Vancouver Board of Trade becomes first chamber of commerce in Canada to launch unique bidding hub with $100,000 contract

VANCOUVER, April 11 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Board of Trade has become the first chamber of commerce in Canada to offer an exclusive hub for bidding on contracts, with the first $100,000 RFP (Request for Proposals) posted by the Vancouver Economic Development Commission on the new Board Business Exchange (BBX) e-marketplace, launched today.

BBX offers The Board of Trade's 5,500 members the opportunity to bid on a diverse range of contract work in an equally diverse range of industries. Alternatively, any company can post its own tender, however small. While posting contracts to reach this target market is a simple online process open to everyone, bidding will remain exclusive to Board members.

Members joining the online community are also able to network on BBX through chats and online discussions. The BBX concept is especially unique because it is one of the first to expand a business association's communications across all the major social media platforms, giving users the option to link to their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Other special features include instant alerts on new tenders emailed out to BBX users as soon as they are posted.

"BBX has been launched to benefit our members in business. We are the first chamber of commerce in Canada to offer this unique mix of a social business platform which, with our members' support, is set to grow into a major regional hub for bids with international potential," said Jason McLean, chairman, The Vancouver Board of Trade.

The site was developed by SilkStart, an innovative Vancouver-based company specializing in web-based membership organization software empowering members to connect with one another and communicate easily across their whole social media network.

"This latest technology across multi-platforms will transform the way The Board of Trade communicates and does business," said entrepreneurial co-founder and CEO Daniel Chu.

"We chose to partner with The Board of Trade exclusively in the Lower Mainland because it is Western Canada's leading business association and we wanted to customize this technology for a sizeable business organization. Our mission is to revitalize membership organizations around the world. We believe that an association that is well-equipped with the latest technology, such as The Board, empowers its members and volunteers to easily communicate and connect with one another, enabling them to make a difference."

SOURCE Vancouver Board of Trade

For further information:

Terry Hadley at 604-640-5471 or thadley@boardoftrade.com

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