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Chamber marks 120th anniversary

February 15, 2016 4:59 P.M.

Not many organizations can count themselves almost as old as the City of Kamloops.

Founded in 1896, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is one of them. The chamber plans to celebrate its 120th anniversary during Chamber of Commerce Week, Feb. 15-19.

Their message is clear: If you’re in business and not a chamber member, consider joining.

“We believe that every business should be a member of the chamber,” said Steve Earl, president of the chamber board. “We work to advocate for business to all levels of government; making our business community stronger. For that reason alone, a chamber membership is well worth it.”

In 1896, the first annual meeting of the B.C Inland Board of Trade was led by elected president James McIntosh. The board worked together to promote business growth, trade and industry in the region. After a name change to Kamloops Board of Trade in 1922, the organization became

the Greater Kamloops Chamber of Commerce in 1962. Six years ago, the world “greater” was dropped.

The chamber hosts events all week for its members and invites non-members to join them. On Wednesday, there’s a member orientation, where prospective members can learn what the chamber does and how to maximize chamber membership. At a quarterly luncheon on Friday, local MLAs and cabinet ministers Terry Lake and Todd Stone will present a provincial budget address.

For more information on chamber week visit, contact 250-372-7722 or send an email to

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