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									            Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce
                P.O. Box 1000, 700 Railway Street, Enderby, BC V0E 1V0
                      Telephone: 250-838-6727 | Fax 250-838-0123

                                         NEWSLETTER – March 27, 2009

                                                    Table of Contents

       Welcome to Our 2009 Members ...............................................................1
       Business News .........................................................................................2
       Member-To-Member Discounts ................................................................3
       Chamber Achievements ...........................................................................3
       Hype Your Business and Get Involved .....................................................5
       Mark Your Calendar .................................................................................5
       On The Horizon ........................................................................................6
       Political Radar ..........................................................................................7
       Contact Us ...............................................................................................7

New Members and Renewals
We would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for joining the Chamber of
Commerce as a 2009 member:

794958 Alberta Ltd., A Country Escape Bed & Breakfast, A.L. Fortune Secondary School,
Ashley Furniture, Ashton Creek General Store, Baron Insurance Group, BC 4-H, Birchdale Golf
Course, Bombshells Tanning & Esthetics, William Brookfield and Penny Lochhead, Caravan
Farm Theatre, Case Communications, Cedar Solutions and Millworks, Cobwebs Antiques &
Gifts, Country Cottages, Credit Bureau of Vernon, Deep Creek Tool Museum, Dollar Dollar
Enderby, Enderby & District Arts Council, Enderby & District Credit Union, Enderby Autobody,
Enderby Building Maintenance, Enderby Veterinary Clinic, Gilbert Parts Depot, Gloria Morgan
Consulting, Hungry Jack’s Restaurant, Kaze Japanese Restaurant, Kingfisher Interpretive
Centre, Larch Hills Winery, Mabel Lake Golf & Country Club, Mabel Lake Resort & Airpark,
Main Street Pizza, Mara Station on the River Bed & Breakfast, McLeod Insurance Agency,
Mountain View Electric, Mountain View Plumbing and Heating, Murray Rossworn Inc., North
Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society, North Okanagan Pumping, Okanagan Fertilizer,
Open Air Market, Partners in Planning, Port Royal Gifts, Red Basket Foods, RE/MAX Enderby,
Rhona Beck of Century 21 Executives Enderby, Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 98, Runaway
Moon Theatre, Salmon Arm Fleckvieh, Shuswap Manufactured Home Sales, Sperlich Log
Construction, Star Tek Electronics, Streamers Party Rentals, Sun Country Cablevision, Sure

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Crop Feeds, The Crystal Man Wholesale, The Stocking Up Shop, Tony’s Tire Service, and
Whirling Dervish Cleaning Services.

Don’t forget to send in your membership renewals and applications. If you have not received an
application, please phone us at 250-838-6727 or email us at

North Valley Frameworks Presents at Whistler
Owner Mark Ibbetson and sales manager Ross Price recently presented in Whistler to the Sea-
to-Sky Builders Association, which has produced several new sales leads. This adds to the
work that North Valley Frameworks is already doing for Vision Pacific in Whistler, which includes
supplying 45 single residences.

Also along for the journey was the Chamber of Commerce’s new computer projector. Mark and
Ross used the projector to display a multimedia PowerPoint on their laptop during the
discussion. The Chamber is pleased to make this projector available for free to our members if
they need it for a presentation (please book in advance).

Howard Johnson Announces New Owners
Welcome to the Howard Johnson Inn’s new owners, Adrian Robinson, Omar Lalani, and Az

BC 4-H Announces New Administrative Manager
Welcome to Adrienne Smith, the new administrative manager for BC 4-H.

Denzel’s Gourmet Foods Wins Gold in Mustard Festival
Congratulations to owner Denzel Sandberg, who was awarded the gold medal in the BBQ
Sauce/Glaze/Marinade Category at the 2009 Napa Valley Mustard Festival. This world-wide
mustard competition honoured Ronnie & Denzel’s Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce with this
prestigious award.

Hungry Jacks Restaurant Expands
Hungry Jacks Restaurant is pleased to announce a new addition: a relaxing lounge perfect for
enjoying a good book and a mocha chai latte! Be sure to check out their new website at

Got News?
We are here to help you get the word out! If you have some news about your business that you
would like to share with other members, please send us a notification email. It could be about
an upcoming event, a new product line, the commencement of a partnership with another local
business, a change in location, or an award that your business has won. Send your
announcements to

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Most of our member-to-member discount providers will want to see proof of your membership.
You may use your 2009 membership receipt or request a letter from us confirming that you are
a member in good standing.

