Statement on Racism

The recent events are disheartening and deeply troubling. More so, they highlighted the systematic racism that many Canadians have been experiencing for too long.

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff are proud to support all types of diversity and uphold the values of inclusion, allyship, and social responsibility. Our society benefits greatly from the rich diversity we are fortunate to have in Canada.

We stand in solidarity with anyone who has ever experienced discrimination or racism in any form. As an organization, we make this commitment to proactively work with you, support you, and stand by you.


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Statement on Racism

The recent events are disheartening and deeply troubling. More so, they highlighted the systematic racism that many Canadians have been experiencing for too long.

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff are proud to support all types of diversity and uphold the values of inclusion, allyship, and social responsibility. Our society benefits greatly from the rich diversity we are fortunate to have in Canada.

We stand in solidarity with anyone who has ever experienced discrimination or racism in any form. As an organization, we make this commitment to proactively work with you, support you, and stand by you.


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COVID-19 Response

March 27, 2020: Government of Canada announces new relief measures for SMEs

Please share with us the impact COVID-19 has had on your business or organization. Your responses will help determine next steps and recommendations for various levels of government on relief and rebuild measures. Take the survey HERE.

With the emerging developments around the COVID-19 situation, we are committed to sharing relevant resources and verified information with our members and the business community at large.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has prepared an excellent resource, “Pandemic Preparedness for Business.”

We encourage all our members to follow the precautions and protocols set out by our government health experts.

The Grimsby Chamber is in contact with municipal officials, Chamber umbrella organizations, and our peers in Niagara. We will continue to closely monitor the developing landscape, and keep our members informed.

Below are some important sources of information, for both businesses and the general public:

In keeping with government recommendations and mandates, the Grimsby Chamber is working remotely. We’re still here for you – to answer your questions, provide information and resources, and connect with our members through the crisis. We want to hear from you: info@grimsbychamber.com.

Stay healthy!

COVID-19 Response

March 27, 2020: Government of Canada announces new relief measures for SMEs

Please share with us the impact COVID-19 has had on your business or organization. Your responses will help determine next steps and recommendations for various levels of government on relief and rebuild measures. Take the survey HERE.

With the emerging developments around the COVID-19 situation, we are committed to sharing relevant resources and verified information with our members and the business community at large.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has prepared an excellent resource, “Pandemic Preparedness for Business.”

We encourage all our members to follow the precautions and protocols set out by our government health experts.

The Grimsby Chamber is in contact with municipal officials, Chamber umbrella organizations, and our peers in Niagara. We will continue to closely monitor the developing landscape, and keep our members informed.

Below are some important sources of information, for both businesses and the general public:

In keeping with government recommendations and mandates, the Grimsby Chamber is working remotely. We’re still here for you – to answer your questions, provide information and resources, and connect with our members through the crisis. We want to hear from you: info@grimsbychamber.com.

Stay healthy!

March 3 Networking Breakfast at JJ’s On The Docks

Thank you to everyone who joined us at JJ’s On The Docks Eatery for another successful Networking Breakfast! We hope you enjoyed catching up with everyone as much as we did. It’s always exciting to hear more about your business and growth you’re experiencing!

Tremendous thanks to John and Josie and their team for the delicious hot breakfast and hosting our group. HUGE shout-out and thanks to John (JJ’s) and Darin (AGIS Computing) for the wonderful and generous gift of the speaker and microphone! Special thanks to JJ’s and to Garrett Group for donating door prizes.


Don’t forget that our AGM is coming up on March 24 – and nominations are now open for six (6) board positions. Please consider nominating someone you think has a strong, passionate vision for our Chamber’s future – or nominate yourself! Registration is also open to join us at the event, and we encourage you to come out to lend your voice and your vote!

Finally, if you’re going somewhere warm for March Break, you may want to dust off your golf clubs, because the Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be here faster than you think! Save the date for June 9 to support a local charity and enjoy a round of golf.

