And the 2016 Platinum Award goes to… November 21, 2016

 

Bernie Legge – Artist of the Year

Winner: Susan Grieg

Susan, a talented artist and the owner of 100 Braid Street Studios, is a strong advocate and supporter of the arts in New Westminster. She has created the only co-working space, gallery, and event location in the city where local artists can create and sell their work, while the public is provided a place to enjoy different forms of art.

 

Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Mindful Mutts

Mindful Mutts combines all things dog in one place; training, boarding, walking, and pet first aid and have been around for a year and a half. The owner, Stefania Buolkovic, is committed to educating her staff to provide the best animal care possible and strives to support the businesses in New Westminster.

 

Business of the Year (Medium)

Winner: Bosley’s

Bosley’s has been in business at Columbia Square for five and a half years. They were the first store in New Westminster to offer services like pet sitting, dog training, nail trimming, information sessions, and access to a pet nutritionist. Bosley’s provides consistent staff training and education, and community and customer engagement.

 

Business of the Year (Large)

Winner: Fraser River Paint & Body

Fraser River Paint & Body have been in business for five and a half years and in that time, have grown their business from 5 to 28 employees. They are heavily involved with the community and support local sports teams, the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.


Business Person of the Year

Winner: Dave Vallee

Dave Vallee is a Realtor with Re/Max Advantage Realty and for the past 26 years has been helping people achieve their real estate goals. He is currently the President of the New Westminster Rotary Club and has done extensive fundraising for local community groups.


Citizen of the Year

Winner: Jen Arbo

Jen has been a resident of New Westminster for the past 20 years and have become a staple in the community. Jen co-owns and edits Tenth to the Fraser, is the President of the Royal City Farmer’s Market, volunteers for the New Westminster chapter of KidSport, has provided safe rides home during the Christmas season as part of Operation Red Nose, volunteers with the McBride PAC, helps organize candidate events in the political season and serves on multiple City Council Advisory committees.


Community Spirit

Winner: Donald’s Market

Donald’s Market is an independent grocery store and have been in operation for 20 years, and opened third location in New Westminster in 2010. There vision was to create a destination that celebrates the full circle of food in a local, playful, passionate and sustainable way. In 2012, Donald’s Market launched ONE price in conjunction with River Market as a customer appreciate program and community fund.


Creative Marketing and Innovation of the Year

Winner: Douglas College/Western Media Group/Acuity

Douglas College’s online team partnered with Western Media Group to create a campaign using geo-fencing as an innovative way to directly target potential students in Brazil. The legacy of this campaign is that it has positioned both Douglas College and Western Media Group as innovators in the realm of online marketing. By attracting more international students to Douglas College, we can increase the diversity of New Westminster.


Customer Service Excellence (Business)

Winner: New West Wellness

New West Wellness Centre has been in business for 10 years. The team works together to provide excellent wellness support and customer service. They have implanted an easy to use website with online booking and acknowledge their customers through fast and helpful responses by email and phone. The patient comes first and New West Wellness Centre has a continuous cycle of returning, happy patients.

 

Customer Service Excellence (Individual)

Winner: Sarah Alicia Thomas Hair Stylist

Sarah Alicia Thomas has worked as a hair dresser since 2007. She offers wonderful customer service to her clients, as well, will help clients who are getting married by providing sewing services for custom made hair pieces. On top of running her own business, she volunteers her services to children with autism.


Green Business of the Year

Winner: Royal Printers

Royal Printers is a print manufacturing company that provides a variety of printing options. They are committed to a green work place by recycling 98% of waste, using hybrid vehicles for delivery, using vegetable based inks, as well as distributing and printing on sugar sheet which is 100% tree-free. They are currently working on securing a one ton truck delivery service that is green and hope that someday people say “can you believe we use to cut down trees to make paper?”


Inclusion Excellence in Business

Winner: Pacific Bolt Manufacturing

Pacific Bolt Manufacturing has been in business for 27 years. They are a heavy industrial bolt manufacturer making speciality bolts for bridges, marine applications and infrastructures. They hire people with all backgrounds, and provide workplace management to make a comfortable and safe, inclusive workplace.


New Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Mindful Mutts

Mindful Mutts combines all things dog in one place; training, boarding, walking, and pet first aid and have been around for a year and a half. The owner, Stefania Buolkovic, is committed to educating her staff to provide the best animal care possible and strives to support the businesses in New Westminster.


New Business of the Year (Medium)

Winner: El Santo

El Santo’s opened in December 2015. El Santo’s showcases the diversity of Mexican food with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients of the West Coast. Alejandro, the owner of El Santo’s, has a passion for good food and outstanding service. He shops and hires local, and promotes this initiative to others. They have also partnered with CAN to support kids with autism.

 

Non-Profit of the Year (over 1 Million)

Winner: Westminster House

For over 34 years, the Westminster House has been helping alcoholic and drug addicted women get a new life through sobriety. With a team of 23 employees, Westminster House creates a fun and active community of clean and sober individuals. This dedicated team helps make it desirable for women to be clean and sober.

