Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

Everything you need to know about the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce on one handy page.

Susan Clovechok is the executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, a regional chamber representing business communities surrounding Columbia Lake

Susan Clovechok is the executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, a regional chamber representing business communities surrounding Columbia Lake. — Photo courtesy Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce serves a number of Columbia Valley communities, including Invermere. Maintaining a regional focus is a priority for the executive director and chamber board.

Susan Clovechok is the executive director at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Columbia Valley chamber stats:

Executive director: Susan Clovechok
President: Andrea Tubbs
Number of members: 239
When established: Founded as Windermere Board of Trade in 1943; re-established as Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2000
Cost of annual membership: Average is $215
Chamber website: www.cvchamber.ca
Location: Invermere Crossroads, Hwy 93/95
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
Contact info: 250-342-2844; [email protected]; PO Box 1019, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Key events sponsored by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Taste of the Valley in January
  • Turn Copper Into Gold golf tournament each May
  • Valley Appreciation Day in July
  • Business Excellence Awards gala in October
  • Business Walk, future dates to be announced

Ongoing events held for members:

  • Business Mentor Program
  • Networking luncheons
  • Various committee meetings

2017 Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

Angela White of Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals was the Employee of the Year for 2017. - Photo courtesy Angela White

The chamber of commerce held its annual Business Excellence Awards in October, 2017. Awards were presented as follows:

  • Professional Services: Century 21 Rockies Realty (sponsor: Ski Home Ltd.)
  • Tourism/Adventure: Columbia River Paddle (sponsor: Radium Golf Group)
  • Tourism/Hospitality: Copper Point Resort (sponsor: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort)
  • Food and Beverage: Station Pub (sponsor: Swansea Communications)
  • Small Business Excellence: Taynton Bay Spirits (sponsor: Fairmont Business Association)
  • Retailer of the Year: Avenue Modern Clothing (sponsor: Bighorn Meadows Resort)
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Wild Mountain Chocolate (sponsor: College of the Rockies)
  • Employee of the Year: Julia Blakely, Bighorn Meadows Resort (sponsor: Fairmont Mountainside Vacation Villas)
  • Business Excellence 10+: True Key/Bighorn Meadows Resort (sponsor: Green Andruschuk LLP)
  • Trade Services: Rainbow International Restoration (sponsor: Invermere Hardware and Building Supplies)
  • Community Impact: Tutty Financial (sponsor: Columbia Valley Community Foundation)
  • Innovation/Game Changer: Black Star Studios (sponsor: Community Futures East Kootenay)
  • Longeviey Award: Invermere Hardware & Building Supplies (sponsor: Columbia Valley and Radium Hot Springs Chambers of Commerce)

Promoted Invermere businesses