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Volume 1 Issue 16 | October 8th 2020
A Bi-Weekly Roundup of Chamber News & Resources
We're Here to Give A Voice To You and Your Business!

Greetings!

Another season is here as we continue to work on a variety of exciting programs to promote your business. This month join us at our upcoming Business After 5 to celebrate business week with Alta Vista Planning Partners and special guests (see more information and registration link below). Other opportunities include:


Keep scrolling to discover the many Wasaga Chamber and Community Partner news items, events and resources.

Sincerely,
Your Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

P.S. Register for your FREE Digital Marketplace account and set up your business listing on Wasaga Beach's Community Information & Business Web Portal. Click here to set up your listing now.

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.
Advertise Your Business In The
2021 Community Information Guide
Accepting Ads Now!
WIDE CIRCULATION
25,000 copies of the The 2021 Official Community Information Guides are distributed nationwide through visitor information centers, as fulfillment to visitor inquiries, at trade shows, and through distribution at many local businesses throughout the area.

We also mail copies to all households in Wasaga Beach and select postal codes in Collingwood, Elmvale, Stayner and surrounding areas.

We're Looking For Photos and Written Content
Get Noticed in Our 2021 Community Information Guide!
Submit your photos and written content for inclusion in our 2021 Community Information Guide. Email office@wasagachamber.com to indicate your interest and tell us about the content to be submitted. Once approved, final content must be submitted on or before Tuesday, December 1st.
WATCH THE REPLAY!
Annual Business Awards & Recognition Ceremony 2020
See Pictures of the Winners in Georgian Life
Celebrate Business Week!
Join Us At Our October Business After 5
Thursday, October 22nd | 5:30pm
Join us at our Business After 5 to celebrate business week with Alta Vista Planning Partners and special guests. Introduce your business, win prizes and support local.
Welcome Our New Members

NATURE'S CLEANING TEAM
Residential & Office Cleaning Services
RUSTUK INK
Luxury Tattoo Studio


MMEA CATERING
Like NONA Made It!
JENNY HALL - ENJOPRENEUR
Natural Cleaning Products

WASAGA EATS
Wasaga Beach Restaurant Directory
ONTARIO INSURANCE NETWORK
Fiona Frustaci, Insurance Broker
CRO NORTH INSULATION
Trusted Insulation Contractors
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. We invite 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 as well as update your business listing information as needed! Note: Tutorials are available to walk you through the process. Click here to access the video.

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.
Personal Protective Kits
The Chamber 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. You are 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
Community Resources
Financial Resources
Video Series
2020 Community Information Guide
Getting to Know Your Local Resources Video Series
Centre For Business and Economic Development
If you are a small business, then the month of October is all about you as we celebrate Small Business month! It has been a challenging year being a business owner during the COVID-19 pandemic however there are local resources and support available.

The Centre For Business and Economic Development offers valuable support and resources to help foster the growth of small businesses. We offer wrap-around support services to assist small businesses and strengthen our local economy.

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Regional Relief Recovery Funding (RRRF)
  • Business loans up to $300,000
  • Business improvement loans up to $20,000
  • Business Match Finding Program
  • Business coaching/mentoring programs
  • Business counselling
  • Connection to local resources
  • Business events and training

If you are interested in any of our services or are looking for support and financing for your new or existing business please reach out to Michelle Lawrence at: mlawrence@centreforbusiness.ca. When you succeed, so do we.
Ontario Tourism Summit & Awards of Excellence
Tickets Now Available | October 27th & 28th
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.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
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.

Chamber Governing Bodies Resources & Links
International Chamber of Commerce - https://iccwbo.org

International Chamber of Commerce Launches SOS (Save Our SMEs) Website - https://www.sos.iccwbo.org

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - http://www.chamber.ca

Canada Business Resilience Network - https://www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca
Ontario Chamber of Commerce - https://occ.ca

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Tools & Resources For Your Business -

COVID-19 Business Webinars To Support You - https://occ.ca/webinars/
Town of Wasaga Beach
Wasaga Beach & COVID-19 Information Page
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.
COVID-19 Resources
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Portal

Facebook Live Video Briefings With Dr. Charles Gardner Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzFV9L-5L2aoZ9-oRO7ACn8x6xHBmNHXX

Federal COVID-19 Information Line (1-833-784-4397) / Public Health Ontario (1-866-797-0000) -- https://ca.thrive.health/covid19/en

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.