 

Non-Profit of the Year (under 1 Million)

Winner: New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society

Started in 2014, this New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society wanted to offer teens in New Westminster the opportunity to come together to form a Team that would include not only girls but boys as well. There is no pageant or competition to become a team member, if they meet the criteria set out by the Society, they are accepted into the Team. The members of the New Westminster Youth Ambassador Team are volunteers within the community and represent the City as well as their individual sponsors.

 

 

 

 

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is hiring! May 17, 2016

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce

Membership and Events Assistant

  Responsibilities

The following defines the scope and type of work responsibilities characteristic of this position. In all instances, it is of utmost importance that a high degree of confidentiality is observed.

Key responsibilities include:

Actively seeking new memberships
Actively encouraging member retention
Being well informed on all membership benefits, programs and discounts and how each works;
Handle all member inquiries
Maintain all membership data sources
Promote the interest of all members
Coordinate all aspects of Chamber events to provide value to members and perceived value to future members
Develop and strengthen the feedback loop between the Chamber and its members
Provide and assist the Chamber Membership Committee in developing all related membership services marketing strategy and materials
Support the Chamber’s strategic plan

Other duties include:

MEMBERSHIP SALES AND RETENTION

Meet and visit new and potential members regularly;
Answer all email enquiries;
Develop and implement a sales strategy for growing membership;
Promote membership benefits and discounts to all members and non members on an ongoing basis while keeping all information current in new member packages, online and in renewal packages;
Ensure each member has contact at least twice per calendar year
Work with administration to collect overdue accounts;
Help maintain database and advise administration of member cancelations;
Update member information as provided (new addresses, contacts, emails, phone numbers etc.) in database
Administer membership shelves and business card rack in chamber office, keeping all material current; contact members if material is running low, ensure all material is from Chamber members;
Create member service report for the membership committee once per month
Provide new member information to other team members for inclusion in newsletter, social media and other related initiatives 

EVENTS COORDINATION

In order to provide members with the utmost value, the Membership and Events Assistant will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of member events, including:

Securing the sponsorships for the member networking events
Determining dates and appropriate venues (in consultation with the Chamber CEO)
Booking venues, catering, A/V, speakers, entertainment, etc as required and within budget (in consultation with the Chamber CEO)
Developing communications plan to notify members and the larger community of events and encourage attendance
Working with the Chamber CEO to ensure event information is communicated appropriately through Chamber channels, registration system is in place and team members are available to fill necessary event roles. 

ADMINISTRATION OF CHAMBER BENEFIT PROGRAMS

With a clear understanding of the benefit agreements in place the Membership and Events Manager will: 

Review monthly group insurance statement to ensure all businesses on the program are members and monthly payments are correct, update Chamber database with group insurance information; maintain contact with group insurance rep to report any discrepancies to rep and CEO
Review reports from BC Chamber and benefit reps to ensure businesses that are on the program are members
Update Chamber database with pertinent information on benefits;
Provide membership confirmation letters as required to benefit reps.
Other Administration tasks as required
Update website weekly
Develop and distribute membership welcome packages, letters, certificates etc 

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Increase Chamber relations with the members, business community and other Chambers of Commerce, develop personal professional relationships with these and other stakeholders. 

Represent Chamber at community or business events when required;
When required, speak to groups and organizations on benefits of membership and what Chamber is all about;
Send out hand written thank you notes and congratulations letters on an ongoing basis to contacts/new contacts; general membership

COMMITTEES AND PROJECTS

The Membership and Events Assistant, as directed, will assist in the coordination of the Chamber Membership Committee and work with the volunteers to assure that projects which evolve from this committee (whether on-going or new) be achieved with success.
This may include promoting and increasing usage of the Member Marketplace and/or other member benefit programs.
This person will assist with research for programs outlined by the Membership Committee. He/she will be responsible for implementing, under direction of the CEO and volunteer workers, the program of work and policies as adopted by the Board of Directors.  

SUPPORT TO THE CEO

Cooperation with the Chamber CEO will be essential to this position. Tasks may be assigned that have not been listed as part of the job description. This person shall be responsible for taking the initiative for completing the tasks once asked.  

 

     QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Event planning, communications, public relations, sales and marketing experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a high degree of professionalism
  • Must be a self-starter with exceptional organizational skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills with the ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong technology skills with knowledge of database management systems and social media platforms
  • Use of own vehicle will be required. Paid mileage, Valid BC Driver’s license with Business Insurance

 Closing Date: Close of Business (4:30 p.m.) Friday June 3, 2016

 Send Resume and Cover Letter to:     Attention: Cori Lynn Germiquet, CEO

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, corilynn@newwestchamber.com

 

 

 

 

A NEW PROGRAM CONNECTS EMPLOYERS AND JOB SEEKERS IN NEW WESTMINSTER April 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21 2016
A NEW PROGRAM CONNECTS EMPLOYERS AND JOB SEEKERS IN NEW WESTMINSTER

A new program is being launched to help businesses in New Westminster hire local talent. The program is the result of a new partnership between the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Fraser Works Co-operative which runs the WorkBC Employment Services Centre in New Westminster.

