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April 2014
Spotlight: Tofino - Long Beach Chamber
    Ambassador program driving tourism, membership
In the three years since launching the Tofino Ambassador Program, the Tofino - Long Beach Chamber of Commerce has seen its membership triple.

And while Chamber executive director Gord Johns doesn't chalk all growth up to the program, he said the program is playing a significant role in driving Chamber profile and relevancy in the community.

Gord said part of his inspiration for launching the program in 2011 came from hearing a waiter at a local resort tell tourists, "Don't go to town; it's a tourist trap."

Knowing what a critical role tourist dollars play for member businesses, the Tofino - Long Beach Chamber, working with some partners, set out to change conversations between Tofino's young, transient service industry and tourists.

The result is the Tofino Ambassador Program: a program that teaches locals about the area's history, ecology and community, so that they can share the information with tourists. As part of the program, participants receive a passport with incentives and discounts to encourage them to visit and learn about local businesses.

In three years, Gord said, 25% of the local community has participated in the program. He said the program is both driving locals' knowledge and civic pride  -  and keeping dollars in the community.


"We're confident it's working, we're showing growth in our economy," he said.


For any Chambers interested in learning about running their own ambassador program, the Tofino - Long Beach Chamber is hosting a free workshop on the program on Monday, April 14 in Tofino. For more information, or to arrange accommodation discounts, please contact Gord at     


If your Chamber is innovating or has achieved a recent success, we'd love to feature your story here. Please contact Jenny MacPhee at
Chamber News
           BC Chamber hosts prime minister
The BC Chamber was delighted to host Prime Minister Stephen Harper on March 12 for a discussion about Canada's markets and opportunities.
The prime minister had just returned from signing a Canada - South Korea free trade deal and spoke extensively about what the deal means for B.C., as well as other market opportunities for B.C. such as a future Asia Pacific trade deal.
See event photos here.
twitter large wave           Benefits webinar: Meet First Data
Our new merchant services benefit provider, First Data, has provided Chambers with a recorded webinar on how First Data works and how the company partners with Chambers.
Access the webinar here (you may be directed to download a file in order to play this).
The webinar will reference a Chamber Referral Agreement; you will have just received this from Lori Climenhaga.
To connect directly with First Data, please contact Matt Landry at or 604.796.8750.
            BC Chamber Board nominations
Nominations for the BC Chamber Board are now closed. The BC Chamber has received 10 nominations for 7 available positions.
More information to follow.
twitter large wave           Salary survey: Deadline extended
Thanks to all Chambers who have already participated in this year's salary survey. The deadline for the survey has been extended to April 15.
We urge you to take time to complete the survey, as participation by all Chambers is crucial to the validity of the results.
          Chamber of the Year Award
Thanks to all Chambers who have sent in nominations for the Chamber of the Year Award.
This year's winner will be announced at our upcoming AGM in Richmond.
twitter large wave           Register for the AGM & Conference
Register today for the BC Chamber's 2014 AGM & Conference. 
Event details, including our most recent AGM newsletter, available here. Register online here.
            Webinar: Non-Dues Revenue
Looking for new ways to generate non-dues revenue? The Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC) is hosting the webinar, Certificates of Origin: A Non-Dues Revenue Stream.
The webinar will cover what certificates of origin are, the Chamber's role in issuing them, and how these certificates can work as a revenue source and membership attraction tool.
  • When: Wednesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. PST
  • How long: Approximately one hour, including presentation and Q&A
  • Cost: $60 General / $45 CCEC member
  • Presenter: Carman Rossi, eCertify
  • How registration works: After you have registered, a few days before the event you will be sent a link to Adobe Connect and the phone number to call.

To register, email your registration info to or fax 204-925-8000. You will need to provide your name, Chamber, credit card type, name on card, credit card number and expiry date, and credit card CVC.


Alternatively, you can mail your registration info and a cheque, made out to the CCEC, to: 700-177 Lombard Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0W5.

           Improve your bids, land contracts
Businesses, are you looking for tips on how to up your game when bidding on federal contracts? Access a new online tool to help you do just that.


The federal government's Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) has just launched a Learning from Bids service, which provides a free analysis and confidential report to eligible past, present and potential suppliers looking to improve their bidding strategy. The service uses a specific unsuccessful bid provided by the supplier as a concrete example to discuss and explore the strengths and weaknesses of their approach to bidding.


This tool is just one of many ways OSME can help businesses land federal contracts.


Chambers can help local businesses learn the how-to's of landing federal contracts through an OSME webinar or seminar by contacting Tess Menges at or 604.666.5688.

             How to Prepare for Anti-Spam Laws
The Canadian Chamber has prepared some excellent resources for Chambers to use in preparing for Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which will come into force for commercial electronic messages on July 1, 2014.
Canadian Chamber Resources:

This is important information for B.C. businesses that send out marketing emails - we hope these resources will be of value to your membership.

Upcoming Events
BC Chamber Breakfast with Dr. Andrew Weaver, Green Party Deputy Leader and MLA for Oak Bay 
  • Insights about the interplay of B.C.'s resource-based economy and environmental concerns and priorities
  • April 15 in Vancouver
  • Details and registration here
Upcoming Events
Free Constant Contact Seminar on Canada's Anti-Spam Laws
  • April 17 in Vancouver at BCIT Downtown
  • Details and registration here
Upcoming Events
2014 International LNG in B.C. Conference
  • Keynotes, panels and breakout sessions will discuss economics and global markets, LNG-Buy BC, labour market issues and more
  • May 21 - 23 in Vancouver
  • Agenda here; registration here 
  • B.C. SMEs who want to supply the LNG market can apply to have a tradeshow booth, with the fee fully subsidized. Details here.
In This Issue
Spotlight: Tofino-Long Beach
Harper Event
First Data Webinar
Board Nominations
Salary Survey
Chamber of the Year
AGM Registration
Non-Dues Revenue
Federal Contracts
Anti-Spam Laws
Policy Snapshot
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Policy Snapshot
MMBC: The BC Chamber is continuing active efforts to reduce impacts to business from the recycling regulation on packaging and printed paper and the Multi Material BC (MMBC) program.
SMALL BUSINESS ACCORD: The BC Chamber has welcomed the first anniversary of B.C.'s Small Business Accord, a Chamber initiative, and a just-announced procurement tool for small business that has resulted from the Accord.
SOUTH KOREA TRADE DEAL: The BC Chamber has welcomed a Canada - South Korea free trade deal, which promises significant benefits for B.C. businesses.