JJ’s On The Docks Eatery

Thank you to everyone who joined us at JJ’s On The Docks Eatery for breakfast, coffee, and creating connections! Mother Nature was kind, and provided the sunshine and lovely temperatures. The team at JJ’s offered up a delicious breakfast, and our fantastic attendees did the rest!

(We want to hear from you! Did you  know we have a feedback station on our website? – we’d love to hear what you think, what you like, and what we can do to improve.)

 

 

JJ’s On The Docks Eatery

Thank you to everyone who joined us at JJ’s On The Docks Eatery for breakfast, coffee, and creating connections! Mother Nature was kind, and provided the sunshine and lovely temperatures. The team at JJ’s offered up a delicious breakfast, and our fantastic attendees did the rest!

(We want to hear from you! Did you  know we have a feedback station on our website? – we’d love to hear what you think, what you like, and what we can do to improve.)

 

 

Rockin’ The Hospice! Retro Dance Party!

Harmony Jewellers presents Sandy Vine and the Midnights!

In support of McNally House Hospice, Saturday, May 28 at the West Niagara Fair Grounds

Tickets available at mcnallyhousehospice.com.

Chamber Coffee Break at Station 1 Coffeehouse

THANKS FOR JOINING US!

What a fantastic day we had for our first in-person event of the year! We had a amazing group of attendees join us on Thursday, April 28 for a mid-afternoon coffee break, to connect with their peers in the business community, while enjoying some coffee and treats (and a bit of road noise) on the Station 1 Coffeehouse patio. Thanks to everyone who braved the breeze, enjoyed the sunshine, and created some new connections.

(We want to hear from you! Did you  know we have a feedback station on our website? – we’d love to hear what you think, what you like, and what we can do to improve.)

Chamber Coffee Break at Station 1 Coffeehouse

THANKS FOR JOINING US!

What a fantastic day we had for our first in-person event of the year! We had a amazing group of attendees join us on Thursday, April 28 for a mid-afternoon coffee break, to connect with their peers in the business community, while enjoying some coffee and treats (and a bit of road noise) on the Station 1 Coffeehouse patio. Thanks to everyone who braved the breeze, enjoyed the sunshine, and created some new connections.

(We want to hear from you! Did you  know we have a feedback station on our website? – we’d love to hear what you think, what you like, and what we can do to improve.)

SPRING BACK TO GBF! $2 Clothing Sale!

Spring back to GBF for our Great Big Fashion Event on April 28th, 29th, & 30th.

All regular priced clothing is only$2. Come in and check out the exciting changes to our retail store while finding fashion at bargain prices. We are constantly restocking our store with hundreds of items each day so there is always that special find just waiting for you. Keep in mind that your purchases fund our foodbank which enables GBF to fulfill its mission of providing assistance to members of our community to meet their basic needs and to achieve self-sufficiency. All this while making a positive environmental impact by reusing, recycling, and repurposing generously donated treasures.

Thank you to our partners, patrons, donators, and volunteers for making our community a wonderful and caring place to call home.

SPRING BACK TO GBF! $2 Clothing Sale!

Spring back to GBF for our Great Big Fashion Event on April 28th, 29th, & 30th.

All regular priced clothing is only$2. Come in and check out the exciting changes to our retail store while finding fashion at bargain prices. We are constantly restocking our store with hundreds of items each day so there is always that special find just waiting for you. Keep in mind that your purchases fund our foodbank which enables GBF to fulfill its mission of providing assistance to members of our community to meet their basic needs and to achieve self-sufficiency. All this while making a positive environmental impact by reusing, recycling, and repurposing generously donated treasures.

Thank you to our partners, patrons, donators, and volunteers for making our community a wonderful and caring place to call home.

Niagara Region Public Health: Continued Masking Resources

The following materials have been made available by the Niagara Region Public Health to help support Businesses.

