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Volume 2 Issue 11 | June 10th 2021
A Roundup of Chamber News & Resources
We're Here to Support As Your Indispensable Partner In Business!
Winner of the Leading Advocates For Local Business Development
2020 Canadian Business Award


Cast your vote at our Annual General Meeting & Farewell Party on Tuesday, June 15th, Starting at 5:30pm, join us as we:

  • review the years of 2019 and 2020;
  • provide financial updates;
  • share other news from our Board of Directors; and
  • say farewell to the existing board and extend best wishes to incoming leadership.

NOTE: The meeting is open to all members, businesses, as well as the public.

Due to ongoing gathering restrictions, the AGM will be hosted on Zoom. To ensure voting privileges, members are strongly encouraged to register for the AGM by Friday, June 11th. To register, click here: wasagachamber.ca/agm-expo. Once registered, the Zoom meeting room link and details will be provided. At that time, you will be given the option to add the meeting to your online calendar.

NOTE: Member's with voting privileges will receive another email closer to the date with voting details.

The AGM will be followed by our Virtual Business Expo. This exciting event with help you Map Your Route To Recovery!! Join us and...

  • Set your vision with Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Calleri
  • Dive into mini-masterclasses on digital presence, tourism recovery, and employee recruitment
  • Mix, mingle and network with other local business owners

Click here to register today: www.wasagachamber.ca/agm-expo

NOTE: Registration for the event is free.

See more details below!

We also have many other opportunities for you to network, learn, promote your business and get involved. Following are a few reminders:

  • The 36 Days of Wasaga~licious launches to the public on Friday, June 18th!! Support local participating businesses to win weekly prizes and one of three Ultimate Grand Prizes!! Bookmark www.wasagalicious.com for more information, to access the digital business map and more!
  • Did you miss our Virtual Beach Party Business After 5 in June? Watch the replay! See below.
  • We're having a yard sale! Many items were discovered that the Chamber would like to offer to the community in a yard sale as a fundraiser. We invite you to donate items as well. See more details below.
  • If you haven't already, take the time to look through our 2021 Community Information Guide: www.wasagachamber.ca/guide. Opportunities to advertise in our 2022 guide and map will be launching soon.
Keep scrolling for more information to support you and your business.

Thank you again for your commitment and partnership. Our organization is strong because of you. Together, we will continue to tackle this challenge (and whatever the future may bring), ensuring that Wasaga Beach will not only get through this, but will thrive in spite of it!

Your Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

P.S. Contact office@wasagachamber.com to get involved through sponsorships, prizes, volunteering, promotional opportunities and more.

P.P.S. Register for your FREE Digital Marketplace account and set up your business listing on Wasaga Beach's Community Information & Business Web Portal. Click here to set up your listing now.

How Can We Help?
The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce is the support and voice for local business. Email us at office@wasagachamber.com to let us know how we can help. NOTE: The best way to reach us is by email at office@wasagachamber.com. You can also call 705-429-2247 and leave a message.
AGM & Virtual Business Expo
Tuesday, June 15th at 5:30pm
Register now and save your seat for our upcoming AGM Farwell Party & Virtual Business Expo! Celebrate the existing board and welcome the new executive and directors.

The AGM will be followed by our Virtual Business Expo. This exciting event with help you Map Your Route To Recovery!! Join us and...

  • Set your vision with Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Calleri
  • Dive into mini-masterclasses on digital presence, tourism recovery, and employee recruitment
  • Mix, mingle and network with other local business owners

Open to all businesses. Register here: www.wasagachamber.ca/agm-expo.
Meet Our Expo Facilitator - Sandra Kahale
Strategist, facilitator, trainer, and host, Sandra Kahale, creates engaging online and in-person environments that help people connect, communicate, and collaborate.

An entrepreneur with business interests in communications, design, and scuba-related accessories, Sandra is currently working on 11 Rooms, a unique collaboration and retreat space in downtown Collingwood’s creative core that will open in Fall 2021
Your Business Recovery Vision
Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Calleri
In this dynamic vision-building workshop:

  • Discover the 3 keys to accelerating your success;
  • Unlock a powerful code for prosperous living: and
  • Apply simple thinking strategies that guard you from fear, doubt and worry

Transform pandemic stress into powerful strategies that boost your bottom line and create a more balanced approach to life and your well-being.
Choose A Mini-Masterclass
Mini-Masterclass #1
Kim Clarke, RT07
Tourism Experience
Development Specialist
Boost your business with practical tools and strategies using tourism experience development!

Product or experience? Is there a difference?? When it's a struggle to open my business, is it really a good idea to start to add something new?

