This section is for Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce members and contains useful information on business, events, processes and contacts within our region.
How to Access Chamber Benefits
With up to $10,000 per participant…everyone can use a little training Canada-BC jobs Grant
ASPECT is pleased to announce its role as an Employer Coordinator and Delivery Partner for the New Canada – BC Job Grant Program. The Canada-BC Job Grant Program is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help new and existing employees gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs and advance in the workplace. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses (including non-profits & sole proprietors) in all industries and regions of the province. Through this program, employers can be reimbursed for two-thirds of the cost of training (to a maximum government contribution of $10,000 per grant) with employers contributing the remaining one-third. “It has certainly opened our eyes to consider the Canada-BC Job Grant as a new approach for staff training and professional development. An opportunity like this, with the government investing 2/3 towards our costs, can essentially triple our training capacity” says Janice Adams, Manager of Fort Nelson Employment Services. “All employers should seriously look at this new program for the benefit it can provide current and future staff.” One of the hallmarks of the Canada-BC Canada Job Grant is the wide-array and flexible nature of eligible training. While it must meet a workplace need and/or lead to a guaranteed job in BC, it can be delivered in any setting (classroom/workplace/online) and encompass a full spectrum of training options including, but not limited to: technical skills, business, management and leadership, certifications, apprenticeships, and essential skills. For ASPECT’s part they will work with their association members to ensure that they and employers in their communities throughout BC have the necessary information about the Canada-BC Job Grant Program and be the primary point of contact to facilitate employer applications to the Province.
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Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”)
The BC Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that due to the overwhelming success of the Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”) the BC Government has provided additional funding for 150 participants. Business owners must act quickly though as all applications must be received by December, 2013.
Eligible business owners can receive up to $1500 in training on business skills such as bookkeeping, computing, marketing/sales, social media, management, and many others.
To watch a video outlining the programs success click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQskqxV5ynY).
Below is a brief list of the eligibility requirements for the program.
An eligible company must:
• Have fewer than 5 employees
An eligible business owner must:
• Not have any university/college degree/diploma or have any provincially or nationally recognized certifications. International students that have degrees overseas that are not recognized in Canada are likely eligible. (Please contact me if you are not sure whether or not you meet this requirement)
• Be legally entitled to work in Canada and be a resident of BC
• Not be a full-time student
• Be over the age of 19
Applying for the program is fast and straight forward. Go to www.bcmicrobusiness.com and fill out the online application.
Chamber members, colleagues friends and family can now take advantage of exclusive hotel
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anywhere, anytime. Login here to access hotel discounts, using “BCCC” (all caps) for both User
Name and Password. Or call 800-892-2136, code “BCCC”.
The BC Chamber of Commerce Micro Business Training (MBT) Program
Interested in $1500 for Business Training?
Are you interested in receiving up to $1500 for training to improve the efficiency or productivity of your business?
The BC Chamber of Commerce Micro Business Training (MBT) Program is 100% funded by the government, and offers courses such as Bookkeeping, Marketing & Sales, Management, Computing, Websites & Social Media.
Training is available in a variety of formats, such as traditional classroom, seminar/webinar, online and even on-site. Providers include Public Post-Secondary Universities and colleges, PCTIA Accredited organizations, and Private Trainers with membership in the Chamber Learning Network, a member benefit of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
There are some basic eligibility requirements, funding is for:
who don’t have a university degree and or any provincially or nationally recognized Certifications;
that employ less than 5 people (a micro-business).
To take advantage of this opportunity for your business, please visit www.BCMicroBusiness.com. Review the Eligibility Checklist, then submit the online Application Form.
Once applicants are approved (a five day process) they will receive an Intake Form which must be submitted with an original signature. They will then be contacted by a Training Coordinator who will make a training plan and recommend at least two training options.
Get started by visiting www.BCMicroBusiness.com.
Questions? Please contact:
The BC Chamber of Commerce Micro-Business Training Pilot Program
1581 – H Hillside Avenue, Suite 412
Victoria, BC V8T 2C1
The BC Chamber of Commerce
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Why Choose Chambers Plan?
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How consumers and business owners perceive the local chamber of commerce
A national study by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta based market research firm, reveals a number of important findings about how consumers and business owners perceive the local chamber of commerce and the businesses that are their members. For example:
• When consumers know that a business is a member of the local chamber, they are 44% more likely to think favorably about it.
• Consumers who are told that a business is a chamber member are 51% more likely to be highly aware of it and 57% more likely to think positively of its local reputation.
• Consumers are 63% more likely to buy goods and services in the future from a company that they believe is a member of the local chamber of commerce. The study also has good news for businesses that sell to other businesses.
• When business decision-makers believe that a business is a chamber member, they are 37% more likely to think favorably of the business, 51% more likely to be highly aware of it, 58% more likely to think positively of its local reputation, and 59% more likely to buy goods and services from it.
Supporting the previous findings, the study also reveals a positive perception for the local chamber itself:
• Regarding the chamber’s impact on the local economy, 82% of respondents believe that the local chamber of commerce helps create jobs and promotes local economic development