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Volume 1 Issue 13 | August 20th 2020
A Bi-Weekly Roundup of Chamber News & Resources
We're Here to Give A Voice To You and Your Business!

Greetings!

Join us at our upcoming virtual Business After 5 next Thursday, August 27th with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. Introduce your business, win prizes and say "hi" to our furry friends at the Humane Society and those who take care of them. Click here to register.

And, if you haven't nominated a business for our upcoming Annual Business Awards, the time is now to vote using our online nomination form. Click here to nominate a business today! Nominations close tomorrow.

The Town of Wasaga Beach is requesting your response to a quick, 2 question survey about retail cannabis stores. The Government of Ontario requires municipalities to 'opt-in' or to 'opt-out' of being a host municipality where retail cannabis sales can occur. Click here to let the Town of Wasaga Beach know if the muncipality should continue to 'opt-out' and not allow licensed cannabis retail stores or if the Town should 'opt in' and permit these businesses.

Also, a reminder that the Visitor Information Centre at Nancy Island is open and will remain open until Labour day. For more information, click here to see the press release.

See news about Ontario Tourism's Summit & Excellence Awards, the Digital Transformation Recovery Activation Program, #CanadaUnited Support Local Shopping Weekend, Meaford's Photo Contest and MORE below.

Sincerely,
Your Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce
Note: Click the button below to register for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and the option to add the meeting to your online calendar.
Annual Business Awards & Recognition Ceremony
Nominations Open Until Friday, August 21st
Our Annual Business Awards & Recognition Ceremony is coming soon on Thursday, September 10th. Nominate your favourite person or business using our online nomination form: https://bit.ly/WasagaChamberAwards. Nominations close tomorrow.
Personal Protective Kits Pop-Up Shop
Includes Social Distancing Signage
The Chamber's Pop-Up Shop initiative provides Personal Protective Kits to residents and tourists for $10 per kit. Business owners can also pick up a kit with social distancing signage provided by the Town of Wasaga Beach.

The Pop-Up Shop location is 2115 Mosley Street in the parking lot of Wasaga Tax & Accounting. Hours of operation are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4pm (dependant upon volunteer availability). You are also welcome to stop by the office of Wasaga Tax & Accounting Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact Colleen Bannerman at colleenb@wasagatax.com or email office@wasagachamber.com.
Sponsorship Opportunity: Personal Protection Kits
All Sales Proceeds Donated to The Ministerial Food Bank
A Letter From The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce President
Dear Business Owners,

As a follow up to the report from EDO Tyler King discussing the results of the survey and how business owners and associations may be able to further help the community and businesses, we identified some concerns. The surveys were a way for business owners and residents to have their voices heard in a respectful, mature and meaningful manner.
 
In response to the comments and concerns from these surveys and feedback from our relationships with community partners, it was brought to our attention the need for further safety measures given Wasaga Beach is an active tourist destination.

I was able to source 300 Personal Protective Kits as a pilot project to have available for sale at $10.00 to visitors or anyone in need, starting on weekends in July at the Chamber building. The proceeds will be donated to the Foodbank. The PP Kits will be sold by student volunteers utilizing the walk up window at the front of the Chamber to ensure proper physical distancing and only Debit or Credit Card will be accepted.

I felt since Provincial Parks is not opening Nancy Island this summer there also needed to be representation for the business community in marketing material and as you can see in the attached pictures, the kits include the WB Community Guide, WB Map, a cotton face mask, and an 8 oz bottle of hand sanitizer all inside a reusable mesh draw string bag.

We want to be able to supply more as the demand increases and to keep our business and resident community safe and we need your help! There is a sponsorship opportunity, for a small contribution of only $2.50 per kit, your logo/label can be placed as a sticker on the hand sanitizer and we would also place your Flyer in the bag.

Please keep in mind it is for a great cause and a Win/Win situation. Please email me at colleenb@wasagatax.com if you would like more information and/or if you would like to sponsor or even purchase a number of kits.

A few hundred dollars would go along way to providing PP Kits to the community and is much needed support to the Foodbank or any other deserving charity you choose to donate to.

Kind Regards,
Colleen Bannerman
The Digital Marketplace Web Portal!
Advertise Your Business With A FREE Place Listing
The Digital Marketplace is a Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce initiative to share local business and community information during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

From the beginning of the pandemic, we've been working behind the scenes to build a web portal for the Wasaga Beach community to help us all stay up-to-date and connected. We've heard our community asking what businesses are open, how can we reach them and if a business is open how do we interact with them given our new reality.

With those questions and concerns in mind, over the last several weeks, we've asked you to fill in our online form with your business information and current status of operations. Note: As a courtesy to those who filled in our online form, we've added your listing information to our new web portal. We invite you to visit the portal and search for your business listing. From your business (place) listing page, you can click on "Claim Listing" to go through the process of taking ownership of your self-managed page.

With the launch of the Digital Marketplace web portal, we are sending out another invitation to all local businesses, organizations, associations, community resources, clubs and places to register for an account. Once your account is created, you can login to add your business place information and also add any upcoming events. Yes, you can do all of this yourself and update your business listing information as needed! Note: We will be working on tutorials to help you with the set up process, but encourage you to open your account and start to add your business information as soon as possible.

