Update From Your Chamber
(September 1, 2020)
Happy September!

A massive thank you and well done for everyone who went out to support local during the Canada United Weekend! We all benefit when we invest in our community – and on behalf of our members, thank you for your investment in Grimsby! This summer, we saw excellent turnout in-store and on social media for both The Big Spend and Canada United, and we encourage you to continue supporting local businesses throughout the year. Reviews, recommendations, likes and follows are all ways you can help small businesses grow.

It’s been a strange and uncertain six months, to say the least, with more uncertainty ahead as we enter Fall. Keep up the awesome momentum and hard work throughout September. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Stay well. Stay sane.
The Grimsby Chamber Team
Get Relief for your Small Business

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be 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. 
 
Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers).

 
See the program guidelines here.
 
A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded.
Welcome New Members
We are excited to welcome our newest members into the Chamber network! Visit their Directory listings to learn more about their organizations.
Recovery Activation Program
The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is a no cost, immersive, highly practical online workshop that helps you identify areas for digital overhaul so that your business can keep existing customers and find new ones, in this changed world.

In three steps...

  1. Taking a Digital Needs Assessment
  2. Engaging in virtual sessions
  3. Creating a Digital Transformation Blueprint with help of mentors

...you will be on your way to new growth and opportunities.
From Our Members
Meridian Credit Union
Meridian, in partnership with the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, is currently seeking nominations for 2020 Meridian Community Spirit Awards!
 
The awards are nomination-based and aim to recognize 5 individuals and 5 businesses, exclusively in Niagara, who have demonstrated community leadership and selflessness throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Simply put, this our way to recognize the efforts of those who have made our communities stronger despite this pandemic.

You can learn more about the awards by visiting www.meridiancu.ca/niagaracsa!
 
We encourage you to nominate however many candidates you think are deserving of this award! Most importantly, let’s highlight the heroes in our communities together.

The nomination period closes on September 13.
Grimsby & District Lions Club
If you know or think of any Service needs or projects our members could help with in the areas our club supports - environment, diabetes, vision preservation, youth, hunger, and childhood cancer - we would be open to hearing about ideas. This could be a fundraising event or a need. Perhaps an individual who needs support in some way.

If you have any ideas or projects to share with the Grimsby Lions, please contact Louise Agnew.