March 3 Networking Breakfast at JJ’s On The Docks

Thank you to everyone who joined us at JJ’s On The Docks Eatery for another successful Networking Breakfast! We hope you enjoyed catching up with everyone as much as we did. It’s always exciting to hear more about your business and growth you’re experiencing!

Tremendous thanks to John and Josie and their team for the delicious hot breakfast and hosting our group. HUGE shout-out and thanks to John (JJ’s) and Darin (AGIS Computing) for the wonderful and generous gift of the speaker and microphone! Special thanks to JJ’s and to Garrett Group for donating door prizes.


Don’t forget that our AGM is coming up on March 24 – and nominations are now open for six (6) board positions. Please consider nominating someone you think has a strong, passionate vision for our Chamber’s future – or nominate yourself! Registration is also open to join us at the event, and we encourage you to come out to lend your voice and your vote!

Finally, if you’re going somewhere warm for March Break, you may want to dust off your golf clubs, because the Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be here faster than you think! Save the date for June 9 to support a local charity and enjoy a round of golf.

February 27 Business After 5 at Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night at the Business After 5, co-hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Grimsby Public Library! It may have been cold and snowy outside, but it was a lovely evening to learn more about the services our hosts offer, while engaging with our members, guests, and even Mayor Jeff Jordan and Councillors Randy Vaine and Dave Kadwell! What better way to connect with officials and community leaders than at cornerstone institutions, like the library and art gallery?

Our hosts gave insightful tours of their facilities, and highlighted some key happenings in their organizations. The library offers modern, forward-looking services and technology, including two 3D printers, vast digital catalogues, a green screen, and smart-device courses. Of course, that’s all in addition to classic library offerings of books, DVDs, computers, printers, and a cozy place to read in front of the fireplace! Interestingly, if you or a loved one has mobility issues that prevent you from going to the library, they will curate a reading list tailored to your preferences and deliver it to you!

The library currently has a vacancy on their board, so please reach out to them if you are interested in helping shape the library’s future! Additionally, the library welcomes community partnerships and if there is a program, collection, or service that the library could offer to assist community business, they would love to hear about it. Contact Kathryn Drury, CEO and Chief Librarian if you’re interested in forming a partnership.

The art gallery tour offered an insider’s view into their role of “preserving the visual history of our community.” Their large permanent, collection kept in “the vault”, consists of over 2,000 art pieces crafted by local artists, including some portraits of Grimsby’s founding families! Currently, the gallery is exhibiting vivid/en direct by Paul Walty, a moving experience that draws inspiration from Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Manga, and other styles. Be sure to check out the gallery’s other upcoming exhibits that feature local, regional, and national artists.

The gallery has their primary annual fundraiser, the All You Need Is Love Fundraising Auction, happening on March 28! Tickets are on sale now!

Thank you again to our hosts for providing a warm place for our members to mingle and share some refreshments!

Don’t forget that our Annual General Meeting is coming up quickly on March 24! Nominations are open for five (5) Board of Directors positions, and yes, you can self-nominate!

 

February 27 Business After 5 at Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night at the Business After 5, co-hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Grimsby Public Library! It may have been cold and snowy outside, but it was a lovely evening to learn more about the services our hosts offer, while engaging with our members, guests, and even Mayor Jeff Jordan and Councillors Randy Vaine and Dave Kadwell! What better way to connect with officials and community leaders than at cornerstone institutions, like the library and art gallery?

Our hosts gave insightful tours of their facilities, and highlighted some key happenings in their organizations. The library offers modern, forward-looking services and technology, including two 3D printers, vast digital catalogues, a green screen, and smart-device courses. Of course, that’s all in addition to classic library offerings of books, DVDs, computers, printers, and a cozy place to read in front of the fireplace! Interestingly, if you or a loved one has mobility issues that prevent you from going to the library, they will curate a reading list tailored to your preferences and deliver it to you!

The library currently has a vacancy on their board, so please reach out to them if you are interested in helping shape the library’s future! Additionally, the library welcomes community partnerships and if there is a program, collection, or service that the library could offer to assist community business, they would love to hear about it. Contact Kathryn Drury, CEO and Chief Librarian if you’re interested in forming a partnership.

