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Chamber connects with city business

Roster of Chamber businesses continues to grow
Jones, Brian -Chamber of Commerce
Brian Jones, Manager of Development and Members for the Kamloops and District Chamber of Commerce

With over 600 members, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce provides members opportunities to grow their business and become community leaders through benefit opportunities and professional development programming, including the Business Excellence Awards, industry specific focus groups, networking luncheons, committees, peer lead seminars.

Brian Jones began his role as manager of development and members this past October.

He’s been spending a good portion of his time so far connecting with current Chamber members — looking for ways to support them and making them aware of all of their benefits through various programs.

“What I’ve found is, probably 80 per cent of the membership that I’ve connected with so far, is unaware of things like their member login area, where they can go in and find out about the discounts that are available through the Affinity programs, where they can go and update their company profile, where they can get out upcoming events,” Jones said.

Helping members make fresh connections to the Chamber has been number one on Jones’s to-do list — especially not that in-person events have begun for the first time since March of last year.

Jones said the popular Chamber networking socials fill up quickly.

Jones works with members to offer opportunities for their business to take part in various forms of sponsorship of Chamber activities.

Through a weekly email newsletter update members stay informed of happening within the Chamber on a regular basis.

Recently, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce was recognized with the Women’s Advocacy Committee with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, Chamber executive director Acacia Pangilinan was asked to serve on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Council for Women’s Advocacy.

The advocacy group is responsible for driving meaningful action to address barriers facing women in the workforce while ensuring the perspectives of women are integrated into the national public policy development.

In a statement Pangilinan said, “I am honoured to be selected by my peers to advocate on behalf of women in Western Canada. Serving to empower women has been an important part of my journey and I am excited about what this opportunity brings. I want to use this opportunity to set up a local advisory committee who will share their stories, issues and the barriers that they have faced because of their gender, so that together, we can create a robust dialogue and drive meaningful change.”

Pangilinan officially began in her role in February and has been reaching out to engage with women in the Chamber network.

Recently, the Chamber hosted An Evening with Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir and Mayor Ken Christian, a networking gala and dinner for local business community at the Thompson Rivers University.

Looking ahead, the Chamber will be hosting its first-ever golf tournament in September, leading up to the Business Excellence Awards in October — their biggest event of the year.

“We’ve got a good number of sponsors so far,” Jones said, with awards finalists named on July 27.