Erin Hanson

Summerland winery hosts business get-together

Upcoming chamber seminars will focus on using email marketing, social media and Twitter

Chamber offices on the move

Penticton chamber closed Thursday and Friday to accommodate move to Main Street location

Chamber celebrates business excellence

Penticton Business Excellence Awards will be handed out Saturday at the trade and convention centre

Nominations open for business awards

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Excellence Awards gala is set for Jan. 28

Merchants hosting contest for young writers

Cherry Lane shopping centre merchants are hosting a creative writing contest for young writers

Chamber targets wine barriers

Following on the heels of the lobby efforts at the B.C. Chamber AGM policy session earlier this year by the Penticton and Wine Country and South Okanagan chambers of commerce, a resolution to remove inter-provincial trade barriers for Canadian wine delivery was approved as a priority issue. This week the B.C. Chamber took this resolution to the Canadian Chamber who officially adopted it as policy. What this means is that the resolution will stay on the Canadian Chamber agenda and they will advocate to the federal government to bring down the Interprovincial Barriers Policy that currently exists. This is great news for our region and the wine industry as a whole and we look forward to seeing those barriers being removed.

Chamber puts recreation on the map

The weather is still great and the hills and trails are calling! Drop by the Penticton Visitor Centre and pick up its unique and comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Map.

Consortium accepting applications

Imagine Penticton Economic Development Services just announced that the Sustainability For the Okanagan consortium of companies is currently accepting applications for membership.

Tourism award deadline extended

The deadline for nominations for the 12th annual BC Tourism Industry Awards has been extended to Aug. 26.

Investors looking for struggling companies

The Producers of CBC’s Dragon’s Den recently announced they are planning a new business television show. In this new series, some of the country’s top investors will spend their time and money helping Canadian companies who are struggling get back on their feet.

Tourism season in full swing

As the peak tourism season begins for 2011, Penticton and Wine Country Tourism has lots to be excited about. Its spring campaign has launched, including a contest for people to win a Dream Vacation to Penticton, its new website is up and running smoothly, and a new five-year plan in well underway.

Program connects business with local suppliers

Our valley is filled with many wonderful products/services and great opportunities. The challenge we have is finding them easily and quickly. Our Okanagan is an online tool developed to address this challenge. The goal is to connect those with needs to those that can address them, creating more opportunity for all.

Centre maps out recreation activities

The Penticton and Wine Country Visitor Centre is busily preparing for one of its most exciting seasons yet. A great feature for this season is our unique and comprehensive Outdoor Recreation map. This map offers topographical representation of the South Okanagan with hiking/biking trails, sites for bird-watching, scuba diving, and much more.

Valley businesses get together

This year’s Valley Wide Business After Hours is happening from 5 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 12 at Gatzke Farm Market located on Highway 97 North in the Oyama area of Lake Country.

Seminar going global

Penticton Economic Development Services, together with the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Investment and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, is hosting the “Going Global” Exporting Seminar Tuesday, May 3 at the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce board room.

Busy months ahead for chamber

Giardino of Penticton (149 Upper Bench Road S) is hosting the next Penticton & Wine Country Chamber Business After Business event on April 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Chamber members attend for free while future Chamber members can attend for $20. Payments taken at the door.

Valley chambers get together

This year’s Valley Wide Business After Hours will be held on May 12, at Gatzke Farm Market on Highway 97 North in Lake Country from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The annual event involves chambers from Osoyoos through to Vernon.

Region exploring overseas markets

Penticton Economic Development Services and the Okanagan Valley Economic Development Society are collaborating to create a foreign trade and investment initiative in the U.K. The purpose of this initiative is to market the Okanagan region to a global market and to build partnerships between the Okanagan and U.K. business communities. The U.K. was chosen based on its long-standing business history and similarities to the Canadian economic, legal and fiscal market lead framework.