CHAMBER CHAT - Week of June 21

Today just happens to be the longest day of the year. In what seems like the longest year ever... as we slowly reopen, the weather welcomes us back to the outdoors and at least we can sit on a patio or play a round of golf. Or, check out this week's theme for the Discover Belleville's Photo Scavenger Hunt... (a new theme each week)

At 11:00 this morning, I'll be tuned in to an announcement with OCC"s Rocco Rossi and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade to launch another "Shop Local" campaign.
Hopefully, by this time next month, we will be rolling into step 3 and we can begin supporting all our favourite places regularly again.

In the meantime, gathering is still limited so we're investigating a new "virtual" platform that allows for small group chats with the option of a general broadcast. The Mien Tzu mingle is happening this Wednesday from 5-7... hope to see you there!

It's also the time of year for the Quinte Business Achievement Award nominations. There are multiple categories for consideration depending on the type of business you are... and you can always self-nominate. We don't submit nominations (we'd have to do everyone!) BUT if you do want some help with the application, we're happy to assist with that part. We'll be in touch if we see your name on the list.

As golf reopened and the tournament cycle has begun, save the date for Wednesday, September 15 when the Chamber hits the links - this year we'll be hosted by Trillium Woods and with many thanks to Bill Kerr at Black Bear, it's time to work with Steve and his team there.

Welcome summer!!!
WEDNESDAY, June 23 ~ 5 - 7 p.m.
Like everything else, our mingles are looking a little bit different,
at least for now.
We are excited to try out Mien Tzu, a new virtual networking platform that will liven up our event and have our members networking like it is 2019 again.
Why Come?
  • Behind-the-scenes look at Meyers Creek Brewing Company, one of the Chamber's newest members, and Signal Brewing Company, on the shores of the Moira River.
  • Door prizes from Meyer's Creek, Signal and more!
  • Learn how to introduce yourself. Aaron Cromwell from ONE WILD VOICE will give us a quick lesson on creating your 30-second elevator pitch
  • Learn how to make the perfect margarita from Abraham at Chilango's.
  • Get the recipe for Montana's signature Momma's Lemonade cocktail

If you have questions or are unable to register online, please contact Lisa Grills at 613.962.4597 ext. 2 or email
We look forward to connecting with our members.
Rapid Tests Kits 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...
Get discounted shipping rates for parcels and pallets from trusted carriers. Ask how to sign up with your Chamber Promo Code.
SAVE $$$ with ESSO and Mobil
Members can save 3.5 cents/litre at the pumps while earning PC Optimum points.
And soon, there will be another gas station where you can save.
It is easy to sign up for this program.
DID YOU KNOW? Three Chamber members are involved with the new ESSO station
being built on the corner of Cannifton Road and College Street East in Belleville.
Quality Mechanical
Taskforce Engineering Inc.
K.G. Reid Trenching & Construction Ltd.
Want to know more about these programs?
Call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
Register for your 2nd shot of COVID-19 Vaccine.
If you received your first dose on or before May 9th you are eligible to book or rebook at a shortened interval.
Starting the week of June 28, ALL Ontario residents
aged 18 and over are eligible for their 2nd dose.
STEP TWO of ROAD to REOPEN is getting closer :)
SUPPORT LOCAL whenever you can!

Check out these
in the gradual loosening of restrictions as we move through the STEPS TO REOPEN ONTARIO.
Your membership connects you to almost 450 businesses.
Find what you need from people and businesses you can trust.
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.
Other Side Media gets plaqued
Jeremy and Joshua Davis were pleased to be presented with their new plaque. In their words "We are very proud to be a long-standing member since 2004, supporting our amazing community and beyond. We look forward to the future together. Thanks Quinte for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated. We love you all.
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