“This is the first time a WorkBC Centre has formally teamed up with a Chamber of Commerce in Metro Vancouver to meet the needs of both businesses looking to hire new employees and job seekers looking for work,” says Fraser Works Co-op President, Megan Brown.
“We think this is a win-win for everyone,” says Cori Lynn Germiquet, the CEO of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. “Our members will be introduced to a wide range of qualified candidates they might not have otherwise considered and local residents will get an opportunity to apply for jobs in their community.”

The new program, called Connections, will survey Chamber members to understand their hiring needs and challenges and will connect them to qualified candidates who are seeking jobs through the New Westminster WorkBC Centre. The program will start in July and be located in the Chamber’s offices and work closely with Chamber staff. This initiative is part of the Fraser Work Co-op’s efforts to better serve employers and achieve higher employment outcomes for job seekers.

The Fraser Works Co-op provides employment services in New Westminster and Eastern Burnaby. It is owned by four community organizations – AWARE, Fraserside Community Services, MOSAIC and Pacific Community Resources Society. The New Westminster WorkBC Centre is at 519 7th Street.
The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is the main voice for business in New Westminster. For 133 years, it has been a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community.

For more information, contact:
Megan Brown, Fraser Works Co-operative President, at mbrown@awaresociety.bc.ca and/or 604 374-2475.Cori Lynn Germiquet, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce CEO at corilynn@newwestchamber.com and/or 604 521 7781.
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NEW WEST RANKS 9TH IN BCBUSINESS’S ANNUAL “BEST” December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015

 

MEDIA RELEASE

NEW WESTMINSTER RANKS 9TH IN BCBUSINESS’S ANNUAL “BEST

CITIES FOR WORK IN B.C.” LIST

 

Burnaby, B.C. BCBusiness Editor-in-Chief Matt O’Grady is excited to announce the

magazine’s second annual ranking of the “Best Cities for Work in B.C.” Once again, the

northeast of the province leads the way in the popular list—with Vancouver’s outer

suburbs also showing great strength.

 

“We expect the results of this year’s ranking to attract a lot of attention and provoke a lot

of discussion across the province,” says O’Grady. “The B.C. job market, despite what’s

happening next door in Alberta, has more or less weathered the economic storm.” Still,

some cities are clearly faring better than others, O’Grady notes—pointing to the

absence of B.C.’s largest city from the Top 10.

 

Developed in partnership with Environics Analytics, the survey evaluated each of B.C.’s

36 cities on seven economic indicators—factors such as income growth, average

household income, population growth and unemployment. Combined, these factors

paint a picture of relative economic health in each community—and their relative appeal

for those seeking work there.

 

The 2015 Top 10 “Best Cities for Work in B.C.” are (2014 rankings in brackets):

  1. Fort St. John (1)
  2. Dawson Creek (5)
  3. North Vancouver District (2)
  4. Squamish (12)
  5. Coquitlam (3)
  6. Langley District (7)
  7. Surrey (9)
  8. Delta (14)
  9. New Westminster (6)
  10. Port Coquitlam (13)

 

The complete list, along with details on methodology and analysis of B.C.’s top-ranked

cities, can be found in the January 2016 issue of BCBusiness—available online at

BCBusiness.ca/BestCities, in the iTunes store now and on newsstands December 31st.

Join the conversation with #BestCitiesForWork.

 

About BCBusiness

Published for more than 40 years, BCBusiness is British Columbia’s foremost business

authority and the most widely read business publication in the province. Focusing

exclusively on business in British Columbia, BCBusiness provides unparalleled behindthe-

scenes coverage, chronicling major deals and putting faces to the major players.

BCBusiness is published by CW Media Limited, the largest independent publisher in

Western Canada.

 

Contact Information:

Media Inquiries:

Holly Pateman

T: 604-473-0352

E: hpateman@canadawide.com

 

 

Editorial Inquiries:

Matt O’Grady

T: 604-473-0346

E: mogra

Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster Chamber Support Metro Vancouver Regional Prosperity Initiative December 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- December 16, 2015

 

Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster Chamber Support Metro Vancouver Regional Prosperity Initiative

 

Today, Metro Vancouver announced its plans for a Regional Prosperity Initiative that will generate wealth for constituents in our region. In January 2015, Board Chair Greg Moore created a Regional Economy Task Force made up of five mayors from throughout the region to explore beneficial actions relating to the Board’s Regional Economy Strategic Direction. The mayors are: Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver; Linda Hepner, City of Surrey; Darrell Mussatto, City of North Vancouver; Richard Stewart, City of Coquitlam; and Greg Moore, City of Port Coquitlam.

