February 2018 // Local, Provincial, National News & Opportunities //
Aurora Business Network
Local Business Updates
Key updates from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Last Chance to Register! The Business Plan: A Hands-On Series
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.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Aurora Public Library (Magna Room), 15145 Yonge Street,
Aurora, ON
Free Event.
Advance Registration Required.
Economic Outlook Breakfast
Join us for a hot buffet breakfast and an informative talk by Pierre Cleroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC.

About the Topic: 
Canadian entrepreneurs are well positioned to take advantage of strong global growth. Explore Canada's economic outlook for 2019 including outlook for economic expansion, employment, trade, major trends, as well as challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs. 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:30 am - 9:30 am
St. Andrew's Valley Golf Club, 4 Pinnacle Trail, Aurora, ON
$25 Members
$35 Non-Members
Save the Date! 33rd Annual Aurora Chamber Home & Living Show
The annual Aurora Chamber Home & Living Show is held in April at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (SARC). Over 150 vendors gather to provide expert advice while showcasing their products and services to 3000 visitors over the course of the weekend. This is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to connect with customers and for residents to find solutions for all of their home and personal improvement needs.
Exhibitor Spaces
Over 80% Sold Out
Mark Your Calendar! March Events
March 12 | (WIN) Luncheon *Members-Only*
Key Updates from Leona Alleslev, MP Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill
Canada’s Broken and Unbalanced Tax System

MP Leona Alleslev discusses issues regarding Canada’s tax structure
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.

Provincial News & Opportunities
Key Updates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
Business Confidence Improves but More Remains to be Done: 2019 Ontario Economic Outlook

On Tuesday, February 19, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber Network released our third annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) , offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province. Click here to read the report.
Key takeaways include:

  • Confidence in Ontario’s economic outlook has improved. Thirty percent of members surveyed expressed confidence in Ontario’s outlook for 2019, up seven percentage points compared to last year.
  • Businesses are gaining confidence in themselves. Sixty-one percent of respondents reported confidence in their own organization’s economic outlook heading into 2019, a seven-point increase from last year.
  • Despite a more optimistic outlook for 2019, decreasing levels of organizational and economic confidence over the years have impacted business’ willingness to invest, take risks, and adopt technological advancements. Major challenges relating to the costs of doing business and recruiting and retaining skilled employees remain sources of concern for business.
Ontario Debt Report

In March, the OCC will be releasing Ontario's Debt Report. With the new government announcing a $15 billion deficit going into fiscal year 2019, this report will investigate the nature of Ontario’s debt and re-iterate why fiscal balance is a critical policy concern to industry. 
2019 OCC Advocacy Day: March 25

On Monday, March 25, the Ontario Chamber Network will host its fourth annual Advocacy Day at Queen's Park. The program brings together community stakeholders and senior political leaders for important discussions on issues central to the growth of business in Ontario. We hope everyone is getting excited for this year's program!
Government of Ontario News
National News & Opportunities
Key Updates from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
5 Minutes for Business: A Royal Commission for a Royal Pain
In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, find out about the benefits of a Royal Commission on taxation. Instead of dreading tax time, it is time we understand why we need to push it directly into the spotlight.
Canada’s Chambers of Commerce Sound Alarm Over Failure to Get Resources to the World
“The very fabric of our country is being threatened by the devastating impact of low oil prices, our inability to get resources to global markets, and the increasing tensions between resource-producing regions and the rest of Canada,” the Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Our natural resources should be a source of pride for all Canadians. As producers of some of the cleanest, most ethically-produced products in the world, we should be doing all we can as a country to get them to global markets, where they can get a fair price, help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to our prosperity as a nation.”

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