CHAMBER CHAT - Eight Weeks until Christmas
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!
Eric Lehtinen, (Impacto Protective Products)
accepts Business Person of the Year award presented by Past President, Derrick Morgan (BDC)
Josh Edwards (OSM) gave a passionate tribute to being able to serve his community in the Tech Sector and Norah Rogers (Waring House) accepts their award for Sustainability.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the

A special congratulations to these Belleville Chamber Members.
Eric Lehtinen ~ Business Person of the Year
The Waring House ~ Sustainability
OSM ~ Tech Sector
Tire Wizard ~ Trailblazer
HEXO Corp. ~ Manufacturing
They're Back!
Attention Belleville Businesses:
Roger’s Hometown Hockey returns to Belleville Oct. 30th to Nov. 1st.
Let’s rally and paint the town red to celebrate this exciting event.
Please see below some ideas and ways you can participate. Make sure you sign up here if participating.
One winner will be selected from participating businesses – have fun! 
Saturday, October 30th - Sunday, October 31st
LIVE BROADCAST on Monday, November 1st
CLICK below for the recorded webinars hosted by the Belleville Chamber of Commerce.
Rapid Tests Kits available at the Log Cabin
The Chamber is distributing test kits to almost 120 businesses in the region

Let's stay safe and stay open!
It is even easier to SAVE just by being a Chamber member.

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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...
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Call Lisa at 613-962-4597 ext. 2 or email
Monday, October 25 sees a gradual reopening in Ontario.
Many businesses will be able to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of vaccination.


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 apply for a total of 27 periods (54 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and October 23, 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 Sept. 27, 2020 and October 23, 2021. You cannot apply for periods that are closed. SEE DETAILS

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Next deadline: November 4th Last day to apply for claim period 15 - 
Next period opens November 1st for Claim Period 21 SEE DETAILS

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) May continue until October
Next deadline: November 4th Last day to apply for claim period 8 - 
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.
What does local health care mean to you?
Over the past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to connect with the newQHC President & CEO, Stacey Daub. Last Friday, she met with the region's Chamber of Commerce leaders and has asked that we encourage our members to participate as well by completing their survey
Re-Imagine QHC
Congratulations to evermind on their grand opening.

Chamber President Peter Kempenaar was on hand Wednesday, October 13th to help cut the ribbon for one of Belleville's newest businesses, located in the heart of downtown.
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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.
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5 Moira Street East, Belleville