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Local Business News

Key Updates from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
What kind of WiFi do you need for your business?

Find out with Tech Connect "Tech Tips" brought to you by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in partnership with 2 Thumbs Up Productions , featuring The Tech Zone .
Want to learn more? Register now for FREE admission to the 2017 Aurora Chamber Tech Expo!
2017 Aurora Chamber Tech Expo

When : Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time : 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where : King's Riding Golf Club, 14700 Bathurst Street, King City

Cost : FREE ADMISSION with advance online * registration. Walk-ins pay $10 at the door (cash or credit only). * Registration closes at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 

Why Attend? Let the experts help your business succeed! Members of the local business community, small business owners, home-based entrepreneurs and freelance professionals are encouraged to attend to discover new technologies that improve productivity and increase profits. Local tech experts are eager to discuss the most current and effective solutions to make your life easier and connect your business. Get answers to your burning IT questions! The Tech Expo will feature 20+ exhibitors, giveaways. hands-on demonstrations, prizes, a cash bar, networking and much more.

Thank you to our Tech Connect Video Sponsor: 2 Thumbs Up Productions . Learn more about professional video to enhance your brand at
Key Updates from the Town of Aurora
Update from Mayor Dawe

The Mayor touches on the AEDC Board, the new the Microtel Inn & Suites, small business month, Town participation in the 2017 Aurora Chamber Tech Expo and more.
Key Updates from Kyle Peterson, MP Newmarket-Aurora
Update from MP Kyle Peterson

MP Peterson provides updates on CETA, NAFTA, Tax Reform and more.
Key Updates from the Aurora Public Library (APL)
Aurora Public Library: Where Your Business is Our Business

Free courses, business events and books to upgrade your skills, increase your knowledge and improve your business success.
Local Business News & Opportunities
Grand Opening: Walt’s Bistro Bar & Grill

Attend the grand opening of Walt’s Bistro Bar & Grill to welcome this new business to the Town of Aurora! Enjoy hot and cold appetizers and great company. Mayor Dawe will be in attendance for a ribbon cutting.

When : Friday, October 13th @ 5:00 PM 

Where : 15171 Yonge Street, Aurora ON
Register for your free CPR Lunch & Learn, brought to you by York Region Paramedic Services

Do you like lunch? Do you like learning?

Why not give your employees and co-workers the opportunity to learn a life-saving skill, while being efficient with their time?

Register for a free CPR learning session with a York Region paramedic during the month of November. During the one-hour session, a York Region Paramedic will come to your office and discuss the importance and effectiveness of hands-only CPR and AEDs.
Free Bicycle Tourism Development Workshop in York Region

On October 26th, Ontario By Bike will be hosting a free 2 hour Bicycle Tourism Development Workshop in Newmarket and will be providing new, valuable tourism research and program information on Ontario's cycle tourism sector to those interested in gaining more business from cyclists in York Region.

The Ontario By Bike Network is an exciting tourism marketing initiative that certifies businesses for free to become bicycle friendly, helping them tap into Ontario's growing cycle tourism market by promoting

Register for this free workshop and begin reaching the growing number of visitors and local residents who incorporate cycling activities while visiting the region.

Provincial Business News

Key Updates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
Send a message to Queen’s Park!

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber Network are looking for members to help shape our advocacy by completing the Business Confidence Survey .

Members can share their insights on the state of the Ontario economy, recent government policy, and the impact on business by taking the five-minute survey here:

The Ontario Chamber Network is committed to ensuring government understands the issues impacting Ontario business in this province. That’s why we need your help in ensuring the voice of business is heard loud and clear at Queen’s Park.  

Take the survey! In five minutes let the government know what’s important to you. 
Final Peer-Reviewed CANCEA Report

The Keep Ontario Working (KOW) Coalition has released the final economic impact analysis of Bill 148 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis’ (CANCEA), which was peer-reviewed by Professor Morley Gunderson of the University of Toronto.

CANCEA’s analysis reveals that if Government were to do nothing other than implement the minimum wage increase over five years instead of in the next 15 months, jobs at risk would decrease by 74 per cent in the first two years. The analysis also indicates that while the proposed changes will see $11 billion in wage stimulus flow into the economy in the next two years, a remaining $12 billion problem exists which will lead to jobs lost, added costs, and general damage to the Ontario economy.
The Flip Side of "Fair" Report

The Keep Ontario Working coalition has released a report titled, The Flip Side of “Fair”, which showcases testimonials from employers outlining how Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act) will be impacted their ability to do business in Ontario. The report gives a voice to those businesses who have felt excluded from the committee process and policy discussion around this legislation. The testimonials all share a common theme, that the minimum wage increase and labour reforms will have serious consequences for their business and their communities.
Know Your Power, Reduce Your Costs! 

Know Your Power is a one-stop-shop for business energy savings programs and energy efficiency opportunities. Our goal is to provide Ontario businesses with information about the range of programs and services available to help manage energy costs.

Visit our new website, , and join us at one of our regional events to learn more about the right energy savings programs for your needs, how to improve your improve energy efficiency and save your business money.

Register today for one of our free events coming to a community near you!
Provincial Business News & Opportunities
Government of Ontario: Latest News

Review the recent headlines from the Government of Ontario and stay up to date on developments that could affect your business.

National Business News

National Business News & Opportunities
Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL): Your Feedback

As you are probably aware, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains directed the INDU Committee (Parliamentary Standing Committee for Industry) to conduct a statutory review of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

The CCC wants to deliver a response to government about businesses and other organizations' experience of this legislation three years in.

Please take a few moments to participate in the survey and share your experience regarding CASL. Your responses will be completely anonymous.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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