The art gallery tour offered an insider’s view into their role of “preserving the visual history of our community.” Their large permanent, collection kept in “the vault”, consists of over 2,000 art pieces crafted by local artists, including some portraits of Grimsby’s founding families! Currently, the gallery is exhibiting vivid/en direct by Paul Walty, a moving experience that draws inspiration from Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Manga, and other styles. Be sure to check out the gallery’s other upcoming exhibits that feature local, regional, and national artists.

The gallery has their primary annual fundraiser, the All You Need Is Love Fundraising Auction, happening on March 28! Tickets are on sale now!

Thank you again to our hosts for providing a warm place for our members to mingle and share some refreshments!

Don’t forget that our Annual General Meeting is coming up quickly on March 24! Nominations are open for five (5) Board of Directors positions, and yes, you can self-nominate!

 

February 13 Lunch & Learn at McNally House Hospice

We were extremely pleased to join our hosts McNally House Hospice for a Grief in the Workplace Lunch & Learn on February 13. Bereavement Support Clinician Jennifer Jowlabar took us through the many aspects of supporting coworkers and employees who are experiencing grief, with an in-depth, informative, and very interactive session.

Why is it important for businesses to acknowledge and act on Grief in the Workplace?

Not only does having comprehensive policies and procedures around grief and bereavement address a key aspect of workplace wellness and create a positive, inclusive, supportive work environment, but also makes good business sense. Properly supporting employees and coworkers who are experiencing a loss, results in more productivity, fewer unpredictable results, and less disruption to service and clients. Let’s face it, loss and grief are a fact of life – everyone will experience grief at some point.

Did you know? McNally House Hospice provides grief workshops specifically for businesses, and can connect you and your employees with a number of resources in the community. Contact Amanda or Jennifer today for more information!

Thank you to 50 Point Market for the delicious lunch spread!

February 13 Lunch & Learn at McNally House Hospice

We were extremely pleased to join our hosts McNally House Hospice for a Grief in the Workplace Lunch & Learn on February 13. Bereavement Support Clinician Jennifer Jowlabar took us through the many aspects of supporting coworkers and employees who are experiencing grief, with an in-depth, informative, and very interactive session.

Why is it important for businesses to acknowledge and act on Grief in the Workplace?

Not only does having comprehensive policies and procedures around grief and bereavement address a key aspect of workplace wellness and create a positive, inclusive, supportive work environment, but also makes good business sense. Properly supporting employees and coworkers who are experiencing a loss, results in more productivity, fewer unpredictable results, and less disruption to service and clients. Let’s face it, loss and grief are a fact of life – everyone will experience grief at some point.

Did you know? McNally House Hospice provides grief workshops specifically for businesses, and can connect you and your employees with a number of resources in the community. Contact Amanda or Jennifer today for more information!

Thank you to 50 Point Market for the delicious lunch spread!

February 6 Networking Breakfast at Station 1 Coffeehouse

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Station 1 Coffeehouse this morning for the first Networking Breakfast of 2020! We’ve had a mild winter so far, but Mother Nature decided she wanted to come, too… that didn’t stop our members from coming out, though! We got together, warmed up with some coffee, and eagerly listened to the new things happening in Grimsby, with the Grimsby Chamber, and our members’ and guests’ businesses!

We were extremely pleased to have Mayor Jeff Jordan join us, to give us an overview of all things Grimsby, including progress with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Town Council’s strategic vision. The Mayor’s welcome update about the efforts of all three West Niagara municipalities showcased perfectly the effects of collaboration – how working together truly makes us stronger, an idea near and dear to us here in the Chamber community.

Thanks again to everyone for starting your snowy day off with us, and tremendous thanks to Chris and Nicki and their team of professionals for hosting us at Station 1 (we promise, we’ll use the Giant Jenga next time!).

Don’t forget to register for our Lunch & Learn on Thursday, February 13! It’s covering an important, but rarely talked about, issue – Grief in the Workplace.

