CHAMBER CHAT - Week of November 9
This week of remembrance started early as we woke up on Monday morning to the sudden news of Councilor Pat Culhane's passing. The Chamber has had a long and close relationship with the City as their partner for City Events and Visitor Information Services and with Pat's many years serving the City, she had come to know our staff well. We were also most thankful she stood behind us as we have had to reimagine events the past couple years because she earned her respect within the community as a fierce opponent if she didn't believe a plan wasn't in the best interest of the City or constituents she represented. We add our condolences to all those who will miss her and share in the loss our community feels.

As we mark Remembrance Day on Wednesday, may we be reminded once again why we should not forget what our grandparents generation fought for... as I watched the US election play out last week, freedom is truly a precious thing and must not be taken for granted. Americans lined up for hours to exercise their right to democracy while others who chose to mail in ballots were told they may not be valid. On either side, voter's rights seemed to be challenged.

Let us not forget...

I will keep the rest of my note here brief because this week's newsletter is full!!

A few things I don't want you to miss!

  • Canada United Small Business Relief Fund applications have been closed due to overwhelming demand. They are processing those they have received and if any funds are still available, we will get the word to you as soon as possible. IF you hoped to apply and missed the window, send me a quick note as I can reach out personally with any news or updates.

  • We're so happy Bell & Trenval were coming on board to support our celebration and fireside chat conversations with our QBAA winning members in November - we're not quite sure what that's going to look like yet but please save the date.

  • 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!
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Last year we started what we hoped would be a tradition to feature
QBAA winners at our November breakfast.
We were hoping we could meet in person but in the interest of safety with numbers still rising, we'll make this a virtual event.
In the tradition of 2020 events, where nothing is the same, we're going back to the drawing board to find a special way to acknowledge our members this year with the shared support of
Trenval & Bell.
we're doing something!!!
'MEET OUR MEMBERS' features stories and details about our members, their businesses and more!
Check out some of our members previously featured.
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Contact Lisa Grills at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
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(Toronto, Thursday, November 5, 2020) – Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s 2020 Budget “Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover”.
“Ontario’s business community welcomes today’s Budget. It is an impactful response to the current crisis, and demonstrates the beginning of a long-term plan for economic growth,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “This Budget addresses many of the actions we, on behalf of Ontario’s business community, have been asking for. We believe that when business prospers, communities prosper.”

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