CONNECTING YOU - to the Chamber Community
Last week the Government Affairs committee welcomed a visit from MP Neil Ellis in preparation for our upcoming breakfast. The Chamber has enjoyed open lines of communication with all of our elected representatives - a real plus in our mandate as an advocate for you as a member. Our meeting this week and our upcoming breakfast represent how important it is for us to share how federal initiatives and investments impact local interests and business needs. Our conversation reflected on funding for local infrastructure and business development through some federal funding - and while some of this is waiting for provincial decisions and the budget being released tomorrow - these are ongoing concerns. We are looking forward to hearing the updates from Ottawa on Wednesday, March 27 (don't forget to register for the breakfast below).

This week begins with the Housing Summit as our community is facing a housing shortage of crisis proportions. Not only are those who struggle to find safe and adequate homes with limited incomes impacted now but employers are struggling to fill jobs and efforts to attract new people to our community are compromised by their inability to find housing. Looking back through old minutes, the Chamber was actively involved when the community faced a similar situation in 1948 - inventory was so low, the price of existing homes were out of reach for men coming back from war and businesses were at risk of not being able to fulfill contracts or service needs with an abundance of jobs and no one to fill them. The perspectives and discussion presented over the next couple days will be focused on solutions to problems being faced by communities across the province.

On Tuesday, the Federal Budget is released and through the Canadian Chamber we will be getting a full overview of the impact as it is expected to impact business. We will include more on that in next week's Chamber Chat.

Wednesday, I do hope you'll join us at our mingle at Burke Funeral Home. While it may seem an unconventional place for a social gathering, our mingles are becoming an opportunity for businesses that offer unique or specialized services to showcase how they contribute to our community by doing what they do.

And this is all building up to Advocacy Day next Monday where the Chambers from across the province join together at Queen's Park to meet with the MPPs and Ministers and represent the Voice of Business at the provincial level. In numbers, we are stronger.

I hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Join us THIS Wednesday
Jeff Tureski & Shawna Courneyea invite you to our next Meet & Connect at
 Burke Funeral Home
This event is designed to get you out networking in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, and learning more about a particular business/agency within our community.  
All members of the business community are welcome. 
We are pleased to once again welcome MP Neil Ellis as our guest speaker. Neil will be joining us to share the lastest updates from Parliament for 2019 

As Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte, Neil’s overarching priority is to secure a stable infusion of infrastructure funding. He believes this is the key to promoting economic growth and improving the quality of life for all constituents. As a lifelong resident of the Quinte area, Neil is honoured to continue serving his fellow community members in this capacity.  
REPRESENTING YOU - The Voice of Business
Still an opportunity to get a space in the new
Pop-Up project along the Waterfront!
The City of Belleville is activating its multi-million-dollar waterfront assets on the Bay of Quinte with a new project that creates pop-up space along the waterfront. The first phase of this project will kick-off Victoria Day weekend for the summer season where four 10’ x 10’ structures will provide space for seasonal businesses to operate.

“We have received three strong proposals to date and are re-issuing the RFP in an attempt to fill the fourth space that will be available this summer on Belleville’s waterfront,” says Manager of Economic & Strategic Initiatives Karen Poste. “This project presents a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to set up shop on the waterfront.” 

The RFP for this project has been re-issued and will remain open until 1 pm on Wednesday, March 20th for entrepreneurs who want to open a business that utilizes Belleville’s beautiful waterfront. Summer 2019 Pop-Up locations include Victoria and Freestone Point Parks, south of downtown Belleville.
2019 Federal Pre-Budget Report - Recommendations from OCC
The OCC believes that Canada requires an environment in which business can invest and innovate, and individuals can continuously develop in-demand skills. The 2019 Federal Budget should provide the necessary ingredients to foster such an environment.
This document contains eight recommendations under four priority areas, namely:
  • Reforming Canada’s tax system to enhance competitiveness
  • Stewarding our transition to the knowledge economy
  • Nurturing the innovation ecosystem
  • Providing sustainable public drug coverage

The federal budget is set to be released on March 19,
and only time will tell if it will keep in mind the business community’s needs.
With small businesses in Canada employing more than 8.2 million Canadians,
this budget could be a score or bust for the federal government in its upcoming election.
Member Discounts & Affinity Programs
Bel-Con Design-Builders didn't...
Alan from Bel-Con Design-Builders saw last week's post about Reid's Dairy so he came by the Log Cabin to learn more about the companies offering discounts & pick up M2M cards for their staff. Another 35 more members will be out using M2M cards at local businesses participating in the program. The support continues to grow! #shoplocal #supportlocal #supportmembersfirst

Does your team have their M2M cards?

Do you offer a Member to Member discount? Consider setting one up today!
Canada's #1 Plan
for Employee Benefits
Understanding How Your Ontario Small or Medium-Sized Business Can Benefit from a Chambers Employee Benefits Plan

Over 30,000 Canadian small and medium-sized businesses are using a Chambers Employee Benefits Plan to provide a wide range of medical and dental coverage to their employees. Over the last 40 years, the Chambers Plan has earned a reputation for being stable, smart, and simple to manage. There are various reasons why your business should consider joining, and our team of experienced insurance advisors will be more than happy to design a plan that suits the unique needs of your small business.
SHARING - Member News & Events
Jill welcomes Nicole Hutchings, owner of Javana Cigars to the Chamber community.

Javana Cigars
444 Dundas St. E., Unit C

Tobacconist, Specialty coffee, Cigar accessories, Pipes, Pipe Tobacco,
Beard oil, and men's grooming products.

Congratulations to Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express Belleville was awarded the
" Torchbearer Award " from InterContinental Hotels Group
This is only given to the best of the best for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation, from quality to customer satisfaction.
 There are only three Canadian hotels nationwide to receive the honour.

Congratulation s to all of our staff and our management team! And most of all thank you to our amazing guests who are the reason we do what we do!!
YOU Suggested...WE Listened...
The 116 Bistro has NEW hours

Where Great Food , Friends & Memories Are Made !
116 Pinnacle St., Belleville, Ont.

We also have Event Space & Catering Available
* Please call for details or email
Anti-Bullying / Self Defense / Kickboxing with Sifu Stephane Patenaude
Don’t miss this opportunity for your child(ren) to join Sifu Stephane and begin their journey to increase their confidence and self-esteem, as well as give them a positive outlet to have fun and instill in them valuable leadership qualities.

This event is FREE , all we ask is participants is to bring a charitable donation. Proceeds from this event will be donated to our local Quinte Humane Society .

Monday, April 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
This meetup is for anyone interested and involved in innovation and technology in agriculture. Enjoy an opportunity to mingle with like minded people in the agri-tech industry and hear a unique presentation from owner of Potter Settlement Winery - Sandor Johnson discussing the challenges and opportunities of agriculture in Hastings County.

This is a joint event, brought to you by Hastings County, QuinteVation and Harvest Hastings.
Community Events!
Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Interfaith Quinte Group of UNAC-QUINTE invite you to a PEACE VIGIL on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 pm, as we stand together with the Christchurch Community, New Zealand, and our Muslim Families in Belleville.

Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the victims and their families of this horrific attack in Christchurch, NZ.

516 Victoria Avenue, Belleville, next to Eastside Secondary School. Spill over parking available at ESS parking lot.

All are welcome.
Looking for more Great Events? Check out our full 
Community Calendar  and our  
Closing Thought For The Week...
The Log Cabin
5 Moira Street East
 Belleville On, K8N 5B3
(613) 962-4597