Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce

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Meaningful Membership: 4 Ways Chamber Membership Benefits Your Business or Organization…

We currently have over 125 Chamber members with many long-standing supporters. There are many different ways to participate in your Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce. Here are some advantages we offer with your annual membership:

 

Enhanced Reputation

Being a Chamber member builds your reputation by signaling to clients and the community that you take your business/organization seriously. Your membership is part of our work to advocate for local economic development that reflects Gabriola’s values and membership communicates your participation in a thriving island economy. Membership = Credibility & Social Capital.

 

Priority Promotion

Part of our Chamber’s capacity to serve our local economy is through your annual membership dues. We reciprocate by prioritizing your interests in different marketing opportunities. We look for creative ways to feature members via our Social Media channels with a combined audience of nearly 15,000 visitors and community members. We also emphasize and suggest members when presented with opportunities from our partners. Membership = First Priority.

 

Cost-Savings 

Your investment in membership can be offset by special savings in as little as one advertising opportunity. Our Gabriola Visitor Map, for example, offered significant enough discounts that in many cases membership paid for itself. In addition to reduced rates, members receive advance notice and the first chance to secure limited ad space. Membership = Strong ROI.

 

Entrepreneur & Employee Benefits

 A 2023 Blue Cross Small Business Study showed that despite high living costs, nearly half of all employees would rather have benefits over a raise. Chamber membership affords you opportunities to support your work force’s wellbeing and retention. Plus, these contributions are tax deductible! As a member of our local Chamber, you’re part of a larger network that accesses the best rates on health and dental insurance for small businesses. Our insurance program is not-for-profit, so you are assured that no CEO is walking away with your premiums, they go right back into providing insurance coverage businesses across Canada. Membership = Wellbeing.

 

We think your membership dues of $165 is money well-spent for enhanced reputation, priority promotion, cost-savings, and access to special benefits. We’ve chosen to highlight just a few ways you can reap the rewards of Chamber membership, but there are additional industry-specific opportunities we can connect you with. If you’re considering membership, please get in touch so we can discuss ways the Gabriola Chamber can work for you!

 

 

Past Chamber News

Rombough’s Auto Detailing: 2023 Business of the Year

Rombough’s Auto Detailing: 2023 Business of the Year

Chris Rombough is a professional technician offering car washing, detailing and waxing on Gabriola since 2010. "I went to school to learn the auto-detailing trade and graduated top of my class," he shared with us. "Winning 2023 Business of the Year came as a total...

Oceanside Electric: 2023 U40 Entrepreneur

Oceanside Electric: 2023 U40 Entrepreneur

Zak Upton of Oceanside Electric is our U40 Entrepreneur award winner. Zak was born and raised on Gabriola Island. He moved to the mainland at 18 for a 5-year apprenticeship before returning home to bring professional electrical services to Gabriola with Oceanside...

Clean Slate Home Care: 2023 Best New Business

Clean Slate Home Care: 2023 Best New Business

Randi Simonovic is the owner of Clean Slate Home Care, our 2023 Best New Business award winner. “I am truly honored as we celebrate this prestigious business award,” she says. “It is a testament to the collective effort of our incredible team…as we celebrate, let us...

Business Awards & AGM

Business Awards & AGM

Congratulations to our 2023 Business Award Winners! ⭐️ Business of the Year: Rombough's Auto Detailing ⭐️ Best New Business: Clean Slate Home Care ⭐️ U40 Entrepreneur: Oceanside Electric Thank you to the 175 community members who submitted nominations and...

Job Posting – Bookkeeper

Job Posting – Bookkeeper

Position Description: Bookkeeper The Bookkeeper is a contract position that supports the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce (GICC) Executive Director (ED). The Bookkeeper assists the ED in providing monthly financial reporting statements. The position will deliver...

Gabriola Chamber Encourages Local Spending

Gabriola Chamber Encourages Local Spending

In an era dominated by global markets and online shopping, the significance of supporting local businesses and services cannot be overstated. As we turn towards the winter holiday season’s festivities, I remind residents to harness the power of their wallets to invest...

What’s Growing on Gabe: Late Summer and Early Fall on the Farm

What’s Growing on Gabe: Late Summer and Early Fall on the Farm

August has brought abundant harvest on Gabriola that continues into the fall! Between backyard growers, hobby farmers, and small-scale agriculture, you can find fresh, diverse, and sustainable goods on Gabriola.

Here’s a list of some of our favourites that highlights a range of locally-grown and hand-made goods, including flowers, cheese, goat milk soaps, baked goods, veggies, fruit, cider, specialty prepared foods, and even compost!

Rural Island Economic Forum Recap

Rural Island Economic Forum Recap

The Gabriola Chamber was proud to take part in the Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP) Forum hosted in April at the Haven on Gabriola Island. Several of our Board Members, Chamber Members, contractors, and local community attended along with engaged citizens and...