Join Kim Clarke, Tourism Experience Development Specialist at RTO7 and discover why the addition of experiences to your product offerings can HELP to boost your business during the COVID era and beyond.  
Mini-Masterclass #2
Ben Frisch, Team Lead
The Digital Service Squad

South Georgian Bay
Business Enterprise Centre

Let's plan your roadmap to recovery with our digital audit!

The digital audit is a tool developed by the Digital Service Squad as a starting point and conversation starter to gauge your digital marketing capabilities and educate you on general best practices.

The Digital Service Squad is a team of experts, here to help you improve your digital marketing.
Mini-Masterclass #3
Melanie Oliveira
Career Solutions
Employment Consultant & Job Developer
Ivan Collins
Career Solutions
Employment Consultant & Job Developer
Career Solutions Corporation is pleased to provide a wide range of services to Employers in Wasaga Beach and surrounding communities. One of the programs we offer is the Employment and Training Wage Subsidy.
Let us assist you in saving on the onboarding costs in training a new employee. It’s easy and employers continue to use this program once they realize how beneficial it is to their business and the job seeker.
The Placement Incentive for employers is intended to:
  • Encourage employers to provide on the job training placements, work experience opportunities, or skill level assessments to support an individual’s employment goals consistent with the needs of the current labour market
  • Encourage employers to support participants in addressing gaps in their credibility, skills and experience
  • Offset some of the employers’ costs, such as temporary reductions in productivity, increased supervision requirements, and out of pocket training expenses
  • Encourage employers to register/hire and train a client as an apprentice.
At Career Solutions Corporation we are committed to providing the highest level of quality service and we look forward to assisting you with your staffing requirements. We are here to help!
Community Recognition
Just a note to say – how appreciated all of you are at this organization.
A well run chamber makes a huge difference in the business community.
I run a networking group on zoom every week with 30 folks coming – mostly from Simcoe County and your chamber has been mentioned a few times.
I am grateful I get notified of your events to stay in the ‘know’ for others as well.
36 Days of Wasaga~licious
Launching on Friday, June 18th!
We are excited to promote your business for FREE during our upcoming 36 Days Of Wasaga~licious support local media campaign!

Wasaga~licious is a business recovery initiative supported by the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Wasaga Beach that's designed to encourage Wasaga Beach residents to try a variety of culinary, retail and service experiences that are unique to our town.
For businesses who registered by Friday, May 21st, your business will get a digital listing and map location that will be promoted to residents throughout our media campaign starting on Friday, June 18th.

NOTE: Businesses are welcome to create a special deal to entice visitors to purchase and there is also an opportunity to donate prizes for our weekly draws. These opportunities are optional and not mandatory to participate.

Wasaga~licious is open to all businesses whether you’re a service-based business, traditional brick-and-mortar store, retail shop, home-based, online, restaurant or accommodations business.

For more information and to stay up-to-date, bookmark our website: www.wasagalicious.com
Did You Miss Our Virtual Beach Party?
Watch The Replay!!
What a FUN time at May's BA5 Virtual Beach Party with Wasaga Beach Brewing Company! We can't wait to see everyone at the new Beach Bar Trailer sometime soon!! Watch the replay for more details about this exciting announcement!!

Congratulations to Bryan Davies for winning the Best Beach Attire & Set Up prize! And, a shout out to Emily Piercy, the Chamber's new Summer Admin Assistant, for winning the Best Beach Attitude prize!
We're Having A Yard Sale!
As we are aware the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce has moved from 550 River Road West to the new office location at 2115 Mosley St.

Many items were discovered that the Chamber would like to offer to the community in a yard sale as a fundraiser for the Chamber and invite you to donate items as well.

  • If you are dropping off donations for the yard sale, please be aware, if not sold, all items will be given to charity and/or sold online using Facebook Marketplace, etc.
  • Please arrange for donation drop off with Kathy Mulgrew. Refrain from dropping off at either location without contacting Kathy.
  • Feel free to browse other donations and put $$$ that you feel they are worth in the cash box when you arrange drop off of your items.
The live Yard Sale will be held in the summer once restrictions allow and will be at the old location. In the meantime, we are selling items online using Facebook.

Kathy Mulgrew
2021 Community Information Guide
Delivered To Your Door!
20,000 copies of the The 2021 Official Community Information Guide were recently delivered to households and businesses in Wasaga Beach and to select postal codes in Collingwood, Elmvale, Stayner and surrounding areas.

The remaining 5,000 copies will be distributed nationwide through visitor information centers, as fulfillment to visitor inquiries, at trade shows, and through distribution at many local businesses throughout the area.

