CHAMBER CHAT - Week of June 14

We were all saddened by the community's loss of Maurice Rollins. As our first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, I had the pleasure of getting to know him over the past few years. Please see the notice below regarding the Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, June 16th.

On a completely other note, we're on the road again! Well, at least we've opened the Roadmap to Reopen and Friday was a day we've all been waiting so anxiously for... As we enter the second summer of the pandemic and see the reopening following the third lockdown, we are all excited about the possibilities to meet with our friends and families again, to enjoy a drink on a patio or a meal we didn’t have to cook ourselves… and I’m looking forward to shopping. Even though I’ve not been one to depend on retail therapy to boost my own spirits, I know how important it’s going to be for each of us to support local stores in the coming weeks and months…

For many of our members, this still has them on the edge of opening. We know that this is not perfect. That we'd rather be running than barely crawling and that so many of the conditions and considerations seem in conflict with how things were in previous re-openings. As much as we have advocated throughout the chamber network to move forward faster, the counter option is to appeal for additional support as capacities are limited. Policy resolutions for the Canadian Chamber are being submitted this week and we are supporting this appeal with the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Also, the Quinte Business Achievement Award nomination portal is now open. We have had many members acknowledged through this program and I encourage you to nominate a business you believe has demonstrated excellence and achievement in their sector in some way this past year. There are also opportunities to nominate a Young Entrepreneur and Business Person of the Year... we could all use a boost, so please consider nominating a business this year. See below for the link to Nominate Now!

Enjoy your week and hopefully, we'll be seeing you in person, for real, very soon!
Rapid Tests Kits now available at the Log Cabin
An estimated 30% of people who spread the virus
Give employees and customers peace of mind with regular screening.
It is even easier to SAVE just by being a Chamber member.
Digital cards can be downloaded right to your phone.
DID YOU KNOW that M2M offers can be utilized by everyone in your business.
Employees can take advantage of savings from these businesses and more...
Want to know more about these programs?
Call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
12+ can now register for their COVID-19 Vaccine.
Individuals 70+ and anyone who received their 1st vaccine on or before April 18th can now book their 2nd dose.
BE PATIENT! Check daily!
New appointments are being added regularly.
The transition may not be as simple as you think and can raise lots of questions for employers and employees; questions like can you require employees to be vaccinated. We were joined by Christina Wallis, an employment lawyer with Wallis Law and Nick Duley, an HR specialist with North Shore HR Consultants to discuss some of these employment-related issues.
We are all excited to start to feel some normalcy in our daily lives.
SUPPORT LOCAL whenever you can!
BE KIND. Many of our local businesses are easing back into their operations. It may take some time to work out the kinks.
Remember, everyone is doing their best.
CLICK HERE to find out what you can and cannot do
while we are in STEP ONE.
Check out these KEY HIGHLIGHTS in the gradual loosening of restrictions as we move through the THREE STEPS TO REOPEN ONTARIO.
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Tourism and Travel Grant DEADLINE June 25
$10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible
small tourism and travel businesses
This grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts.

To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020.
**Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period. SEE DETAILS

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). SEE DETAILS

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) -  
Extended to September 2021. Period 9 to 14 currently open, - SEE DETAILS

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
Applications have been extended until June 30, 2021-   CEBA DETAILS

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Extended to September 2021. Periods from September 27 2020 to April 10 2021 currently open  SEE DETAILS

Click on the link below to see ALL the programs
in one place and scroll down to the section titled 'Support for Businesses'
CLICK HERE for information on financial supports, and other business resources available through the province.
Providing on-site nursing care for all ages with the goal to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual wellness of their clients.
Cheri Petch, Owner
Family-owned and operated, they have served the region for more than 25 years, offering reliable and affordable plumbing, heating and refrigeration services for all types of industries.
Don Shaw, Owner
A Christian charity that has served the area for 32 years, providing support for those challenged by an unexpected pregnancy.
Heather Tapp, Executive Director
Aluminum Boat docks and lifts, Hydraulic boat lifts, boat lift canopies, motors,
parts and much more.
Trevor Watkins, Owner
Formerly St. Paul's Anglican Church, built in 1878, it has been repurposed as an AirBNB with a twist. This multi dimensional space can be used as to stay, play and get married, offering the perfect setting indoors and outdoors.
Tim and Judy McKinney, Owners
We look forward to connecting with our members!
ICE stays ICE. It is even better than a YETI.
Find the safety supplies you need for your business.
Check out these local businesses who are working to get you the supplies you need to keep your business open and your employees working safely.

Find everything from masks and gloves to disinfectant wipes and sprays, to
body temperature detection devices.
5 Moira Street East, Belleville