 

As neighbouring associations, the Surrey Board of Trade and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce have been working collaboratively on several initiatives that bring economic opportunity to our areas. Both organizations are pleased to support Metro Vancouver in this continued action plan and dialogue on a metropolitan approach to prosperity for the region that recognizes the importance of skilled labour, efficient transportation, innovation, livability and lifestyle.

 

The Surrey Board of Trade and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, to enhance further results for our regional economic development initiatives, will work with Metro Vancouver, government officials and regional Chamber/Boards of Trade to:

 

  1. Encourage entrepreneurship

 

  1. Improve the talent base

 

  1. Enhance the attractiveness of the region to international businesses

 

  1. Work from a government advocacy perspective to encourage new business to relocate to our region, to understand the assets of each of our cities, and to help create a legal, fiscal and regulatory environment that stimulates business attraction

 

  1. Access venture capital options

 

  1. Develop effective regional business attraction plans

 

  1. Continue to support and encourage research and development in local universities

 

  1. Facilitate, promote, and support the movement of inventions from the lab to commercialization

 

“These regional economic development actions (that support Metro Vancouver’s Regional Prosperity Initiative), as noted in the Surrey Board of Trade’s Strategic Plan, supports the creation of new businesses and provides existing businesses with the opportunity to expand resulting in more jobs and increased wages. This increases our standard of living in the region,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We look forward to working on a ‘made-in-Metro-Vancouver’ collaborative approach for prosperity in our region. This is good for Surrey, this is good for New Westminster – and all of our Metro Vancouver cities.”

 

 

 

“We recognize and acknowledge that quality of life and opportunity is a determining factor for many businesses looking to locate in the region,” said Cori Lynn Germiquet, CEO, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. “We are a clearly defined geographic region with common attributes and shared infrastructure. To be competitive in today’s global marketplace we need to use all assets to best advantage. Working as a region we can harness individual strategies to accelerate economic prosperity, job creation and build a sustainable regional economy.”

 

Metro Vancouver is engaging leaders from diverse sectors including Port Metro Vancouver, the Vancouver Airport Authority, chambers of commerce and boards of trade across the region, and the Business Council of British Columbia to pursue ideas and concepts regarding regional economic prosperity, which will culminate in a Regional Forum on Prosperity in April.

 

Their green paper, Framework for a Regional Prosperity Initiative in Metro Vancouver, was developed to stimulate thinking and discussion on whether the prosperity of the region could be advanced through a multi-stakeholder collaboration. It notes that today over half of the world population lives in urban areas, and by 2050 it is expected that will increase to two out of three people.

 

For more information go to http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVRD/RD_Dec-11-2015_RCL-2.pdf

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Doing Business in New Westminster Magazine 2014 May 15, 2014

2014 Doing Business in New Westminster Magazine Coming Soon

Doing Business in New Westminster 2014 FINAL

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce represents the hundreds of voices of business owners, employees and volunteers who are collectively working towards a better future for our region. We are many voices working together and achieving what one voice alone cannot.

Our role as a Chamber is to assist in the creation of an environment that will lead to increased growth in economic activity – a vibrant private sector, investment attraction, job creation and greater competitiveness.

Thank you to all of the businesses who have supported us in the development of this magazine.

We are not a government organization but a business assocation that exists to represent our business community. Thank you to our members and please take a moment to visit our member listing in this magazine.

More Fixes Needed to MMBC Program March 27, 2014

 March 27, 2014                                                  

More Fixes Needed to MMBC program!

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is calling for further dialogue between all businesses in BC and government regarding next steps related to the new MMBC regulation…… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MMBC

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Elects its Executive Council March 19, 2014

 

March 19, 2014

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Elects its Executive Council

Yesterday at its regular board meeting, the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, elected its Executive Council.

 Link to Board Page

“2013 was a year of progress.” Says Chair Christine Conway “The Chamber Board of Directors engaged in brainstorming and strategic planning sessions that touched every aspect of what we do: from membership development, communications, events, advocacy and economic development.  We even won an award from the BC Chamber Executives for our communication efforts.”

The New Westminster Chamber welcomes changes to recycling regulation that protect B.C. businesses February 4, 2014

 

The New Westminster Chamber 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 Christine Conway, President of the New Westminster 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.”

NEWS RELEASE February 4

NEW WESTMINSTER CHAMBER TEAM DISBURSES FUNDS TO BUSINESSES January 31, 2014

NEW WESTMINSTER CHAMBER TEAM DISBURSES FUNDS TO BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY OCTOBER FIRE

 For the past several months the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been working with other community partners in developing a Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund to assist the businesses that have been affected by the fire last October.  In partnership with Westminster Savings, an account has been opened into which any funds raised or donated were deposited.

