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Upcoming Chamber Events
Business After Hours
CALL OUT: The Focus - Spring 2012
New Chamber Members
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Save the Date! View our 2011-2012 Event Brochure
*Date & Venue subject to change
On March 1st Theo Stork & Pia van Rees will be pleased to welcome you to their Grand Opening of Laycon Signs! 820 Gartshore Street - Unit 16, Fergus Gather at 12:45pm, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1:00pm.
CHAMBER PUB NIGHT
This month we will be at the Breadalbane Inn (487 St. Andrew Street West) Tuesday March 6, 5:30pm. Join us for a casual get together in a relaxed environment. (Drop in format)
CPN VISITOR DAY
Chamber Plus Networks (CPN) is holding a VISITOR DAY on March 7 at 7:45am. Learn more about CPN. We will be at the Gorge Country Kitchen in Elora. There is no cost to attend, but you must RSVP by March 5th.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Join us at Sew Original located in the Old School House (93 Woolwich Street W - Unit 1, Salem) on March.21 5:30pm to 7:30pm for this month's BAH. Ellen Wilson is pleased to give you a tour of her establishment! RSVP to 519-843-1739.
CHINA ORIENTATION SESSION
We are heading to China again! An Orientation Session will be held on Wednesday, March 21st at 5:30pm at the Chamber office (400 Tower Street South, Fergus). Citslinc representative Leo Liu will be here to give you information and to answer your questions. If you plan to attend, please contact the Chamber.
Debb Greer is pleased to welcome you to her Grand Opening of The Bookery, in downtown Fergus! 191 St. Andrew Street West. Free refreshments, in store specials and promotions are planned! Gather at 10:45am, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:00am. RSVP to 226-383-2665.
Come listen to Northern Lights Canada discuss Employer Services on March.28 at 7:30am. Learn how to gain aid in recruiting, hiring and retaining good staff, writing job ads, and effectively interviewing candidates. The Breadalbane Inn (487 St. Andrew Street West in Fergus) will be hosting a great breakfast!
CHAMBER WINE TOUR
Join Paul and the Chamber team on Sunday, April 15th for a Niagara Area Wine Tour! Bus departs at the Chamber parking lot 9:00am (pick up also available at the Guelph YMCA 9:30am sharp) Included are 3-4 wine tastings, dinner and coach bus transportation. Wineries thus far are Reif Estate Winery and Kacaba Vineyards. Dinner will be at The Butcher & The Banker... mmm delicious! $80 per person, including HST. Lunch break in Niagara on the Lake where you will be on your own to dine or shop.
Book and pay for your spot by March 31st. Note: Payment is due when booking seat(s). We accept Visa or MasterCard or Gift of Choice Cheques, cash, Interac and cheques.
ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Awards of Excellence
“Centre Wellington...Oh the Places We Will Go!”
Thursday, April 26th, 2012.
Cocktails 5:45 pm
Dinner 6:45 pm
Awards Program 8:00 pm
Tickets $75 (including HST)
TRIP TO CHINA!
Yes, that's right! Due to a large number of interest, the Chamber and Citslinc International, in partner with Noecker Travel, are hosting another China Trip! We will be departing from Toronto on Wednesday, September 12th to and returning Saturday, September 22nd. Travel Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou with an optional tour to visit the Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors! Reserve your space today! View Itinerary
For more Information - contact:
Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce
400 Tower Street South, Fergus ON N1M 2P7
519-843-5140, email@example.com or
123 Metcalfe Street, Elora, ON N0B 1S0
To learn more or register for events, call 519-843-5140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take note of our Event Cancellation Policy
THE FOCUS - SPRING 2012 EDITION
Our next edition of The Focus magazine will be coming out shortly. THE FOCUS is a quarterly publication dedicated to providing business information to employers, employees and other professionals that are members of the Chamber. Feature pages and articles focus on education and information that matters to business.
We are looking for a variety of advertisers and articles to include in our future editions. Writers will be given a credit line when their piece is published. The articles should be roughly 600 words, general, educational, and informative for our readers - the local business community! To view sample articles and advertising please view our Winter 2011/2012 edition here www.cwchamber.ca/TheFocus. The next issue will be published near the end of April.
For more information:
Advertising - Advertising@cwchamber.ca
Article Submission - email@example.com or 519-843-5140
General Inquiries and Feedback - TheFocus@cwchamber.ca or 519-843-5140
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
FERGUS ELORA DISTRICT SOCCER
135 St. David Street South, Lower Level - Unit 7
Fergus ON N1M 2L4
QUARRY OPTOMETRY CENTRE
Dr. Angela Tamblyn & Dr. Jody Lorentz
294 Mill Street East, Suite 116
Elora ON N0B 1S0
ELORA MASSAGE THERAPY CLINIC
Julie Shaw, Registered Massage Therapist
70 John Street
Elora ON N0B 1S0
Rebecca O’Brien, Owner
216 St. Andrew Street West
Fergus ON N1M 1N7
DOMINION LENDING CENTRES
Ron Price & Tracy Luciani
655 Tower Street South
Fergus ON N1M 2R1
MICHAEL CHONG, MP REPORTS
As we start this new year, jobs and the economy remain the focus of your federal government. This includes supporting small businesses so that they can focus on doing what they do best: creating jobs and economic growth in Canada. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on one of our recent measures that support Canadian businesses.
