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Volume 1 Issue 15 | September 17th 2020
A Bi-Weekly Roundup of Chamber News & Resources
We're Here to Give A Voice To You and Your Business!

Greetings!

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Thursday at the Business Awards & Recognition Ceremony! It was an amazing evening that demonstrates the continued strength of business in our community.
A shout out of thanks to our Masters of Ceremonies, Melanie Case and John Eaton from 95.1 The Peak FM, as well as, MP Terry Dowdall, MPP Jim Wilson and Mayor Nina Bifolchi for saying a few words to kick-off the event (see video clips below).

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Title Sponsor, Stonebridge Town Centre and Community Sponsor, The Town of Wasaga Beach for making this event happen!
We appreciate the words of thanks and have been happy to hear from so many about how much your enjoyed the event.

That was the finest Zoom event that I have ever attended.

Great job on the awards - it was very well organized and a great turn out!

Congratulations for putting together an awesomely wonderful
evening full of fun.

See the winner's announced below and congratulate them on Facebook. All you need to do is click here to view the post and like, comment and share!

Sincerely,
Your Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

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.
A Few Words From Our MP, MPP & Mayor:
TOURISM AND/OR ATTRACTIONS
Sponsored by Chuck's Roadhouse
RESTAURANT/FOOD & BEVERAGE
Sponsored by The Sun
MARKETING AND/OR PROMOTION
Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
SERVICE CLUB/NOT FOR PROFIT
Sponsored by Caithkin Treatment Foster Homes
SERVICE INDUSTRY
Sponsored by TD Bank
RENOVATED BUSINESS OF
THE YEAR
Sponsored by Re/Max of
Wasaga Beach Inc. Brokerage
TRADES PERSON OR
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Alta Vista Planning Partners Inc.
ACCOMODATIONS
Sponsored by Parkbridge
Lifestyle Communities
CUSTOMER SERVICE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Canadian Tire
Wasaga Beach
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Martella Tiling
Services Inc.
YOUNG BUSINESS PERSON
OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Centre For Business And Economic Development
ATHENA AWARD
Sponsored by Wasaga Tax
& Accounting
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce
Congratulations to the Prize & Live Auction Winners
Door Prizes Winners:
BOSTON PIZZA PRIZE PACK
Janice James
THE IRON SKILLET
$30 GIFT CARD
Abigail Clark
TOWN OF WASAGA BEACH
SWAG BAG(S)
Nancy Dyson
Kelly O'Neil
Kelly Lognon
ISLAND QUEEN CRUISE BOARDING PASS
Nicole Fazzari
BOSTON PIZZA $25 GIFT CARD
Victoria Ledden
CHUCK'S ROADHOUSE
$50 GIFT CARD
Brad Cox
GEORGIAN CIRCLE FAMILY RESTAURANT $25 GIFT CARD
Dave Lognon
HISTORIC JAZZ IN THE PARK PLAQUE AT NANCY ISLAND
Pam Ivey
WASAGA BEACH BREWING COMPANY GIFT PACK
Jessica Bigalke
2HR PADDLE FOR 2
GIFT CERTIFICATE
Erin Fordham
Live Auction Winners:


GIFT CARD COLLECTION
Colleen Bannerman




MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE
Jessica Bigalke




BOOZE BASKET & AIR FRYER
Debra Harrison


Personal Protective Kits
Includes Social Distancing Signage
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
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.
Community Resources
Financial Resources
Video Series
2020 Community Information Guide
Getting to Know Your Local Resources Video Series
Digital Transformation Recovery Activation Program 2020
In Partnership With The Ontario Chamber of Commerce
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 you!

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.

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
Apply For A Grant Of Up To $5,000
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund is managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. If awarded, a relief grant can be used for any of the following activities:

  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves.
  • Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines.
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business.

A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers).

Learn more about the program and eligibility criteria at https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/.
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.