“Currently, COVID-19 is in high circulation across our community. We strongly recommend that residents continue to wear masks to protect themselves and their community. We know that with Provincial restrictions being lifted, many local businesses and community organizations are striving to find a healthy balance between protecting their staff and customers while respecting the Province’s recommendations. We have created some posters and social media graphics to support your business/agency if you choose to still request that masks be worn in your setting or if you are in a setting that still requires masking. Please visit our COVID-19 Posters and Resources – Niagara Region, Ontario webpage to find ‘Mask / Face Covering Posters’ and ‘Social Media Images’ you can share and display in your setting.”

Niagara Region Public Health: Continued Masking Resources

The following materials have been made available by the Niagara Region Public Health to help support Businesses.

“Currently, COVID-19 is in high circulation across our community. We strongly recommend that residents continue to wear masks to protect themselves and their community. We know that with Provincial restrictions being lifted, many local businesses and community organizations are striving to find a healthy balance between protecting their staff and customers while respecting the Province’s recommendations. We have created some posters and social media graphics to support your business/agency if you choose to still request that masks be worn in your setting or if you are in a setting that still requires masking. Please visit our COVID-19 Posters and Resources – Niagara Region, Ontario webpage to find ‘Mask / Face Covering Posters’ and ‘Social Media Images’ you can share and display in your setting.”

SMEs: Collaboration Invitation from Brock University

Small or Medium Sized Business?

Your feedback will help shape Brock’s new program.

We are pleased to partner with Brock University’s Goodman School of Business on an important initiative. Brock’s Dr. Kai-Yu Wang and his team are creating programming that will help local businesses expand and improve their marketing.

HIGHLIGHTS:

·     30-60 minute (virtual) focus group

·     mid April

·     your feedback directly impacts program development

There are two ways to participate – focus group or survey.  Details of the focus groups are in Dr. Wang’s email below.  Link to the survey is here; the survey takes 10 – 15 minutes and the first 200 participants receive a $20 gift card.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our local business community to not only provide feedback on the development of Continuing Education programming, but also to contribute direct input into what they, as business owners, would find meaningful and applicable to their own business operations,” says Grimsby Chamber Executive Director Rebecca Shelley.

Please see the invitation below from Dr. Kai-Yu Wang, Professor of Marketing and Chair of Brock’s Marketing, International Business and Strategy Department.

 

Dear Grimsby Chamber Members,

I am currently developing a Digital Marketing Certification (DMC) program for Professional and Continuing Studies at Brock University. This program is funded by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and aims to provide digital marketing training to learners like you in the Niagara Region.

I invite you to attend a short focus group discussion in April. The goal of the group discussion is to identify and understand the current needs and challenges that businesses and organizations in Niagara have and encounter.

Your input will provide essential information for developing a DMC program that will help the local business community to expand their businesses with an online presence and improve utilization of Internet and social media for business growth.

Once developed, the program will provide digital marketing training to existing and prospective employees. Program participants will acquire knowledge and practical skills in digital marketing, and these newly trained employees will be able to help local businesses enhance their digital and online presence.

Your feedback is very important to the success of this program.

I invite you to join this focus group discussion and share your insights. The meeting will be held virtually on MS Teams for 30 to 60 minutes.

Choose which date and time work best for you:

·     Tuesday, April 19 at 12 PM

·     Thursday, April 21 at 1 PM

Please RSVP by email to Ms. Shuang Wang. You will receive an MS Teams invite once registered. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me, I welcome your questions.

Thank you in advance for your participation, and I look forward to hearing your input!

Sincerely,

Kai-Yu Wang, Ph.D.

Chair, Marketing, International Business and Strategy Department (MIBS)

Professor of Marketing

Goodman School of Business |Brock University

Niagara Region  | 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way | St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1

T 905 688 5550 x5597  | kwang@brocku.ca

SMEs: Collaboration Invitation from Brock University

Small or Medium Sized Business?

Your feedback will help shape Brock’s new program.

We are pleased to partner with Brock University’s Goodman School of Business on an important initiative. Brock’s Dr. Kai-Yu Wang and his team are creating programming that will help local businesses expand and improve their marketing.

