CHAMBER CHAT - Week of October 26
The new application window IS NOW OPEN!

(starting Monday, October 26 @ 1:00 pm) This is a first come, first served program.


This week starts with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM & Conference and I’m writing this message while I listen to the conversation between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and CCC President Perrin Beatty along with nearly 500 other chambers representing over 200,000 businesses across Canada.

We heard it last week in our conversation with MP Neil Ellis and it’s been repeated again this morning how the Federal Government’s response has been swift and evolutionary towards the needs of business during the pandemic. The government has been open to listening to the real concerns while trying to manage the health and safety of the country as a whole. Today marks expanded eligibility to CEBA with an additional $20,000 and now extended to those operating from a personal bank account and smaller banking institutions are able to process the applications. While we know there will be a price to pay for this, the premise remains constant that investment now spares a much more costly fix later. 

To quote the Prime Minister “Working with you as a key pillar of our approach to helping businesses – they are the lifeblood of our communities and backbone of our economy.” 

As we continue to navigate the impact of the pandemic with all of its uncertainty, having a government who does appreciate your value makes it possible to represent your needs through the Chamber as our unified voice at the federal & provincial levels of government.
Each year, Small Business Week is dedicated to those who work hard to support our local economy with jobs, services, products and our local charities with their money, time and influence. Last week, the region’s Chambers of Commerce provided three days of virtual sessions geared to assist this year’s BDC theme “Forging the Way Forward”… look below for links to the sessions we were able to record – while it’s sad we can’t do these in person, the silver lining is that they are available for you to review at your convenience. 

The week concluded as it always does with our celebration of the Quinte Business Achievement Awards and acknowledging 15 businesses and the people behind them for their continued success. We had a number of our members recognized in the list of nominees and I can speak to the challenge of choosing the recipient in the variety of categories. Special mention to our members on this year’s list of winners.

Regulated Profession: O’Flynn Weese LLP
Specialized Service: Clearview Training and Consulting
Non-Profit: Belleville General Hospital Foundation
Health & Wellness: Hitchon’s Hearing Centre
Sustainability: Quinte Waste Solutions

And watch for upcoming features in the Meet Our Members section showcasing a number of the nominees in all the categories. Last year, our November breakfast featured a panel of the winners – we’re working on pulling that together for a virtual event instead.

You’re also invited to watch the broadcast of the event – something else we’ve never really been able to do before either. It was great to capture the reactions of the winners, sitting in their living rooms along with their families. During the regular event, our winners have composed themselves by the time they get to the podium so as much as it wasn’t in person, it might have been a little more real.

Quinte Small Business Week 2020 was an event-filled week of
virtual seminars and workshops, celebrating small business in the Quinte region. Monday's kick off included a Derrick Morgan's presentation from BDC
that includes information on the impact of the economy on
SMEs and how entrepreneurs are adapting their business in response to the crisis. Watch recording.

Recordings are available for all of the workshops and seminars throughout the week including
Marketing through the Holiday Season,
Pathways Pivot Patience -telling the stories of four local women entrepreneurs, Finding the Right Fit when Recruiting, and the
'In Conversation Series' featuring HPEPH, MPP Todd Smith and MP Neil Ellis.

Sunday November 22nd
Time: beginning at 5pm

Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre
265 Cannifton Road

Contact Event Coordinator
Susan Walsh
if you have any questions.

# 613-962-4597, Ext # 3,
Small businesses, we’ve got big news. We’re extending our relief grants! 
Created and launched by RBC, Canada United is a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country.
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses required to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online. Click here to learn more.
The Federal Government has contributed $12 million to the CUSBRF! We are now able to extend relief grants to more small businesses and restart accepting grant applications from small businesses. We have also updated the eligibility criteria and streamlined the The new application window IS NOW OPEN!
Get relief for your small business!
(starting Monday, October 26 @ 1:00 pm) This is a first come, first served program.

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19.
Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000, supporting local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers).
Economic Recovery Survey Pt. 2
This short three-minute survey on business confidence, pandemic recovery, mental health and climate change. It is the second of three micro-surveys the OCC will be conducting throughout the fall/winter. The interactive results from the first round are LIVE!

The survey is securely hosted by Golfdale Consulting,
an independent consulting firm. All responses will be kept strictly confidential.
The closing date for the survey is now 
Tuesday, November 3 at midnight. 
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.

See a new event posted for an exclusive webinar with RBC on
Thursday, November 5
Congratulations to 'The Station Belleville'
Chamber President Greg Sudds joined local dignitaries as the official ribbon was cut during their grand opening ceremonies. The 7,400 sq. ft. facility located at the Bayview Mall offers after school programs, PA day activities, birthday parties, after school and weekend drop in activities and more! READ full story ......
Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft joined local dignitaries during the ribbon cutting at Belleville's newest art centre , Art Works, located at 257 North Front St. Owner Chris Bennett's dream has been to provide art opportunities for children and adults, helping them to discover their passions. READ full story....
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The Big Grant for Small Business
Deadline - October 30
The Big Grant for Small Business was created by McDougall Insurance & Financial & Grenville Mutual Insurance in order to support three small businesses in Ontario that have experienced financial strain during 2020 due to Covid-19. 

Small business owners will have the opportunity to
submit a short essay style submission that includes
a picture of the business or staff, description of the business, business location, 
financial struggles in 2020 and what the
grant funding would be used for.

Grant applications will be accepted from October 1st, 2020 - October 30th, 2020.

The top 3 small businesses will be selected by a panel of judges and The Big Grant,for Small Business winners will be announced on Monday, November 2nd, 2020.
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 pm