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.
Prince George, October 25, 2014 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce hosted their 2014 Business Excellence Awards tonight at the Civic Centre with 350 in attendance. Requests for tickets for this premier business event continued to pour in after selling out, right up to the day of the gala. The Business Excellence Awards is an annual event hosted by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce to celebrate excellence in ten traditional award categories, with one new award category added this year.
Prince George, October 17, 2014 – Prince George Chamber of Commerce members have identified their top priorities and challenges for candidates in the municipal election on November 15, 2014. In September, the Chamber distributed Advocacy Surveys to its members to gauge what issues they would like to see council address. 1589 surveys went out, and 51 businesses responded, for a 3.2% response rate. The results indicate that many businesses in the community want to expand. However, key challenges to realizing expansion and growth were also identified.
Prince George, October 16, 2014 – Get ready to celebrate exceptional business in Prince George – hockey style! It will be “Hockey Night in Prince George” at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards on October 25th at the Civic Centre. Sponsored in part by Pacific Western Brewery, Transcanada Pipeline, The Prince George Citizen, and Dean Mason & Company, this annual Prince George Chamber of Commerce event recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in eleven different categories. In addition to being one of Prince George’s foremost social events, this year’s gala will have a number of fun and exciting new features.
The hockey-themed evening will feature a first class dinner, and entertainment from comedian/Emcee Gery Schubert in character as Don Cherry. Hockey legend and former Vancouver Canucks goalie Kirk McLean will be a special guest at the gala. New at this year’s event is a photobooth, where, for a donation, guests can get a themed photo with Kirk McLean and “Don Cherry”.
Prince George, September 4, 2014 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is introducing an element of technology and social media to the long-running Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards event. The first Hell Yeah Prince George Ambassador Award will be presented at the Business Excellence Awards Gala October 25th at the PG Civic Centre.
“It’s an addition to the other ten, more traditional, categories” says Christie Ray, Chamber CEO, “a reflection of a new increasing pride in place being demonstrated across the community.” To win this award, you will have demonstrated, in some way, your commitment to betterment and/or promotion of the positive aspects of Prince George.