Currently all event and business listings are free and you do not need to be a member of the Chamber to participate. Our goal is to build the Digital Marketplace as the go-to portal for Wasaga Beach business and community information. We need your help to do this! You can help us reach this goal by registering for an account and listing your business information as soon as possible.

Our plan is to market the new portal through both traditional and online marketing channels to spread the word about local business here in Wasaga Beach.
Financial Resource Videos For Small Business
Financial Resource Videos to Support Small Business During COVID-19 are available in approximately 3 minute segments to make it easy to choose the topics that apply to you.

The video presentation features tax and accounting specialist, Colleen Bannerman, our Chamber of Commerce President and Owner of Wasaga Tax and Accounting. The video series was sponsored by RT07, The Centre For Business and Economic Development, South Georgian Bay's Small Business Enterprise Centre and the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. Thank you also to videographer, Brian Hunt from H Visual Media.
Digital Transformation Recovery Activation Program 2020
In Partnership With The Ontario Chamber of Commerce
The Toronto Region Board of Trade and World Trade Centre Toronto has created a new Recovery Activation Program (RAP). This program offers businesses the know-how, blueprint and partners to address the conditions that COVID-19 has created by implementing digital solutions to their front, middle and back-offices. The program brings $40K in training and mentorship at no cost to your members!

With the support of a $7.7 million investment from the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario, RAP is now expanding to businesses of all sizes throughout the province. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is a marketing partner for RAP, helping to ensure that local businesses from all Ontario communities can benefit from the customized services and mentorship that this program offers.
 
All participants graduate from RAP with an expertly vetted, personalized Digital Transformation Blueprint, which will detail a specific plan to address each participant’s unique barriers to digital connectivity and acts as a highly practical tool throughout their digital restructuring.

RAP Focuses on 5 Key Pillars:
 
  1. Digital Modernization: Harnessing technology to transform internal processes and enhance external business opportunities
  2. Technological Hardware: Learning about digital capacity, backend hardware and risk mitigation techniques for a digital transformation
  3. Structural and Regulatory Alignment: Exploring the legal tools and regulatory requirements for a successful digital restructuring
  4.  Digital Restructure Financing: Accessing the right mentors, investors, and resources to prepare businesses to undertake a restructuring
  5.  Marketing and Sales: Leveraging data-driven marketing and sales insights to inform a digital transformation

For more information, click here: https://wtctoronto.com/scaleup/rap/
Ontario Tourism Summit & Awards of Excellence
Tickets Now Available | October 27th & 28th
This year’s conference is going virtual in response to COVID-19. From your own living room you’ll get the cutting edge content you want from industry leaders and experts. You’ll hear about best practices, world leading industry thinkers, new international protocols, the move to hyper-local tourism and how collaboration across our industry is stimulating the green shoots of recovery. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
#CanadaUnited Support Local Shopping Weekend
August 28th to 30th
You and Your Customers Could Win Big Aug 28-30!!

Customers have a chance to win* one of 25 prizes of $10,000 when they shop with you during Canada United Weekend. Make sure they know and encourage them to come out. Learn more at gocanadaunited.ca/win

*No purchase necessary. See eligible merchants and rules: GoCanadaUnited.ca/contestrules
Meaford Photo Contest
Contest Runs From August 4th to October 16th
Wasaga Beach Chamber Resources
Nominate Your Favourite Person Or Business For A Business Award
Nominate a business for our upcoming Annual Business and Recognition Awards via our online nomination form. Click here to nominate a business today. Nominations close August 21st.

Business After 5 -- Thursday, August 27th
Join us at our upcoming virtual Business After 5 next Thursday, August 27th with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. Introduce your business, win prizes and say "hi" to our furry friends at the Humane Society and those who take care of them. Click here to register.

The Digital Marketplace Web Portal
Set up your account and add your business information. Visit our new Digital Marketplace web portal now: www.thedigitalmarketplace.biz.

The Digital Markeplace LIVE Demo
Click here for a LIVE demonstration that walks you through the steps to register for your FREE Digital Marketplace account and how to set up your business place listing. If you need further assistance, don't hestiate to contact us at office@wasagachamber.com

Financial Resources For Small Business During COVID-19
A series of topic-based financial resource videos for small business to help you during COVID-19.

Digital Community Information Guide
The 2020 Community Information Guide can be accessed here:

Getting to Know Your Resources
Access videos to learn more about the local and regional resources that are available to your business: https://wasagachamber.com/news-article.php?id=54

How Can We Help?
The Chamber is a voice for local business. Email us at office@wasagachamber.com to let us know how we can help.

NOTE: The best way to reach us is by email at office@wasagachamber.com. You can also call 705-429-2247.
Chamber Governing Bodies Resources & Links
International Chamber of Commerce
The voice of world business championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity.

