Published On: Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Chamber Week Celebrates Organization’s Significant Contributions

Chamber Week Celebrates Organization’s Significant Contributions

- Brandy Maslowski is the Executive Director of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. To connect with her and her team go to www.penticton.org.

PENTICTON - The city has proclaimed February 20-24, 2017 Chamber of Commerce Week to recognize the unwavering commitment of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce (PWCCC) in supporting local businesses, boosting economic development opportunities and providing vital resources for businesses in our community.

“For well over a century, chambers have diligently kept their ears tight on the ground to identify the issues impacting businesses the most, and have worked with government to drive these insights into tangible action,” said Chamber President Michael Magnusson.

“Whether acting as loyal advocates on hot-button topics, or providing tailored resources to help our members reach that next level, chambers are experts in getting business done.”

Locally: The Penticton Chamber is working hard with the ITU multisport event (August 18-27, 2017) to make sure local businesses have the information they need to be prepared for the massive influx of athletes and visitors leading up to, during and after the event.

Provincially: As a member of the BC Chamber network, the Penticton Chamber helped to create recommendations that were included in a new report by the Independent Commission on Tax Competitiveness which was presented to the Minister of Finance. Recommendations included a call for a made-in-B.C. value-added tax, a policy passed by the BC Chamber’s province-wide membership.

Nationally: The Penticton Chamber led a local effort with Brown Benefits to advocate for no taxes on extended health benefits by getting the information out to local businesses and encouraging them to send letters to their MP. With the government’s recent announcement that they will not pursue this taxation, this advocacy initiative was a huge success.

So as BC celebrates Chamber Week, be sure to visit you local Chamber of Commerce to learn about the many ways that BC’s Chambers strengthen our communities by getting business done!