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.
Prince George, May 27, 2014 – At the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting & Conference, the province’s foremost business gathering, held this year in Richmond May 22-24, more than 200 delegates voted in 39 policies; these adopted policies now become part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda. The Prince George Chamber of Commerce submitted three resolutions during policy sessions which met with approval from the BC Chamber membership and passed successfully. The resolutions include:
“Providing Certainty for Business through the Timely Administration of Justice”
Prince George, April 7, 2014 – While the Prince George Chamber of Commerce welcomes the idea of a local city-wide public recycling program, they do not endorse the Multi Material BC (MMBC)’s stewardship program for packaging and printed paper (PPP) in its current form.
The Chamber was supportive of the program exclusions which took place in February, 2014 that translates into approximately 27,000 producer businesses being excluded from the program. News that, due to these changes to regulation, only 2,000 to 3,000 of B.C.’s nearly 400,000 businesses will be captured under the program, helped quell some of the Chamber’s initial concerns.