5 Minutes for Business

5 Minutes for Business | Trade Trouble: We’re Headed for Two Years of Zero Growth

It’s not easy being a trade-dependent country in a sluggish global economy with weak commodity prices. Canada’s export numbers are flatter than Saskatchewan—we’re heading for zero growth two years in a row! And the Canadian economy is being pulled in two different directions by the widening divergence between commodities and manufactured goods. If we compare […]

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5 Minutes for Business | The End of Growth

It’s August, and everyone’s least favorite summertime ritual is here—it’s the annual revising down of global growth forecasts. The World Bank slashed its outlook for 2016 global growth from 2.9% to an “insipid” 2.4%. The IMF lowered its forecast to 3.2% in a report titled “Too Slow for Too Long”, and the OECD said the […]

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Evergreen Line | What it means for the Tri-Cities

The arrival of the rapid transit system is fast approaching the Tri-Cities. With only two years until the Evergreen Line is inservice, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce wanted to spread the news of the all the opportunities that will arise from the growth that the Evergreen Line will provide. On May 27th at Douglas College […]

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Got Consent?

On July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation comes into effect. The CASL brings with it some of the toughest anti-spam laws in the world and will significantly impact how your business communicates electronically with your current and potential customers. The idea of ‘consent’ is at the core of the legislation. Essentially, the recipient of your […]

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PST Resources

We will be transitioning from HST to PST as of April 1, 2013.  Below is a list of resources that can help make the switch easier for you and your business: Contact the Ministry of Finance with your PST questions: Phone: 1.877.388.4440 Email: *protected email* Web: www.gov.bc.ca/PST  www.pstinbc.ca  PST Outreach www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach The Ministry of Finance provides […]

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No Spam Does Not Mean No Business

If you have an email address in Canada, chances are you’ve heard about the new anti-spam legislation.  Bill C-28 was given royal assent (meaning it was approved by a representative of the sovereign) back in 2010 and, more and more, we’re hearing concerns about the impact this will have on the way Canadian businesses electronically […]

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Mobile Business Licence Finally a Reality

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Mobile Business Licence has been approved in the Tri-Cities.  Now, mobile businesses are able to operate in more than one municipality by purchasing one licence, rather than obtaining licences in each municipality.  This cuts down on redtape, letting businesses focus on doing business and […]

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Maximize Your Membership by Attending a Member Orientation

One of the things I tell new members when they first join is how helpful it is for them to attend a Member Orientation session within the first 3 months of starting their membership. The sessions run monthly (except August) and run for one hour in the Chamber boardroom. It’s a small group so we […]

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