Editorial | Innovation Fundamental to Tri-Cities Chamber Success


Your Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce continues to evolve, grow and expand to better serve our members and the Tri-Cities Community. It is exciting to see these innovative changes take place and the growth within our community as a result.

This year marked the start of the Tri-Cities Young Professionals program. Known as the TCYP program, it has grown to a membership of over 100 business people under the age of 35 within its first year. They’re off to a great start and the momentum continues to build!

This past weekend saw the celebration of the first year with a Soirée held in Anmore at Ten80 Uplands Drive. The energy in the building was unbelievable as TCYP members celebrated the finalists and five winners of the Top to Watch Awards while building their network of peers. I was so impressed by the people in attendance that evening. The future of business in the Tri-Cities is in good hands as these young professionals continue to grow and take leadership roles in our community.

Another new initiative the Chamber started this year is the Women in Business group. Focused on developing business and leadership skills, the WiB has already held two sell-out events with two more on the way. Stay tuned as they will be announced shortly and are sure to be of interest to many.

Lastly, we have our Business Showcase on October 16 from 3:00 – 8:00 at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver theatre. This free event is open to everyone! Stop by to learn more about what services local business can offer you. Whether you have a business yourself or `are looking to use some of the many services our members offer, you should stop by and check it out.

The event features food and drink samplings from your favourite vendors, educational seminars to help you up your business game, a Showcase Showdown where six companies will show off their unique talents, a Kids Entrepreneurship Lab that doubles as child-minding and so much more!

One of our core values at the Chamber is innovation. We prioritize continuous improvement and evolution. The new addition of segmented programs and events allow us to provide our members with valuable opportunities. This drive to innovate and evolve is one reason why your Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is rapidly growing. We are the premier business organization in the region. Trust me, you want to be here.


Michael Hind