February 6 Networking Breakfast at Station 1 Coffeehouse

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Station 1 Coffeehouse this morning for the first Networking Breakfast of 2020! We’ve had a mild winter so far, but Mother Nature decided she wanted to come, too… that didn’t stop our members from coming out, though! We got together, warmed up with some coffee, and eagerly listened to the new things happening in Grimsby, with the Grimsby Chamber, and our members’ and guests’ businesses!

We were extremely pleased to have Mayor Jeff Jordan join us, to give us an overview of all things Grimsby, including progress with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Town Council’s strategic vision. The Mayor’s welcome update about the efforts of all three West Niagara municipalities showcased perfectly the effects of collaboration – how working together truly makes us stronger, an idea near and dear to us here in the Chamber community.

Thanks again to everyone for starting your snowy day off with us, and tremendous thanks to Chris and Nicki and their team of professionals for hosting us at Station 1 (we promise, we’ll use the Giant Jenga next time!).

Don’t forget to register for our Lunch & Learn on Thursday, February 13! It’s covering an important, but rarely talked about, issue – Grief in the Workplace.

January 21, 2020 Lunch & Learn: Cannabis in the Workplace

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first Lunch & Learn this year! The experts from Workplace Safety & Prevention Centre gave a thought-provoking presentation on the issues around Cannabis in the Workplace. With the new legislation, there are still many grey areas; ultimately, employers must ensure safety comes first and developing a robust Fit For Duty policy is critical. If you have questions around cannabis, or general workplace safety, reach out the WSPS team today.

Thank you to 50 Point Market for the tasty lunch!

January 21, 2020 Lunch & Learn: Cannabis in the Workplace

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first Lunch & Learn this year! The experts from Workplace Safety & Prevention Centre gave a thought-provoking presentation on the issues around Cannabis in the Workplace. With the new legislation, there are still many grey areas; ultimately, employers must ensure safety comes first and developing a robust Fit For Duty policy is critical. If you have questions around cannabis, or general workplace safety, reach out the WSPS team today.

Thank you to 50 Point Market for the tasty lunch!

Happy Holidays

Thanks for creating connections with us in 2019! We are extremely grateful for our incredible Chamber community, and so lucky to call Grimsby our home. Without YOU, we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you!

The Chamber’s holiday hours are as follows:

Office will close as of 4:00 PM on Friday, December 20, 2019.
Office will reopen as of 9:00 AM on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Wishing our member businesses and organizations the happiest of holidays and health and prosperity in 2020. We can’t wait to connect with you in the New Year!

Happy Holidays

Thanks for creating connections with us in 2019! We are extremely grateful for our incredible Chamber community, and so lucky to call Grimsby our home. Without YOU, we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you!

The Chamber’s holiday hours are as follows:

Office will close as of 4:00 PM on Friday, December 20, 2019.
Office will reopen as of 9:00 AM on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Wishing our member businesses and organizations the happiest of holidays and health and prosperity in 2020. We can’t wait to connect with you in the New Year!

2019 Business Excellence & Citizen of the Year Awards

Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Business Excellence and Citizen of the Year Awards! We were extremely excited to have had a great party at a fantastic venue, and to see so many members of the community out to celebrate with us! What an exceptional evening filled with tasty food, happy tears, and even a community HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

We cannot thank LIUNA Gardens enough for being amazing hosts, and a big shout-out goes to Bryan from Village Studio for capturing the special moments of the evening!

We were thrilled to have YourTV Niagara there to record the event on film. The Awards Celebration airs on YourTV (Channel 700) as follows:
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 PM

Neighbourhood Magazine joined us to celebrate excellence, too; click here to see their coverage of the event.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook for more great moments from this inspiring night. Congratulations to all!

