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Local Business News

Key Updates from the Aurora Chamber
Business Excellence Awards

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards! Show your favourite local businesses some love. Nominate now and nominate often.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce has the honour of publicly recognizing local businesses that have demonstrated a passion for excellence, a commitment to their community and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Join us in celebrating The Magic of Business!
2017 Aurora Chamber Home Show 


Have you ever thought about promoting your business at the always-successful Aurora Chamber Home Show? It's your last chance to take part in this popular annual event. Reach thousands of potential customers over the weekend of April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. 

Call Sandra today to book 905-727-7262 x23. 
Key Updates from the  Town of Aurora
Spring in Aurora

Mayor Dawe discusses the Business Excellence Awards, the Aurora Chamber Home Show, and the new GO station scheduled to open in 2019 in his update. 
Key Updates from Kyle Peterson, MP Newmarket-Aurora
Federal Budget 2017

Budget 2017 will help create jobs in the new innovative economy.  We need to prepare now for the future.
Key Updates from the Aurora Public Library (APL)
Grow Your Business with the APL

Free courses, business events and books to upgrade your skills, increase your knowledge and improve your business success.
Local Business News & Opportunities
York Region Once-Through Cooling (OTC) System Replacement Incentive Program

York Region recently launched the OTC System Replacement Incentive program for small to medium-sized businesses. It provides incentives of up to $3,000 for businesses that achieve water savings through the replacement of their once-through-cooled equipment.

Traditional commercial cooling systems use water in a single pass (‘once-through’) to extract heat from equipment (such as ice machines, chillers, and refrigerators) before discharging it into the sewer system. OTC systems need large volumes of water to operate, regardless of size. A 1 ton condensing unit using this method is estimated to consume more than 1,000,000 litres of water every year – underscoring the high potential for savings.

ClimateWise Business Network First Annual Evening of Recognition

On Wednesday May 31st, ClimateWise will showcase and celebrate sustainability leadership at their first annual Evening of Recognition at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall in Markham. 

Keynote Speaker: David Miller, President & CEO of WWF and the 63rd Mayor of Toronto 

Over a delicious three-course dinner you will hear about the future of business and sustainability from renowned speakers and have an opportunity to network with other industry leaders. All attendees will receive a copy of ClimateWise's 2016 Annual Report, highlighting the leadership taken in York Region.

Tickets: $15-$50
ClimateWise is a target-based sustainability program focused on engaging York Region businesses in making meaningful reductions to their GHG emissions. ClimateWise helps organizations understand what going green can do for your business, how you can realize those benefits and where to start. 

Provincial Business News

Key Updates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)  
Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

On April 7th, the federal, provincial and territorial governments formally released the details surrounding the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). The announcement aligns with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s continued advocacy for the removal of inter-provincial trade barriers to further enhance Ontario’s competitiveness. Inter-provincial trade makes up one-fifth of Canada’s GDP, a total of $385 billion. 
2017 Federal Budget Underwhelming for Ontario’s Business Community

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) welcomes the Government of Canada’s decision to focus on skills and innovation, announced in the 2017 Federal Budget on March 22nd. Overall, with the Budget delivering underwhelming implications for Ontario’s business community, the OCC is calling on the federal government to enhance investment in trade-enabling infrastructure.
Provincial Business News & Opportunities
Help Shape the Future with Ontario's Universities

Ontario’s universities have launched a conversation about how we can work together to unlock the full potential of Ontario’s future - about what we can all do together to help shape tomorrow, and to make sure no one is left behind in this fast-changing world.

Ontario’s Universities want to hear your ideas on how we can build a brighter future.

National Business News

Key Updates from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC)
Cyber Security in Canada: Practical Solutions to a Growing Problem

The CCC released a new report that examines the increasing challenges businesses face as cyber crime becomes more common and more costly.It lays the groundwork for closer collaboration between government and the business community to develop a more secure cyber landscape.

Small businesses are particularly vulnerable because, although they recognize the threat, they lack the technical knowledge and resources to protect themselves. The focus for SMEs is usually on recovery instead of prevention yet the financial losses from an attack could be devastating to a small business.

The launch of the report comes as the federal government is reworking Canada’s current cyber security strategy, which has been in place since 2010 – an eternity in terms of technology. 
Recommendations in the report include providing incentives for security innovations and developing programs to increase digital literacy in the workforce.  
The Number One Threat to America - Border Taxes

Hendrik Brakel, CCC Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, 
hits the pause button on the renegotiation of NAFTA for a brief moment to redirect his attention toward the proposed Border Adjustment Tax and how it might be a bigger problem than we think. With the proposed Border Adjustment Tax looming overhead, Hendrik considers the governing forces behind the tax and how this will impact the rest of us. 

Read 5 Minutes for Business to find out what kind of economy will emerge with the passing of the proposed Border Adjustment Tax.

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CBC: More Canadian businesses plan to invest and hire this year, says survey
MSN: Internal trade deal expected to boost economy

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Charity & Non-Profit News

Local non-profit charities need your support to continue their good work in our community. Get involved and make a difference today!
Women's Centre of York Region (WCYR) invites you to celebrate What Makes Us Beautiful - A Mother's Day Luncheon. WCYR is pleased to announce that their keynote speaker will be Margot L. Denomme, mother, lawyer and author of the book 'Mommy, Am I Pretty?'. This this will be a multi-generational event, attended by families and in celebration of women! WCYR's focus this year is on women, empowerment, and family communication. The event will also showcase a local female musician, Gina Horswood, local vendors, raffles, prizes and our keynote speaker. Grandmothers, Mother’s, Daughter’s, Granddaughter’s, Aunts and friends will find this a lovely afternoon spent in celebration and support of women in our community. Plan to attend and support the valuable programming of the WCYR!
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