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FAQ 1 What is the Chamber of Commerce?

The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization comprised of businesses, professionals, residents, and community groups working together to ensure a healthy economic and socio-economic base to benefit the entire community. The Chamber of Commerce harnesses the tremendous potential of the private enterprise system and the community at large as a unified "Voice of Business", enabling its membership to accomplish collectively what no one person can do individually.

How does the Chamber of Commerce work?

The policies and programs of the Chamber are determined by its membership and its elected volunteer Board of Directors. They in turn employ a President/CEO who hires staff whose basic responsibility is to organize and execute the Chamber's programs and carry out its policies. The board meets ten times a year to formulate policies and carry out the wishes of the membership. There are monthly general dinner meetings held during the year, which the membership is welcome to attend.

What does the Chamber of Commerce do?

The Chamber of Commerce represents and promotes Qualicum Beach's economy, small business, cultural and governmental concerns. We encourage business, residential, and industrial investment, thereby broadening the tax base and providing employment. The objective of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce is to serve the interests of its members, the business community and the community at large. The Chamber has formed alliances with members, business leaders, other chambers, associations, and agencies to accomplish its goals of business and community service. Why are Chambers of Commerce important?

Chambers of Commerce are vital to the economic viability of the communities they serve. They advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment-one that benefits the businesses and families in their towns and across Canada. Chambers of commerce rally support for initiatives that will create jobs, provide tax relief for individuals and businesses, and improve the quality of life in their communities.

Chambers of commerce also play a key role in the development of local businesses. Through the benefit programs, networking opportunities, professional development and business resources offered, Chambers of Commerce are important vehicles for business people to grow and promote their business.

Why should I belong?

Membership in the local Chamber of Commerce is a wise investment because it helps protect and promote the best interests of small business. By becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you join a national network of more than 420 Chambers of Commerce, connecting 192,000 businesses of all sizes, in all sectors of the economy and in all regions of Canada.

Membership in the chamber network empowers small business to shape public policies that will ensure small business's prosperity.

Membership in the local Chamber of Commerce also offers business credibility. Research has shown that being active in the local Chamber of Commerce is an effective strategy for businesses to use in communicating that they use good business practices, are active in the community, care about customers and are reputable.
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