Red tape costs Canadian businesses and individuals alike. Our government believes that cutting red tape is critically important for innovation and increased productivity. That is why in January 2011, the government launched the Red Tape Commission in order to indentify irritants that inhibit growth, competitiveness and innovation for Canadian businesses. The Red Tape Commission was also tasked with recommending long-term strategies to address those irritants and reduce the compliance burden, without compromising the environment or the health and safety of Canadians.
To meet this challenge, the Red Tape Commission carried out extensive online and in-person consultations with businesses and business groups like yours across Canada. The consultations identified roughly 2,300 specific irritants regarding regulations that cause unnecessary cost and frustration.
Last month, the federal government received the Red Tape Reduction Commission’s Recommendations Report. The Red Tape Commission identified the root causes of red tape, and produced 90 specific recommendations involving 18 federal government departments and agencies. Our government listened to Canadian businesses and announced that we will be taking early action on the Commission’s recommendation and implementing the One-for-One Rule.
The One-for-One Rule will reduce administrative burdens for businesses in two ways. First, it will require regulators to remove a regulation each time they introduce a new regulation that imposes administrative burdens. Second, when a new or amended regulation increases administrative costs on businesses, regulators will be required to offset – from existing regulations – an equal amount of administrative costs to businesses. This will reduce the amount of time and resources that businesses spend in order to comply with government regulations.
Canadian businesses told us that the One-for-One Rule is necessary to control how often the government turns to regulations to address issues within industry. Businesses also said that at the same time, the burden of existing regulations grows unchecked. We listened to you by taking early action on the One-for-One Rule in order to support the Canadian businesses that in turn support Canada’s economy.
The government is committed to delivering results for the public, while lowering costs for businesses and ensuring that the health and safety of Canadians are not compromised. To learn more about the Red Tape Commission and its report, please visit www.reduceredtape.gc.ca/
I encourage you to contact me if you have questions about the Red Tape Commission or any of the federal government’s initiatives. You can contact me by phone at (866) 878-5556 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
February has zipped by - even with the extra day this year the month flew by. There has been lots in the news about the Drummond Report which was released and has created a lot of buzz throughout various sectors in Ontario. The full report and an Executive Summary are available on our website.
We are planning many events for the rest of the year for education, networking and fun! One item to announce is our 3rd ANNUAL LOCAL BIZ NIGHT - mark Wednesday, May 2nd on your calendar. We are pleased to partner once again with Grand River Raceway to provide you and your family, friends and co-workers with an evening of food, fun, and horses! Meet for a special reception at 5:30 to find out what horse you'll be cheering for, then enjoy a sumptuous buffet and watch the races. You'll be able to go to the stable and meet your horse too. Then stay for the LOCAL BIZ NIGHT race and cheer on your favourite. The winners will receive the coveted trophy and a party for 20 courtesy of Grand River Raceway (some restrictions apply). Call Heather or Roberta to book your table.
The Nominations are in and the judging will take place in late March for the Awards of Excellence!! THANK YOU to all those businesses and individuals who took the time to submit nominations. This year's Dr. Seuss theme has a great array of costume potential. Start planning your table and costume now... Tickets will be available later in March.
This morning I was greeted by a pair of beautiful cardinals on the tree outside my office window and yesterday I saw my first robin. Spring is just around the corner and life is good!
MONTHLY NETWORKING BREAKFAST
We gathered at Van Gali's on February 29 to listen to Margaret Pennyfather of Marketing Network Associates speak on how to network and market yourself effectively. The theory of ‘push vs. pull marketing’ and ‘cold vs. warm touches’ was discussed. They are used to help make the best type of contact with potential clients and other businesses. To read up on the full presentation of 3 Levels of Networking, check out our Member Resources page.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
On February 15, we headed over to Cheer On! Inc. where demonstrations were given in "The Den" of some of their programs. We were also able to join in the fun and try out their spring mats! Cheer On! can host Birthday Parties, Summer Day Camps, as well as many day time programs. For more information visit www.cheeron.ca. Thank you to all who joined us that evening. Draw Prize winner was Miki Szinegh of miniCAB!
(CWCC's tip of the month)
Did you know... while being a member of your local Chamber, you gain access to information and resources provided by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce?
The Grand 92.9
A launch was held for Our newest community radio station, The Grand 92.9 on February 17 in downtown Fergus. They are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers....from reception to administrative back-up or community reporters and on air hosts (weekends especially). Check them out!!
O'Beans Java Bar
The Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting at O’Bean’s JavaBar on February 18 to celebrate their official opening on the main street of Fergus. The event included support from many locals, Chamber and Council. Amazing Chai Tea Latte’s were served for everyone to sample. Great food, drink and atmosphere. Congratulations!
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