– Deb McClelland is the executive director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached email at deb@kamloopschamber.ca.

KAMLOOPS – For anyone NOT in the tourism industry, Summer is often a time of regeneration, family and friends. It’s a time to step back and recharge our batteries. Then, almost too quickly, September hits us. We are faced with a flurry of activity; kids go back to school, business ramps up, and our focus is challenged.

According to small business coach Jeff Torrans from Jet Leadership, the three strategies that will make your fall the most productive are:

  • Revisit your goals! You can still hit them with a bit of effort. Don’t have goals? Watch a goal setting video.
  • Measure! Measure your profit, funnel, referrals, revenue numbers (whatever metrics give you the best insight) as compared to this time last year. Try not to forget how far you have already come.
  • Call your hottest prospect/best customer right now! Seriously, stop reading and start dialing. There is nothing better than landing a big fish to finish the year!

Regardless of what you do, remember the true path to success lies in action, everyday.

Fall is also the time that we gear up for a busy season of events, relationship building and new programs and services at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.


September 7th, watch for the finalist’s announcement for our 31st annual Business Excellence Awards. Don’t forget to secure your 2017 Business Excellence Awards Gala tickets as soon as possible. This premier Kamloops business celebration sells out year after year. For details on single or group tickets visit our website: www.kamloopschamber.ca and follow the link.


Connect 2017 will be held on September 20th from 4-7 pm. This member-only exhibitor tradeshow is open to public attendance and draws hundreds to the Coast Convention Centre in Kamloops. It sets the stage for fall sales for many exhibitors. If you have not secured your booth, contact our office for details. And it’s free to attend!

This year at our Connect 2017 Tradeshow we will be unveiling our new suite of Member 2 Member Value Added Programs. The offering companies are local, and the offers are world class.


Finally, our membership survey started last week. This intensive survey is an opportunity for members to guide the Chamber through critically valuable feedback. What we hear will help set our future vision and align our services to your business needs.