Benefits of Chamber Membership
Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce Benefits:
-Inclusion in our Business Directory
-Networking opportunities (i.e. Zoom meetings and focus groups)
-Knowledge of local businesses and contacts
-Facebook promotions of local businesses
-Investigating local business issues
-Advocating for business concerns with Town of Creston, RDCK, Province of BC
-Announcements on website, Facebook, newsletters
-Board Room Use 4x/a year Free of Charge (up to 3 hours per usage)
-Community and Annual Events
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Benefits:
-Preferred rates on the electronic processing of VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and debit cards through First Data Canada
-A fuel discount ($0.035 per litre) at all Canadian ESSO branded service stations
-Program for payroll services partnership with ADP
-Home, auto, and travel insurance through Johnson Inc.
-Protect your business with CIRA's cyber security solutions including D-Zone and Domain Lock
-Chamber Travel programs from Indus Travels
-SME-oriented online training courses through Chamber eLearning Centre
-1800 Member Business Savings Programs
-Audio conferencing and webinar services from Pragmatic Conferencing
-Reduce your business' risk with online document certification service from the TradeCert.com
BC Chamber of Commerce Benefits:
-Employee Extended Health Benefit Plans
-Online Payroll and Human Resources programs
-Hotels and Car Rentals (worldwide)
-Electronic Payment Processing and merchant services
-Fuel discount programs
-Online Marketing Management
-Business Training Programs
Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan: Your business can be part of the largest group insurance plan in Canada because you are a member of our Chamber. Flexible plans that you can custom build to suit your needs! For a free quote, go to https://www.chamberplan.ca/
BC Chamber Benefits: By being a member of our Chamber, you qualify for a host of benefits offered by the BC Chamber. Go to their website to see! http://www.bcchamber.org/member-benefits
Member-2-Member Benefits: The Chamber is spearheading a plan to encourage members of the Chamber to encourage other Chamber members to shop at their business by offering benefits/discounts!! Participation is voluntary.
Spring Trade and Arts Fair. By supporting the Chamber, you allow it to continue running the annual Spring Trade and Arts Fair, which is now the biggest trade show in the Kootenays! Many businesses and local artists take advantage of this opportunity to showcase themselves to several thousand people over trade show weekend, which is typically the last weekend of April. Chamber members will have a discounted booth rate as compared to non-members!
Major community events. The Chamber has developed, and hosts, several major annual events that benefit our entire community (CV Business Awards, CKL Gran Fondo, Spring Trade Show, May Long Ball Slo-pitch tourney, Dragon's Den) Your support of the Chamber allows us to do these activities which will benefit all Creston businesses either directly or indirectly. Often there is a monetary benefit for Chamber members as well (lower booth costs at Trade Show, less expensive tickets at events, etc.)
Tax Deductible. Your membership costs are tax deductible against your business.
Computer Donation Program: Starting in 2018, the Chamber teamed up with Swift Internet and Computer Repair as well as Kootenay Computer to collect computers, and place them with those in need who cannot afford a computer. Up to December, 2019, there were approximately 50 computers placed in Creston. This is strictly a donation based service, and the Chamber of Commerce is grateful to Swift Internet and Computer Repair as well as Kootenay Computer for working with the Chamber to benefit many households in Creston at no charge.