Published On: Friday, 23 November 2018

Duncan Cowichan Chamber: Reflecting on Small Business Month

Duncan Cowichan Chamber: Reflecting on Small Business Month

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber wrapped up Small Business Month with a sold out event on October 30. Small Business BIG DAY was a smashing success! The one-day symposium was held at the newly renovated Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn and featured a stellar line-up of speakers, professional development sessions and networking events.

We were thrilled to have Small Business BC advisors onsite for the full day with their Small Business BC Pop-Up, offering free 20 minute private consultations to an eager group of business owners and individuals interested in starting a business or looking to grow their business.

Right on the heels of the 12th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit, George Hanson, President VIEA, presented at the Monthly Luncheon with key insights from the Summit sessions including the success and next steps of VIEA’s Island Good campaign.

The engaging afternoon sessions included a MNP Hosted Presentation and Panel on the timely topic of People Power: Employees Recruitment and Retention and an empowering session with Leapzone Strategies: Brand from the Inside Out.

The day ended with a networking social hosted by the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area DDBIA. Our members love to connect and engage at these events!

In celebration of entrepreneurs and the impact they have on our economy, we launched an aggressive social media campaign for Small Business Month, engaging on social media using the hashtag #iheartsmallbiz. Of course, every month at the Chamber is a celebration of small businesses and their contribution to local communities.


Welcome new member businesses of all sizes: Sutton Group Tracey Torok-Both Realtor, Benson Seymour LLP, GLM Holdings, Organic Fair Farm, Start Line Health and Wellness Group, Island Home Forever and Merit Furniture, NAI Commercial Nick Brown and Ed Williams, Pacific Group Developments, Clarity Furnace Duct and Fireplace, Got Soul Marketing, Rogers Furniture and Mattress, Surespan Structures, LeapZone Strategies, Old Farm Market, The Italian Kitchen and Deli, Field and Vine Gift Company, Supas Mechanical, Beechwood Consulting and Xandu Estate.

Sonja Nagel is Executive Director of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce.  She can be reached at 250-748-1111 or