Editorial | Together, We Advocate, Engage, Educate, and Support

We are in the depths of the dog days of summer. I’m sure many of you are reading this after enjoying a round of golf at one of our beautiful local golf courses. We are fortunate to call the Tri-Cities home. Rest assured, the staff, committees and Board of Directors continue to work hard on your behalf to add value to your membership. Many of you have heard this message before, but it bears repeating: we can’t do it alone. We need everyone to play a role in making the Tri-Cities the most dynamic and engaging Chamber in the Lower Mainland.

We’re Here to Help Advocate on Your Behalf…

Whether it’s a municipal, regional, provincial, or federal issue, please tell us your stories. We’ve heard from you, the job creators, in our city about the number of issues that are getting in the way of your success. From a lack of affordable, attainable, and appealing housing, to addressing homelessness, to the damaging Employer Health Tax, we continue to advocate to our elected and non-elected public officials. Personal anecdotes of the consequences of increasing taxes and bureaucratic red tape are powerful tools in our advocacy work. So share your stories with us and help us put a face on the challenges affecting local business.

We’re Here to Help You Engage with Your Colleagues…

There is no shortage of events to appeal to our entire cross-section of members. We have signature events that are future-focused, like our recent and successful Economic Summit (“The Future is 2020”), ones that allow us to kick back and have fun, like our Golf Classic (“Back to the 80’s”), and even some for the community, such as our upcoming Federal Election All-Candidates Debates (Oct. 2 and Oct. 3). We provide our members the opportunity to enjoy smaller gatherings and shorter events as well: Morning Schmooze; Kickstart; Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies; and many more. This ecosystem we’ve built happens because we have a strong community of ‘friends’ and ‘colleagues’.

We’re Here to Help Educate…

Each member brings their own level of professionalism and expertise. Sometimes, you need a little more expertise to help with a complicated issue like taxes, HR, or hiring from abroad. Stay tuned for some of our niche events that will help shed light on those areas that may cause confusion.

We’re Here to Help…

The fall season will be here before we know it. As you plan the final four months of the year, take a minute to think about what issues you or others may face, and where the Chamber could help. And, review the calendar of events to prioritize engaging with your local business colleagues.

 

Randy Webster, Chair