What do most successful businesses have in common on Galiano Island ?
They are active members of our Community and members of the Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce.
One of the attractions that draw people to Galiano Island is the island's sense of community. Part of any successful and sustainable community is economic stability. Part of living in a community is creating a cohesive network of businesses that strive to maintain the economical viability of that community so that we can all live, work and play here. Being part of that community -- by paying dues to the organization:
All these functions benefit everyone: the visitor, the guest, the relative, the resident, the business owner - our Island as a whole.
The Galiano Chamber website is often the first contact point that both new residents and visitors have with Galiano. It is one of the primary sources for visitors wanting to find information about our Island. Visitors can quickly locate and be in touch with accommodations, recreational activities, retail shops, art galleries, our community services organizations and a variety of food stores, all from this one website. Statistics show that galianoisland.com is consistently at the top of search results for "Galiano Island".
Located near the BC Ferries terminal on Sturdies Bay Road, the Chamber operates an 'Information Booth', where visitors to the island are warmly greeted. As well, members can have their brochures, pamphlets and cards 'racked' in the booth, where visitors can easily access this information. The cost of racking your business information is included in your annual membership fee.
Community groups or organizations can post information about their 'special event' on one side of the booth. Many visitors to the island consult the board to find out what events are going on.
The Chamber also makes available, free of charge, a 12x18" double-sided colour 'community map'. This map outlines all of the shoreline accesses, walks and beaches available on Galiano for our visitors. As well, it has a small written profile of Galiano.
Opening of the booth throughout the winter month depends only on members being involved. So, if you have some time on a weekend and can meet one of the morning ferries, please let us know. The success of our booth this time of year depends entirely on our membership helping to run it.
Each summer, the Board of Directors submits an application for the partial funding of the salary for a full time summer student. The student grant usually covers the time period from the last week of June until the end of August. The Chamber has had great success in selecting students who were keen to share their knowledge of the island, as well as to be a reliable and friendly resource for visitors.
An annual Galiano Chamber of Commerce membership is $50 and includes a listing on our Business Membership Directory. The Galiano Online Business Directory is the digital directory feature on our website. The Directory allows online visitors to see our Galiano Chamber of Commerce Business Membership at a single glance. The directory lists our member's business name, an "email link" and one telephone number, and can be sorted either alphabetically or by business category using a toggle switch at the top of the directory's screen.
Chamber members are able to submit their own event listings, through a link on the Chamber's Calendar Events page.
www.galianoisland.com focuses attention on members' main Web Ads and listings, located under the following categories established for 2013:
Each main Web Ad features:
For an additional cost, members also have the opportunity to broadcast an advertising "banner" (500w x 75h pixels) at the top of a category's index page.
All accommodation business members who advertise with a Web Ad on the Chamber's site are also listed on our "Where to Stay by Amenity" page, where the amenity icons are displayed 'by accommodation'.
$150.00 Main Web Ad (detailed above; each is maintained/updated 24/7 by the Chamber member directly online by logging in at the Member Support Site using their Username & Password)
$15.00 Banner Advertisement on www.galianoisland.com – charge per month for a 500w x 75h pixel advertisement that appears at the top of the category's index page (the number of months their banner ad is to appear is chosen online by the chamber member via their Username & Password)
$40.00 (optional) Basic Listing on our Weddings & Retreats page, under a number of categories including Caterers/Places to Eat; Galiano Wedding Services and Galiano Wedding Venues.
A scanned version of the latest Brochure is available on our Maps page.
The Chamber of Commerce prints an annual photo rich Island Brochure and detailed Map which is provided on the racks of all ferries coming into and departing from Galiano for the benefit of our visitors. The Brochure also contains a listing of the principle Calendar Events during the year. Further more detailed information on these printed events (posted by the Chamber Members involved) can be found on our website's Calendar Page.
$40.00 Basic Brochure Listing under the business category of the member's choice (members may purchase multiple Brochure listings if they wish)
$100.00 (optional) Additional 100 characters/spaces of text to appear immediately beneath the Basic Brochure Listing
$500.00 (optional) 3-1/2" x 3" colour printed advertisement inside Brochure
The BC Chamber of Commerce has many partnerships and benefit providers through whom it is able to pass on benefits and contacts to its members. Please see the full listing of these providers on the BC Chamber of Commerce website; you can browse the opportunities offered by these organizations. Below are some highlights.
% Savings - Group Medical/Dental Rates
Protect yourselves with the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. No matter the size of your company, the Plan provides competitive coverage for dental, long term disability, extended health and life insurance. For more information check out www.chambers.ca.
% Savings - Discounted Credit Card Payment Processing Rates
Through the BC Chamber of Commerce, we are able to offer members a better merchant discount rate on VISA and MASTERCARD deposit payment processing. VersaPay Corporation is proud to offer BC Chamber members preferential payment processing rates for Visa, MasterCard and Interac. There is no need to change bank accounts and your funds are deposited the next business day. 1.69% + 15 cents per VISA/MC transaction is offered and 7 Cents per Interac Transaction. Please learn more of how to apply by contacting the BC Chamber of Commerce directly at (604) 683-0700 or online at www.bcchamber.org
Gas Savings - What are the rates? Save at these stations
You can save on fuel costs with Chamber Member gasoline discount programs. Fill up and save with Shell, Husky/Mohawk, Petro-Canada or Esso products. Shell's discount is 2 cents/litre off (with shell card); Husky/Mohawk offers 2 cents/litre off on all fuel purchases (no minimum); Petro-Canada offers 2 cents/litre off gas (with a minimum of 200 litres/month); 5% discount on all parts and labour at Centigard Car Care Centres and lastly Esso offers 3 cents/litre discount off of their fuel purchased.
Give me one good reason why I should join the Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce!
We've got 132 reasons - and we call them members! But they're really partners in our Island's largest business organization the Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce. They are people like you who are working together to establish a stronger, more vital business environment on our Island and that's good business for everyone!
Thank you for your continued support of the Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce.
|President||Connie Nordin||Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa|
|Vice-President||Richard Dewinetz||Bodega North Woodworks|
|Treasurer||Shirley Quinn||Active Pass Beach House|
|Membership Director||Henny Schnare||Captain's Quarters Heritage Log House,
Cable Bay Farm & Henny Schnare, Galiano Publicity Photographer
|Complaints Commissioner||Stefan Fedorowich||Bluff View Cottage & Bluff Valley Farm|
|Secretary||Nonie Williams||Salish Sea Bed & Breakfast|
|Member-At-Large||Beth Gauthier||Bella Vista Galiano|
|Member-At-Large||Sandra Froess||Art and Soul Craft Gallery|
|Member-At-Large||Debbie Ritchie||The George Beachfront and
Fenton Design Handcrafted Silver Jewelry
|Member-At-Large||Ben Miltner||Galiano Kayaks & Gulf Island Kayaking|