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Volume 2 Issue 9 | May 13th 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!

Summer is just around the corner and we're kicking it off with a Virtual Beach Party with Wasaga Beach Brewing Company! Join us on Thursday, May 27th with a beverage, your best beach attire and scenery for your chance to win prizes! Register at: www.wasagachamber.ca/BA5

We also have many other opportunities for you to network, learn, promote your business and get involved. Following are the highlights in today's newsletter:

  • There's one week left to register for our 36 Days of Wasaga~licious Support Local Campaign. Promote your business for FREE! All businesses are welcome to register! Click here to sign up now: www.wasagachamber.ca/register.
  • Are you looking for a productive way to give back to the community? Get involved with the Chamber. We're looking for community-minded individuals to join our board. See more below.
  • Save the date for our upcoming AGM & Business Expo taking place on Thursday, June 10th.
  • If you haven't already, take the time to look through our 2021 Community Information Guide.
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!

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.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.
Join Us At Our Virtual Beach Party!
Thursday, May 27th at 5:30pm
Join us for a fun Business After 5 on Thursday May 27th. We're throwing a virtual beach party with Wasaga Beach Brewing Company! Bring a beverage, set up your beach space and wear your best beach attire to win prizes.

We'll also celebrate the mixology contest winners from the Women in Business Awards and there will be a super cool announcement! Register now and mark your calendars for this special event, click here: www.wasagachamber.ca/BA5.
Promote Your Business!
Register For FREE Today
We want 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.
Upon registration, your business will get a digital listing and map location that will be promoted to residents throughout our media campaign.

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.

Click here to register your business using our easy-to-fill-in form at www.wasagachamber.ca/register

For more information, visit: www.wasagalicious.com
We're Looking For YOU!
Invitation To Join Our Board
The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce’s governance board of volunteers contribute their time and energy to provide leadership and commitment to the delivery of the Chamber’s mission and ensure relevance to Wasaga Beach’s business community.
The Board of Directors is immediately seeking candidates that are committed to serving and supporting the organization.

At present, the Board meets monthly via video conference in the early evening for approximately two hours. Board members are expected to attend the Annual General Meeting and to provide occasional advice and assistance between meetings related to their unique experiences.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • Prior Not-For-Profit governance experience;
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas;
  • Finance/accounting background;
  • Business;
  • Fundraising;
  • Communications/marketing/media relations; or
  • Engaging diverse communities.
  • Comfort contributing to online and in-person meetings.

Application Process
Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest, including where you feel your skills would be best put to use. Send to the President of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce, Colleen Bannerman at colleenb@wasagatax.com.

NOTE: Nominations also welcome.
AGM & Business Expo
Thursday, June 10th
Mark your calendars for our upcoming AGM and Virtual Business Expo! Join us for this interactive event to support our local business recovery.
2021 Community Information Guide
Delivered To Your Door!
WIDE CIRCULATION
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 10: 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



GREY COUNTY EXPRESS
Trucking and Transportation Carrier
WASAGA SOCIETY FOR THE ARTS
Art Gallery & Promotions of Arts
IMAGINE JEWELLERY
Jewellery Store & Gift Shop
Partners & Resources

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

SOUTH GEORGIAN BAY TOURISM
REGIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION 7

AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
TOURISM SIMCOE COUNTY

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