 

And the Winners Are! November 22, 2013

2013 Platinum Awards – Exceeds all Expectations

The Platinum Awards are a Celebration of Business and Community Excellence in New Westminster that recognizes businesses and individuals whose achievements and contributions to the community distinguish them from their peers. Our Second annual event exceeded all expectations.

 Since May of 2013 until September 26, 2013 the New Westminster Chamber was receiving nominations from the community. At the time of the nominations deadline we had received over 70 nominations and the adjudication work was to begin.

 Every nomination was treated equitably and fairly over the two day judging process. Each nomination was read aloud and the panel of 5 judges independently scored the nominations based on the criteria.

 Thank you to the 2013 Platinum Awards Judging Committee and the Planning Committee for an outstanding job.

 Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

 Citizen of the Year- Patrick Johnstone Junior Citizen of the Year- Keila Stark Bernie Legge Cultural Award- Katherine Freund Hainsworth

Not for Profit of the Year- Under $1 Million- Union Gospel Mission

Not for Profit of the Year – Over $1 Million- Lower Mainland Purpose Society

Customer Service Business Excellence- Family Eyecare Customer Service Individual Excellence- Francine Bouchard- The Pantry

 NEW Small Business of the Year- RE UP BBQ NEW Medium Sized Business of the Year- The Spud Shack

 Small Business of the Year- Pink Ribbon Bakery

Medium Sized Business of the Year –Artis Dental Centre

Large Business of the Year- Starlight Casino

 Marketers of the Year

The Marketing Team at Douglas College

The Team at the NewsLeader

Tej Kainth at Tourism New Westminster

 Corporate Diversity Award – Orion Health

 Corporate Community Spirit- Thrifty Foods

 

 

NEW WESTMINSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DEVELOPS FIRE RELIEF FUND October 17, 2013

NEW WESTMINSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DEVELOPS FIRE RELIEF FUND

New Westminster, BC – The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been working to develop a Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund to assist the businesses that have been affected by the fire last week. In partnership with Westminster Savings, an account has been be opened into which any funds raised or donated can be deposited.

Led by Bart Slotman, Director, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, a committee of community members will be set up with a Terms of Reference and Criteria for the purposes of deciding how money raised for victims of the fire should be disbursed. Additional representatives from the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement Association and the New Westminster Media will be invited to participate in the committee.

 “The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been doing a fantastic job in coordinating relief efforts in the wake of last Thursday’s fire” says Gavin Toy, President and CEO Westminster Savings. “New Westminster is a close knit community and Westminster Savings is pleased to help coordinate an account into which donations can be made to support those who have been affected.”

The Fire Relief Fund Distribution Committee will be tasked with determining the distribution of aid to the business owners and employees directly impacted by the Columbia Street Fire.

 “The business community has responded with generosity.  It has been very encouraging to see businesses across New West support other businesses for the greater good of the downtown area”, says Christine Conway, New Westminster Chamber President. “The community can get involved both by making donations to support the affected businesses and also by continuing to frequent their favourite downtown shops.”

Donations to the Fire Relief Fund may be made at any branch of Westminster Savings (please reference account #452538201)

 

BREAKING NEWS!

 

Thank you Cassady and Company for your generous donation of $2500 for the Fire Relief Fund!

On Saturday October 19, Leona and her Greens and Beans team held a fundraiser for the Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund. One Source Productions donated all of the signs and Key West Ford purchased $200 worth of soup. The total amount raised  was $1120.00. Greens and Beans will be keeping a jar on the counter until the end of the month.

The New Westminster branches of Vancity are organizing a change drive to collect donations for the relief fund.  They  will be kicking it off with a $1000 donation.!

Donations to the Fire Relief Fund may be made at any branch of Westminster Savings (please reference account  # 452538201). Cheques are to be made payable to the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.

Janet Lucarino is offering the Paddlewheeler Pub as a venue for a fundraiser. 604-524-1894.

Roe Gabriel of St. John Ambulance has large commercial space available. 604-521-1606.

Garry from The Pantry is offering his restaurant, all the food and the services to anyone looking to host a benefit for up to 100 people. 604-549-9010

Marie and Tandrea from De Dutch Restaurant are offering a buffet dinner for 90-100 people with all proceeds going to benefit the businesses affected. 604-786-1328

Dolores Kirkwood from Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts is offering her “Parade ” routine  recently performed @ Disneyworld –Also a “Ragtime routine (from the era of old New Westminster! ) 604-521-3255

Dublin Castle could provide some food and beverage for the benefit concert being organized or they would like to offer our restaurant as a space to hold a fundraiser and provide complimentary food and beverage.604-544-5020

Sheila Comer from Pink Ribbon Bakery would love to donate cupcakes to be served at the benefit concert! 604-837-4025

Jenny from Mid Century Modern Home, has arranged for free ads in the Georgia Straight when event planners are ready to advertise the benefit events. 604-515-1865

