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Volume 2 Issue 4 | March 3rd 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

Greetings!

Here's the Chamber's top 3 news items to support local business:

  • We received over 180 nominations for our upcoming fun and interactive Women In Business Awards & Mixology Cocktail Party! Due to demand, we have extended ticket sales to the end of day today. Click here to get your tickets and goodie bag with beer, wine, appetizer, dessert and PPE Kit delivered to your door.
  • Thank you to everyone who attended the invigorating Wear Your Workout Clothes Business After 5 with Crossfit Mozomo Athletics. Click here to watch the replay and register for March's Business After 5 at wasagachamber.ca/BA5.
  • The Town of Wasaga Beach calls on province to return to red zone. Click here to read more.
Keep scrolling for more information about the many opportunities, events, relief programs and more that are available as a support to 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!

Sincerely,
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.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.
Women In Business Awards & Mixology Cocktail Party
Get Your Tickets | Virtual Event On Zoom
Watch The Replay!
February BA5 With CrossFit Mozomo Athletics
March Business After 5
Register at wasagachamber.ca/BA5
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: Chamberlicious Spring Campaign
  • April 29: Business After 5 - Nature's Cleaning Team 
  • May 27: Business After 5 - Rustuk Ink
  • June 10: Business Expo & Annual General Meeting
  • July 29: Business After 5 - Ontario Insurance Network & MMEA
  • September 16: Business Awards & Recognition Ceremony
  • September 30: Business After 5 - De Palma & Associate Legal Services
  • 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
GEORGIAN BAY RESTORATION
Residential & Commercial Services
IMAGINE JEWELLERY
Jewellery Store & Gift Shop
Partners & Resources
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT
Small Business Supports
RELIEF WITHIN REACH
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.
CENTRE FOR BUSINESS
Financial & Business Support

SMALL BUSINESS
ENTERPRISE CENTRE

Ontario Trillium Fund
$100 Million Over The Next Two Years
Not-for-profits, tourism as well as sports organizations and culture operators will be able to access government support of an additional $100 Million over the next two years through the Community Building Fund. The Ontario Trillium Fund support can be found at: www.otf.ca.
The Ontario Arts Council
$25 Million Emergency Funding
The government is investing an additional $25 Million to support core cultural institutions and artists with emergency funding. The Ontario Arts Council can be found here: https://www.arts.on.ca.
Thank You For Advertising Your Business
In The 2021 Community Information Guide
Coming Soon!
WIDE CIRCULATION
25,000 copies of the The 2021 Official Community Information Guides are distributed nationwide through visitor information centers, as fulfillment to visitor inquiries, at trade shows, and through distribution at many local businesses throughout the area.

We also mail copies to all households in Wasaga Beach and select postal codes in Collingwood, Elmvale, Stayner and surrounding areas.

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
2020 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.

CTM Media Group Announces
1 Million Dollars In Matching Funds Program
For Businesses That Have Been Affected By COVID-19
CTM is a leader in delivering your message to people looking for places to go and sights to see.

This past year has been difficult for businesses seeking to attract travelers and locals looking for fun. 

That's why CTM is launching the Discover More! Program to help businesses amplify their message and make their marketing dollars go a lot further.

Apply online, click here.
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/
Town of Wasaga Beach
Wasaga Beach & COVID-19 Information
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.
COVID-19 Resources
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Portal

Facebook Live Video Briefings With Dr. Charles Gardner Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzFV9L-5L2aoZ9-oRO7ACn8x6xHBmNHXX

Federal COVID-19 Information Line (1-833-784-4397) / Public Health Ontario (1-866-797-0000) -- https://ca.thrive.health/covid19/en

From Our Partners | Employee Benefits
Watch Our Video On Employee Benefits
2019 - 2021 Board of Directors
Colleen Bannerman, Chamber President - Wasaga Tax & Accounting
Tyler Rollins, Chamber Vice President - Key Mortgage Partners
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
Christina De Palma - Chamber Director - De Palma & Associate Legal Services
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