Hockey star to speak in Summerland

NHL star and B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame member, Ryan Walter is coming to Summerland Oct. 22.

The chamber is happy to announce that NHL star and B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame member, Ryan Walter is coming to Summerland Oct. 22. Kicking off a week of Small Business Week events, the President and CEO of the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat will present Leading your Best Game, an inspirational talk about performance, leadership, team synergy and personal empowerment. Tickets are available from the chamber office.

Social media

Summerland Businesses can go on a social media crash course next month during Small Business Week. Allison Markin of Eat, Drink, Tweet fame will be leading two workshops on Social Media for Business, one for beginners and one more advanced, to help business owners create a social media strategy. Tickets are available at the chamber office.


wins award

Earlier this month, The Summerland Chamber of Commerce won a B.C. Chamber Executives Communications Award in Vernon. The award was for a chamber with more than 500 members, and recognized the chamber’s success in communication outreach in the past year.

Winery owner honoured

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery owner and chamber board member Christine Coletta will be inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame for 2013. Coletta, along with 10 other B.C. restaurateurs, chefs and culinary industry standouts, will be honoured at a ceremony to be held in Vancouver on Sept. 30. Coletta is to be inducted in the ‘Friend of the Industry’ category as an individual who has provided exceptional support to the restaurant industry.

Wine product

As a new business in Summerland, Blossom Bench Wine Accessories is already making an impact on the retail scene with the launch of their Wine Guard. The product is the company’s stylish answer to the age-old Okanagan problem of fruit flies getting into your wine. The Wine Guard is available at several locations around Summerland, including Willowbrook and Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Visit to learn more.

New member of Bottleneck Drive

SummerGate Winery has become the newest member of the Bottleneck Drive Winery Association. SummerGate won the Sustainability Leadership Award at this year’s Business Awards Gala, and are also known locally for their lively pop-up wine tasting event during Festival of Lights.

Grand opening

Summerland Women’s Fitness Centre is celebrating their Grand Opening on Saturday, Oct. 5. They are inviting people to drop in and tour their new facility at Prairie Valley Road near IGA.


Congratulations to Bonita’s Winery and Good Omens Coffee, which both marked five years in business.

New businesses

The chamber recently welcomed a host of new businesses as chamber members. All new businesses are added to a comprehensive business directory on the chamber’s website: Recent new chamber members include 360 Learning Academy, Blossom Bench Wine Accessories, Craftsman Inn on the Hill B&B, Summerland Pro Painting Ltd., and Kokoro Spa.

Sophia Jackson is the membership services and events coordinator for the Summerland Chamber of Commerce. Share your positive business buzz by emailing



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