Top: Chamber of Commerce president Justin Pelant. Bottom Left: Executive Director Tom Thomson. Bottom Right: Nelson Mayor John Dooley.

Chamber of Commerce hosts annual gala dinner

In the coming weeks, the Chamber will launch a "think local first" marketing campaign

Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual gala fundraiser at the Prestige on Saturday night.

The event is an opportunity for the local business community to mingle and enjoy dinner together; bid on some auction items donated by fellow business owners (proceeds go to the Chamber); and hear an update on the advocacy work the Chamber has been doing on their behalf in the past year.

Chamber president Justin Pelant said the organization has continued with an initiative started last year to organize sector-specific round tables that identify barriers to their business growth. He was particularly pleased with a recent discussion with people in the building/development sector, which led to the Chamber bringing their concerns to Nelson city council and staff.

“We’re very pleased with the dialogue we have with [Nelson] council and look forward to upcoming meetings with directors from the RDCK,” Pelant said, noting the Chamber also does advocacy on a provincial and federal level.

In the coming weeks, the Chamber will launch a “think local first” marketing campaign, which will highlight how businesses in the area give back to local foundations and non-profit organizations.

“Shopping local means more jobs, more payroll and more local business for the tax base,” Pelant said. “When you spend out of the region, nothing comes back home. We can help keep a strong regional economy by thinking local first.”

Another focus for the Chamber of Commerce is its ongoing work to turn the former CP Rail station into the Regional Visitor Gateway. Since 2010, the organization has invested more than $1.5 million into the project.

“We’ve created more than 20 construction jobs, not to mention the economic benefit to building material suppliers,” Pelant said, adding that the finished building will  showcase area businesses, investment opportunities and cultural diversity.

Mayor John Dooley commended the Chamber for its work in the community and highlighted some of the projects he’s looking forward to seeing move ahead, including the Kootenay Co-op’s Nelson Commons mixed-used development and Shambhala Music Festival’s restoration of the Savoy Hotel.

“These are going to be two marvellous anchors on either end of Baker Street,” he said. “I’m excited about the future of our community.”

He added that Phase 1 of development for Granite Pointe Village, a mixed use development at the golf course, may soon come to fruition. And there’s hope Air Canada will improve service to the Castlegar airport.

“We need to continue to have economic growth in our community,” Dooley said. “If we’re not growing, we’re dying.”

Just Posted

Castlegar daycare selected for univeral child care pilot program

MLA Katrine Conroy presents letter of acceptance to the program to the Children’s Centre at Selkirk College

Kootenay region posts 10-per-cent return rate on electoral reform ballots

As of Nov. 13, only 5.3 per cent of ballots had been returned province-wide

Talking transgender issues with Nelson advocate

Nov. 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Leafs Roundup: Nelson adds a win and a tie on two-game road trip

Nelson native Reid Vulcano scored in his KIJHL debut

Over 120 people to lend a hand at Community Connect

The annual event offers free services at Central School

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read