CHAMBER CHAT - Week of June 7th
It's like we're back to 2019 normal! Though I've never seen so much interest in an Annual General Meeting! Whether you came to hear about our financial review, vote on the ratification of new members, a free lunch or just to be together in person - it was incredible to see so many out!

For those who didn't attend, your Chamber is in a strong financial position and we welcomed 48 new members since the last AGM. This number has grown by the dozen annually since 2017 and we're taking it as a positive sign we're doing the work you value! The Board also appointed Chris Auger, Trent Valley Distributing, to the Board with the recent departure of two other members (due to unforeseen personal circumstances).

AGMs are a great opportunity to see what you might have accomplished in a year...
In 2021, we submitted our accreditation package and were successful. Many thanks to Christina Wallis, Jeanette Cyr-Guerreiro and Lisa Grills for helping me with the finer details.

We took on the distribution of Rapid Antigen Tests in June, which has proven to be of value to over 62,000 employees and 570 businesses and an unexpected revenue stream with funding from the federal government.

Shop Local funding was allocated to support the Choose Belleville campaign AND the creation of an interactive business directory that we hope transforms access to this information as we tweak it over the next few weeks. Finding local made easy at choosebelleville.ca/explore

We're looking forward to our first mingle tomorrow evening - registration is still open - and we certainly hope to see you out at the CAA Arena with the B-Sens community team at the new McFarland Pub... throw in a few of the Hull family and now you really don't want to miss it!

A quick shoutout - Happy 25th Anniversary - for the Centre for Workforce Development (they're having a little party on Thursday, see below to register) and Lisa was out plaquing members (see photos below) - we have about 40 waiting so it's great to get out and visit!

And events are back with Canada Day, July 1 and Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival July 7-10 returning to West Zwick's Park this summer.

With gas prices what they are, discovering our own backyard might remain a priority for the next few months - and hopefully, we'll see you soon!

Don't miss our first mingle since March 2020.
Pre-registration is required.
The 158th AGM was held on Friday, June 3rd
for the purpose of receiving
  • Annual Report, CEO Jill Raycroft
  • Presentation of the Annual Financial Statements
  • Membership Update & Ratification of New Members, Sandra Leslie

Reports presented at the meeting and the financial statements are available on the Chamber website and at the link below.
Did you know that the M2M savings programs can be extended to your employees as well?
CLICK HERE for more about these programs.
Call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email lisa@bellevillechamber.ca
There are lots of savings available to you and your employees.
And the program is growing.
M2M is one more way you can connect to Chamber members
and increase customers.

DO YOU HAVE AN OFFER
you would like to extend to Members.
Contact Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2
Your Digital M2M Card expired on March 31, 2022.
HERE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF THE M2M OFFERS!
Your membership connects you to more than 460 businesses.
Find what you need from people and businesses you can trust.
Congratulations to MPP Todd Smith!
The Chamber looks forward to working with MPP Smith
and his team as we rebuild Ontario's economy and
support our business community in all sectors.

Our thanks to all candidates for their willingness to serve.
We know that the safety of your workplace is still important to you.
Rapid antigen test kits
are available at the cabin.
The portal is open for
new and repeat orders.
Watch your inbox after ordering for pick-up instructions.
COVID-19 Work Income Protection Benefit ends July 31.
Until that time, if employees are not performing the duties of their position for reasons related to COVID-19,
PAID infectious disease emergency leave is available.
Find the right programs and services, whether you are starting out or scaling up.  
QUINTE BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!
We know that our local business community makes significant contributions to the health and well-being of the place we call home.
We encourage you to nominate your favourite business, non-profit organization and individual.
Nominations CLOSE June 30th.
VOTING NOW OPEN for your favourite business videos in three categories.

Congratulations to these Chamber members for making the top FIVE in their category.
CLOUD BUSINESS SERVICES
SUGAR MAMA'S BAKE SHOPPE INC.
MEYER'S CREEK BREWING COMPANY
PRODIGM INC.
Look who got "Plaqued"!
celebrating their second year
of membership.
needed a replacement plaque after their move.
The office is getting ready to move and wanted to make sure they had their plaques ready to display.
DO YOU NEED A NEW PLAQUE?
Call Lisa at 613.962.4597 ext. 2 or email
lisa@bellevillechamber.ca
What's happening with some of our members?
Friday, June 10th  9 pm to 1 am
Tickets include appetizers and prizes for
best individual and couple rockstar from the 80s.
Great items are up for bid on the silent auction. Cash bar on site.
TICKETS: $30 each or $50/couple 
The Chamber of Commerce LOVES to celebrate any and all new business in Belleville. Do you know of a business celebrating a grand opening?
Have you moved or expanded your business?
We can help.
Let us know and we'll invite dignitaries, media and
we even bring the ribbon and scissors for your special event.

DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE TO SHARE?
Call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 OR email lisa@bellevillechamber.ca
DID YOU KNOW?
You can add your Google My Business Listing to your Chamber profile.
Using your login, just add the URL to your Google Listing, along with the links to your social media pages.
NOT SURE HOW TO DO THAT?
and go to STEP 5 of
"8 ways to optimize your Google My Business Profile".
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www.discoverbelleville.ca
THE LOG CABIN IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
5 Moira Street East, Belleville
613-962-4597