West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter

The Hidden Costs of Employees to Your Business

Employees ... they are our greatest asset, and can be our biggest liability.  No matter the company size, if you've got employees, you've got employee issues.  And how you handle those issues can dictate the success or failure of your businesses!


Exposure to unlawful dismissal suits are a reality for our members today.  Did you know that there are over $250,000 in suits filed in Canada each year?  And over 70% are won by the employee - primarily because the employer didn't know how to properly manage the employment process legally.


Government Agencies, like Health & Safety, are also a growing concern.  Canadian Labour Law dictates the standards to which each company - regardless of size - must meet.  But small business owners often don't have the time or expertise to meet those standards, and the result can be hefty fines levied by Health & Safety auditors.


Workers' Compensation is an area that most business owners know little about - resulting in sky high premiums when an employee is injured at work.  Unfortunately, this is a system routinely abused by employees and Healthcare Professionals alike - and can cost you tens of thousands of dollars!


Large corporations know this...so they invest in an entire department, dedicated to managing employee issues.  But as small business owners, we can't afford the $65,000 - $80,000 salaries that HR Professional earn!  So what's the solution?


Recently, we formed an Alliance with First Call.  They are a Canadian company working with the small business community to provide the expertise in all the areas mentioned above, and they have agreed to provide full scale HR solutions to each of our members at a discounted rate.  For just $8.50 per employee per month, they will assign an HR Manager to your company and manage all your employee issues.  And if you enroll online, you will receive your first month free!


I strongly encourage you to visit their website - www.firstcallhr.ca/chamber - and view their informative video.  We signed up the West Nipissing Chamber office and have seen, first hand, what a difference proper HR practices can make for the running of our business...and we want the same for you!

New Chamber Members for 2014
We would like to welcome our newest Chamber members for 2014!! Please click on the businesses below to learn more about each member. 
Upcoming Meetings and Events
The West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our very first networking event for 2014! Join us for "Business After 5" to meet and mingle with Chamber members and their guests. This event is a great way to relax and do business, and is free for Chamber members, their staff and guests, as well as interested non- members.

Don't forget your business cards for networking and to enter our door prize draw.

To RSVP or donate a prize package, please email mike.bozzer@westnipissingchamber.ca

La Chambre de commerce de Nipissing Ouest se fait un plaisir d'annoncer sa toute premi�re activit de r�seautage en 2014. Joignez-vous � nous pour un << Cinq � sept d'affaires >> offrant l'occasion de rencontrer les membres de la Chambre et leurs invit�s et de nouer des contacts. L'activit� promet d'tre aussi divertissante que productive et est gratuite pour les membres de la Chambre, leurs employ�s et invit�s et les non membres qui s'y int�ressent.
Apportez vos cartes professionnelles pour le r�seautage et pour participer aussi au tirage du prix de pr�sence.
Pour r�server votre place ou remettre un prix en don, veuillez envoyer un message � mike.bozzer@westnipissingchamber.ca.
Date: April 24, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  24 avril 2014, 17h - 19h
Accueilli par/ Host by: Caisse Populaire Sturgeon Falls
Endriot/ Location: 241 rue King Street, Sturgeon Falls


De l�gers rafraichissements seront servis.

Light refreshments will be served.
Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser / Souper Spaghetti
The Curling Club is hosting a fundraiser for Dan, Tracy and the Sguin Family

Saturday March 22, 2014
2 Sitting: 4:30 pm and 5:45 pm

Adults: $10.00
Children (5-12): $6.00
Family: $25.00

Tickets are available at the SFCC and from Board members.
Call 705-753-1130 or 705-580-2196

Pr�l�vement de fonds
Pour la famille S�guin 
Au Club de Curling Sturgeon Falls

Le Samedi 22 Mars 2014
2 services: 4:30 pm et 5:45 pm

Adultes: $10.00
Enfants (5-1): $6.00
Famille: $25.00

Billets disponibles au Club de Curling de Sturgeon Falls et des membres du comit�
Composez le 705-753-1130 or 705-580-2196  

Ancorra Insurance

Benefit Renewal effective April 1, 2014


We are pleased to announce our lowest national increase since 2005 - 1.53 %.


In addition, there are no rates changes for Life, AD&D, Dependent Life, Weekly Indemnity, Long Term Disability, Critical Illness and Employee Assistance Program.


Overall increases - Health 2.42 % Dental 1.25%


The 2.42% health increase is approximately half of last years increase of 4.7%.


Contact us today for a no obligation quote. Let us put the Chamber Plan to work for you!!!


Phone: 705-495-4264 Toll Free: 1-888-262-6772

191 Booth Road, Unit 6

North Bay, ON

P1A 4K3

le programme Service d'emplois d'�t� / 
Summer Jobs Service Initiative

Cet �t�, songez � embaucher un �tudiant(e) sous le programme Service d'emplois d'�t�.  


Le programme peut vous aider � embaucher des jeunes gens en vous offrant une incitation � l'embauche de 2$ l'heure.  Vous pouvez recevoir une incitation jusqu'� concurrence de 560 heures par poste.  Les placements subventionn�s ne doivent pas d�buter avant  le 1 avril 2014 et prendre fin le 30 septembre 2014 au plus tard.   Il n'y a pas de limite minimale quant au nombre de semaines.  Veuillez noter que les �tudiants doivent avoir entre 15 et 30 ans au moment de commencer l'emploi.


Vous trouverez le formulaire de demande dans le site Web � http://ontario.ca/emploisdetedunord


Veuillez soumettre votre demande avant le 30 avril 2014.


This summer consider hiring a student and participate in the Summer Jobs Service initiative. 


This initiative will provide a $2.00 per hour wage subsidy up to a maximum of 560 hours per position.  Subsidized placements must not begin before April 1, 2014 and must not extend past September 30, 2014.  There is no minimum number of weeks.  Students must be between the ages of 15 and 30 upon commencement of employment.  


Application forms can be found on the Ministry of Northern Development & Mines website: http://ontario.ca/northernsummerjobs


Please submit your application before April 30, 2014.

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West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce
200 Main Street, Unit B
Sturgeon Falls, ON
P2B 1P2
Tel: 705-753-5672 Fax: 705-580-5672
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