March 3, 2021 | Issue 9
From the Desk of the CEO...
Welcome to March!
We are kicking off the month with our annual MP/MPP morning event, developed this year as a Fireside Chat for safety purposes. Working in partnership with our post-secondary partners Six Nations Polytechnic, Conestoga College, and Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as our production company Pynx Productions, we are proud to host MP Phil McColeman for his last MP event and welcome again MPP Will Bouma. Please join us Friday morning at 8:00 am, and participate through the Sli.do app or website.
We end the month with our 2021 AGM and President's Event with a review of 2020 and celebrating 2019-2020 President Paul McCaig. 

See you online,

Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions for the full list of public health region classifications and what you need to know.
What's Up at the Chamber?
It's your last chance to ask the questions that matter the most to you and your business. Grab a coffee and a muffin and join us at your computer to hear from both MP Phil McColeman and MPP Will Bouma. Register today to receive your access information on Thursday.
Join us on April 22, 2021, to learn expert tips on co-op recruiting best practices, how to navigate the hiring process like a pro, and how you can access up to 70% funding to support your hire! Learn more & register...
This year's Double Platinum Sponsors
Virtual Networking with the Edinburgh Chamber!
The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual trade mission to Ontario, Canada, from March 30 – April 1. As part of this mission, they will be hosting a networking session for members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce from 10:15 am -11:15 am ET on Thursday, April 1. You will get a chance to meet the delegation and promote your business in zoom breakout rooms and network in a digital format. Places are limited to one person per company, and the deadline date for bookings is March 23.

Please contact Jessica Wright, Senior Events Specialist, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, if you have any further questions.
Member Products & Services!
Photohouse Studio: 20% discount on all headshot packages or 15% discount on commercial/product photo or video services (up to $500!!)
Please contact Steve or Paul at info@photohouse.ca
(these discounts cannot be combined with any other offers)
Member Privileges
Chamber Group Benefits Plan
It's not just health & dental!
Access to professional accounting, counselling, legal and human resource experts who understand the challenges faced by small business owners.
Contact Jay or Celina at 519.752.0911 for more information.
COVID-19 Grants & Loans
Grant helps more than 78,000 Small Businesses!
Through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, our government has provided more than $1 billion in direct support to help eligible business owners affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and can be used in whatever way makes the most sense for individual businesses; from paying employee wages to offsetting the cost of rent to purchasing inventory.
More than 78,000 Ontario Small Business Support Grant applications from small businesses across the province have been processed, representing more than $1 billion in support. Upon approval, successful applicants will receive their payment within 10 days. Applications are still open until March 31, 2021.
You can watch the step-by-step instructional video on the application portal that is available to help guide you through the process below.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
*LOCAL ALERT* Regional Relief Recovery Fund, administered by Enterprise Brant: https://www.enterprisebrant.com/regional-relief-recovery-fund/
*LOCAL ALERT* Community Stakeholder Survey: BCHU Covid-19 pandemic response. Click here to take the survey
Recovery Activation Program helping local businesses go digital. Click here to learn more and apply
PD27 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-identification Form for Employers. Click here
Government of Canada Covid-19 Alert App: click here to download
Support for your business from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Support for Individuals from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Business Resilience Service phoneline: call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8 am – 8 pm ET
Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA); This $55 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. Click here to apply
Develop your Workplace Safety Plan with tools from the Government of Ontario here.