So many things going on! If you missed the Small Business Week sessions last week, please see below for links to the recordings on our Mental Health in the Workplace and "Where's Waldo - can people find your business" sessions.
The week concluded with the Quinte Business Achievement Awards and it was great to be out in person at an event again! Congratulations to all the nominated businesses and a few photos below of our members who were recognized with awards.
Certainly, good news coming from the Premier's office regarding a timeline suggesting we are crawling our way out of the pandemic and hopefully, by March of 2022 - we will have a return to the normal we remember. Of course, we've said that with great hope before but as vaccination rates increase the light is brighter.
At the same time, we know this week also represented an end to some programs that have been a lifeline to businesses. The Canadian and Ontario Chambers continue to represent our local businesses at the federal and provincial levels where it matters most to you. As always, if there is anything we can do to amplify your message, please don't hesitate to reach out.
I'll be spending a couple of days this week attending the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Conference and AGM virtually with a lineup of great sessions and the policy resolution debate that will set the tone/stage for the federal government and their advocacy work for the upcoming year. We're talking about everything from CEBA payment extensions to child care and it should prove to be an interesting discussion.
A couple of things for this week specifically... with links below to participate.
1) Nominations close on Friday for positions to our Board of Directors. Elections are held in November and the term officially begins in January. Our Board meets about 9 times annually and we also have committees for Government Affairs, Membership, Governance & Finance. We're always interested in having members join to help us out and as a representative from your business/organization, you can be part of the Voice of Business! Reach out to me directly if you have any questions.
2) Rogers Hometown Hockey has chosen Belleville for the November 1 national broadcast! The team rolls into town for events taking place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre and then the live broadcast will take place from the Facade parking lot with City Hall as the backdrop. Links to register to attend the events are below PLUS they are encouraging the business community to help "Paint the Town Red" - at this point, we know time is tight but if you have any red decorations, hockey sticks, jerseys, light displays you can pull out to showcase this weekend, your business may be featured as part of that broadcast. Film crews roll around town this week and where they stop is up to you!
Hope to see you over the weekend!