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Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Committees & Roles

The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce is a Not For Profit organization and as such our Board is a Working Board.  The Directors are active on various committees.  We welcome the participation of our members on one or more committee(s) of their choosing.  Each committee usually meets on a monthly basis for 1- 2 hours.  There may be tasks assigned to be done between meetings as well.  This is a great opportunity to expand your ideas and become active with your Chamber of Commerce.  Outlined below is a brief description of each committee.

Communications
This committee provides the 'voice' of Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce.  We publish an electronic monthly newsletter - The Business BLINK.  This committee is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the website (there are advertising opportunities on our website) and for social media, press releases, etc.  Keeping the Communications Plan is a key responsibility.  Your participation in this committee is an opportunity to write or proofread or assist in developing great information for our membership. 

Member Services
The Member Services Committee coordinates various events that promote networking and ability for members to grow their businesses. The committee takes on the responsibility for Networking Breakfasts, Business-After-Hours, business training seminars, keynote Luncheons, Ribbon Cuttings, Business Showcase and the Chamber Christmas Open House.  The goal is to provide membership value through member-centered networking opportunities where attendees can interact, learn, exchange ideas and promote business in Centre Wellington. Networking Breakfasts are held monthly (September through June) and allow members to make contacts and take in a presentation on a wide range of topics of interest to the business community.  The annual Mayor's Breakfast is a perennial favourite and always draws a large crowd. 

Our Business-After-Hours meeting is an exclusive opportunity for a business in Centre Wellington to showcase their business.  This event actively promotes and showcases the host business and gives members the opportunity to learn more about a local company.  Business training seminars are conducted in cooperation with other agencies and provide valuable business training content.  The seminars are offered periodically throughout the year.  Celebrating new business and growing businesses in our community the committee organizes Ribbon Cuttings to proudly observe and recognize our local business achievements.  The Christmas Open House is  held annually in early December and is also organized by this committee.

The Member Services Committee is the 'heart' of the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce.  As a Not For Profit organization, our main source of revenue is from derived from membership dues.  We wish to provide all of our members with a superior value for their dues.  As a member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) we can offer great Visa/MasterCard rates and excellent Group Benefits through Chamber Group Plans.  As part of our membership with Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) we offer a 3.5 cent per litre discount on fuel through Esso Business Card Program. It is our aim to keep our membership growing through retention and recruitment.  Our best advertising is our satisfied customers sharing their thoughts.  If you are happy with our service, tell everyone...if something has displeased you, please tell us! 

Chamber Plus Networks meets weekly to exchange leads and referrals with others in the group.  Membership in CPN is exclusive by category.

Nominations
The Nominations Committee is led by the Past President with the primary objective of finding a slate of suitable candidates to run for a two year term on the Board of Directors by March 15th of each year.  The committee is open to suggestions from any of our membership throughout the year.  If you or someone you know would be willing to run for office - please contact the Chamber at 519-843-5140.  Elections are held annually in April, if needed.

Special Events
Over the past several years, this hard working committee has enhanced and expanded the amazing Awards of Excellence event.   The Awards of Excellence gala celebrates local community individuals and businesses within Centre Wellington.  There are several award categories for which you may nominate yourself or someone else.  Note:  nominations are open to any business in Centre Wellington or any Chamber member.

The annual Golf Tournament is one of our main fundraising events...remember that the first three letters of that word are FUN!  That's what the focus is on.  A great day to take in a round of golf with co-workers, friends, family or an opportunity to meet some new people.  Held at a local golf course the day includes a round of golf with a golf cart, dinner and prizes! 

If you would like more information about one of these committees or would like to become active in one or more of them, please contact the Chamber office, located at 400 Tower Street South, Fergus or call 519-843-5140 or email us.  We welcome your participation!

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Events

2017-03-29 : 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast

Join us for the Chamber Networking Breakfast at Van Gali's Inn & Cafe sponsored by Grand River Raceway.

Melissa Vinden of RLB is our guest speaker, she will be sharing ‘Top Tips for the Savvy Small Business Owner’ – you won’t want to miss this with tax season fast approaching!

Cost $20 for Members and $25 for Future Members

Register here or call 519-843-5140

2017-04-05
Ribbon Cutting ~ Leslie Public House

Join us for the open house & ribbon cutting of Leslie Public House, April 5 at 5pm.
216 St. Andrew St. W., Fergus.  Please RSVP here.

2017-04-06
Ribbon Cutting ~ Puzzle Rooms Canada

Join us for the open house & ribbon cutting of Puzzle Rooms Canada, April 6 at 1pm.
198 St. Andrew St. W., Fergus.  Please RSVP here.

2017-04-11 : 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chamber office - 400 Tower Street South, Fergus

CWCC Entrepreneur's Support Group

Join us for a free peer to peer networking and support group at the CWCC- held monthly. Lead facilitator is Niel Palmer, DevAd Consulting Inc. and Co-facilitated by Lynne Bard, Beyond Rewards Inc. This group will help you with unique challenges facing business owners. Will help you solve problems through networking, best practice sharing, mentoring and more!. Support each other and share ideas.
Please RSVP

2017-04-12 : 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
CWCC Municipal Town Hall

CWCC Municipal Town Hall held at the Victoria Park Senior's Centre, 150 Albert St., Fergus

An opportunity to hear from the Mayor and raise issues of concern to business owners in Centre Wellington.  Free and open to the public to attend. 

 

2017-04-19 : 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Business After Hours ~ Fergus Monuments

Fergus Monuments, 375 St. Andrew Street West, Fergus.  Please RSVP here.

2017-04-26 : 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast

Join us for the Chamber Networking Breakfast at The Gorge Country Kitchen sponsored by Grand River Raceway.

Guest Speaker BBBS and Red Car Service.

Cost $20 for Members and $25 for Future Members

RSVP to 519-843-5140 or CWCC

2017-05-16
Awards of Excellence

Save the Date!!!! ~
"Grand Masquerade - Centre Wellington"

Fergus Grand Theatre

Remember to Nominate a deserving business or individual for one or more categories!!

2017-05-31 : 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast

Join us for the Chamber Networking Breakfast at The Gorge Country Kitchen sponsored by Grand River Raceway.

Guest Speaker Carol Bard of Peace of Mind Care.

Cost $20 for Members and $25 for Future Members

RSVP to 519-843-5140 or CWCC

2017-06-14
19th Annual Chamber Golf Day

Save the Date!  More info to follow ...

2017-06-21
Networking Breakfast - AGM

Join us for the AGM at The Gorge Country Kitchen.
Guest Speaker from Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Cost $20 for Members and $25 for Future Members

RSVP to 519-843-5140 or CWCC

2017-09-13
Spain & Portugal Chamber Trip

Departing September 13 for 9 days ... click here for more info!

 

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