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About the Chamber

The Voice of Business

About the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is the "voice of business" for our entire region. As a membership-driven organization, we are committed to continually improving the business climate in our community. Registered under the Federal Board of Trade Act, we operate as a not-for-profit entity comprised of businesses, professionals, non-for-prodits, and other community groups.

Our Structure and Funding

Guided by an elected Board of Directors and dedicated staff, we work tirelessly to advocate for a thriving community. While membership dues are our primary source of funding, we also maintain two contracts with City of Port Alberni for operating both the Port Alberni Visitor Information Centre and McLean Mill National Historic Site. We also receive occasional grants from the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District and other governmental bodies.

Our Connections and Influence

We are proud members of the BC Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. This affiliation means our members automatically gain access to the extensive networks and benefits of these larger organizations. The BC Chamber represents over 36,000 businesses through more than 120 local Chambers, while the Canadian Chamber encompasses over 200,000 businesses via 450 Chambers across the country. These connections amplify our advocacy efforts, ensuring that the voice of our business community is heard at all levels of government.

Our Vision

To make the Alberni Valley a vibrant and prosperous business-friendly community.

Our Mission

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business, providing leadership, advocacy, services, and information to businesses and the community, enabling economic growth and prosperity.

Our Strategic Goals

Strategic Goal #1: Advocacy – advocate with all levels of government and other interested parties to ensure a pro-business environment including influencing business friendly public policy, reducing barriers for businesses, and
increasing support for the local economy.

Strategic Goal #2: Service Delivery – grow influence and membership through engaging business owners/entrepreneurs, understanding their needs, connecting businesses to each other and the community and providing exceptional services
and value.

Strategic Goal #3: Sustainable Organization - achieve operational excellence and organization sustainability through ensuring, financial stability, a diverse and professional workforce, effective internal processes/systems and optimal

Strategic Goal #4: Governance – model progressive leadership and strong governance through maintaining a strategic focus, working cooperatively within the community, and ensuring the Board of Directors is effective, diverse, collaborative, and transparent.

Strategic Goal #5: Tourism - Support a strong vibrant tourism sector through the provision of tourism infrastructure and services.

For any questions or further information, please feel free to reach out. We are here to support and enhance the business community in the Alberni Valley.