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CEO Iain Black featured in The Globe and Mail

January 07, 2013

The Globe and Mail published an article today featuring an interview with Iain Black, President and CEO of The Vancouver Board of Trade.

The article explores how joining a board of trade or chamber of commerce can “bring small businesses big rewards.”

Black outlined three key ways in which The Vancouver Board of Trade creates value for its members.

“The first is through the networking we have to offer, trade shows, and the opportunity to make direct contact with other businesses,” said Black.

The second includes the financial benefits of membership. For example, The Vancouver Board of Trade has assembled a suite of savings available exclusively to its members, which can save small businesses thousands of dollars each year on business services, travel, dining, insurance, payment processing, transportation and more. (Visit for a full list of member savings).

The third and final benefit, said Black, is the opportunity to be a part of The Vancouver Board of Trade’s advocacy and its role in shaping public policy.

“It’s not just advocacy for traditional issues like lower business taxes and better public transit, but important issues that define the kind of community we’d like to create – issues like sustainability on the environmental side, mental health and homelessness,” said Black.

Read the full article

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