taking applications until February 26, 2016 More information at:


Rock My Business Plan for young Entrepreneurs

 If you're aged 18 – 39, and serious about getting your start-up business off the ground or taking it to the next level, you need to be here.This is a 3-week business plan workshop hosted by Futurpreneur Canada, designed to help entrepreneurs create a business plan in record time.

The 3Ms of a business plan will be covered: Mindset, Market, and Money. Expect networking, strategic planning time, and pointers on how to elevate your business right from the start.

This session is for you if you:
  • Are 18 -39 years old      -
  • Have a strong business idea to flesh out OR recently launched
  • Are looking for a strategy and road-map on next steps for your business 
  • Want an opportunity for one-on-one tailored business coaching as you launch
  • Are looking for some money to get started and 2 years of mentorship after you launch
    Next sessionWednesdays February 10 to 24 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  at Futurpreneur Canada BC office.
No charge, for those considering a Futurpreneur Canada program*. (And you "Registered as an Entrepreneur") 


Congratulations to West Van Chamber Members Award Finalists!

North Construction Ltd. - Finalist, Best Employer, for 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards, hosted by Small Business BC. Awards Ceremony takes place February 25th at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotels.

Finalists for the Georgie Awards®*:

Eurohouse Construction, Finalist for: Custom Home valued over $3,000,000; Best Single Family Kitchen over $100,000; Best Master Suite New or Renovation; Best Any Room New or Renovation; Best Interior Design Custom Residence - New or Renovation 

Shakespeare Homes & Renovations Inc & Associate Company Sensitive Design Inc. Finalist for: Best Residential Renovation $300,000 - $499,999; Best Residential Renovation $500,000 - $799,999; Best Kitchen Renovation under $100,000; Grand Georgie Awards®: Residential Renovator of the Year 

The 24th Awards Gala will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.  
*a provincial housing excellence awards program for residential construction projects built, renovated, developed, created and marketed from throughout the province: Awards owned and produced by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia

The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is the # 1 plan in Canada!
For employee benefits, covering over 25,000 small businesses across the country. ALL types of businesses are eligible for the program - no industry exclusions! 
For further information contact: Jason Weinstein, CFP® Benefits Specialist
P: 604-637-1137
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has partnered with First Data Canada to provide members with lower transaction costs, a robust user-friendly on-line reporting tool and the latest electronic-payment technology for business. 

Visa®  1.49%
MasterCard®  1.49%
Interac® Debit  $0.05

Please contact Honey Martin, your local First Data account executive for further information. Tel: 604-505-2430

Grow your client base and earn more money!

By attending our networking events you can develop valuable connections that lead to business growth and personal success. Access Chamber benefits only available to members. 

Membership pays for itself…

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