Prince George, October 5, 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce sent three delegates to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Regina (Sept 17-19) where they presented two policy resolutions to the membership. While both resolutions were approved, the Chamber’s resolution entitled “Canada’s Small Airports and Access to ACAP Funding” met with 97% support, without amendment.
The airport funding resolution called for fair and open access to ACAP (Airport Capital Assistance Program) funds for all NAS (National Airports System) airports, including the Prince George Airport Authority, one of six airports currently excluded from accessing federal funding.
Prince George, May 19, 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is presenting three resolutions calling for renewed commitment to the forest industry in BC, updates to the BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy, and support for Canada’s small airports, among other recommendations, at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference, May 29 – 31 in Kelowna. The local Chamber is sending three delegates to the AGM to participate in the AGM workshops and present the resolutions during policy debate sessions.
Prince George, April 11, 2016 – As post-secondary students across the province wrap up their academic year this month, some UNBC students aren’t taking exams. Instead, students in UNBC’s “Carbon Management: Sustainable Business in a Carbon-Constrained World” are getting schooled in the business of real life. Students from this particular class are busy putting the final touches on their internationally recognized carbon footprint analysis for participating local businesses. Benchmark Automotive, Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum, Joey’s Only, Nancy O’s, Shiraz Café and Restaurant, Staples, Two Rivers Gallery, and Zaffron Cuisine received formal live presentations from the students on their findings.
Prince George, March 2, 2016- After successfully hosting four separate Cash Mobs in Prince George over the past year, the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Hell Yeah Prince George! (HYPG!) are partnering once again this spring on the Cash Mob initiative.
The two organizations are using Facebook to call for nominations from March 3-7, looking for the public’s suggestions on local retail businesses that they believe deserve a boost of consumer support. For the first time in Prince George’s history, a total of three separate businesses from the nomination pool will receive Cash Mobs between March and May, 2016. The rationale behind selecting three businesses instead of one is to encourage greater public participation thereby deepening the nomination pool and increasing the profile of the initiative.
Prince George, February 4 , 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce, along with community partners: the City of Prince George, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), UNBC-Continuing Studies, Hell Yeah Prince George! (HYPG!), BDC and TELUS, will release the third edition of the Top 40 Under 40 magazine at a launch event this evening, thus revealing the complete list of Top 40 finalists to the public.
Prince George, September 23, 2015 – A partnership between the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and the University of Northern British Columbia has helped local businesses better understand their carbon footprint and has facilitated one local business to become carbon neutral.
The Carbon Footprint Reduction Program completed its third phase which saw JFT Secure become the first participating business to meet the threshold to become carbon neutral.
Prince George, June 23, 2015– The search is underway once again for Prince George’s top difference-makers. The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 ‘Top 40 under 40.’ This initiative was introduced by the Chamber in 2012 to support young professionals, and showcase the innovative and inspiring people who live and work in Prince George. The finalists will be celebrated in the ‘Top 40 under 40’ publication, which will be distributed to businesses and organizations throughout B.C. This glossy, full-colour magazine will include pictures and bios of Prince George’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, managers, executives and professionals. This will be the first publication since the Chamber decided to hold the initiative every two years.
“Excitement has been building for the next ‘Top 40 under 40.’ We have received a number of inquiries about when the nominations will open,” says Chamber CEO Christie Ray, “This reflects both the interest in the community in celebrating our exceptional, youthful talent, and the depth of that talent in Prince George.”
Prince George, June 8, 2015 – Nominations are now open for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards. This annual Prince George Chamber of Commerce event recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in eleven categories. The winners are announced at an awards gala in October. Anyone can make a nomination, and any business in the community can be nominated. The awards categories include:
Prince George, May 19, 2015 – Eight Prince George businesses know more about their sources of carbon emissions and how to reduce them thanks to a partnership between the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and UNBC. Phase Two of the Carbon Footprint Reduction Project ran this past winter, and Phase Three is now underway. The project is sponsored by CN, one of the largest employers in the Prince George area. Students in UNBC’s winter 2015 offering of the “Carbon Management: The Intersection of Business and Environmentalism” course completed internationally-recognized carbon footprint analysis for each participating business. Eight local businesses signed up for this inaugural project: Chilako River Ranch, EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc., Glenbirnam Farm, Home Sweet Home, JFT Secure Ltd., Nest Egg Ostrich Ranch, and P.S. Piano Service. The businesses received an analysis of their sources of carbon emissions at no cost to them. The reports also included recommendations on how the businesses could reduce emissions, the rate of consumption, and energy expenses.
“P.S. Piano Service has always worked diligently to run our business with as small a carbon footprint as possible. This program was an opportunity for us to have our emissions quantified so that we can see both how we are doing, and how far we still need to go,” says P.S. Piano Service owner Peter Stevenson, “In today’s world, businesses must be socially, environmentally and financially responsible. Successful businesses are those that show leadership, and Canadians are looking for climate change leadership.”
Prince George, April 30, 2015 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Hell Yeah Prince George are organizing an exciting and innovative event that aims to boost support for local small businesses. The “Cash Mob” phenomenon originated in the United States and has been spreading throughout Canada and the world. The basic idea is to select a business where the Cash Mob is to take place on a particular date. Participants are instructed, usually on social media, to spend a minimum of twenty dollars at that business during the specified time period.
Prince George’s first Cash Mob will be held at Chamber member Books and Company on Saturday, May 2nd, from 10:00am-2:00pm. Books and Company was selected through a nomination process that saw members of the community submit the business they would most like to see “mobbed.”