CHAMBER CHAT - Week of May 3
I'm late this week - following a busy couple of weeks! We hope everyone that joined us for the President's Dinner had a great time (it certainly felt tropical!) and if you weren't able to be there, many thanks to Bill Glisky for being our resident photographer around the event and to Jeff Evoy from Japan Camera for capturing our photo booth moments! Links below will take you to the stories of our recipients and the photos captured during the event. YourTV was also on hand to record the presentations and as soon as we have that, we'll share it as well.

Your President, Anthony Callaghan, experienced his first OCC AGM & Conference along with me and Lisa and chambers from across Ontario. We were successful in supporting those resolutions important to our region and successfully helped defeat the one resolution that presented challenges to rural community colleges. Your Board has become increasingly involved in discussions around advocacy - always a passion of Peter Kempenaar's and we have really appreciated Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan's input regarding issues that are impacting community colleges. The Government affairs committee is now looking forward to hosting the election debate on May 19 and our candidate's breakfast on May 25. If you have questions or issues of concern for the candidates, we will be opening a portal for these submissions early next week. Please watch for this link in your email on Monday.
We hosted the Mayor's State of the City address last Wednesday and then this week, it was my pleasure to be included in a few of the Lahr delegation events, including a wonderful lunch hosted by Loyalist College yesterday. Hearing of the major plans they've got going on, if you went to Loyalist - you aren't going to recognize it when they're done!
Kevin McCaughen
from Sigma Stretch Film received his recognition award for service to the Chamber board for five years.

Although Kevin was unable to join in the presentations at the President's Dinner, Past-President Peter Kempenaar delivered his award personally.
Check out our YOUTUBE CHANNEL for slideshows from the photo booth, presentations and we even got some candid shots early in the evening.
CHECK OUT THIS BRAND NEW CHAMBER EVENT!
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!
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Find what you need from people and businesses you can trust.
PROVINCIAL BUDGET 2022
Ontario's Minister of Finance, Peter Bethlenfalvy, presented the 2022 budget, Ontario’s Plan to Build, with recommendations that fall under the following pillars: Economic Growth, Support for Workers, Infrastructure Development, Affordability, and Bolstering Ontario's Health System. 

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce reviewed the budget and compiled a detailed summary of the key highlights from the perspective of the business community, including what's missing out of the budget.
SICK BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES
EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2022
Employers are generally required to pay employees the wages they would have earned up to $200 per day for 3 days, if they have to take a leave resulting from COVID. Eligible employers are entitled to be reimbursed for the emergency leave pay that they paid to their employees, up to $200 per day taken.
Financial support is available for small businesses in the tourism sector to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and seize new market opportunities through enhanced or new products and services.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE MAY 15
Rapid antigen test kits
for your workplace are here and we are ready for you.
The portal is open for
new and repeat orders.
Watch your inbox after ordering for pick-up instructions.
Many of the applications for support programs for business are now closed,
but Ontario is providing additional support to help improve cash flows by providing a six-month interest and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes from January 1 to July 1, 2022.
The Chamber Celebrates Business!
Congratulations to Matt Howell on the merger of Howell Financial
with Peak Benefit Solutions
and Park Place Financial.
Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft joined local dignitaries and several representatives from neighbouring Chambers at the official ribbon cutting on Monday, May 2nd.
Matt stated "it's a wonderful opportunity to grow our team and two positions have already been added.
Hannafin Automation & Industrial Controls celebrate their newly renovated space.
One of the oldest buildings in Cannifton is now the home of some of the newest technologies available in the manufacturing sector.

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
What's happening with some of our members?
Rillea Technologies recognized as a leader in chemical safety.
Lisa Hallsworth was recently featured on a podcast with Apolonia Rockwell. This young influencer from the Denver area was recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 for getting people talking more about safety.
Have a craving for a Big Mac??
Ice cream cone?? Or any other McDonalds menu item??
On Wednesday May 11th you can fulfill your craving and support local at-risk children and youth!
 
The Children’s Foundation is excited to announce that on Wednesday, May 11, you can support local at-risk children and youth by visiting your local McDonalds in Belleville, Trenton, Campbellford, Brighton and Madoc for McHappy Day.

A portion of proceeds from every item sold on May 11th at the participating location will be donated to
Supporting events like McHappy day mean local at-risk children and youth receive the funding and support that’s needed now more than ever.
Win, place, or show
it will surely be a night to remember! We'll eat, we'll dance, we'll laugh, we'll celebrate together and wear big hats!
Please join us to watch the race in real-time and celebrate together. Kentucky Derby day is all about letting go and enjoying a little decadence, which is something we all can use in 2022.
*Live Streaming the race on 2 big screens
*Pig roast by Barn and Country Catering
*Impish Grins beginning at 8:30 pm
*Horse simulators
*Themed event with live horses in the photo booth
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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