FAQ

How will joining the Chamber benefit my business?

Advocacy:  If you have a business issue, the Chamber will be a powerful ally.  Our Advocacy Committee meets monthly to discuss and tackle business issues on behalf of our members.  We are connected in the local community and work directly with elected officials and staff to raise our members’ issues and find solutions that work for business.  We are also affiliated with the BC and Canadian Chamber, which provides leverage to lobby on behalf of our members to all levels of government.

Benefits:  The cost savings realized from member only benefits such as the Group Health Plan, Supplier Discounts, and access to Chamber marketing channels and networking opportunities will more than cover the cost of your membership fee.  Member’s employees are also eligible to take advantage of benefits – a great employee attraction and retention tool for your business.

Connections:  Joining the Chamber will build your local connections, increase your visibility, and expand your marketing reach in the community.  Our Chamber membership currently stands at 600 business members strong, and grows bigger every month. We actively promote Member to Member business.

How long has the Penticton Chamber been involved in the community?

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce has been active in the community for a long time – since 1907, in fact!   We work hard to maintain our role as a respected community entity, and a valuable source of contacts and information for our members and the community at large.

What is the difference between the Penticton Chamber and Penticton Tourism (Travel Penticton)?

The Penticton Chamber is focused on connecting, and serving, Penticton, and local area, businesses with the goal of supporting a business environment that ensures their success.

Travel Penticton develops tourism programs, to market outside of our region, with the goal of pulling visitors into the community.

The Penticton Chamber and Travel Penticton are community partners, and, as such we communicate regularly.

I do not have a business license, nor do I live in Penticton, so why would I join the Penticton Chamber?

Penticton is the largest business hub in the South Okanagan.  What happens in Penticton has an impact on surrounding communities.  As a member in the Penticton Chamber you will have a vehicle that allows you to voice your concern (s), and advocate/communicate on your behalf.  The Chamber also keeps members updated on issues that may have an impact on Penticton, and area, businesses.

Members also have access to increase their network and reach into the local Penticton, and area, business community.

How does the Advocacy process work?

Members who have an issue with municipal, provincial or federal levels of government that deserves our attention, are asked to voice their concern via our online form.  Once submitted, the issue will be forwarded to our Advocacy committee, who will carefully research the issue and develop solution based recommendations.  Together with the Board of Directors, an official stance is determined and the issue is advanced with the appropriate authorities.  The Advocacy committee meets monthly to review member issues.

Are my employees able to access Member Discounts?

Yes, as a member, your employees are eligible to take advantage of all benefits, including supplier discounts.  Member benefits are a great perk to share with your employees for retention, and also, for attracting new employees.

What are Business after Business (BAB) events?

BABs are held at members’ businesses from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  BABs are casual and fun affairs intended to help members connect with other members.  If you are new to the Penticton Business community, this is a great way to get connected with local businesses, and community leaders. Our Chamber Ambassador Team will be on hand to help you plunge in and break the ice. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Is there a cost to attend the Chamber Business after Business events?

Current members, and their employees, may attend for free.

Who hosts Business after Business event/how can I host an event?

All socials take place at a current member’s business. As a member, you can sign up to host a social at your place of business, provided the size and space works for the event.  Contact our office for details.

May I bring a guest to a Business after Business event?

We encourage you to bring a guest with you to the next chamber social. Just remember, if your guest’s business is not a current member with the Chamber, they will need to pay the $10 drop-in fee.

What are Table Talks, and may my employees attend?

Table Talks cover a variety of business topics, taught by industry experts and officials, to help our member businesses stay attuned to current trends, best practices and new regulations.  Tool talks are held at the Chamber office, include lunch, and typically run 1 to 1.5 hours. And, yes, we encourage members to bring their staff to these events – they are a valuable perk to offer your staff and a good way to keep everyone on your team updated.

As a member, do I have to attend every event?

Not at all. Your membership exists to help provide you with connections to build your business. Any and all benefits, including events, are up to you to take advantage of when you are able.

I am too busy to attend events; how else can I take advantage of my membership?

Taking advantage of our marketing channels and tools alone are worth the investment of your membership fees. On top of that we provide access to member benefits that you may not be able to negotiate on your own such as Group Health benefits, and supplier discounts. We also are your eyes and ears in the community – keeping you abreast on current issues and advocating on behalf of the membership. We also offer educational events for you and your staff – keeping you updated on current trends and best practices.

What marketing tools will I have access to as a member?

  1. New Member – Introduce your Business at a Business after Business event – FREE
  2. Display Chamber Membership Certificate at your business – FREE
  3. Post the digital Chamber Member logo to your website and marketing materials – FREE
  4. Add your Business to the Penticton Business Directory – hosted online on the Chamber website – FREE
  5. New Member Scroll – new members are highlighted on the Chamber website for 3 months – FREE
  6. Member2Member discount program – space to post an offer to members on the Chamber website – FREE
  7. Branded Inserts into new member packages and event bags – FREE

ENHANCEMENTS – a modest fee applies

  1. eBlast – reach over 1,000 opted-in subscribers with your message – $95 per drop
  2. Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebrations – $95 – $150
  3. Enhance your Listing on the Penticton Business Directory – $85
  4. Host a Business After Business Event at your Business – $100 to $300
  5. Sponsorship Opportunities at Chamber events including signature Business Awards – cost varies

How much does it cost to become a member?

Our 2018 membership fees are based on the number of staff you employ at your business.

Non-profits have a separate rate structure that is not impacted by the number of employees.

Number of Employees Annual Payment Quarterly Payments Monthly Payments
1 to 2 $242.00 $67.00 $23.00
3 to 9 $277.00 $76.00 $25.00
10 to 25 $380.00 $105.00 $35.00
26+ $482.00 $133.00 $44.00
Non-Profit $210.00 $58.00 $19.00

Posted Fees subject to 5% GST; 100% of your membership fee is an accepted business tax deduction.

What payment options are available?

We offer three payment schedules options – to be selected at time of application or renewal:

    1. Annual: Online payment in full by Visa or MasterCard OR pay at Chamber Office via Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Debit or Cheque
    2. *Quarterly: Preauthorized credit card; payment processed every 3 months
    3. *Monthly: Preauthorized credit card; payment processed monthly

* If you prefer quarterly or monthly payment schedules, please call the Chamber office at 778-476-311 to set by preauthorized credit card payment (when filling in online application bypass the fee section).

How do I apply for a membership?

It’s easy to apply – you can apply on line here or call our office and we will be happy to send you an application form to complete and return.


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