Feature Story                                                                Wednesday, Oct 10, 2017



Tour de Chilliwack

Business Walks Program connects companies and community Oct 18

By Michelle Graham/Voice file photos


Naomi Yamamoto (l) and MLA Laurie Throness tour local businesses, stop and speak with Amber Short at her Bookman store on Wellington. Below, MLA's Throness and Martin and Yamamoto test a bed. November 2014 file photos.

he Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) in partnership with the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA) are pleased to host the first Chilliwack Business Walks on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

The partners have teamed up with City of Chilliwack officials and local business service providers to connect with the business community.

The Business Walks program was first launched by the Metro Chamber of Sacramento California in 2010. It has since grown across North America, and now includes communities throughout British Columbia.

A ‘Business Walk’ is a day dedicated to learning more about local businesses through short face-to-face interviews at their place of business. Volunteer teams of local leaders and community stakeholders will be going door to door visiting a large number of businesses to strengthen relationships and gather knowledge that fosters a stronger business climate.

Touring a furniture business on Wellington Ave and a clothing store. Below, trying jewelry and clothing. Below, Kyle Williams, BIA exec. director.

This year, Business Walks will focus on the wide range of businesses in downtown Chilliwack, including the areas around Five Corners, Yale Road and Young Road towards Railway Avenue, and as many surrounding roads as possible. The objective is to conduct future Business Walks in different areas of the community.

Owners or managers at each visited business will be invited to answer a few short questions about their business. The data collected may then be used to develop programs, services and support for the Chilliwack business community. All information will be kept strictly confidential, with all reporting done in a consolidated format.

"We are pleased to have the first Chilliwack Business Walks happen downtown," said Kyle Williams, BIA Executive Director. "The information gathered will provide a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with operating a business in Chilliwack."

Talking with a store owner. Below Brian Coombes, Tourism Chilliwack exec. director.

Business owners and managers in the selected Business Walks area are encouraged to be at their business on the afternoon of October 18th from 1pm – 4 pm to ensure they have a chance to participate.

"Business retention and expansion is an essential component of our economic development efforts," said Brian Coombes, CEPCO President. "The Business Walks program will enable us to connect with existing businesses that have made investments in Chilliwack, and already provide local employment. We want them to know we value the fact that they are in our community," added Coombes.

For more information or to request a personal visit if you are a downtown Chilliwack business, please contact 604 792 7839 or e-mail here.


The Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation is a proactive, business-oriented organization responsible for the City of Chilliwack’s economic growth and marketing through a made-in-Chilliwack economic strategy. Our mission is to empower the stakeholders and residents of Chilliwack to achieve their own economic growth and community development for the betterment of all the residents and to enhance the quality of life that is unique to Chilliwack.

CEPCO provides site selection resources, demographic and labour force data, community information and orientations, and project development assistance. We also serve as a resource facilitating introductions to the business community and the City of Chilliwack, and provide contacts and information on zoning, building permits, development cost charges, engineering and infrastructure.

Our mandate is to attract and facilitate economic growth. We welcome the opportunity to provide you with confidential and professional investment analysis assistance. We invite you to contact us to learn more about why Chilliwack is better for business and better for life.


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