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3rd Annual Business Walks

Prince Rupert 3rd Annual Business walks – Press Release On the morning of Friday, May 31st, the third annual Business Walks survey took place in Prince Rupert. Organized and led by Manager of Transportation and Economic Development, Paul Vendittelli, this year’s event featured more than a dozen volunteers surveying local businesses on their successes, challenges, and ways that the City, Chamber of Commerce, and Community Futures can support their ongoing operability and growth. “This year’s BizWalks survey was a great success. It’s always a treat to meet business owners and managers where they are and connect face-to-face.” Said Vendittelli, who spent his morning speaking with business owners in Rupert Square Mall. “The challenges are there, but also positive indicators and optimism about the future of commerce in our community.” Volunteers this year included representatives from the City of Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert City Council, Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures, and Ecotrust Canada’s North Coast Innovation Lab. Chamber President Michelle Boomars-MacNeill emphasized the importance of ensuring small and mid-sized business voices are heard to better serve the business community. “The Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce exists to connect, support and advocate for all businesses within Prince Rupert, and the results from the BizWalks will help us to provide the events, information and support that’s most needed,” remarked Boomars-MacNeill. “I am inspired by the loyalty...

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BC Chamber AGM

Press Release – Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce represents Northwest at 2019 BC Chamber AGM From Thursday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 25th, Chambers of Commerce from all over BC gathered in Burnaby to discuss business trends and pass policies that help their local, regional, and provincial economies. The Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce was represented at the gathering by Manager Anthony Yecyec, Past President Dave McKeever, and 1st Vice-President, Carl Sampson. The three Prince Rupert delegates helped pass important policies supporting business in Northern BC and across the province. Policies that are accepted and passed through the BC Chamber will be submitted directly to the provincial government for official address, commentary, and potential approval. One policy submitted by the Smithers & District Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce was the ‘Foreign Worker Navigator for Rural BC Communities to Address Labour Shortages.’ This policy outlines the need for a program for rural BC communities to help support and assist small businesses in filling skill and labour shortages experienced in retail and restaurant industries. “A program like the Foreign Worker Navigator can help alleviate issues in staffing for small business in Prince Rupert.” Said Dave McKeever, who spoke in support of the policy. “Not only can it fill positions in retail and restaurant industries, but it can also...

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Something for Everyone (Including Business) in Budget Update – but BC Chamber Flags Potential Cumulative Effects

Something for Everyone (Including Business) in Budget Update – but BC Chamber Flags Potential Cumulative Effects Victoria, September 9, 2017 – The BC Chamber of Commerce congratulates the new B.C. government for tabling a balanced budget that looks to invest in our residents while supporting small businesses ability to prosper through targeted tax measures, but warns of a potential cumulative effect to our strong tax competitiveness when viewed in relation to recent federal tax changes. The 2017 budget update maintains a number of initiatives strongly advocated for by the BC Chamber network to support future economic growth, such as...

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Have Your Say on Proposed Tax Changes

North Coast Business Community | URGENT MEMO RE GOV’T TAX OVERHAUL: BUSINESS ALERT Are you a business owner? This is an urgent message for you. If your business is incorporated, then you could be facing a larger tax bill and big compliance costs from the government’s new proposals to change the way corporations are taxed. Here are three things you need to know about the tax changes proposed by the federal government: 1. Do you employ family members? The government wants to scrutinize their compensation to apply a much higher tax rate on income they consider “unreasonable”. 2. Do...

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