Mission & Values

 

Our Vision

Our Vision was re-established during our 2018/19 Strategic Planning. The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce strives to be;

"The collective voice of business supporting responsible economic growth and prosperity in Merritt and the Nicola Valley"

 

The Mission of the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce

Our Mission re-established in the 2018/19 Strategic Plan is:

  • To foster and promote a healthy economic climate in which to do business in the city of Merritt and surrounding areas
  • To be involved in community activities which contribute to, and directly enhance business opportunity
  • To advocate on behalf of members to various levels of government on business related issues
  • To coordinate efforts of commerce, industry and the professions in maintaining and strengthening a sounds and healthy business climate in Merritt and the Nicola Valley
  • To provide creative business leadership and effective coordination of all interested parties in solving community problems and in initiating constructive community action
  • To create a broad understanding of and promote the advantages and assets of Merritt and the surrounding areas to increase the number of patrons to our community to increase economic growth as it relates to business
  • Acts as an information center and advocate for businesses in our area
  • Provides benefits to our members
  • Advocate for all businesses in Merritt and the surrounding area
  • Maintain and enhance a strong socially responsible business climate based on the principles of free enterprise, fair profit and job creation for businesses of all sizes while valuing culture, diversity and economic prosperity and innovation to enhance quality of life.
  • Creating opportunities to meet and network with other business people in the community and gain greater local exposure for businesses within Merritt and the surrounding areas.

 

History

The History of the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce

 On March 17th, 1914, the Board of Trade officially recognized the "Merritt Board Of Trade" under the provisions of the Board of Trade Act, making it one of the longest standing Chambers in both British Columbia and Canada.

At a General Meeting of the Board of Trade, held in Merritt BC on December 7th, 1965, an petition was made to change the name from the Merritt Board of Trade to the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce, futher sanctioned on December 13th, 1965.

On Monday, January 31st, 1966, His Excellency, The Governonr General in Council, upon recommendation of the Secretary of State, granted pursuant to section 39 of the Board of Trade Act, the name change to the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce.

The Merritt District Chamber of Commerce mandate, which aligns with the BC and Canadian Chamber of Commerce, clearly defines that business advocacy remains our core focus to this day. The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce continues to consistently engage with decision makers to communicate our members views on policies and issues in the interest of driving business in Merritt, the Nicola Valley, and the surrounding areas that we represent.

 

Partners

 

Our Partners

 

The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of our current partners for their ongoing support!

 

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Situated at an elevation of 595 metres (1950 feet) above sea level, Merritt tends to experience mild winters with little snowfall and warm, dry, sunny summers;

Merritt is a 3 hour drive from Vancouver, 1.5 hours from Kelowna, 45 minutes from Kamloops. There are airports in both Kamloops and Kelowna if you are looking to travel further afield.

At a population of 7,000 inhabitants, Merritt is able to provide you with all your daily living needs in a convenient and compact city core. We're large enough to have what you need, we're small enough that the clerks will soon remember and address you by name.

 

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Community Futures Development Corporation of the Nicola Valley was established in 1989 to assist residents of Merritt and the Nicola Valley in generating local solutions to  shared economic challenges.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by community members who volunteer to sit on Committees of the Board, CFNV offers a wide selection of Community Economic Development (CED) services including:  small business lending and counseling; economic stabilization projects; and support for local not-for-profit agencies involved in tourism, arts and culture, and community vitality.  

Although not CFNV’s core mandate, we offer support where possible, to the City of Merritt  Business Development Department which takes lead on investment attraction and municipally funded economic development services.   Core funding for CFNV is provided by Western Economic Diversification (WED) of the Government of Canada.

 

CCOC

Since 1925, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada.

With a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, we are the largest business association in Canada, and the country’s most influential. The primary and vital connection between business and the federal government, our views are sought after and respected by government, business leaders and the media thanks to our well-researched reports, analyses, position papers and policy resolutions that reflect a broad business perspective.

 

BC Chamber

The BC Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in British Columbia. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is The Voice of Business in B.C.

Our advocacy centers on the promotion of BC Chamber policies, which our members develop annually through a unique, grassroots policy-development process that is second-to-none in British Columbia. The breadth and diversity of our policies reflect the innovative ideas and on-the-ground experience of our member Chambers, Boards and businesses in every region of the province.

Since 1951, the BC Chamber’s strategic advocacy has helped shape government public policy and decision-making to empower British Columbia's businesses.

 

 

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Welcome to the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

If you are visiting, moving to, living in, or looking to do business in our area, this is the perfect site to search for business information. Within this site you will find up-to-date information about local business members, economic development in our area and chamber membership services. Doing business in Merritt and the Nicola Valley is a prosperous endeavor for the entrepreneurial minded.

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