Chamber Calendar of Events 2021
Mark Your Calendar!
  • January 28: Business After 5 - Know Your Resources & Benefits Chamber Open House
  • February 25 : Business After 5 - Crossfit Mozomo Athletics
  • March 8: Celebrating Women In Business Awards 
  • March (Mid to Late March): Community Guide Delivered to Chamber & Distributed Via Canada Post
  • March 25: Business After 5 - Wasaga Tax & Accounting
  • April 29: Business After 5 - Nature's Cleaning Team
  • May 27: Business After 5 - Wasaga Beach Brewing Company
  • June: Wasaga~licious Spring Campaign
  • June 15: Business Expo & Annual General Meeting
  • July 29: Business After 5 - Ontario Insurance Network & MMEA
  • September 16: Business Awards & Recognition Ceremony
  • October 21: Small Business Week - Mayor Salute & Chamber Mix N Mingle
  • November 25: Business After 5 - Holiday Social + Toy, Coat and Food Drive
NOTE: Event listings are subject to change and will be held virtually until further notice.
Welcome Our New Members

Trucking and Transportation Carrier
Art Gallery & Promotions of Arts
Jewellery Store & Gift Shop
Partners & Resources

For Simcoe North Business Owners
Looking For Town Support?
Click here to visit the Wasaga Open For Business Recovery Portal for information on financial relief options currently being offered to businesses due to COVID-19.

Click here to view the new publication that highlights why Wasaga Beach is a great place to live, work, invest and visit.
Economic Development staff continue to be available by phone and e-mail to provide support and assistance to the public, business community and investors. Please call 705-429-3844, ext. 2274 or email at edo@wasagabeach.com.
Financial & Business Support




The Digital Marketplace Web Portal!
Advertise Your Business With A FREE Place Listing
The Digital Marketplace is a Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce initiative to share local business and community information during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We invite all local businesses, organizations, associations, community resources, clubs and places to register for an account.

Once your account is created, you can login to add your business place information and also add any upcoming events. Yes, you can do all of this yourself as well as update your business listing information as needed! Note: Tutorials are available to walk you through the process. Click here to access the video.

Currently all event and business listings are free and you do not need to be a member of the Chamber to participate. Our goal is to build the Digital Marketplace as the go-to portal for Wasaga Beach business and community information. We need your help to do this! You can help us reach this goal by registering for an account and listing your business information as soon as possible.

Our plan is to market the new portal through both traditional and online marketing channels to spread the word about local business here in Wasaga Beach.
Personal Protective Kits
The Chamber provides Personal Protective Kits to residents and tourists for $10 per kit. Business owners can also pick up a kit with social distancing signage provided by the Town of Wasaga Beach. You are welcome to stop by the office of Wasaga Tax & Accounting Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact Colleen Bannerman at colleenb@wasagatax.com or email office@wasagachamber.com.
Sponsorship Opportunity: Personal Protection Kits
All Sales Proceeds Donated to The Ministerial Food Bank
Community Resources
Financial Resources
Video Series
2021 Community Information Guide
Getting to Know Your Local Resources Replay
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Post Pandemic Business Playbook
A starter guide to restarting a Post Pandemic business. This tool can help you set priorities, get plans in place and protect your people.

Chamber Governing Bodies Resources & Links
International Chamber of Commerce - https://iccwbo.org

International Chamber of Commerce Launches SOS (Save Our SMEs) Website - https://www.sos.iccwbo.org

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - http://www.chamber.ca

Canada Business Resilience Network - Resources to help your small business navigate COVID-19 -https://www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca

Ontario Chamber of Commerce - https://occ.ca

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Tools & Resources For Your Business -

COVID-19 Business Webinars To Support You - https://occ.ca/webinars/
From Our Partners | Employee Benefits
Watch Our Video On Employee Benefits
2019 - 2021 Board of Directors
Colleen Bannerman, Chamber President - Wasaga Tax & Accounting
Leslie Listro, Chamber Secretary/Treasurer - Caithkin Treatment Foster Homes
Selena Blais - Chamber Director - Georgian Life Media
Joel Simpson - Chamber Director - Georgian Family Chiropractic
Jason Ruttan - Chamber Director - RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Inc., Brokerage
Jennie Elmslie - Chamber Director - Free Spirit Tours
Ava Alward - Chamber Director - Realtor, RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Inc.
Kathy Mulgrew - Chamber Director - Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues
Tanya Emmons - Chamber Director - Butterfly Bliss Healing
Zdenka Stracinski - Chamber Director - CroNorth Insulation
Jennifer Bell - Chamber Director - Bell's Maple Park