Please enjoy this week's issue of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade's e-bulletin.

February 14 , 2018
Register for the Regional Chair Luncheon Address on March 1
Mark your calendars and register today!

Join us on March 1 at the Ajax Convention Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as we welcome Regional Chair and CEO Roger Anderson to address the crowd on the state of affairs in Ajax and Pickering from a regional perspective. 
Click here  for more information.

As is our practice at all our signature events, and in support of the social infrastructure of our community, donations will be collected on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Durham Inc.
Extend your Reach with a Flyer Insert in the Bulletin by Mail Before the March 9 Deadline
Insert your flyer in our newsletter, the 'Bulletin by Mail' (BBM) to be mailed out this March!  The BBM is sent by addressed mail to all our members. 

To be included in the March mailing, all we need is 700 copies of your flyer and payment in our office by Friday, March 9 - we take care of the rest!

To reserve your spot, register today. Space is limited and flyers will be considered for insertion on a first come, first serve basis.
Join APBOT to 'Learn the Ropes' and 'Ask the ED' on Feb 22
Maximize your APBOT members hip! Join us on Feb 22 for "Learn the Ropes! and Ask the ED" to better understand our organization and the benefits of membership. APBOT staff will be on hand to better explain how we operate and answer any questions you may have.  In order to see the value from your APBOT membership, you'll want to know how things work around here so you can do your APBOT business as efficiently as possible.  Register today.
APBOT ED Presents Member Priorities to Finance Minister Sousa at Pre-Budget Consultation
On February 1, APBOT Executive Director Chrystine Langille attended an in-person pre-budget consultation session with the Minister of Finance Ontario, Minister Sousa.  She highlighted key member priorities including transportation and broadband infrastructure to support major employment opportunities in West Durham, the need for offsets in the budget to mitigate the unintended impact of the too much too fast roll out of Bill 148 employment changes - estimated have put up to 185,000 jobs in jeopardy - and the need for continued proactive education, resources and funds to support workplaces in achieving the positive benefits associated with addressing mental health in the workplace. Click here  to read the full submission.
Ontario Chamber Network Launches Vote Prosperity Letter Writing Campaign
APBOT, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Ontario Chamber Network, launched a province-wide campaign o n February 13 urging businesses to encourage their local provincial candidates to support the Vote Prosperity election platform. Make your voice heard, and send a letter today. For more information, click here.
Ontario to Launch Small Business Access Portal
Ontario is launching Small Business Access, a variety of new services to help small business owners access the necessary tools, resources and funding to start and grow their business - for instance, access to government services to get the support their business needs. 

Looking to expand your business globally? Need access to hiring and training incentives for employers or information on permits?  Small business owners will be able to access all of these resources and more.  For more information, click here .
Thanks for Attending Networking Breakfast at Costco on Feb 13
On February 13, more than 60 members joined at Costco Wholesale in Ajax for a morning of networking and great food.  At this networking event, attendees enjoyed a combination of informal and formal networking,  complimentary breakfast, a  shared display table for their marketing materials, and were  entered into three business card draws.  Visit our Facebook Page  for more photos. 

APBOT's next Networking Breakfast will be held on April 10. Beat the crowd and register now!
Grand Opening: Sharleez Bridal
On February 10, Sharleez Bridal celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location in Pickering. The official ribbon cutting was initiated by acting Mayor Kevin Ashe. APBOT Corporate Secretary Jacquelynn Tanner presented the Letter of Congratulations, and Iris Nicolaison was asked to say a few words by owner Shar Thangaraj. 

Photographed (left to right): Jacquelynn Tanner, Alex representing MPP Tracy MacCharles, MPP Joe Dickson, owner Shar Thangaraj, Iris Nicolaison, two staff and acting Mayor Kevin Ashe.
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Limited-Time Opportunity: Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade member, Big Rig Wraps, has donated space on a 24 ft transport truck that will drive through Durham and Scarborough for a duration of 12 months. They are offering APBOT members a special rate to be included in this promotion.  For details, click here.
February 22nd:  Women With Drive: J oin us in celebrating 'Women With Drive'on Thursday Feb 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Jaguar Land Rover Lakeridge for wine and light delicious fare from Amici in Pickering. Click here for your complimentary tickets.
February 23rd: Durham College is looking for great leaders:  The Durham College (DC) Board of Governors is seeking members of the public who are ready to cultivate a legacy of leadership by serving in one of three available positions on the board for a three-year term beginning September 2018.  Lend your expertise and leadership to make a direct, positive impact on our students, employees, business and community.  If you have executive, senior-level or entrepreneurial experience, as well as governance leadership experience at a committee or board level, DC invites you to learn more about this opportunity and apply here Successful candidates will be genuinely interested in post-secondary excellence and the wellbeing of our students. Applications may be sent by mail or email and must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23.
February 28th:  ClubLink's Perfect Fit Promotion In celebration of ClubLink's 25th Anniversary, they have revamped membership fees with some really attractive promotional pricing at select clubs, introduced 25 year 0% financing terms, and have special value added incentives for New and Existing Members to take advantage of throughout the year.  The Perfect Fit Promotion runs through to February 28th, 2018, and offers New Members a complimentary TaylorMade M3/M4 Driver and Club Fitting Session upon joining!  For more details, click here .
March 2nd:  Do you have a Profitable Presentation to grow your business?: In today's competitive marketplace you need a Profitable Presentation™ to stand out from the competition and position your expertise, product or service as the best solution for your ideal clients. Presentation Power for Profit™ is an interactive and practical workshop that teaches you how to create powerful, persuasive presentations using The Profitable Presentation Formula™.  Click here  for more details and registration.
March 14th:   Join us at the NEET Youth Incubator to learn, build, and launch your business as a #YoungCEO. The next cohort begins in March, so apply today to our 6-Day Fast Track Youth Incubator Program! Topics to be included  are:  Business Fundamentals, Business 1:1 Mentorship, and a Pitch Finale. The Orientation is on March 6th, 2018, with the Fast Track program starting on March 14th, 2018. Click here to apply.
March 21st:  2018 Bowl for Kids Sake : Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ajax Bowling Centre! We invite all members from the community to register a team (up to 6 bowlers), collect pledges and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham with their most important fundraiser of the year.  You can also offer your support by way of sponsorship opportunities that are available and as well through donations of items for raffle prizes. 
Thank you. For more info call Louise 905-706-2159 or email:
Thank you to our Annual Title Sponsors
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