West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter October 6, 2016
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Social Media Breakfast

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 

Our Guest Speakers: 
Catherine (Cat) Barr – Owner, &

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.

Nick Bellamy – Owner, Adaptive Marketing Solutions

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 Analytic’s certified, and is registered in the Google Partner program.

This informative breakfast meeting will give you some excellent tips on what to do and not do with your small business social media.
WV Chamber members: $25 
Non-members $35

Ticket includes coffee/tea and light breakfast
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 
Speed Networking! - Join us for this fun networking event where you can pitch your business to other guests while enjoying wine & appetizers.

This annual event is a great opportunity to meet new business contacts from across the North Shore. 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.

This event sells out!  Buy your tickets early. 
WV Chamber members: $25 
Non-members $35

Ticket includes appetizers and one glass of wine.
Featuring Starbucks Panini!

Presenting Sponsor: Loren, Nancke & Co.

Venue Sponsor: Starbucks, Dundarave 
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Christmas Dinner - our annual gourmet Christmas Dinner at the fabulous Capilano Golf & Country Club will take place on Wednesday Evening, November 30, 2016.  The Dinner 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 Van Chamber 604-926-6614 or We will arrange for pickup of your donation.
Tickets on sale next newsletter!


Inspired HR

Inspired HR helps businesses implement strategies to get the most out of their business’ most valuable resource: people. Inspired HR provides Human Resources support for over 300,000 employees in many industries including hospitality, finance, tech, oil & gas, health and wellness and construction.

Our team is passionate about creating great workplaces and has established clients in Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton. We have experience delivering on a wide variety of client requests and often travel through Canada and the US to provide clients with Human Resources expertise, direction, and advice.
999 Canada Place, Suite 404
BC V6C 3E2

All Candidates Meeting November 16th

Save the Date!  The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an All Candidates Meeting for the upcoming by-election for the office of one West Vancouver Councillor on Wednesday, November 16th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Kay Meek Centre. Admission is free, but RSVP IS REQUIRED: Please email: your RSVP.
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.


Bowen Island Apple Festival this Sunday

This annual Thanksgiving Sunday festival slices up an enjoyable serving of small- town country charm. It's a free, family-friendly event featuring • a display of over 100 varieties of heritage apples • pie-baking contest • baked goods, preserves and homemade pies for sale • minstrels • farmers' & crafters' market • cupcake walk and lots more!

Administrative Assistant part-time position available - West Vancouver Community Foundation 

The West Vancouver Community Foundation has an opening for a part-time Administrative Assistant, Monday to Friday, 4-5 hours per day.(times flexible 9:30 am – 2:00pm or  10:00 am – 2:30 pm) Reporting to the Executive Directors, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for coordinating all administrative activities including reception, management of electronic & regular file system,  support for the Board of Directors under direction of the ED,  assisting with special events, coordination of grants & scholarship processes. Previous experience as executive or administrative assistant is required.
Send resume to Executive Director, Elaine Baxter, at

Small Business BC offers free seminar on Starting a Consulting Business

 Are you considering the consulting and contracting field? This free seminar is for you.
  • Learn how to transition your skills into an income stream.
  • Price your service, and learn where to find clients.
  • Establish your business, build your market and hear from the experts about their many experiences of running a consulting business

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live webinar. For further info:SEMINAR


BDC recruiting for ViewPoints Online Panel

Business Development Bank Canada is recruiting Canadian entrepreneurs and business professionals to join their growing BDC ViewPoints panel.

They are looking for passionate contributors from across Canada to share their expertise and opinions regarding the reality of small and medium-sized enterprises in today's economic landscape. As a panelist, you will be asked to complete short online surveys a few times a year. For further info: BDC ViewPoints. Join their panel and get free access to their proprietary research!

Not a member yet?  Join us! 

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