Fire Chief Tim Armstrong has offered his firefighters and his fire trucks for use in any of the benefit events! 604-519-1006

Giuseppe Ganci from Last Door Recovery Society and his team are will to assist in any volunteer capacity. 604-525-9771

Dave Brown and team from the Lookout Society is available to help in any way they can. 778-288-8887

Thank you to the New Westminster NewsLeader for their donation of a full page being featured next Wednesday that will assist us in matching the needs of the affected businesses

 

Many businesses are stepping forward with offers of support such as:

Adam Isfeld from Key West Ford is offering any of the affected businesses the temporary use of a vehicle and also he and all of his staff have offered to volunteer in any way necessary. 604-834-9771

Harm Woldring from The Wine Factory will be contributing $5 for every wine ordered till the end of October to the disaster relief effort in support of our neighbours and community.

Gary Steele from The Pantry has offered lunch vouchers for those business owners affected by the fire. 604-549-9010

Justice Institute of BC is donating 100 x $10.00 Cafeteria Certificates for all of the affected businesses, first responders and others who are helping to make a difference. Certificates can be picked up at the Chamber.

Mike Noel from C2K Solutions is offering computer set up and support plus he is willing to help businesses in any way. 604-944-0165

Carolyn Egan, Shops at New West, is offering Commercial space to all of the businesses affected. 604-242-9045

Evan Thomas from Blue Sky Properties is also offering Commercial space at the 625 Fifth Ave Location. 604-376-3662

Rose Tiernes from Cadeaux Gifts is offering businesses to use her unoccupied space in Sapperton 604-521-5269

Katie from Medical Esthetics is offering free facials and de-stressing services to all business owners affected 604-764-1274

Gill Perron is offering stackable chairs, desk & other office items. 604-521-5990

Karima from Bosley’s Pet Food Plus of offering to help pets from pet friendly businesses who have been affected and is willing to help the businesses in any way. 604-522-5280

Jay Catalan from Network Hub is offering free space to all of the businesses affected and use of the large board room. They have high speed internet and a printer scanner available as well. As well if any of the displaced businesses need a place to receive their mail, Jay can offer them up to 6 months free subscription to their Mailing Services. He will receive their mail, and send them an email whenever he receives any piece of mail or package for them.  604-544-5045

The River Market is  offering affected businesses and organizations use of Market’s kiosks, Community Square, Food Hall, etc. free of charge for up to 6 months ej@rivermarket.ca

Monica from A Win Insurance is offering a boardroom and complimentary office space to the affected businesses. 604-590-1251

It’s Your Time will be providing their services (such as bookkeeping, social media, phone & email, document preparation) for free indefinitely to any businesses currently affected by the fire. 604-648-8799

Bart Slotman from the Uptown Property Group offering their only vacant space to one of the businesses affected by the fire and is willing to help in any other way. 604-525-8866

Cherylann Colby would like to gift a 1 month personal/family membership to LegalShield, for unlimited access to legal advice/assistance, to the Business Owners and their employees affected by the fire. This offer is available until the end of 2013. 778-668-8714

Landmark Cinemas is offering movie passes for those affected by the fire.

They will be available for pick up at the Chamber office.

Vivian Chan of Service Canada is offering a group session for businesses and their employees on how to access EI Benefits at this time. Also, please find here some useful phone numbers: EI enquiries for workers: 1-800-206-7218; Employer’s Contact Centre: 1-800-367-5693 (including Records of Employment enquiries)

United Steel Workers Union 2009 has office space available. Christopher Ross 604-818-9700

The Chamber is offering its assistance as well in terms of office space, use of office equipment, telephones, or any other services these affected businesses may need. Our door is always open!

If you would like to offer assistance as well, let us know and we will send your offers and contributions to our downtown business colleagues!

If you are a business that has been affected, call us today and let us know what you need and how we can help! 604-521-7781; After Hours 604-363-6973 (Cori Lynn).

 

Sincerely, Your New Westminster Chamber Board and Staff

 

 

The Royal City Builders Awards Winners Are: October 5, 2013

42nd Annual Royal City Builders’ Awards a Success

 

New Westminster, BC – On October 2, 2013, the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce presented the 42nd Annual Royal City Builders’ Awards.  These awards honour outstanding projects completed in 2012 in New Westminster. Over 100 people were in attendance at the gala dinner event held at the Inn at the Quay. Keynote speaker Robert Fung provided insight into the transformation of historic Downtown New Westminster. This year’s award recipients are:

 

Winners in the Modern Development category:

Commercial Renovation

337 Sixth Street, Head to Toe Spa

 

Modern Residential

709 Twelfth Street, The Shift

 

Modern Commercial

811 Columbia Street, Shops at New West

 

Modern Institutional

217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit

 

Winners in the Heritage category:

Exterior Heritage Renovation

(tie) 101 Agnes Street and 123 Seventh Avenue

 

Exterior Heritage Restoration (The Heritage Shield)

