January 2018 // Local, Provincial, National News & Opportunities //
Aurora Business Network
Local Business Updates
Key updates from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Last Week to Register! Learn from an Industry Leader
Only 1 week until the launch of The Speaker Series a Luncheon featuring Anthony Longo, President & CEO of Longo's on February 7th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Oakview Terrace.

This series will provide an opportunity for us to hear from industry leaders, learn from their experiences and be motivated to keep the focus on growing our businesses.

Join us for lunch and a conversation about running a successful multi-generational family business. 

Presented by:  IG Wealth Management
February 7, 2019
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Oakview Terrace
13256 Leslie Street
Richmond Hill
Learn about Economic Priorities and Plans for the Next 4 Years
Please join us for the Aurora Chamber Annual Mayor's Luncheon at the Royal Venetian Mansion. The luncheon will feature newly elected Town of Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. 

Join us to learn the answers to key questions about the Aurora business community.
February 20, 2019
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Royal Venetian Mansion
400 Industrial Pkwy s.
Network & Learn Breakfast:
 What's Your Sales Style?
Join us for formal networking with a buffet breakfast and an informative talk by  Liz Scott  - The Business FireStarter, Affinity Coach and North American's Business Growth Guru.

About the Topic:
During this presentation you will gain a full understanding of your sales strengths and weaknesses, how to overcome your personal sales landmines and how to use "tie downs" to increase the speed at which you close business.
Networking Overview:  Each person will be asked to present a 30-second self-introduction and will be given a contact list of all those in attendance for ongoing networking.  
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
7:30 am - 9:30 am
St. Andrew's Valley Golf Club
4 Pinnacle Trail,
Local Business Opportunities
Join us for The Business Plan: A Hands-On Series
Do you have a business idea or are you an existing business trying to redefine your plan?

Join us for our second session:  Marketing Strategy vs. Tactics.  Co-sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, YSBEC and Aurora Public Library,  The Business Plan: A Hands-On Series  offers free learning sessions to help you fill in the gaps in your business development.
February 28, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Aurora Public Library
(Magna Room)
15145 Yonge Street
BDC Commercial Real Estate Information Session
The purpose of the session is to engage with local businesses and attractions in the tourism and hospitality industries to have a hands-on learning session around the hyper-local, local, regional and provincial marketing and promotional services that are available to help drive more customers to their business.

RSVP:   Before Jan 31, 2019 | Space is limited.To reserve your seat, please contact:

Deb Jardine, Business Centre Manager
T 905-657-1757
February 5, 2019
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
100 Pony Drive
Brought to you in partnership with:  The Aurora Chamber of Commerce and The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce
Key Updates from the Town of Aurora
Town of Aurora Economic Development Strategy Survey

The Town of Aurora and the Aurora Economic Development Board have initiated a process to develop an Economic Development Strategy with the goal to further strengthen and diversify the local economy. 

Key Updates from the Aurora Public Library
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.

Save the Date! 2019 Aurora Chamber Signature Events
Provincial News & Opportunities
Key Updates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
2019 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
On January 15, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) provided the Government of Ontario with thirteen tangible recommendations for the upcoming provincial budget to build a stronger Ontario and create a business climate which encourages growth.

Ontario Economic Report Release
On February 19, the OCC will release its annual Ontario Economic Report (OER). The OER will present the collective voice of tbe OCC membership through the Business Confidence Survey, the Business Prosperity Index and the Economic Outlook.

This report will provide a snapshot of the past year and a look at the year ahead. The OER will focus on building economic opportunity for Ontario and will be partially informed by key takeaways and insights from the Ontario Economic Summit which focused on Ontario’s evolving labour market. 
Moving Forward: Towards a Strategic Approach to Ontario's Transportation Needs (Part 1)
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)’s transportation report calls on the Ontario Government to develop a Long-Term Transportation Plan. The report highlights three areas of opportunity that will help address the current and future transportation needs of the province and improve the movement of goods and mobility of Ontarians.

Government of Ontario News
National News & Opportunities
Key Updates from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
5 Minutes for Business: The Accelerating Pace of Change
In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we examine the accelerating pace of change in our economy. For many sectors, the economic fundamentals, the borders of industries, the value of different assets and even the types of competitors are rapidly shifting.
5 Minutes for Business: There is no low carbon economy without a regulatory system that works
In this month’s 5 Minutes for Business , we take a closer look at Canada’s energy sector and how Canada’s regulatory system is limiting the ability to get energy products to market. 

Data Fast Forward: A Prescription for Innovation, Balance, and Trust
Data is now the engine of economic growth and prosperity. Countries that promote data’s availability for societal good and economic development will lead the fourth industrial revolution and give their citizens a better quality of life.
In this final edition of our three-part series, we lay out a prescription for keeping the innovation door open and recognize the need to rebuild trust in the online environment.
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