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.
Prince George, March 12, 2014 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce welcomed the successful conclusion of a Canada-South Korea free trade deal, which gives B.C. businesses enhanced access to South Korea’s $1.1 trillion economy.
This agreement is Canada’s first with an Asian market. The local Chamber strongly believes that given B.C.’s strong trade ties to South Korea, the deal is particularly meaningful to Northern BC.
Recently elected Chamber President, Ranjit Gill, noted, “This agreement is significant for Prince George. Our city’s position as the service and supply hub for much of the natural resource development in BC means that the benefits of potential export growth with South Korea will likely mean economic growth for us too.”
Prince George, February 5, 2014 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce applauds the B.C. government for listening to B.C.’s Chamber network and amending a recycling regulation that was causing substantial concern among businesses so that it will impact less that 1% of B.C.’s businesses.
“This is a huge relief to our local business community,” said Christie Ray, CEO of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. “This change exempts the majority of our local businesses, including all of our Mom and Pop shops, from new costs and red tape.”
The regulation targets packaging and printed paper (PPP) and is slated to go into force in May.
Prince George, BC, January 6, 2014 – A considerable milestone in business energy savings was recently achieved in Central British Columbia: a total of 1 Million kWh (kilowatt-hours) in electricity savings was realized among 70 regional businesses participating in the Province of B.C.’s LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program.
Since January 2011, the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program has been delivered within the Cariboo Development Region* by a full time Business Energy Advisor on staff at the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. With only 3% of all BC small businesses located within this region, engagement among Cariboo businesses has been significantly high. 13% of total energy saved by businesses that have worked with a Business Energy Advisor has been in Central BC.