127 Queens Avenue

 

New Home Construction that Respects New Westminster Heritage

239 Osborne Street

 

Winners in the Universal Access category:

Business:

326 Columbia Street, Taverna Greka

Facility:

217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit

 

Winner in the Sustainability category:

390 – 800 Carnarvon St, Landmark Cinemas

 

Overall Royal City Builders Award, Building of the Year:

811 Columbia Street, Shops at New West

 

People’s Choice Awards:

 

Exterior Heritage Restoration (Shield) and Renovation

213 Fifth Avenue

 

New Home that Respects New Westminster Heritage

239 Osborne Street

 

Modern Residential

423 Eighth Street, Moody Park Homes

 

Modern Commercial

403 Sixth Street, Noort Homes Building Façade Renovations

 

Modern Institutional

217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit

 

The Royal City Builders’ Awards are proudly supported by several local businesses. This year’s Sponsors include Canadian Western Bank, Thrifty Foods, First Capital Real Estate and The Royal City Record newspaper.

 

For more information about the Royal City Builders’ Awards, please contact the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce at 604-521-7781 or the City of New Westminster Development Services Department at 604-515-3767.

And the 2013 Royal City Builders Awards Nominees are: September 16, 2013

42nd Annual Royal City Builders Awards

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Westminster are pleased to announce the 42nd Annual Royal City Builders Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in modern development, heritage preservation, accessibility improvements and sustainability.

The Modern Awards acknowledge architects, designers and builders of high quality residential, commercial, and institutional development in the City. The Heritage Awards recognize efforts to preserve New Westminster’s heritage through restoration and renovation of existing homes as well as new construction.

Since 2002, the Royal City Builders Awards has also included a Universal Access Awards. This award recognizes businesses and institutions that have contributed uniquely and significantly to improve access for all New Westminster residents and visitors.

The Sustainability Award acknowledges cleaner and healthier communities by recognizing developments that incorporate various sustainable features and initiatives in to their projects.

All awards will be presented at the Royal City Builders Awards Gala Dinner, to be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Inn at the Quay. Tickets are available from the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. This year’s guest speaker is Robert Fung founder and President of the Salient Group.

For more information on the awards, please contact the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce at 604-521-7781 or the City of New Westminster Development Services Department, Planning at 604-515-3767.

Nominees in the Modern Development category are:

 

Modern Residential

  • ·         215 and 245 Brookes Street, Duo at Port Royal
  • ·         709 Twelfth Street, The Shift
  • ·         423 Eighth Street, Moody Park Homes

 

Commercial Renovation

  • ·         50 Eighth Street, Old Spaghetti Factory Patio
  • ·         110 -66 Tenth Street, Chronic Tacos
  • ·         326 Columbia Street, Taverna Greka
  • ·         337 Sixth Street, Head to Toe Spa
  • ·         390 800 Columbia St, Landmark Cinemas

 

Modern Commercial

  • ·         811 Columbia Street, Shops at New West
  • ·         403 Sixth Street, Noort Homes Building Façade Renovations

 

Modern Institutional

  • ·         88 Sixth Street, Sprott Shaw Community College
  • ·         91 Courtney Crescent, FW Howay School Renovations
  • ·         217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit
  • ·         320 – 800 Carnarvon Street, CG Masters School
  • ·         330 East Columbia Street, Royal Columbian Hospital GI Clinic
  • ·         330 East Columbia Street, Royal Columbian Hospital Medical Imaging Multipurpose Room
  • ·         750 Carnarvon, Seniors Services Society

 

Nominees in the Heritage Development category are:

 

Exterior Heritage Restoration (The Heritage Shield)

  • ·         217Queens Avenue
  • ·         213 Fifth Avenue
  • ·         227 Regina Street

 

Exterior Heritage Renovation

  • ·         101 Agnes Street
  • ·         119 Seventh Avenue
  • ·         123 Seventh Avenue
  • ·         333 Arbutus Street

 

New Home that Respects New Westminster Heritage

  • ·         239 Osborne Avenue
  • ·         833 Fourteenth Street

 

Nominees in the Universal Access category are:

 

Universal Access Business:

  • ·         337 Sixth Street, Head to Toe Spa
  • ·         390 800 Columbia St, Landmark Cinemas
  • ·         811 Columbia Street, Shops at New West
  • ·         326 Columbia Street, Taverna Greka

 

Universal Access Facility:

  • ·         217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit
  • ·         750 Carnarvon, Seniors Services Society
  • ·         88 Sixth Street, Sprott Shaw Community College

 

Nominees in the Sustainability category are:

  • ·         215 and 245 Brookes Street, Duo at Port Royal
  • ·         423 Eighth Street, Moody Park Homes
  • ·         217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit
  • ·         750 Carnarvon, Seniors Services Society
  • ·         88 Sixth Street, Sprott Shaw Community College
  • ·         390 – 800 Columbia St, Landmark Cinemas
  • ·         403 Sixth Street, Noort Homes Building Façade Renovations

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Wins Provincial Communications Award September 16, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Wins Provincial Communications Award

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 New Westminster, September 16, 2013 – This past Saturday the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce won a BC Chamber Executives Communications Award in Vernon BC.

