President’s Message

The voice of business

People do business with people they know

Welcome!  The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce is THE voice of business in Abbotsford.

Our Chamber has three pillars which help guide and direct our mission, which is to represent, serve, and connect present and future members to build and sustain a thriving business community. These three pillars are also known as our ABC’s – Advocate, Benefit, Connect.

Advocate: We advocate on behalf of businesses, particularly those in our local municipality. What does this mean? It means we listen to the concerns and challenges that our business community faces and interact at municipal levels to share this voice with our community’s leaders. We also advocate at the Provincial and Federal levels through the BC Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Topics can range from taxation, regulation, transportation, and infrastructure to community planning and more…

Benefit: We have a variety of unique benefits for our members, such as group insurance, opportunities to promote your business, and education on a range of business and leadership topics. We also offer member-to-member savings. Additionally, there is the sheer benefit of connecting with other like-minded leaders within our community bringing us to our last pillar…

Connect: We host events and create opportunities to connect members within our community. Our events regularly include our municipal, provincial and federal elected officials, along with other business leaders. I love the vibrancy of our Business After Business events. These are occasions for us to celebrate and learn about a local business, as well as socialize over some food and drink with other members. We also create our Chamber luncheons around communicating relevant topics within our business community. Are you struggling to find employees for your talent pool? Maybe you’re unsatisfied with insurance rates or wanting a deeper understanding of the regulation of the use of cannabis and some of the potential impacts on your business? These are just some of the types of subject matters that we discuss and address.

If you are new to the community or to doing business in Abbotsford, we welcome you! Please introduce yourself to me, other board members, and our staff. We want you to feel welcomed and included. For all members, there are plenty of ways to become involved. We particularly value input and advice within our committees: our Agriculture Committee, Government Affairs Committee, and Not for Profit Committee, which all meet monthly. All members are welcome to attend and join in these discussions. These committees often identify issues that need our attention, which then become policies for our advocacy.

I am honoured to serve as President and on behalf of the board, we look forward to working on your behalf.

Melinda Friesen, President