Vernon chamber buzzing in May

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosting busy May schedule.

With a smorgasbord of upcoming events, the second half of May looks to be a busy one for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

Things get keep rolling Tuesday with the Business After Five hosted by Carrington Place (4751-23 Street). The cost is $5 for chamber and Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) members, and $15 for non-members and guests.

On Wednesday, May 23, the chamber is hosting another installment of Chamber U in the organization’s upstairs boardroom (second floor, 2901-32 Street).

The seminar, presented by Teresa Deak of Social Butterfly Solutions, will showcase ways to use online tools such as LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest to bring more attention to your company’s brand.

The Chamber U series of educational workshops is free for members ($15 per workshop for non-members). Registration is limited to 35.

On Thursday, May 24, the community can learn about regional growth strategies at the annual Breakfast with Mayors & Planners.

The event, sponsored by Monashee Surveying and Geomatics, goes in the Sierra Room at the Village Green Hotel (4801-27th Street). It will  feature speakers: Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky and economic development officer Kevin Poole, Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick and Anthony Kittel, regional growth strategy coordinator with the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

The format of this year’s breakfast has changed slightly to allow for more interaction and information gathering from the speakers. Along with the usual presentations, questions will be gathered from the membership before the event and then presented in a forum style.

Registration is at 7:15 a.m., with breakfast at 7:30 and speakers at 7:50.

The cost is $25 (plus tax) for members, and  $35 for non-members.

The chamber wraps up the month with tourism speed networking, Thursday, May 31, at the Prestige Hotel and Convention Centre (4411-32nd Street).

Co-sponsored by Tourism Vernon, the event promises to be a fast-paced networking session with potential to connect with numerous potential clients, business partners and other tourism-based businesses in a 90-minute span.

The $25 registration includes light appies and wine drink ticket.

Registration is at 5:15 p.m., with networking at 5:30.

For more information, contact events coordinator Kim Bourke at To register for an event, call the chamber office at (250) 545-0771.