CHAMBER CHAT - Week of January 20

In compliance with the province-wide lockdown, the Cabin will be closed to the public until restrictions are lifted. Please feel free to reach out to any of us during this time if you have any concerns
or questions.
Jill's Cell 613-847-4090
Lisa's Cell 613-922-4597
Even though we're in lockdown, we know you're all busy behind closed doors and we continue to work on serving your needs from our home offices (my kitchen table). That means a bit of zooming... and pulling together a list of links and other resources you might find useful.

A quick overview of what you'll find below:
  • a poll about attending our virtual President's Dinner & Cornerstone Awards event
  • the 2021 Membership Guide (renewal notices coming out on Friday)
  • watch our call with the Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit
  • registration for an update with MPP Todd Smith (limited space so don't wait)
  • the EmployerOne Survey - your input here is extremely important as it provides us with real local data on what is happening with local employment needs
  • the BizQuest video contest - the pandemic has forced many of us to get into creating video content already - this contest really pays!
  • the Ontario Economic Report (Jan 28)
  • Town Hall with Minister Lisa MacLeod (Feb 3)
  • Fireside Chat with Leader of the Opposition, Erin O'Toole (Feb 5)

VACCINES are certainly a topic of intense conversation - and a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. Follow the plan here with the Ontario government's real time update on vaccines; the province’s three-phased distribution plan; and, information on vaccine safety: 

Video message from General (retired) Hillier, Chair of the
Ontario Government’s Vaccine Taskforce

Thoughts on the lockdown - post them here:
Feedback form on lockdown/government rules

The City is also in the process of planning their next virtual career fair - they just need you to answer one question to ensure their efforts support your needs best.
They kindly ask that you complete the survey link below by
Friday, January 22.

and at the very end of this newsletter, a link to the video where Mayor Mitch Panciuk and CrimeStoppers Quinte Board Chair, Bill Glisky, recognized 9 families who made a special difference with their entries into the Home for the Holidays Decorating Contest.

A little sidebar, in our conversation with the Health Unit on Tuesday, they shared their absolute appreciation for the work we are doing as a community to keep our numbers low and this pandemic under control. They recognize the challenge this places on business and look forward to being ready to move out of the lockdown into Green as soon as possible.

And finally, let's not forget the significance of this day in the United States. We know how hard our government representatives worked to maintain trade relationships within the US while they weren't always supported at the leadership level... we move forward with hope the new President will overcome the discord and return a spirit of unity to our neighbours to the south.

Take good care!

Friday, March 26
We know that 2020 was a tough one, and you are probably ZOOMED OUT!
But this isn't a ZOOM call.
It is an exciting, new virtual experience.
Your $80 ticket includes first-class food,
a commemorative glass, champagne welcome, beverages, entertainment and more!
All from the comfort of your home or office.
Using just one computer screen -
Purchase additional tickets for $65.
You won't want to miss it!
Are you planning to attend the Virtual President's Dinner and Cornerstone Awards Presentation.
No - I am not interested in a virtual event.
I have never attended this event.
Membership Guide 2021 is now online.

Check out the new Board of Directors, read the message from the incoming President, Peter Kempenaar from Taskforce Engineering, as well as messages from the Past President, Greg Sudds from West City Honda, and Anthony Callaghan from McDougall Insurance with his notes on Membership.

See details on cost-saving programs like the Chamber Group Benefits Plan, fuel savings with Esso, as well as M2M special offers - members helping members.

Membership rates are not increasing for 2021.
Check out the back cover for details.
Your membership with the Chamber provides you access to representation at all levels of government. This may be through individual conversations, access to leaders municipally, provincially or federally, surveys, reports and webinars.

There are a number of upcoming events
please review them and if you're working from home,
you might just have some time to take advantage of these opportunities...
so many of these events usually have a registration fee
and require travel to attend.
2021 Ontario Economic Report Launch

Eventbrite - Ontario Chamber of Commerce presents 2021 Ontario Economic Report Launch - Thursday, 28 January 2021 - Find event and ticket information.

Read more
Join Minister Lisa MacLeod
Wed, February 3, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
South Eastern Ontario Regional Business Support Townhall

Eventbrite - Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries presents South Eastern Ontario Regional Business Support Townhall - Wednesday, 3 February 2021 - Find event and ticket information.

Read more
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
With a footprint in communities across the country, the Chamber network knows it is important to find a new pathway heading into 2021.
We are heartened by the 'get 'er done' attitude displayed by businesses across all sectors. In the words of President and CEO Perrin Beatty, "We are, indeed, all in this together."
Apply for loans of up to $40,000 through Trenval.
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund provides interest-free repayable loans to help small and medium-sized businesses with fixed operating costs. If the loan is paid in full by December 31, 2022, 25% of the loan will be forgiven.
Full details of the eligibility criteria can be found at
For more information, contact
CEBA loans for eligible businesses has increased from $40,000 to $60,000.
Businesses can apply for the $60,000 CEBA loan or the additional $20,000 until March 31, 2021. Check with your financial institution on how to apply.
Find all of the support programs available to you
and your business through
Find the right programs and services, whether you’re
starting out or scaling up.
The Group Benefits Plan Made Specifically for Small to
Midsize Businesses
With more than 30,000 firms insured under the Plan, it is the most popular employee benefits program in Canada for small to midsize businesses.
It is quick and easy to
get a quote and compare
CALL 613-962-4239
These M2M offers and more are available to
ALL Chamber members AND their employees.
In accordance with the province-wide shutdown, the cabin will remain closed to the public until restrictions are lifted. Please feel free to reach out to our staff members if you have any concerns or questions.
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 pm
CALL 613-962-4597
Jill @ 613-847-4090 Lisa @ 613-922-4597
In December, we partnered with the City of Belleville and CrimeStoppers Quinte to provide prizes to a number of homes that dressed up Griswold style for the holidays!

On Monday, January 18 - we joined with the Mayor and the top 9 homes to thank them for making things just a little brighter at the end of long year like no other.

on Discover Belleville