CHAMBER CHAT - Week of November 16
Let's Do Lunch - November 25
Last week I asked you to "save the date" for Wednesday, November 25 as we hoped to resume our scheduled breakfast event - or what that may look like in the midst of a pandemic.

We've opted to keep it virtual as we look forward to presenting a Lunch Watch Party now with recorded interviews of our QBAA winning members - last year, this was a great conversation as a panel - this year, we'll have a few minutes with each of them as they share their journey to recognition and achievement.

Lunch is included with your registration - three of our member restaurants will offer a variety of choices - and we'll schedule delivery to arrive in time for you to join our event at 12:00 via Zoom on Wednesday!

Continued thanks to Bell & Trenval for supporting this "virtual" approach - our breakfasts have always been a way for us to connect you with each other and connect those who support business with you. As we continue to move through the pandemic, with numbers rising and the fear of another lockdown ever present, both Bell and Trenval are here to help business transition to this new normal and a different work environment.

  • Occasionally, we get a request for a mailing list - which we can't provide - BUT we do have a great bulk mailing rate and we'd be happy to get your message out there just in time for the holiday shopping season. Do you have something special you're offering that you'd like fellow members to know about? See our Holiday Snail Mail Campaign below..
Holiday Snail Mail Campaign!
.... just a few spots left ....
Be part of our Holiday Hamper package being sent to all of our members.

Join us as one of 20 featured holiday highlights and
include your letter size brochure/poster/coupon and share something special with your fellow chamber members. Some restrictions may apply

DROP OFF by Monday, NOV 23
COST = $25
450 pieces required (folded)
call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
Well - maybe they aren't quite "live" but we've got a few conversations you might find interesting connecting you with relevant local information!

The E-Commerce Assistance series with Jamie Hosking is now available through YouTube - with our final 3 conversations recorded last Friday.

In Conversation with... Whitley Insurance
Last year we started a tradition to feature QBAA winners.
In the tradition of 2020 events, where nothing is the same, we're hosting our first LUNCH WATCH PARTY to acknowledge our award-winning members this year with the shared support of
Trenval & Bell.
Have you ever said
"I'll get a Loyalist student for that"
Do you have a project that requires research, an idea that needs exploring, a program that needs expanding, a marketing campaign that needs building???

Loyalist College has some students exploring projects they can help with... if you have one, email me for details.
A Virtual Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. to allow the public to address any question they may have regarding the Draft Official Plan to our consultants.
The draft Official Plan will be introduced at a public meeting on December 7, 2020. The meeting will be streamed live on the City’s Youtube channel. 
For more information on how to participate in the virtual Public Information Centre or the public meeting, click here.

TRENVAL to Offer Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Last May, the Government of Canada announced the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF ). This Fund was introduced to support small businesses in rural communities that were being negatively impacted by COVID-19. Trenval Business Development Corporation received $994,888 at that time, and it was disbursed to support 32 local small businesses in the Quinte Region.

On November 10, the Government of Canada announced an extension to this program, providing another $1.2 million to Trenval.
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund provides interest-free repayable loans to help small and medium sized businesses with fixed operating costs , where business revenues have been affected by the pandemic. If the loan is paid in full by December 31, 2022, 25% of the loan will be forgiven. Full details of the eligibility criteria can be found at Trenval’s website (

Applications are now being received and will be addressed on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact
Canadian Chamber reiterates gaps in Bill C-9
The CCC Director of Parliamentary Affairs and SME Policy, Alla Drigola appeared before the Senate Finance Commitee studying Bill C-9. Her statement welcomes the changes introduced on the whole, however there remains notable shortcomings particulary in wage and rent subsidies..
If you are shipping products locally, across the country or globally this offer could save you money.
Enjoy a holiday drive-through experience!
5 km. of holiday cheer with lighting displays and holiday music. Then head downtown for local shopping, dining and selfies in the giat shopping chair.
As we move "community discovery & events" information over to the DiscoverBelleville newsletter - we have a new "Member Events" section on our website where we will post details of special initiatives you have going on...

If you are hosting or involved with a special event
you can add your events to the calendar with your (login account) or
send us images to add to this space.
November 23 - December 15th
'MEET OUR MEMBERS' features stories and details about our members, their businesses and more!
Check out some of our members previously featured.
Connect with us!
Contact Lisa Grills at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 pm