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, January 8, 2016 – The BC Chamber of Commerce and Prince George Chamber of Commerce are jointly hosting a Business Development Forum that will focus on topics relevant to small and medium businesses serving and supplying the natural resource sector, January 19th, in Prince George.
“Opportunities for small businesses in Northern BC are there for the taking, this forum will provide insights on the current business development opportunities within their reach,” said Jon Garson, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “We planned this Northern BC Business Development Forum to coincide with the Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum because it creates an excellent opportunity to further connect local and regional businesses with major project proponents.”
Prince George, October 24, 2015 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce hosted their 2015 Business Excellence Awards tonight at the Civic Centre with more than 350 in attendance. The Business Excellence Awards is an annual event hosted by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce to celebrate excellence in ten traditional award categories as well as the second annual Hell Yeah Prince George Ambassador award, which was added last year.
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, June 2, 2015 – It’s time once again to stock up on $20 bills and join to the mob! After the success of the inaugural Cash Mob on May 2nd at Books and Company, the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Hell Yeah Prince George are teaming up for a second time to organize “Cash Mob 2.0” on Saturday, June 6th. This time, shoppers will converge at the Two Rivers Gallery Gift Shop and flood it with sales. The goal is to support our local businesses and create a vibrant community.
There was a certain excitement in the atmosphere during first Cash Mob at Books and Company, as shoppers browsed for books and chatted with local authors. “We had 20-25% higher sales than we normally would on a Saturday,” says Books and Company owner Owen Lubbers, “That’s good news for any business. It was humbling to have been chosen by the community, and we really appreciate the support. From our end, it was a great success.” While Books and Company is already a well-known and beloved business for many in Prince George, the Cash Mob did bring in some first-time shoppers who were delighted to have found this book-lover’s paradise.
Prince George, May 27, 2017 – From May 24-26, Prince George hosted the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting & Conference, the province’s foremost business gathering. More than 160 delegates voted on 51 resolutions. The experience in Prince George was very well received by those in attendance, with many delegates expressing their desire to return to the city. All four of the resolutions brought to the floor by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce were adopted by the provincial membership. These adopted policies now become part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda. “We are pleased the hard work of the Advocacy Committee on behalf of members has paid off,” says Prince George Chamber President Cindi Pohl, “Our success reflects the high level of engagement of our members in developing policies that will benefit the business community.” The resolutions put forward by the Prince George Chamber 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.”