With Abbotsford fast growing into a thriving economic city via extensive development of businesses and agriculture, it’s essential that our local business community has a unified platform to voice their opinions, establish connections and network with one another to successfully progress. The Chamber gives business & industry a consistent, representative voice so that all levels of government truly understand the significant contributions our local business community makes.
The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work since 1913 serving as the not-for-profit medium to foster such relationships. Duncan D’Mello is the Membership Development Representative at the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce where he helps build and promote OVER 700 Member Businesses to ensure they are maximizing their sales potential.
Originally of Goan decent, Duncan’s family relocated to Brampton, Ontario in the late 80’s and he went on to earn a Bachelors of Commerce Degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. Duncan brings over 20 years of successful real-world sales & marketing experience to the Chamber. His previous sales roles were with the Abbotsford Times Newspaper and the United Way of the Fraser Valley.
Prior to relocating to Abbotsford, Duncan spent almost 10 years helping financial advisors across Canada (including right here in the Fraser Valley) build their businesses through sales & marketing efforts. He leverages his skill-set & experience, along with forward-thinking and an enthusiastic FUN approach to growing your business!
The Chamber has a solid, long-standing relationship accord with the Fraser Valley Indo Canadian Business Association including representing directors on both organizations’ boards. Earlier this year, Chamber President Josh Bach led the singing of O Canada at the FVICBA Annual Vaisakhi Luncheon and Duncan has an active involvement with FVICBA regularly attending their events. He especially enjoys the Young Professionals Networking Events as they are always a great way to meet new friends and connect with some fantastic local business contacts.
Duncan believes there is a genuine opportunity to further leverage and grow the relationship between these two deeply-rooted organizations. According to Duncan “we live in one of the most diverse areas in all of Canada and our Abbotsford Indo-Canadian business community is one of the strongest in the world! I truly enjoy having the ability to grab an authentic hand-made Chai or pick-up a yummy kulfi for my son on my super-short commute home.” Duncan is committed to having the Chamber even more engaged with the FVICBA in 2016 & beyond!
If you would like to learn more about how the Chamber can help grow your business please visit abbotsfordchamber.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Three pillars at the Chamber are: Advocate | Benefit | Connect
ADVOCATE – the ideal platform to give your business a voice! Our Chamber Committees have a strong influence on local issues important to our members – Abby business owners. Members are able to attend & even join these committees to further expand their personal network as well as gain valuable knowledge of key local issues! The Chamber also actively participates in several committees at the City of Abbotsford.
BENEFIT – Chamber Members can access the #1 Group Benefits Plan in Canada for firms with less than 50 employees! The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan offers affordable coverage for yourself, your family & your employees on prescriptions, dental care, massages, vision care & much more! Our pooled plan keeps the rates low allowing smaller firms to retain quality, healthy employees and compete with the larger corporations offering similar benefit plans. Chamber Members can also access exclusive deals to save money & time on local advertising, gas discounts at Esso, Shell & Petro-Canada, stationery at Staples, BC Lions, Whitecaps and many more great local offers!
CONNECT – the Chamber runs over 35 great LOCAL events each year. With morning, lunch & evening events geared towards networking growing & connecting your business with potential NEW clients. We also have a BRAND-NEW website that gets over 30k unique visitors a month! In the last 12 months our members’ online profiles were found in online search results OVER 350,000 TIMES! That tells us that the community is using our website to find local, trustworthy & credible businesses.