CHAMBER CHAT - Week of November 22
A little rain didn't dampen any spirits as Santa welcomed the four families into his sleigh for the parade Sunday night.
We officially launched the festive season with the Santa Claus parade last night!
Oh, what fun it was, to see those floats driving by!

Thanks to all the volunteers and participants for making this an amazing event for Belleville!

We're also trying to get back to a bit of normal with our first in-person breakfast since February, 2020. November has been the month where we've celebrated the Quinte Business Achievement Award winners with the support of Trenval & Bell and we're excited to invite three of our members to the stage and hear a bit more of their stories - where they started and how they feel about this recognition.

See below for your link to register last-minute! (today only!)

And of course, as we get into thinking of gift giving - I will add to the message that shopping locally supports us all!
our first breakfast in almost 2 years !!!
The Quinte Business Achievement Awards were celebrated in October and a few of our members carried home some pretty hefty hardware.

We are excited to be able to once again, break bread with each other in our
first breakfast since February 2020. 

Join us as we hear the stories from:
Eric Lehtinen from Impacto - Business Person of the Year
Chad Guziewicz from Tire Wizard Inc. - Trailblazer of the Year
Josh Edwards from OSM - Tech Sector
Rapid Tests Kits available at the Log Cabin
The Chamber is distributing test kits to more than 130 businesses in the region.

Let's stay safe and stay open!
The questionnaire that you use as a screening tool for your workers was updated on August 27th, 2021.
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...
Your membership connects you to almost 450 businesses.
Find what you need from people and businesses you can trust.
CLICK HERE for more about these programs.
Call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
What can we do to support Canada's economic recovery?
What does our recovery have to do with the underground economy?
A group of experts from tax, labour, construction, cannabis
and tobacco will help explain.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) HAS ENDED!
  • If you are eligible, you can only apply for open CRB periods, up to 60 days after each period has ended. The final period for the CRB is period 28 (Oct. 10 - 23) which will be open for application until December 22, 2021.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) EXTENDED TO November 20.
The government is also proposing a further extension of this benefit until May 7, 2022, with an increase to the maximum number of weeks.
If you are eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 
1-week period. If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again.
You may apply up to a total of 4 weeks between Sept. 27, 2020 and November 20, 2021. You cannot apply for periods that are closed. SEE DETAILS

The government is proposing to continue COVID-19
business support programs (CEWS/CERS) until May 2022
for organizations that have been hit the hardest since the start of the pandemic or are most affected by public health restrictions.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Next deadline: December 2: Last day to apply for claim period 16 

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) 
Next deadline: December 2: Last day to apply for claim period 9

Click on the link below to see ALL the programs
in one place with Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
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.
If you’ve been thinking about creating a podcast to support your business, then this workshop is for you. Kerry Ramsay is the Bay of Quinte host of the Power Your Platform Podcast, a top 10 Marketing Podcast in Canada. Her podcast supports her story coaching services which she offers through her business, PowerHER Platform.
In this workshop, you will learn:
•            Why podcasts make excellent business building platforms
•            How podcasts help grow business leads
•            Tips for creating a successful business podcast
There will also be time set aside for Q&A.

That the hill welcomes more than 35,000 skier visits each season.
There are lots of sponsorship opportunities available.

Promote your business, and support the region's only
not-for-profit ski hill.
META EMPLOYMENT SERVICES celebrates its 40th year of helping job seekers and employers in our community.
They are launching "40 Ways To Give Back After 40 Years" to help commemorate this milestone and celebrate with the community who has supported them since 1981.

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Call Lisa at 613.962.4597 ext. 2 OR
5 Moira Street East, Belleville