International Chamber of Commerce Launches SOS (Save Our SMEs) Website
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched a new website for the SOS (Save Our SMEs) campaign. The website features key advocacy materials and is designed to help entrepreneurs find the insights and information they need to navigate through COVID-19. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada's national committee for the ICC, provides a platform for our members to become involved in International Chamber of Commerce activities. Visit SOS website.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce
With a network of over 450 chambers of commerce representing 200,000 businesses, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s largest and most influential business association. The Canadian Chamber is the primary and vital connection between business and the federal government. It continually demonstrates impact on public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada.
Canada Business Resilience Network
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
For more than a century, The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business. The OCC's mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen's Park on behalf of its network's diverse 60,000 members.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Tools & Resources For Your Business
During these turbulent times, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is here to support you. As one of your indispensable partners in business, they have revamped their website to give you, your business, your employees, and/or members additional support throughout the COVID-19 crisis. This resource will be updated ongoingly based on member feedback.

COVID-19 Business Webinars To Support You
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has partnered with members to provide you with up to date information to support your business. Click here: https://occ.ca/webinars/
Town of Wasaga Beach
COVID-19 Information Page
The Visitor Information Centre at Nancy Island Is Open
The Centre will remain open until Labour Day. For more information, click here to see the press release.

ENJOY YOUR WATERFRONT - Beachfront Pods Now Available On Beach Drive
For residents of Wasaga Beach, Pod 1 is reserved for you.To gain access all you need to do is bring some form of ID with your address on it. Learn more about the pods here: https://bit.ly/3gWOXn4

FREE Y.M.C.A. Virtual Recreation Programs For Adults and Children:

Economic Development staff continue to be available by phone and e-mail to provide support and assistance to the public, business community and investors. Please call 705-429-3844, ext. 2274 or email at edo@wasagabeach.com.
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Workplace Safety & Protection Services is a not for profit organization that is part of the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety System, primarily focused on the service, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. 

The organization provides free information, tools and resources needed to work safely. Many of these resources can be accessed through their Small Business Centre: www.WSPS.ca/SmallBusiness

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating unique challenges for businesses and individuals around the world, their website includes information, resources and updates to equip employers to face the months ahead. Click the link to view COVID-19: Keeping safe during the pandemic
Post Pandemic Business Playbook
A starter guide to restarting a Post Pandemic business. This tool can help you set priorities, get plans in place and protect your people.

COVID-19 Health News & Resources
Facebook Live Video Briefings With Dr. Charles Gardner
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Federal COVID-19 Information Line (1-833-784-4397)
Public Health Ontario (1-866-797-0000)
Mental Health Web Portal Launched By The Government of Canada
The Government of Canada connects Canadians with mental wellness supports during COVID-19 with the Wellness Together Canada Initiative. Connect to their web portal or download the app to connect to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls.
COVID-19 Government News & Resources
Visit The Main Ontario Government Newsroom

COVID-19 TACKLING THE BARRIERS WEBSITE
On April 28, the Ontario government announced that it would be accepting proposals for temporarily changing rules and regulations through its COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website. In order to help Ontario businesses deal with immediate challenges, the province will be pausing or extending any existing public consultations, delaying non-urgent related consultations while the emergency situation remains in place, and considering extending deadlines for reports and audits. 

Stop The Spread: Business Information Hotline Now Open: 1-888-444-3659
The province has launched a toll-free line (1-888-444-3659) to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
COVID-19 Government News & Resources
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) Portal
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is administering the CECRA program on behalf of the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program
Businesses can start to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program beginning Monday, April 27. Use the CRA website now to calculate how much your business is eligible for. Also announced was an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services. 

Resource Web Page From Finance Canada
Finance Canada has produced a refined search tool to help businesses find the financial supports they may be eligible for, including direct financial support programs, access to credit and more.

To ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges, the Government of Canada has launched the new Canada Emergency Business Account, which has been implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC).

Eligibility For Emergency Benefit Expanded
On April 17 the Government of Canada announced new actions to protect Canadian jobs and provide $1.7 billion to support businesses and organizations dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new supports are available to those unable to access existing supports including startups, rural businesses and communities, culture, heritage and sports organizations as well as young entrepreneurs. The government also introduced new measures to help retain and create approximately 10,000 well-paying jobs in the Canadian energy sector.
COVID-19 Printables
From Our Partners | Employee Benefits
2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
Colleen Bannerman, Chamber President - Wasaga Tax & Accounting
Tyler Rollins, Chamber Vice President - Key Mortgage Partners
Leslie Listro, Chamber Secretary/Treasurer - Caithkin Treatment Foster Homes
Selena Blais - Chamber Director - Georgian Life Media
Joel Simpson - Chamber Director - Georgian Family Chiropractic
Jason Ruttan - Chamber Director - RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Inc., Brokerage
Christina De Palma - Chamber Director - De Palma & Associate Legal Services
Marlene Parkins - Chamber Director - Wasaga Beach Farmers Market
Jennie Elmslie - Chamber Director - Free Spirit Tours
Alex Colthart - Chamber Director - Forty-Four Inc.
Ava Alward - Chamber Director - Realtor, RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Inc.