The Belleville Chamber held it's Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 28th at 12:00 pm through Zoom. We were joined by nearly 20 additional members and ratified the membership of 35 new members.
In brief, the Chamber has had a "good" year. 2019 represented significant changes in our billing procedures. This was noted as a significant loss in that year's statements and 2020 realized our predicted recovery in spite of the challenges COVID presented our members with... fortunately, our membership retention was strong at net 90% and we are seeing a similar response in 2021. This does not mean we don't feel the pain of the 19 members who have decided to close permanently but we are hearing the economy will return and the resilience of those still here and choosing to join is a testament to your faith this too shall pass.
Of note, the accreditation application was submitted in April and through that work, key opportunities for developing the committees has emerged. Governance will work with Membership to ensure we are meeting both skills and sector representation within the Membership and the Board, which in turn, ensures the Government Affairs committee is able to present a representative voice of the diverse business community the Chamber is intended to represent. As our GA committee gets more involved through the Eastern Region Caucus and issues are coming forward, we are excited to be a part of the chamber movement in a more active way.
For the full recording of the meeting, click below!
JOIN ME WEDNESDAY - Meta's 3rd Annual Mental Wellness in the Workplace
8am - 2pm ($15+)
Click below for full details on this year's session with excellent speakers in the best virtual conference experience you'll have (using the same platform we used for our President's Dinner) - it will feel like you've actually been somewhere with "real" people! And we could all use a bit of that right now...
JOIN ME THURSDAY - 2-4 pm
as the local Chambers join BDC's Vice President & Research and Chief Economist of BDC for an overview of the economic situation and the outlook for 2021. Discover how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the habits of Canadians and what are the priorities of small and medium-sized businesses in this new context.