The Province has proclaimed February 20-24, 2017 Chamber of Commerce Week to recognize the unwavering commitment of Chambers and Boards of Trade 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. 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.
Here are five ways B.C.'s Chambers have proven that #WeGetBizDone:
- The BC Chamber saw the recommendations included in a new report by the independent Commission on Tax Competitiveness, which was presented to the Minister of Finance in order to further enhance tax competitiveness for businesses in B.C. These recommendations included a call for a made-in-B.C. value-added tax, a policy passed by the BC Chamber’s province-wide membership.
- The BC Chamber network worked closely with the Province and Multi-Material BC to exempt 99% of businesses, primarily small businesses, from complying with a costly recycling program – a red tape reduction win for both the business community and Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.
- Members of the BC Chamber network have been strong advocates for the continued expansion of Mobile Business License programs across the province, with the goal of eventually establishing a single, province-wide licensing program for all businesses – yet another initiative making it easier to do business in B.C.
- The BC Chamber network advocated for the Province to reject Metro Vancouver's Bylaw 280, or better known as the waste flow control bylaw, which would essentially see invisible walls go up around the region’s borders to prevent the movement of waste outside the Greater Vancouver region. This bylaw created unnecessary regulatory burden and higher fees for business. After a coordinated advocacy effort, the Chamber network was pleased to have the B.C. government listen to its call for action and turn down the bylaw.
- Ferry service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola will be reinstated in 2018 after the province declared it would reverse its decision to cut the service. This came after B.C.’s Chambers advocated on the necessity of the service to support economic development and job creation in Coastal First Nations communities.
So as B.C. celebrates Chamber Week, don’t miss the opportunity to swing by your local Chamber, join in on some Chamber Week events, and celebrate the many ways that B.C.’s Chambers strengthen our communities by getting business done!