Meeting Minutes – March 2017

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NEWS RELEASE – Business Walk 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ladysmith, October 5, 2016 – Working in partnership, the Town of Ladysmith, the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association and the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce organized Ladysmith’s first Business Walk on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Business Walk

A “Business Walk” is a day dedicated to learning more about local businesses through face-to-face interviews. During Business Walk 2016, more than 30 local leaders and key community stakeholders went door-to-door surveying 94 businesses with the goal of gathering knowledge to help the business community and strengthen relationships.

When asked about the current state of their business, 59% of respondents indicated that their business was good/increasing, another 28% responded fair/steady and 13% of respondents indicating that their business was slow/poor.

During Business Walk 2016, a number of opportunities for helping businesses thrive were identified.  Survey respondents highlighted the need for help in finding skilled employees and the need to expand their customer base as key priorities. They also pointed to the need to examine property taxes and municipal regulations and their relationship to business development.  Creating increased parking opportunities, access to public washrooms, enhanced wayfaring signage and new communication and marketing tools for business also rose to the top as opportunities for demonstrating an “open for business” attitude in Ladysmith.

“On behalf of the Business Walk Steering Committee, I would like to thank all the business owners we spoke to for their honesty and participation,” said Guillermo Ferrero, Town of Ladysmith City Manager.  “With the information we now have, we can work together with and for local businesses to help them thrive, because their success is our community’s success.”

As partners on the Steering Committee consider how to move forward with the study findings, they’re aware of the need for continued collaboration and communication. On Tuesday, October 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Steering Committee Members will be hosting a Community Forum on Business and Economic Development at the Ladysmith Seniors Centre to give a report on the results of the Business Walk. At the meeting, committee members will also discuss the support programs and economic development initiatives taking place locally and regionally that can help act on business priorities.

“As one of the partners in this important initiative, the LDBA believe that a crucial piece of this process is reconnecting with the business community so that we can all move our town forward in a united, cohesive way,” said Paul Mycroft, LDBA President. “It’s one of the most important meetings of the year to attend if you want to be involved in the improvement of our future economic picture.”

Please call the Chamber of Commerce at (250) 245-2112 to reserve a seat – all are welcome but seating may be limited.

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, established in 1930, is a voluntary organization of business and professional men and women working together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial, and industrial progress of their community.

For further details, or to obtain a copy of the report, please contact:

Mark Drysdale, Manager
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce

T:  (250) 245-2112
F:  (250) 245-2124
E:  mark [at] ladysmithcofc [dot] com

Featured Business: Barnacle Barney’s

Barnacle Barney's
Owner Jerry Yu Hai Lee

Located at Roberts and 1st Avenue in downtown Ladysmith, they sell fish & chips and Chinese food to the Ladysmith community.

Call them on 250-245-0899 or visit at 341A 1st Avenue!

Visit them at barnacle-barneys.com.

When are you available?

Any time in the day from Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm.

Barnacle Barney's

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Featured Business: Left Coast Fashions

Left Coast Fashions

Left Coast Fashions features the best of West Coast sustainable style with a focus on local designs. This new boutique showcases Vancouver Island clothing, jewelry, soaps, candles and art.

When are you available?

Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can stay later if arranged in advance.

What other businesses do you use in town?

Canvas Plus, Little Otter’s children’s store, Pharmasave, Ladysmith & District Credit Union.

What inspired you to start your business?

Wanting to support local artisans and offer more shopping  variety to women.

What is your business philosophy?

The goal is to have the majority of the store stocked with Island made goods, selecting sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and bamboo where possible, while providing selections at an affordable price point.

Creating a positive welcoming space where local women can shop and feel great in their new purchases!

What is the secret to your success?

Having products the customers love and can’t find locally except for at the artisan markets, making it very convenient to have over 20 different BC designers featured in one place where you can try the pieces on before buying.

Owner Bio

After living in Vancouver most of my adult life, Tamara moved to the Island 4 years ago and loves it! She lives with her husband and 2 children in Nanaimo, and enjoys all the outdoor activities like boating in the summer. She loves Christmas and can’t wait to decorate my new store and participate in the Ladysmith Christmas festivities this year as a business owner instead of just a visitor. 🙂

Tamara Stone
Tamara Stone

Call Tamara on 250-816-4148 with questions.

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Featured Business: Antique Addict

Antique Addict

Antique Addict is a lovely little store in downtown Ladysmith where we specialize in quality antique furniture and vintage furniture in excellent condition, and we often have exceptional pieces that really make a statement!

When are you available?

Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., summer hours to 5:30 p.m.

What other businesses do you use in town?

49th Parallel Grocery, Bouma Meats, Shar Kare, Ladysmith Health Food Store, Market 2 All (Paul Mycroft Design), Top Drawer, Roberts Street Pizza, In the Beantime, Oyster Bay Cafe, Spice Hut, The Phoenix, Kaede Sushi, Sushi Wara, Renee’s Soup & Sandwich, Salamander Books, Bayview Framing & Art, Black Door Decor, Jim Scott Accounting, Den’s Collision Centre, JB’s Auto Supply, Home Hardware, 49th Parallel Garden Centre, Pharmasave, Rexall Drug Store, Save On Foods, Madill Office Supply, Canada Post Office, Island Pacific Oil, Chamber of Commerce, CIBC, Ladysmith & District Credit Union, and Vancouver Island Insurance Centres.

What inspired you to start your business?

After purchasing a historic house Paul started buying antiques and then the collection got out of hand so a store became the next step!  Paul is a woodworker who appreciates the craftsmanship of antique and vintage furniture and has loved antiques since he was a boy growing up in Newfoundland.

What is your business philosophy?

Recycling at its Finest! Re-loving real wood furniture that was crafted with care. Antiques are a ‘Green’ business, everything is recycled. Instead of buying new, customers save money by purchasing quality, functional and affordable antique and vintage furniture and collectables.

What is the secret to your success?

All the furniture in the store has been professionally restored, refreshed, refinished and polished by Paul before it is offered for sale, so customers can be assured of the lasting quality of every piece.

Owner Bio

Paul enjoys being part of the downtown shopping experience and was proud to renovate his building to be part of our downtown charm.  He is a Director in the Downtown Business Association and works with the Chamber of Commerce on initiatives. People are always surprised how beautifully displayed and clean the Antique Addict is and how we prove that good things do come in small packages!

Paul Joy
Owner Paul Joy

Call Paul on 250-245-6533 with questions.

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