News & Highlights

2018 Year in Review

Highway 97 Closure Press Release

Penticton, British Columbia, February 14, 2019 – Penticton Wine Country Chamber Members have voiced their concern over the Highway 97 closure. The Highway 97 Road closure between Summerland and Penticton has been costly to many Penticton Businesses.   The Chamber asked its members whether business has been affected by the Highway 97 closure and the answer was a resounding yes. The closure has cost local businesses additional delivery costs, late arrivals of product, cancellation of orders and many angry customers. As well, it has resulted in staff shortages with so many employees travelling from West Kelowna, Kelowna and Peachland to…

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Campaign to Support Local Business

MEDIA RELEASE Penticton, January 23, 2019 – The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce launches campaign to support local businesses. #PentictonFirst The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce launches #PentictonFirst campaign to encourage our membership, the business community at large, and all Pentictonites to support one another when the opportunity arises. The #PentictonFirst campaign gives participants entries to win significant quarterly prize draws while buying products and services from local businesses. The rules are simple – one entry will be awarded each time you shop at a local business and post on the social media platform of your…

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Business Excellence Awards 2018

Meet your 2018 Business Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to all the 2018 Nominees. 31st Annual Business Excellence Award Winners Ogopogo Tours – Award Winning Sustainable Sightseeing & Wine Tours Sustainable Resource Industry Excellence sponsored by Greyback Construction Ltd. Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre Workplace Culture Excellence sponsored by SOICS Liz Murphy with Hoodoo Adventure Company Most Valuable Employee sponsored by Downtown Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) Newsmaker of the Year sponsored by Penticton Toyota Valley First Health & Wellness in the Workplace sponsored by BDO Canada LLP Cannery Brewing Farm to Glass sponsored by Parkers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Penticton Farmers Market Tourism Excellence sponsored by Visit Penticton YES Project – Penticton Youth Non-Profit…

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Economic task group formed

Photo Credit: Colin Darce The City of Penticton has created an economic development task force with a dozen organizations in the area, focused on building strategic partnerships. Members include the Downtown Penticton Association, the Penticton Indian Band, Okanagan College, the Penticton Chamber of Commerce and South Okanagan Similkameen Immigrant Services, among others. The city said the partnership is “aimed at formalizing how information is shared, priorities are set and common interests are identified when working towards the collective objective of developing Penticton’s economy.” The partnership is in line with goals set earlier this year in Penticton’s five-year economic development strategic plan, the…

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Member’s Appreciation Night (2018)

Advocacy Success: Removing the Interprovincial Barriers to the Sale of Wine Across Canada

Through policy resolutions to the BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce as well as direct lobbying of Members of Parliament locally and across Canada, The Penticton Chamber was successful in building a groundswell of support for our specific recommendations related to changes in federal laws which have restricted the interprovincial sale of wine. In 2012, the Federal government passed legislation on this issue removing said barriers, though work is not yet done as we continue to lobby individual provinces to open up their liquor distribution boards to allow BC wine to be sold in their jurisdictions.

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Advocacy Success: Highway 97 Expansion

As a key participant on the Okanagan Transportation Panel, The Chamber successfully lobbied the Provincial government to complete major capital works projects along highway 97 with the specific aim of increasing the flow of goods and travelers from the US border at Osoyoos through to the Shuswap. The movement of goods along this route significantly improves the economy, bringing millions of dollars to Penticton.

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