Enjoy a 10% discount off of retail crystal purchases from The Crystal Man on designated open
warehouse days. Keep reading our newsletter for information on the next scheduled open
warehouse day!

Flower Arrangements
Port Royal Gifts is pleased to offer a 10% discount on all flower arrangements from Port Royal
Gifts. Drop by today to see the amazing selection of fresh-cut flowers available in a variety of
beautiful arrangements.

Gym Membership
Get a discount on getting in shape! Interior Fitness offers all local business owners 10% off of
the purchase of a gym membership.

Personal Training
Penny Lochhead is pleased to offer a 10% discount on her personal fitness training services.
For more information or to book your appointment call 250-838-0425.

Tanning and Beauty
Bombshells Tanning & Esthetics is now offering special discounts to Chamber members.
Receive $5.00 off of any tanning package or $5 off of gel fingernails and toenails.

How Can I Offer a Member-To-Member Discount?
Start networking and encouraging local patronage by offering a business-to-business discount.
A business-to-business discount is a great way to raise the profile of your business, as it will be
mentioned in each edition of our newsletter. Write for more

City of Enderby Creates Savings for Local Businesses
The City of Enderby, the Enderby and District Fire Department, and the Enderby and District
Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to streamline the business license and fire inspection
processes. The elimination of annual license renewals will reduce your business’ costs while
restoring local control to fire inspection services. Thanks go out to the City of Enderby for being
receptive to the needs and interests of the local business community.

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River Safety Signage Developed
At our last BC River’s Day, the Chamber had asked BC Hydro to consider sponsoring this
event. BC Hydro not only provided funding for the volunteers’ lunch but also $1000 for river
safety signage. Since then, we have consulted with numerous concerned citizens and river
stewards in order to identify the needs. With that information determined, we worked with local
sign manufacturer Empire Productions in order to produce ten signs. The production of the
signs has now been completed and we will be working with other community groups over the
next few months on the installation phase.

Website Launch
The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the launch of its new
website. The website includes a user-friendly design, a business section which identifies all of
the benefits of Chamber membership, local information, a community calendar, and much more.
We now post all of our procurement and employment opportunities on our website as well. In
the next few days, we will be adding photo albums of Enderby and Area F natural attraction,
community events, and much more. Check it out at

Making Policy Waves!
We have been very active on the policy front lately.

First, we submitted two draft policy documents to the BC Chamber of Commerce for

      The first policy document was titled “Appropriate Care and Maintenance of Railway
       Right-of-Ways” and addressed the issue of upkeep of railway land in populated areas,
       including matters related to control of invasive plant species.

      The second policy document was titled “Creating a Responsive Mechanism to Protect
       Communities’ Shared Use of River Waters” and addressed the need for a “single
       window service” that was responsive to communities’ needs. Moreover, it also spoke
       out against the amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act which will exclude
       so-called “minor waters” and “minor works” from assessment, which threatens the
       usability of public waterways for many groups, most notably recreational users.

Second, we have submitted several advocacy letters to our elected officials on behalf of
Chamber members.

      We sent a letter to Colin Mayes, M.P., with regard to proposed changes to the Interac
       fee structure which, if accepted, will result in significant new expenses being passed on
       to consumers.

      We also sent a letter to George Abbott, MLA, with regard to the Growing Forward
       initiative and the business and tax consulting services which private sector financial
       consultants provide to farm enterprises.

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Request for Proposal – Catering at Business Awards Gala
We are inviting Enderby & Area F restaurants and caterers to submit a proposal to cater one of
the courses for the dinner at the 2009 Business Awards Gala. We are introducing this process
as an opportunity for your restaurant to showcase your finest! Interested restaurants may
propose a course and the price you would charge for making that dish for 150 guests. You are
welcome to bid on multiple courses; however, each restaurant will only be awarded one course.
Servers will be provided. The event will take place on Saturday, May 2. Appetizers will be
served at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7pm. To request a copy of the proposal form, please

Junior Achievement
We are seeking local business owners who would like to participate in the Junior Achievement
program with A.L. Fortune High School. This program offers youth an opportunity to learn from
business owners in a classroom setting. The time commitment required is only one day and all
training and materials are provided. This program is an excellent way to give back to the
community while promoting business values and fiscal responsibility to local youth. If you would
like to get involved please email

Upcoming Chamber Events
The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2009 Business Awards Gala
on Saturday, May 2, the Provincial All Candidates Forum on Thursday, May 7, and Iron Chef
Enderby on Sunday, May 24.