Citizen of the Year Award
sponsored by Cogeco
BRUCE MACKENZIE

Winner of Business Excellence (Not for Profit) Award
sponsored by Stonehouse Whitcomb Funeral Home
GBF COMMUNITY SERVICES

Winner of Business Excellence: Medium Business Award (over 10 employees)
sponsored by Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce
JJ’S ON THE DOCKS EATERY

Winner of Business Excellence: Small Business Award (under 10 employees)
sponsored by Meridian Credit Union
WICKED THINGS BASKETS & GIFTS

Congratulations to everyone! We can’t wait to see the amazing work Grimsby’s businesses and citizens do in the 2020 and beyond!

 

2019 Business Excellence & Citizen of the Year Awards

Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Business Excellence and Citizen of the Year Awards! We were extremely excited to have had a great party at a fantastic venue, and to see so many members of the community out to celebrate with us! What an exceptional evening filled with tasty food, happy tears, and even a community HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

We cannot thank LIUNA Gardens enough for being amazing hosts, and a big shout-out goes to Bryan from Village Studio for capturing the special moments of the evening!

We were thrilled to have YourTV Niagara there to record the event on film. The Awards Celebration airs on YourTV (Channel 700) as follows:
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 PM

Neighbourhood Magazine joined us to celebrate excellence, too; click here to see their coverage of the event.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook for more great moments from this inspiring night. Congratulations to all!

Citizen of the Year Award
sponsored by Cogeco
BRUCE MACKENZIE

Winner of Business Excellence (Not for Profit) Award
sponsored by Stonehouse Whitcomb Funeral Home
GBF COMMUNITY SERVICES

Winner of Business Excellence: Medium Business Award (over 10 employees)
sponsored by Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce
JJ’S ON THE DOCKS EATERY

Winner of Business Excellence: Small Business Award (under 10 employees)
sponsored by Meridian Credit Union
WICKED THINGS BASKETS & GIFTS

Congratulations to everyone! We can’t wait to see the amazing work Grimsby’s businesses and citizens do in the 2020 and beyond!

 

November 21 Business After 5 with The Lynn Fee Team

“I didn’t realize how big her heart is” and… #RoomsOfFood!

That about sums up last night’s Business After 5 at the Lynn Fee Team‘s office. We had an incredible turnout for the last BA5 of the year – thank you to everyone who was able to come out!

Lynn and team opened their home (literally) last night to host an amazing Business After 5! And, they took #shoplocal to whole new level, bringing in FOUR local businesses to fill room after room with deliciousness: OPA ExpressGiganti Events Planning and Catering, Noni’s Pizzeria, and Fit To Eat Catering. And wine in every room!

The beautiful holiday lights outside and festive decor inside really put us all in the Christmas spirit, but it was hearing about the incredible work Lynn and her team are doing OUTSIDE of real estate that really brought the meaning of Community and Christmas home. They really are community supporters at heart, and involved with organizations and events that help those in need right here in Grimsby. Stacy from GBF Community Services summed up Lynn’s extraordinary focus on community when she said “I didn’t realize how big her heart is” and told us how Lynn’s concern for a local family in need turned her into an advocate for local housing issues.

Thank you, Lynn and team!

November 21 Business After 5 with The Lynn Fee Team

“I didn’t realize how big her heart is” and… #RoomsOfFood!

That about sums up last night’s Business After 5 at the Lynn Fee Team‘s office. We had an incredible turnout for the last BA5 of the year – thank you to everyone who was able to come out!

Lynn and team opened their home (literally) last night to host an amazing Business After 5! And, they took #shoplocal to whole new level, bringing in FOUR local businesses to fill room after room with deliciousness: OPA ExpressGiganti Events Planning and Catering, Noni’s Pizzeria, and Fit To Eat Catering. And wine in every room!

The beautiful holiday lights outside and festive decor inside really put us all in the Christmas spirit, but it was hearing about the incredible work Lynn and her team are doing OUTSIDE of real estate that really brought the meaning of Community and Christmas home. They really are community supporters at heart, and involved with organizations and events that help those in need right here in Grimsby. Stacy from GBF Community Services summed up Lynn’s extraordinary focus on community when she said “I didn’t realize how big her heart is” and told us how Lynn’s concern for a local family in need turned her into an advocate for local housing issues.

Thank you, Lynn and team!

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