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BC Chamber News Bulletin: New BC Chamber President and CEO, Virtual AGM & Conference, International

Port McNeill, B.C. March 2021 — The BC Chamber of Commerce has reached out again with their monthly newsletter. Check it out here!

IN THIS ISSUE: New BC Chamber President and CEO, Virtual AGM & Conference, International Women's Day, and more.

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Fiona Famulak Appointed President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Famulak as president and chief executive officer. Fiona brings to the role more than three decades of international experience working in both private and not-for-profit sectors. Read the News Release here to learn more about Fiona's experience and how she will lead the BC Chamber team as it continues to support building resiliency in businesses across the province. Read the News Release


BC Chamber Virtual AGM and Conference Time to block your calendars — the BC Chamber of Commerce is inviting you to its virtual AGM and Conference, taking place May 28-29, 2021. During a year where connection means more than it ever has, this event brings together Chamber members from across the province to share what's on BC's mind, connect deeply about business priorities, and debate policies that will drive the BC Chamber's advocacy efforts for the years ahead. Save the date — don't miss out! Save the Date


International Women's Day 2021 On March 8, the BC Chamber of Commerce celebrated International Women's Day and the contributions of women everywhere. We recognize the women who challenge the status quo and the business leaders and entrepreneurs who continue to drive our economy forward. We are proud to join the celebration by recognizing the accomplishments of women throughout our network. IWD Events hosted by our Partners

IWD Resources


Changes to the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant The BC Chamber of Commerce applauds the B.C. government’s announcement to extend the deadline for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant and decrease the revenue loss threshold that will allow more businesses to access the grant. In our News Release last week, Fiona Famulak, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, stated, “We appreciate the B.C. government’s willingness to hear the feedback from businesses across the province and to take timely steps to adjust the grant program so that the financial support can be accessed more easily.” Read our News Release Last Chance for B.C. Scale Up Survey There are less than 24 hours remaining to have your voice heard in our B.C. Scale Up Survey before it closes today, March 9 at 5:00pm PST. We want to better understand the challenges that you face in adopting new technology and scaling your business. We have partnered with Innovate BC on a new survey to help uncover the obstacles you face. Your feedback will be shared directly with government to inform potential future government programs that will support businesses during COVID recovery and beyond. Take the survey (~7-min) and you will be entered into a draw to win a $500 Visa gift card. Take the SurveyMeet our Mindful & Grow Partners


Community Voices: Bryan Pilbeam, Kamloops Bryan Pilbeam is the General Manager of the Delta Hotel in Kamloops. Like much of Canada, Kamloops has endured a downturn due to COVID. The local tourism industry has slowed, and businesses are hurting. However, the Trans Mountain Expansion is under construction and the influx of workers has really given the Delta, and the city of Kamloops a boost. See what Bryan has to say. B.C.'s Vaccine Rollout Plan More than 400,000 people in British Columbia will be immunized from March to early April as the Province moves into Phase 2 of the largest immunization rollout in B.C.’s history Those in Phase 2 receiving their first vaccine dose in March and early April include:

  • seniors and high-risk people residing in independent living and seniors’ supportive housing (including staff);

  • home-care support clients and staff;

  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) peoples born in or before 1956 (65 years and older); and

  • seniors born in or before 1941 (80 years and older).

Read more here. BC Chamber in the News We've been making headlines! Feb. 17, BC Local News COLUMN: Chamber of Commerce Week celebrates resilience and hope Mar. 3, Sooke Pocket News Fiona Famulak Appointed President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce


Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) COVID-19 has created a new operating environment for businesses of all sizes. Innovate BC's Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency Program (DER3) will help you identify changes that you can make to your business today so you can better engage with the digital economy in future. The program coaches have decades of experience that will help you leverage digital tools to get your business online. Apply today to be matched with an expert in your area* who will help you:

  • Identify key steps to get online

  • Leverage resources and tools to solve your business needs

  • Access content to build your team's digital skills

This is a pilot program with no cost or obligation. Deadline to apply is March 13, 2021.*Available in 6 regions of BC: Greater Victoria; Central Island, Northern Island, Sunshine Coast & Gulf Islands; Okanagan Valley; Kootenays; Central Interior B.C. and North Central BC. Read more about eligibility criteria here.


How prepared is your business for cyber threats? As announced in Budget 2018, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) has been established as the flagship authority for cybersecurity issues in Canada. The Cyber Centre brings together unique cyber security expertise across the Government of Canada into a single portal. It's a unified source of expert advice, guidance, resources and support on cyber security for small businesses, non-profits, and other organizations. Learn how Cyber Centre can support your business.

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