 

Annually many of the 120 Chambers in British Columbia assemble for the association’s Annual General Meeting. At a gala ceremony a select number of Chambers in BC are recognized for their communications strategies and their outreach in the City’s they serve.

 

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our communications efforts in New Westminster.” says Cori Lynn Germiquet, Executive Director. “Our communications strategy is very inclusive and it includes many tactics, but we would not be as successful if it were not for our media partners The New West NewsLeader and the Royal City Record. They are a big reason for our success!”

 

A few of the highlights of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Communications include:

 

  • Ø  A NEW  Website
  • Ø  Monthly newspaper features in the New Westminster Newsleader
  • Ø  A social media strategy
  • Ø  Monday Memos sent weekly to 2300 businesses
  • Ø  Regular Surveys and Polls
  • Ø  Pattullo Bridge Dialogues, Focus Groups and Research
  • Ø  New West WINS Research Document
  • Ø  Networking Sessions
  • Ø  130 Reasons to do Business in New Westminster Campaign
  • Ø  Doing Business in New Westminster Magazine

 

 

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community. The Chamber reduces barriers to business, opens new markets for business, provides a cohesive business network and provides programs and services which have a positive impact on your bottom line.

 

BC Chamber says Core Review promises “substantive” gains July 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/07/core-review-terms-of-reference-released.html  ( Link to BC Government Announcement)

Vancouver, July 31, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce commends the B.C. government for advancing plans for a Core Review, which targets greater efficiency and accountability in government’s use of taxpayers’ dollars.

“We think a Core Review with this mandate and scope promises substantive gains for B.C.’s taxpayers,” said John Winter, the BC Chamber’s president and CEO. “This initiative is great news for British Columbians and aligns directly with what our 36,000 represented B.C. businesses have been calling for.”

Winter said that some of the best news coming out of the government’s just-released terms of reference for the Core Review includes the broad scope of the initiative, which includes B.C. ministries, boards, commissions, Crown agencies, schools, universities, colleges and hospitals; and  an emphasis on finding alternative, more cost-efficient service delivery models.

“We’re very pleased to see that the government is truly trying to put its house in order, including tackling areas of public concern such as B.C.’s Crown corporations,” Winter said. “We also commend the government for emphasizing alternate service delivery models, which could bring private-sector efficiency to some government operations.”

The BC Chamber also applauded the B.C. government’s plans to refine the ideas that emerge from the Core Review through consultations with industry and other stakeholders.

“All in all, we’re extremely pleased to see how this initiative is advancing and we look forward to helping find private-sector solutions to some of B.C.’s challenges,” Winter said.

The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”

Finding a Balance Between Efficiency, Opportunity and Transparency July 11, 2013

Finding a Balance Between Efficiency, Opportunity and Transparency

 

New Westminster, BCOn Monday July 8, 2013, the City of New Westminster announced that it will be reviewing its current purchasing processes in an effort to streamline operations and to eliminate long waiting times and unnecessary red tape.

Some fear that these changes may pose challenges to local businesses in that they will not be able to compete. Chambers of Commerce across the country have long encouraged the Cities, community organizations and individuals to purchase locally-made products whenever at all possible. It is these local companies that pay taxes locally and create jobs for local people. We hold our business community’s goods and services in extremely high regard. The quality of the goods and services produced in New Westminster are of high calibre so making sure that our local businesses are fairly considered and chosen when their price and quality are competitive is only logical.

The reaction to “protect our own” is only natural, but it can also be self-defeating in the long run. British Columbian companies in all communities – large and small – rely on both domestic and regional markets to create and grow jobs. By seeking to shut out our markets, we put at risk the very businesses and jobs in our communities that depend upon regional access. We have to keep our doors open to our neighbours as well.

Other concerns raised from our local businesses are that there is the perception that such policy changes may see contracts being awarded to a “chosen few” and that the opportunities for procurement may not be accessible to all.

As a general principle, the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is in favour of local government initiatives to reduce waste and inefficiency, so long as such initiatives strike an appropriate balance with providing local businesses with reasonable opportunities to compete for City tenders.

The New Westminster Chamber would welcome the opportunity to work with and consult with the City of New Westminster to assist in the development of a program that would allow for businesses in the community to be able to be made aware of the City’s procurement opportunities.

 

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The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community. The Chamber reduces barriers to business, opens new markets for business, provides a cohesive business network and provides programs and services which have a positive impact on your bottom line.

 

 

Media contacts:

 

Mrs. Christine Conway                                               Mrs. Cori Lynn Germiquet

President                                                                     Executive Director

604-521-3778                                                              604-521-7781