HIGHLIGHTS:

·     30-60 minute (virtual) focus group

·     mid April

·     your feedback directly impacts program development

There are two ways to participate – focus group or survey.  Details of the focus groups are in Dr. Wang’s email below.  Link to the survey is here; the survey takes 10 – 15 minutes and the first 200 participants receive a $20 gift card.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our local business community to not only provide feedback on the development of Continuing Education programming, but also to contribute direct input into what they, as business owners, would find meaningful and applicable to their own business operations,” says Grimsby Chamber Executive Director Rebecca Shelley.

Please see the invitation below from Dr. Kai-Yu Wang, Professor of Marketing and Chair of Brock’s Marketing, International Business and Strategy Department.

 

Dear Grimsby Chamber Members,

I am currently developing a Digital Marketing Certification (DMC) program for Professional and Continuing Studies at Brock University. This program is funded by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and aims to provide digital marketing training to learners like you in the Niagara Region.

I invite you to attend a short focus group discussion in April. The goal of the group discussion is to identify and understand the current needs and challenges that businesses and organizations in Niagara have and encounter.

Your input will provide essential information for developing a DMC program that will help the local business community to expand their businesses with an online presence and improve utilization of Internet and social media for business growth.

Once developed, the program will provide digital marketing training to existing and prospective employees. Program participants will acquire knowledge and practical skills in digital marketing, and these newly trained employees will be able to help local businesses enhance their digital and online presence.

Your feedback is very important to the success of this program.

I invite you to join this focus group discussion and share your insights. The meeting will be held virtually on MS Teams for 30 to 60 minutes.

Choose which date and time work best for you:

·     Tuesday, April 19 at 12 PM

·     Thursday, April 21 at 1 PM

Please RSVP by email to Ms. Shuang Wang. You will receive an MS Teams invite once registered. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me, I welcome your questions.

Thank you in advance for your participation, and I look forward to hearing your input!

Sincerely,

Kai-Yu Wang, Ph.D.

Chair, Marketing, International Business and Strategy Department (MIBS)

Professor of Marketing

Goodman School of Business |Brock University

Niagara Region  | 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way | St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1

T 905 688 5550 x5597  | kwang@brocku.ca

We’ve Hired!

We’re growing! We are delighted to welcome Julie Astolfi to the Chamber operations team as our new Communications & Administrative Assistant.

Julie brings a wealth of administrative experience, a proven track record in finding and creating efficiencies, strong member-focused interpersonal skills, and no small measure of ideas and enthusiasm to the team. Julie joined us at the beginning of April, and she has eagerly jumped into Chamber life, making a big difference behind the scenes already. You’ll see her when you pick up Rapid Screening Kits, at events, and find her engaging voice across our newsletter, event, and social media communications.

We’re tremendously excited to be working with Julie, and I know that the Chamber team is going to do some innovative, challenging, exciting work this year with Julie on board.

Welcome Julie!

We’ve Hired!

We’re growing! We are delighted to welcome Julie Astolfi to the Chamber operations team as our new Communications & Administrative Assistant.

Julie brings a wealth of administrative experience, a proven track record in finding and creating efficiencies, strong member-focused interpersonal skills, and no small measure of ideas and enthusiasm to the team. Julie joined us at the beginning of April, and she has eagerly jumped into Chamber life, making a big difference behind the scenes already. You’ll see her when you pick up Rapid Screening Kits, at events, and find her engaging voice across our newsletter, event, and social media communications.

We’re tremendously excited to be working with Julie, and I know that the Chamber team is going to do some innovative, challenging, exciting work this year with Julie on board.

Welcome Julie!

AGM for 2021 is in the books!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2022! We appreciate that you took the time to lend your voice to your Chamber.

We took a look back at the extraordinary year that was 2021, the events, advocacy initiatives, and connections created over 12 months of continued unusual times. We reflected on the chamber’s role in contextualizing the business environment in light of current circumstances, our mandate to support local businesses, and our vision for the future.

Oh, and we welcomed the 2022/2023 board of directors**! (Picture coming soon!)

We have some exciting initiatives planned for 2022 – join us!

 

*All AGM results have been declared official, following a review and count from the Zoom poll report.

 

AGM for 2021 is in the books!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2022! We appreciate that you took the time to lend your voice to your Chamber.

