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Chamber to say thanks for choosing Campbell River

The Chamber of Commerce will be conducting their first Business Thank-A-Thon on Tuesday

In collaboration with the Campbell River Chamber’s 80th Anniversary celebrations, the Chamber will be conducting their first Business Thank-A-Thon on Tuesday.

The Thank-A-Thon was conceived to recognize and celebrate our local businesses that have chosen Campbell River as their location to conduct their business.  Local businesses create jobs and statistics suggest as high as 80  per cent of job creation comes from existing local businesses.  It’s local businesses who support our community by giving back their time and financial support to local sports teams and events, to enhance our quality of life and they contribute greatly to a healthy local economy.

It’s for these reasons that the Chamber and our community partners and volunteers are taking to the streets with a message of thanks and support to our local businesses and employers.

“Supporting and retaining our existing local businesses here in our community is a priority,” says Colleen Evans, Chamber Executive Director, ”to ensure a healthy future and progressive job creation to retain and attract our youth and a skilled workforce.”

As part of the Business-Thank-A-Thon, a Business Walk will also take place as an important element of the activities planned for the day.

Chamber directors, staff, community resource providers, and volunteers will be walking business to business throughout the day to thank them and invite a quick response to five key questions.

The information gathered from the visits will provide a quick snapshot of key indicators on the business climate on that day in Campbell River. The random responses will be compiled by the Chamber and shared with the community.

All Campbell River businesses will have the opportunity to share their business climate feedback online and enter an online contest to win great prizes.

More information about the business climate survey and links to other business related local resources will be available from the volunteer walking teams.

“We look forward to sharing our message of support for local businesses,” says Kim Jarvis, Committee Chair, Business-Thank-A-Thon and local business owner and Chamber Director.  “The opportunity to focus a day of support for business as a collaborative team of community organizations and volunteers clearly demonstrates a strong foundation to move forward on.”

Welcome the chamber’s volunteer walking teams June 12 as they move throughout the downtown core with positive picketing signs and into businesses for a quick visit.  The starting point for the visits for the first year will be those in the downtown core and moving out throughout other areas of Campbell River as time and volunteers permit.

The intent for future years is to start the Business Thank-A-Thon in a different business area of Campbell River and host the barbecue in that area as well.

Businesses are also invited to drop by the Chamber offices from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Enterprise Centre at 900 Alder Street and enjoy a burger by donation to Rotary while quantities last.

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer or would like more information about the Business Thank A Thon and Business Walk, contact the Chamber at (250) 287-4636.