New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Joins BC Chamber of Commerce

New Westminster, BC. – At its June 2012 regular board meeting, The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously to join the BC Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of its members, The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce joins the collective voice of 120 plus other Chambers of Commerce in British Columbia.

“From an advocacy perspective, our voice will become louder on issues that are affecting our business community from a local, regional, provincial and national perspective.” says Andrew Hopkins, President of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. “There will be times when our voice may differ than that of our Provincial Colleague’s as we try to reflect local concerns, but being part of a louder, more active voice will benefit our members in the long run.”

“Our members will have access to more benefits such as gasoline savings, stationary savings and hotel savings amongst other items” adds Hopkins “One project that New Westminster Chamber member will now have access to, is the recently announced Micro Business Training Program. Working closely with the Ministry, the BC Chamber of Commerce has created a $3.1 million pilot program to allow the BC Chamber and its local Chamber of Commerce members to deliver training to small business owners and enhance their skills. Training will be targeted to micro-business owners who have less than five employees and no post-secondary education, or other recognized certification. Eligible participants can receive up to $1,500 to cover the cost of training fees, materials and travel.”

“The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce as one of our newest members.” Says John Winter, CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce. “We represent the thousands of businesses in British Columbia, businesses of all sizes who participate in all sectors of the economy, and we welcome and value the involvement and urban perspective New Westminster will bring into the Chamber’s policy process.”

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community. The Chamber reduces barriers to business, opens new markets for business, provides a cohesive business network and provides programs and services which have a positive impact on your bottom line.