We took a look back at the extraordinary year that was 2021, the events, advocacy initiatives, and connections created over 12 months of continued unusual times. We reflected on the chamber’s role in contextualizing the business environment in light of current circumstances, our mandate to support local businesses, and our vision for the future.

Oh, and we welcomed the 2022/2023 board of directors**! (Picture coming soon!)

We have some exciting initiatives planned for 2022 – join us!

 

*All AGM results have been declared official, following a review and count from the Zoom poll report.

 

2022 Ontario Economic Report

On Thursday, February 3, 2022, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released its sixth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER), providing the latest data on Ontario’s economy and business confidence, highlighting the unprecedented year that was 2021 and the unpredictability of the year ahead.

This report features exclusive data from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey, spotlighting the business community’s main policy priorities as well as regional and provincial economic forecasts.

We invite readers of the report to share their thoughts and reactions by completing the Ontario Chamber of Commerce survey.

You can watch a recording of the Ontario Economic Launch presentation here.

To further amplify the OER, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade are encouraged to use the chamber network toolkit.

For questions on the OER, please contact Claudia Dessanti, Senior Manager, Policy. 

For questions on the chamber network toolkit, please contact Samir Janmohamed, Policy and Public Affairs Specialist.

READ THE REPORT.

 

2022 Ontario Economic Report

On Thursday, February 3, 2022, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released its sixth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER), providing the latest data on Ontario’s economy and business confidence, highlighting the unprecedented year that was 2021 and the unpredictability of the year ahead.

This report features exclusive data from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey, spotlighting the business community’s main policy priorities as well as regional and provincial economic forecasts.

We invite readers of the report to share their thoughts and reactions by completing the Ontario Chamber of Commerce survey.

You can watch a recording of the Ontario Economic Launch presentation here.

To further amplify the OER, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade are encouraged to use the chamber network toolkit.

For questions on the OER, please contact Claudia Dessanti, Senior Manager, Policy. 

For questions on the chamber network toolkit, please contact Samir Janmohamed, Policy and Public Affairs Specialist.

READ THE REPORT.

 

Government Links to Help Business Owners

Please find below a variety of government programs that aim to help business owners.

Canada Small Business Financing Program:

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.  Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. For more information download their PDF pamphlet or find a lender near you.

Government of Canada Business Benefits Finder:

The Government of Canada has introduced many COVID-19 supports to help businesses weather the storm. To get a tailored list of the ones that fit your business situation or to discover other federal, provincial and territorial programs and services designed to help Canadian businesses grow, try the interactive business benefits finder. You can also sign up for the notification feature to receive emails when there are changes to your favourite programs, when application deadlines are approaching, or when a new program that meets your needs is introduced.

Overview of Federal Government Services for Small Business

Get tools and information on what to consider before starting a business. Get information to help you identify opportunities to grow your business. Learn how to fuel your R&D and innovation projects through government grants, contributions and loans, as well as private sector financing. Learn about programs and services available in your region to help your business succeed.  Find out more about the municipal, provincial, territorial and federal permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business.  Learn how to handle day-to-day operations, including budgeting, marketing and payroll deductions and more.

Government Links to Help Business Owners

Please find below a variety of government programs that aim to help business owners.

Canada Small Business Financing Program:

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.  Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. For more information download their PDF pamphlet or find a lender near you.

Government of Canada Business Benefits Finder:

The Government of Canada has introduced many COVID-19 supports to help businesses weather the storm. To get a tailored list of the ones that fit your business situation or to discover other federal, provincial and territorial programs and services designed to help Canadian businesses grow, try the interactive business benefits finder. You can also sign up for the notification feature to receive emails when there are changes to your favourite programs, when application deadlines are approaching, or when a new program that meets your needs is introduced.

Overview of Federal Government Services for Small Business

Get tools and information on what to consider before starting a business. Get information to help you identify opportunities to grow your business. Learn how to fuel your R&D and innovation projects through government grants, contributions and loans, as well as private sector financing. Learn about programs and services available in your region to help your business succeed.  Find out more about the municipal, provincial, territorial and federal permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business.  Learn how to handle day-to-day operations, including budgeting, marketing and payroll deductions and more.

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