SCCC Newsletter

February 28, 2017
                                                                 
  
Once again, the B.C Government was presenting a balanced budget. If you would like to get a visual, brief summary of the highlights, click on the link in the corresponding article below.
 
We would like to kick off the new year with a goodie just for you, our valued members. Lindt is kindly offering a 35% discount. Conditions apply. More info in the below blog.

Last but not least, remember to save the date for our AGM on May 4th. Detailed information will be sent out to our members in good standing by the beginning of April.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon. 
 
Sincerely Yours,
 
Vince Sciamanna
President, Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce 
  
 
PS: Please feel free to send us your newsletter input, membership request or business inquiry to chamber@swissccc.com
EVENTS / NETWORKING
March 8, 2017: Influential Women In Business Awards

This event takes place on the International Women's Day. Secure your spot to celebrate the success of BC's most influential women in business.

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Save the Date: May 4, 2017: SCCC AGM

Please mark your calendar for May 4th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, for our annual chamber AGM luncheon. Detailed information will be sent to all our members about one month prior.

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TEDxStanleyPark2017 and other Events in Vancouver

Business in Vancouver lists a variety of interesting upcoming events on their website. TEDxStanleyPark2017 on March 4th and FinTech Day on March 7th are just two of the many that are listed.

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LOCAL NEWS
B.C's Balanced Budget 2017 in Brief

The B.C government has presented another balanced budget this year. Reduced MSP premiums, cut tax rates on electricity, reduced small business corporate income tax and increased housing supply are just a few highlights. Find a great visual summary in the link below.

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Vancouver Makes Headlines in Financial Times

The Financial Times article "Vancouver Seizes Chance to Lure Silicon Valley Tech Talent" outlines how fears of tough U.S. immigration reforms create an opportunity for the more liberal Canada to being able to hire talents from the U.S. tech industry and have more companies like Microsoft open an office in Canada.

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Is Surrey Becoming the New Tech Hub?

The Health and Technology District is a Surrey based tech-hub that has attracted 22 companies to move in in a 90-day time span. A series of high-tech buildings are being built over the next decade to create a unique hub were clinicians and health-care providers can work alongside innovators, entrepreneurs and tech companies.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The Most Innovative Companies of 2017 by Sector

Fast Company recently published their 2017 list of Most Innovative Companies. Navigate the list easily by selecting the business sectors you're interested in.

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Why Now is the Time to Buy a House in Switzerland

Switzerland is among the five best countries for first-time home buyers, according to a recently published report. 

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FEATURED
Get a 35% Discount on your Next Purchase of Lindt Chocolate

This benefit is only valid for current members of the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The special offer is valid on the first Monday and Tuesday of every month. Open the link below to read all conditions and how to redeem the 35% discount.

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Represent Vancouver at the National Youth Forum in Ottawa

Do you have a Canadian student in your family who would be interested in travelling to Ottawa to represent their regional Youth Forum at the National Canada 150 & Me Youth Forum?

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THIS & THAT
Ever Heard of a Rotating Skyscraper? A Reality by 2020.

Architects in Dubai have designed a 420m tall high-rise with 80 floors and a rotating structure. The skyscraper is supposed to be built and unveiled by 2020.

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Behind the Scenes of Swiss Oscars Contender 'Ma Vie de Courgette'

French-Swiss director Claude Barrass gives you some insights on how this highly acclaimed animation film that just won a CĂ©sar in France and is nominated for the Oscars was filmed.

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Eight Spectacular Swiss Carnivals

At this time of the year, over 200 carnival events take place in towns across Switzerland, characterized by parades of thousands of people in colourful costumes playing music, throwing confetti and celebrating the end of winter time. 

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Swiss Quiz App Helps Your Daily Life in Switzerland

The quiz app is supposed to help newcomers to Switzerland navigate their daily life by answering questions such as 'why garbage bags have different colours' or 'what to do when looking for a job'.

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Your Contribution to Our Next Newsletter   

We would like to encourage you to send us your interesting news story or article no later than March 20, 2017, thank you. Your contribution will help us to keep this newsletter an interesting source for your own benefit.

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