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Business Voice // E-Newsletter  
In this issue...
Your Low Down // 2019-2020 Board of Directors / Mailout
Your Connection // BAA's / Networking @ Splitsville / Colossal
Your Voice // 2019 Ontario Budget Analysis
Your Membership // Tech 101 / Member Savings / Trip to Israel
APRIL 2019
Your Low Down // What you need to know 
Introducing the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce
2019-2020 Board of Directors
The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce welcomes the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. We are pleased to have Anthony Gennaro, Caroline Grech, Belinda Rossi, and Bobbi-Ann Wallace join the board.

We thank our outgoing board members, Enzio Di Iorio, Pina Falbo, and Luisa Tersigni for their hard-work and dedication to our organization. We especially thank Joyce Usher-Mesiano, our outgoing Chair, for leading the board for the past two years. At the AGM, Joyce handed the reins to incoming Chair, and long-time board & chamber member, Luigi Ciciretto.

The Vaughan Chamber is looking forward to another positive year, lead by this team of volunteer board members.

Board Chair:
Luigi Ciciretto – BDO
 
Vice Chair:
Rakan Aown - KPMG
 
Treasurer:
Jeremy Neil – Macrodyne Technologies Inc.
 
Ex Officio:
Joyce Usher-Mesiano – National Brokers Insurance
 
Board Members:
Kenneth Dunkley
Anthony Gennaro – a2z Mobility Home Health Care
Caroline Grech – Seneca College
Nicolas Heifa - CIBC
Howard Klerer – Harkel Furniture
Joe Pampena – C4C Coaching-4-Change
Belinda Rossi – Miller Thomson LLP
Peter Sandica – First General
Bobbi-Ann Wallace - Loopstra Nixon LLP
June Direct Mailout - Few Spots Remain!
Only a few spots remain - don't miss your chance to advertise to 12,000 businesses in Vaughan, directly to their mailboxes!

Pay only a fraction of the cost compared to other mailout opportunities.

EXCLUSIVE: This opportunity is only available to Vaughan Chamber Members.

To book your spot, please send completed form to Kelly at  kelly@vaughanchamber.ca or call 905.761.1366 ext 229.
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Your Connection // Upcoming Events 
NEXT WEEK: Business Achievement Awards
Do you have your tickets to the highly anticipated awards celebration?

We're excited to announce we have already surpassed last year's attendance numbers! Join over 700 business people for the Business Award's 30th Anniversary year.

  • Over 470 nominees
  • 39 finalists
  • Only 14 award winners

Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Time: Cocktails - 5:30 pm / Dinner & Awards - 6:30 pm
Location: Universal Eventspace, Vaughan
Vaughan Chamber Connects - Member Orientation
New, existing and potential members are invited to connect at our upcoming information session!

Learn the ins and outs of your Vaughan Chamber membership, and how to save your business up to $4,000/year.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Admission: FREE - Bring a colleague, staff member, or friend!
Location: Vaughan Chamber of Commerce office
May Networking After-Hours, Hosted at Splitsville Woodbridge
Mingle with the business community at our next networking event!

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, and of course bowling.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 23rd, 5-7 pm
Admission: Member Ticket - $15+hst / Non-Member Ticket - $30+hst
Location: Splitsville Woodbridge
Colossal Chamber Networking Event - Tickets On Sale Now
Connect with over 400 business professionals for an evening dedicated to NETWORKING.

Nine York Region Chamber networks come together once a year for the Colossal Chamber
Networking Event. Make valuable connections, visit exhibitor booths, and enjoy fantastic prizes, delicious food stations and much more!

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 4th, 2019, 5pm - 8pm
Admission: Member Ticket - $40+hst / Non-Member Ticket - $55+hst
Location: The Terrace Banquet Centre, Vaughan
Exhibitor Tables Available!
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Your Voice // Policy & Advocacy policy 
2019 Ontario Budget Analysis
On April 11th, the Government of Ontario released its 2019 Budget, “Protecting What Matters Most.”

View the Vaughan Chamber's analysis of key highlights from the perspective of Ontario’s business community.

Advertise Here! Reach over 8,000 emails each month.
Members: $120/month or $99/month for three consecutive months.
Non-Members: $250/month
Get started! Contact: kelly@vaughanchamber.ca

Your Membership // Benefits & Programs  
Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Montesano
TECH 101 - The Impacts of 5G Technology On Your Business
The launch of 5G (fifth generation wireless) by the major wireless service providers in 2020 will help small business and entrepreneurs be more competitive and resilient. For those of us who simply see it as an opportunity for a new phone or new features, let me provide you with high-level insight...
Travel Opportunity to Israel - Leisure/Trade Mission
The Vaughan Chamber is excited to announce an upcoming leisure travel trip, which includes a trade mission component... to Israel!

This is your chance to join other local business professionals for a travel opportunity like no other. This November or December, let us guide you through the amazing sights in Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Dead Sea and Jerusalem, while making incredible business connections along the way.

Departure Date: November 20th, 2019
Trip Duration: 9 Days
*Optional extension to Jordan, and optional business mission while in Israel.
Member to Member Savings

  • Action First Aid: 10% off of individual and group corporate training.

  • Ben Secrets Hair Studio & Spa: VCC Members! Get your FREE Hair Mask Treatment with your Hair Service!

  • Ben Secrets Studio: VCC Members! 15% OFF your 1st Facial!

  • Costco Wholesale: Gold Star - $10 cash card and $25 Costco.ca voucher. Executive - $20 cash card and $50 Costco.ca voucher.

  • Raffaele Pileggi Real Estate: Lawyer Fees and Disbursements paid for when buying or selling Real Estate.

  • The Sign & Graphics Manufaktur Inc: $500 off any full vehicle wrap.

  • Web on Demand: 20% off on a business website for members.

  • Web on Demand: $80/month for business website for members.
Your Network // March New Members - Welcome! 
  • 105.9 The Region
  • Ascott Parc Event Centre
  • CAA Vaughan
  • Core Lawyers
  • Enviroplast Canada Inc.
  • FitGirls
  • Funnel Cake Express
  • iTrain International Workplace and Hospitality Training
  • Racco Legal Services Professional Corporation
  • Reena Foundation
  • Sartrex Power Control Systems Inc.
  • Toronto Women's Expo/Randi Goodman Real Estate
  • Torque Builders Inc.
  • Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA)
  • United International Realty Group
  • Victoria Ballet Company
  • VPI Working Solutions Inc.
  • WindFall Ecology Centre
Your Community // Events Recap  
Post Budget Breakfast with Minister Fedeli
Monday, April 15th, 2019
The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host Finance Minister Victor Fedeli for his first Chamber-led Post-Budget discussion with leaders from across Vaughan's business community.

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua joined us to welcome and thank the Minister for coming to Vaughan.

We thank MPP Stephen Lecce and MPP Gila Martow for providing a local perspective on how this budget will help the community and businesses grow.

Presenting Sponsor: CN
Event Sponsor: PwC Canada
Presented in Partnership with: CAA , TADA , and Waste Connections of Canada

Vaughan Chamber AGM & Networking Event
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
The business community joined us at The Country Club for our Annual General Meeting and April Networking event.

The AGM portion of the evening was followed by a special presentation by Julia Suppa, Suppa Media, on integrating social into your business.

Attendees were then able to network while enjoying the delicious food stations.

We thank our Networking Sponsor, BDO Canada, for supporting all of our 2019 networking events. Also, we thank The Country Club for their hospitality in hosting this event!