CHAMBER CHAT - Happy Thanksgiving!

I've heard people asking what their favourite part of Autumn is - for me, it's this glorious second summer weather we are often blessed with around the long weekend... if only it would stay like this forever!

Thanks to Lisa for putting together this newsletter - I'm out of the office this week catching up on some vacation time and gearing up for next week's series of sessions for Small Business week and QBAA celebration next Friday! Congratulations to those of our members who were nominated and submitted applications. We know it is an arduous task to participate and the stories you've shared through the process tells us you're already "winners"!

And in the spirit of Thanksgiving - our gratitude to all of you for hanging on the past 20 months; persevering through the challenges whether you're too busy to rest or have had to imagine your way through to a completely new way of doing business - or have just been waiting it out. None of it has been easy and no one has come through unscathed.
Thank you to all those who supported the Chamber by playing, sponsoring, prize donation and volunteering.

With the last-minute cancellation due to rain, we are grateful for the collaboration with Crimestoppers and Trillium Wood Golf Club for allowing us to combine our tournaments and fill the course.
October 18 - 22

Business Week Kicks Off MONDAY, October 18 ~ virtual event at 12:00 noon
Enjoy Free Workshops all week long with a variety of topics
MINGLE at the Batawa Ski Hill - Wednesday, Oct 20 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Rapid Tests Kits available at the Log Cabin
The Chamber is distributing test kits to almost 100 businesses in the region

Let's stay safe and stay open!
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...
Chamber members can take advantage of the
Special Introductory Offer from Rogers for Business.
58% OFF List Price ~ Mobile rates as low as $49.50
Add Unlimited US long distance for as low as $5/month.
CLICK HERE for more about these programs.
Call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
Playbook tackles action gap on Mental Health
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce releases "Mental Wellness in the Workplace: A Playbook For Employers"


Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Eligible CRB recipients can now apply for a total of 27 periods (54 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and October 23, 2021. Payment amounts will change to $600 ($540 after taxes withheld) for each 2-week period if either:
  • you have already applied for 21 periods
  • you are applying for your first period on or after period 22 (July 18 to 31, 2021)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) EXTENDED TO OCTOBER.
The CRSB gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.
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 September 27, 2020 and October 23, 2021. You cannot apply for periods that are closed. SEE DETAILS

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) -  May continue until October
Next deadline: October 7th Last day to apply for claim period 14 - 
Next period opens November 1st for Claim Period 21 SEE DETAILS

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) May continue until October
Next deadline: October 7th Last day to apply for claim period 7 - 
Next period opens November 1st for Claim Period 14 SEE DETAILS

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.
Lavender farm situated on 94 acres of nature, here for you to enjoy. Owner Bonnie Moore offers a variety of outdoor events, culinary and crafting workshops and more. Don't miss out! Follow them on Facebook for the latest information. UPCOMING EVENTS include:
Lavender Rosemary Bannock Making - Nov. 13
Pine & Cedars - Make and Take - Nov. 27
Serving up the best jerk in Belleville.
Their delicious food will have your taste buds dancing.
Authentic, ethnic, Jamaican/Caribbean cuisine offered for take out and delivery.
Your membership connects you to almost 450 businesses.
Find what you need from people and businesses you can trust.
Find the safety supplies you need for your business.
Check out these local businesses that are working to get you the supplies you need to keep your business open and your employees working safely.

Find everything from masks and gloves to disinfectant wipes and sprays, to
body temperature detection devices.
Is your membership plaque up to date?
Call Lisa at 613.962.4597 ext. 2 OR
5 Moira Street East, Belleville