December 2, 2020
Happy December!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Virtual Annual General Meeting on November 19. We appreciate you taking the time to lend your voice to YOUR Chamber!

Please join us in welcoming our Board of Directors:

Marshall Deeth, Rotary Club of Grimsby
John Dunstall, JJ's On The Docks Eatery
Genevieve Groat, Padgett Business Services
Mina Johl, Vozul Foods
Murray Lathem, The Casablanca Hotel
Sean Reid, Arrowhead Consulting
Stephen Silver, Stephen Silver

Thank you to our Board Members for committing your time to helping shape our Chamber; we are excited to see the direction we build together!

Congratulations to GBF Community Services on their new Wellness Hub - just around the corner from the Chamber office. We’re happy to collect donations at our office and make sure they reach GBF in time for the holidays. Please email us or call 416-877-7605 to ensure someone will be there to receive your donations.

The December Coffee & #ConnectingGrimsby, our last event of 2020, is THIS FRIDAY! Register now to get festive and connect with fellow Chamber members. We hope to see you there!

Are you connected with us on Facebook and Instagram yet? We are very active on social media and would love to interact with you there! Be sure to enter the gift card giveaway, generously donated by Lincoln Park Retirement Residence, and follow along with our 12 Days of Supporting Local campaign.

Please don't hesitate to reach out - we always want to hear from you!

Stay well. Stay safe.
The Grimsby Chamber Team
LAST Chamber Event of 2020
Coffee & #ConnectingGrimsby
Friday, December 4 | 8 - 9 AM

Connections grow businesses.

You won't want to miss our last event of 2020!

Let’s wrap up the year with a morning of making connections and growing your professional network! A strong network will help establish product and service partnerships, more referrals, and a support system. We'll also be adding some holiday cheer!

Join your Chamber colleagues at the next Coffee and #ConnectingGrimsby Virtual Networking Event on Friday, December 4 at 8 AM.

Engage with your business peers, share what you're looking forward to in the coming year, and get to know your local business community better.

Hurry - registration closes tomorrow at 12 Noon.
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Last Chance to Send a Message to Queen's Park
Final Round! The Ontario Chamber of Commerce needs your insight on what matters to business amidst the pandemic.

Take this short three-minute survey on business confidence and government support programs to have YOUR voice heard on the issues that matter most.

Deadline is TONIGHT at midnight.
Town of Grimsby
Digital Main Street

GOOD NEWS!

The application deadline for Digital Transformation Grants from Digital Main Street has been EXTENDED.

They will now be accepting grant applications until December 15 at 11:59 PM!

Grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so don’t wait until the last minute! If you have not already, head over to: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/ and please contact Liam McNally at (416) 668 9343 or lmcnally@grimsby.ca. Liam can answer your questions about Digital Main Street, help you 1-on-1 with your grant application, and provide FREE digital assistance to your business through Grimsby’s Digital Service Squad. Give him a call or shoot him an email to get started today! 
Important News for Retail in Niagara
Mall and Retail Recommendations

The Region of Niagara is considering implementing additional recommendations for mall and retail operations.

These recommendations would be in addition to any provincial requirements, and pertain broadly to all retail operations. Niagara Region Public Health recommends retailers consider the following, where possible, to further limit the spread of infection, and protect both employees and patrons during the busy holiday shopping season:

  • Have capacity limits within stores to prevent crowding and facilitate sufficient physical distance between shoppers.
  • During periods of heavy usage/crowding, limit the number of shoppers from the same household entering the store at once, to help lessen potential crowding.
  • Extended hours of operation to allow shoppers to spread out over time, and lessen crowding during peak times.
  • Offer appointment hours to manage crowding.
  • Offer exclusive hours to vulnerable populations (eg, elderly) to better protect them from crowds and risk of exposure to illness. Such hours should also be limited to Niagara residents.
  • Offer curbside pick-up options.
  • Manage food courts consistent with requirements on bars/restaurants, limiting any table to 4 person, spacing or closing off tables such that at least 2 metres distance will be present between people at two different tables, advising that only persons from the same household and/or a maximum of two persons essential to maintaining physical and mental health sit together at a table.
  • Have compliance officers (staff assigned) to ensure the keeping of physical distance, appropriate spacing in line-ups, and wearing of face coverings.
Spark Niagara
Upcoming Virtual Events

Webinar - Corporate Law 101

Thursday, December 3 | 1 - 2 PM

Ever wondered what the difference is between various corporate structures and how they apply to you as an entrepreneur and business owner?

Come and listen to Michelle Chan, Legal Council with a specialization in Corporate Law for Lawyersinhouse.com, as she unpackages the difference between various corporate structures and when each one is appropriate on an entrepreneurs journey.
The session will include a 30-minute presentation followed by 30-minute Q&A. Key content covered will be:

  • Corporate Structures – Incorporation, Partnership, Sole Proprietor
  • Share Structures
  • How to prepare for a raise

Webinar - Protecting Your Greatest Asset - YOU!

Thursday, December 10 | 1 - 2 PM

The president of Westridge Benefits, Kyle Campbell, is excited to be discussing the importance of business owners protecting one of their greatest assets, YOU! Kyle brings his business MBA background and combines it with years of experience and accreditations in the insurance industry to show you how to protect your business while growing and expanding.

Fika Friday - Online Coffee Time

Friday December 4 | 9:30 -10:30 AM
 
Grab a coffee and join us for this online networking opportunity where the conversations are as varied as those who attend.  

Niagara Workforce Planning Board 
Applications Open for $1,000 Stantec Bursary
A generous donation from global community design and engineering specialists Stantec has enabled Niagara Workforce Planning Board to offer a special bursary for Niagara’s newcomer professionals on behalf of its Immigrant Mentorship Program.
The $1,000 bursary will be awarded to a member of Niagara’s newcomer community who has an interest and/or professional background in engineering and technology occupations. The purpose of the grant is to help the recipient to further their career opportunities here in Canada through education or re-certification.

The bursary application period will run until December 4, 2020 at 5 PM EDT. Applicants can complete a very brief application form here. The application includes a 250 word statement on how this bursary will help further the applicant’s Canadian career goals.
Questions about this process should be directed to Josie Faccini, at josie@nwpb.ca. We at NWPB are looking forward to hearing your stories about coming to Niagara, and your passion for furthering your Canadian career goals. Good luck with your applications!
From Our Members
We're pleased to offer this space for our members to share initiatives, promotions, events, updates, and more with our network. We encourage you to take a moment to look through this week's submissions: you may find ideas or opportunities to collaborate with a fellow chamber member.

If you would like to make a submission for an upcoming newsletter, please contact us!
The Lynn Fee Team
Rotary Club of Grimsby
The Rotary Club of Grimsby had to adapt their annual Fantasy of Trees event this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The event will be an online viewing and auction website.

The online system will allow the Club to continue the holiday season displays, and to continue their support for local Grimsby charities.
Cost Savings Programs
Lenovo
Take advantage of Lenovo’s shiny deals to stock your sleigh. Members save up to 69% off during the Cyber Monday sale on tech gifts for work and play - and make those bells jingle!

Offers valid until December 6, 2020, while supplies last.
UPS
Are your online sales growing? UPS can help optimize your order and shipment processing for enhanced profits.

With the busy holiday season approaching, manage your shipments like a pro with UPS My Choice for Business.
Chambers Plan
The Chambers Plan is designed specifically for small businesses on any budget.

It gives small business owners and entrepreneurs premium stability and access to group insurance and employee benefits that previously were only available to large corporations.