CHAMBER CHAT - Week of August 10
We took a short break from our regular Chamber Chat last week while we were working on the details of a couple important events! Our 3rd Member Appreciation Mingle is confirmed thanks to the hospitality of the Ramada team and their large outdoor patio - registration will be required so we can ensure compliance with maximum gathering numbers - but we believe this is a great opportunity to bring us together safely. If there was ever a year where your commitment to the Chamber mattered more, this was it. Your membership is what keeps the Chamber an active organization and you and your advocacy needs are what keep us essential and relevant. This is a year like no other in decades - though there is some recorded history of the Chamber shutting down during trying economic times over the past 150+ years.

This was a year for us to rebuild. As we come through the storm of the pandemic and we wait with you to see how this all comes together, we're working on us for the next couple of months. Accreditation remains a goal and our application will go forward in September.

Our Visitor Services role will be greatly improved with the launch of a new website (hopefully this week) and that will also allow us to provide a better communication tool around community events as they start to happen again... and for our members, this newsletter will be exclusive to you and your teams.

Affinity programs (cost-saving partnerships) have been a pillar of membership organizations "forever" and if you ever needed to know where you can save money, it is now with national and provincial programs. Lisa continues to work with our members right here to offer you and your employees discounts on the products you use here, providing even more reason to support local. Check each week for two featured M2M programs and if you're interested in providing one, reach out to Lisa anytime at lisa@bellevillechamber.ca . If you're not sure how the program works for you and your staff - she can answer those questions as well.

I hope you're able to join us next week but if not, I hope you'll be enjoying what's left of summer!


5OTH? ANNUAL CHAMBER
GOLF TOURNAMENT
A tournament like no other, ever before...
we are introducing some exciting and fun new elements to this year's event.

Register as a foursome, pair or individually.  We can team you up!

We are using the scramble format with a couple of twists! More to come!

Space is limited!
Tee times will be staggered starting at
10 a.m.

Fees will be confirmed shortly, but you can register now to save your spot!  We will be in touch with details on fee structure and more, and to confirm your registration.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please reach out to Lisa Grills if you are interested in exploring options.
 
FREE HOTLINE for financial help
included in Financial Support section link https://bellevillechamber.ca/financial-support-during-covid-19.php
The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities. Read more…
UPCOMING WEBINARS
THIS WEEK

PENINSULA presents
webinars designed for business owners. Our goal is to give you tools to achieve a more productive, safe organization; ready for longevity!
COVID-19 Workplace Training
Tuesday, August 10 - 3:00 pm

Recalling employees, challenges and benefits
Thursday, August 13 - 1:00 pm

Preparing for a second COVID-19 wave
Tuesday, August 18 - 3:00 pm

Balancing remote working and return to workplace
Tuesday, August 25 - 3:00 pm

The Small Business Centre is offering a variety of free workshops and webinars to assist business in moving forward. 


RECORDED WEBINARS

Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Facebook
Facebook’s Summer Of Support
Facebook has launched a free six-week initiative called Summer of Support, designed to help business owners get the digital skills and information needed to navigate these challenging times. The program will feature a mix of content including free online training and live sessions. Each week will focus on a different theme and highlight different speakers, like basketball legend and entrepreneur Magic Johnson, as well as Chairman of O'Shares Investments and television personality Kevin O’Leary.
We have joined with RBC, other chambers and partners across the country to support the #CanadaUnited campaign. More details here and links to how you can help! BCC/Canada United

Every time you watch thE video, RBC will contribute 5¢ to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. (up to $2 million)

The Small Business Relief Fund will supply grants to those businesses that meet the minimum eligibility criteria, including but not limited to, the requirement that you must own and operate a small to medium size business registered or incorporated in Canada, with annual sales between $300,000 and $3 million and up to 75 employees and hold commercial generality liability insurance in the minimum amount of $2 million. Full eligibility criteria and grant application details will be available at https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/
In case you missed it... we are developing the "Meet our Members" directory of stories - find those we've done here

Want to be our next feature? Contact Lisa to tell your story!
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