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.
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.”
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.”
Prince George, March 27, 2015 – There are some new faces joining the Prince George Chamber of Commerce Board. At last night’s Annual General Meeting, members elected the new Board of Directors for 2015-16. 46 business members participated in the voting.
Cindi Pohl, Account Manager at Waste Management Inc., now sits in the President’s chair. She was elected by acclamation. Pohl was previously Vice-President on the executive. “This is a significant year for our city as we continue to celebrate Prince George’s 100th anniversary and UNBC’s 25th anniversary. I am excited for the year ahead, and am looking forward to working with the Chamber board and staff to deliver a full slate of great events for our members and community. Through working closely with our members and partners in the community, the Chamber will continue to be the leading voice for business and a force for positive change in Prince George.”
Prince George, February 3, 2015 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Northern British Columbia to help local businesses reduce their carbon footprints. In 2014, Phase One of this innovative project focused on building awareness of carbon reduction initiatives to improve air quality within the Prince George air shed. The newly launched Phase Two will build on this momentum, and shift the focus to carbon management; the process of accurately estimating and accounting for the carbon footprint of goods, services and technologies.