Stories Only Your Hairdresser Knows
On Friday April 3 at 7pm, the Enderby Museum will be hosting a special discussion about
hairdressing tools and equipment dating back to the 1920s. This amazing collection will be on
display from April to September at the Enderby & District Museum.

Fundraising Dinner with MLA George Abbott
The Mabel Lake Golf & Country Club is hosting and co-sponsoring a fundraising dinner for the
Honourable George Abbott, Shuswap MLA and Minister of Health Services, on Saturday, April
4. The cost is $200 per plate or $300 with your spouse. RSVP by April 1 by emailing or telephoning Brad Case at 250-838-2262.

SuperHost Fundamentals Workshop
The Enderby office of the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society will be hosting a
SuperHost Fundamentals Workshop on Saturday, April 25th from 9:30am to 4:30pm. This
workshop provides participants with the skills to excel in customer service. The cost is $55 per
person. Register now by phoning 250-545-0585 or sending an email to

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Caravan Farm Theatre 2nd Annual Mayfair
Caravan Farm Theatre presents its 2nd Annual Mayfair on Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 4
pm. Bring the family out to the farm to enjoy live music, local art, delicious food, wagon rides,
horse ploughing demonstrations, tours of the designery and more! Caravan is throwing open its
doors and you're invited! Tickets are $5 at the gate. Phone 250-546-8533 for information or

Partners in Action
On October 4th to 7th, 2009 at Best Western Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre, the Partners
in Action conference series focuses on teaching participants how to build alliances with
municipalities, economic development agencies, private sectors, foundations and trusts, and
senior levels of government as well as how to discover opportunities for business growth. Key
speakers will include the Honourable Mike Harcourt and Mr. Ben Barry. Harcourt will be
presenting new ideas and partnerships that will address current affordable housing needs and
issues of homelessness. In his address, Barry will be discussing how communities can support
young entrepreneurs to expand and diversify their business. For more information, visit

Business Awards Gala
The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2009 Business Awards Gala
on Saturday, May 2. This event will celebrate the excellence of Enderby and Area F businesses.
The Gala will feature the presentation of 12 awards to Enderby & Area Businesses, a four
course dinner, live music, silent auction, drink specials, and a bit of casino fun.

Nomination forms may be picked up at Enderby Jewellers, Enderby & District Chamber of
Commerce, The North Valley Echo, and the Enderby & District Credit Union on or after April 1,

Tickets to the Gala will be $25 and will be on sale soon at the Enderby & District Chamber of
Commerce, The North Valley Echo, and Enderby Jewellers.

Provincial All-Candidates Forum
It’s election season, again. We will be hosting an All-Candidates Forum on May 7 at the
Enderby Seniors Centre. Please check The North Valley Echo over the next few weeks for
further information.

Iron Chef Enderby
You have heard the rumors and the rumors are true! Enderby will be celebrating the culinary
talents of its local restaurant chefs with a unique take on the Iron Chef concept.

Hosted at our local secondary school, A.L. Fortune, on Sunday May 24, up to six competitors
will face off to create a gourmet three-course meal on the clock. But there's a catch: the main

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ingredient will not be known until the competition starts! Who will win the favor of our celebrity
judges? Please check The North Valley Echo over the next few weeks for further information.

Provincial Budget Figures
The Ministry of Finance for BC is projecting -0.9% growth in our province’s GDP for 2009, but
the good news is that it anticipates that our recession will be short-lived. For 2010, the ministry
projects 2.4% growth, increasing to 2.6% per year for 2011 through 2013.

Through reductions in spending, the provincial government will save 1.9 billion over the next
several years while introducing 14 billion in infrastructure investment. This investment
represents 3.4 billion in new spending, 2 billion for accelerated infrastructure spending and 1.4
billion in community grants for infrastructure. The remaining 10.6 billion represents existing
spending commitments in the provincial government’s capital plan. Budget 2009 claims that this
funding will create 88,000 new construction jobs. It anticipates that our province will run a deficit
over the next two years.

BC Legislative Watch
Environment Minister Barry Penner announced the release of the Western Climate Initiatives
2009 Workplan for the design of a program to reduce greenhouse gasses.

The Government of BC will be providing $186 million in grants to support community safety and
economic development.

Tourism, Culture, and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett announced an extra 15.1 million for artists
and arts and culture organizations across the province. He also announced another $6 million
to go to artists and cultural foundations. This funding is directed to museums, community arts
councils, and festival societies.

Do you have a question about a Chamber benefit? Would you like more information about how
the Chamber can serve you? Please give the Chamber a call so that we can schedule an

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