Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
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                       DEAR CHAMBER MEMBER                         
Welcome to the June issue of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce newsletter. 

Please keep the Chamber office updated with any changes in your business. 
We especially want to know if you have moved locations, have a new email if there`s a new contact person etc. Email is the main communication tool we use so please make sure we have yours.

We have recently sent out notices to members that are past due. It is important to keep up to date on your membership in order to take part in the advantages. If you would like more information on what the chamber can do for you, please feel free to contact Lorraine or Caitlin at the office.

As a member of the Chamber there is an opportunity for you to host a Business After Hours event. Here are some tips on making your event a success.
The Chamber has a Facebook page. Click Here and make sure to like our page for new updates.
From the Chamber

Welcome to New Members: 
The following businesses/organizations have recently joined the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Eastway Collision- Brooke Bedard 
Kent Construction- Rosemary Vanderspank
Assante Financial- Mark Wheaton 
Abilities Connect Fund

In collaboration with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), we are thrilled to announce an exciting new grant program, the Abilities Connect Fund. This initiative aims to raise awareness among employers about the benefits of hiring, integrating, and retaining people with disabilities in the workplace.


Approximately 46,700 students with disabilities are enrolled in colleges and universities across Ontario, as highlighted in the 2013 OCC report,

Building Bridges: Linking Employers to Postsecondary Graduates with Disabilities. The Abilities Connect Fund is designed to help you leverage an untapped talent pool to meet your skills requirements. The fund also helps provide early workplace experience for students and recent graduates with disabilities to improve their employment outcomes and career trajectory.


This program has two funding streams:
Employers can receive up to $20,000 (for up to four employees), under the Valuing Abilities Employment stream, for the hiring and training of college/university students and/or recent graduates with disabilities.
An organization can receive up to $3,000 under the Valuing Abilities Workplace Solutions to purchase assistive devices, specialized training, and assessments for any employees with disabilities.

To learn more visit www.abilitiesconnect.ca or contact Lesley Cole from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce at lesleycole@occ.ca

or call 416-482-5222 x2390.


Canadian Chamber of Commerce

5 Minutes for Biz article


Chamber Group Insurance Plan News 


Upcoming Chamber Events
Friday September 4th - UOV Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
Plaid Madness
Petawawa Golf Club
$105/player or $400/foursome (before Aug 29th) 
$125/player or $500/foursome (after Aug 29th)
Best Ball Format
Shot gun start 1:00 pm (Registration at 12 noon)
Register your foursome now for a fun day of networking on the greens!
Wear your craziest plaid for your chance to win a special prize!

Sponsorships available - contact Chamber office for more information. 
October 6th, 2015, Members Reception, details to follow!
This will be a great opportunity for all member to network and learn about the 
benefits we offer. We will be launching our new Chamber Travel Program.  You don't want to miss this!! 
Chamber Member Events
Celebrate Summer!!
With Wise Move Realty Inc. Brokerage
Friday July 3rd
Come in and meet the team, they will be giving our FREE freezies!!
Trivia Night!
Westwinds Restaurant- Best Western Pembroke Inn and Conference Center
First Tuesday of every month starting:
Tuesday July 7th from 7 pm-9:30pm
Click here for more info

Custom Draperies Meet and Greet

Thursday July 16th 6pm-8pm
They are proud to introduce 2 dynamic ladies with the passion and the ability to beautify your home: Decor Consultant, Monica Smith and Designer, Candace Oberholtzer.
There will be door prizes, refreshments and in store specials. Please join us at 76 Pembroke Street West- parking on Renfrew Street.

Deep River Science Academy
The public is invited to join the Deep River Science Academy for our annual Open House on Monday July 20th  from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Deep River Library.

This event features our student research posters and showcases the research they have been working on at our partner facilities. Join us for some refreshments and the opportunity to talk to the bright young minds of tomorrow!

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley
19th Annual Golf Tournament

August 14th, 2015
The Renfrew County Real Estate Board
12th Annual Golf Tournament August 19th.

Save the Date - 2015 Fall Showcase in Petawawa - Sept 18, 19 & 20
FREE Admission - something to interest everyone.

Guys Night Out- Community living Upper Ottawa Valley
September 18th, 2015
Travelodge Pembroke
Casino and auction night
Your $100 ticket gets you $500 in casino chips, chances to bid on great prizes and all sorts of other stuff for guys. 
Get your tickets by calling 613-735-0659 ext. 101


Chamber Member News
Ottawa Waste Recovery Center
Once again, the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre's promotion and education programs were recognized for excellence by the Municipal Waste Association (MWA). The annual MWA Promotion & Education Awards were presented in May at the MWA Spring Workshop held in Hunstville.

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley
High Five Lottery
Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Win one of five Prize packages valued at $500 or more, including a $500 cash prize. Tickets available at Custom Draperies, Furniture King, Valley Artisans, Bowers Esso or the Community Living Office on Pembroke Street. 613-735-0659
Valley Artisans' Co-op
It is with great pleasure that the Valley Artisans' Co-op would like to announce that Susan Fraser SCA
was recently elected into The Society of Canadian Artists. 
Chartwell Pembroke Heritage Retirement Residence and Chartwell Pinewood Retirement Residence
is offering a Short Stay Program over the Summer Months.
Suitable for Respite, Convalescence, or Trail Stay or a "Staycation"
For $59/day 
Click here for more information
The Delfi Group
Would like to announce their latest addition to their consulting team, Richard Deschambault, recently retired Lieutenant Colonel from Base Petawawa. 
Also joining their team from the Ottawa area are Bonnie O'Keefe, Denyse Jomphe and Joanne Picavet.

Furniture King is now your Games Room HQ!
check out their exciting new product line up visit in store or online at
 or call 613-506-KING(5464) Furniture King Petawawa Blvd.
Small Local Business for Sale! 
This business  comes with everything needed to start and run the business successfully. Turn Key!
Blossoms Pembroke is fully licensed and has been in Pembroke for almost 2 years.
Included is:  Commercial kitchen equipment, inventory of chocolate, building supplies & packaging, recipe books & more.
The business also comes with a website and very active Facebook page.
Two weeks of full training included in price as well as title change on the license with our corporate office.
This business has huge potential for growth and offers the perfect opportunity to be self-employed whether you are experienced at running a business or not. Serious inquiries only!
For more information contact owner at 613-629-1989 or e-mail blossomspem@nrtco.net
I ntegrated Health Center
IHC has extended the east side parking lot for your convenience, with new lights and a future green space for outdoor fitness classes.
New fitness manager Cat Keoghan, who is also the Medex trainer is offering a 1 time trial of the 15 minutes/week total body workout for FREE!

Community Events

Rolling Thunder Block Party

Downtown Pembroke Business Improvement

July 11, 11:30 am-4pm

Pembroke Street between Alexander Street and Victoria Street

The Day will include a car show, ribbon cuttings, kids activities and live entertainment. 

The Pembroke Business Center Kid's Fun Zone part of the Rolling Thunder Block Party on July 11th   

K ids fun zone including a bouncy castle and a 100' Arial Fire truck. FREE Freezies and open house. Washrooms available. Pembroke Business Centre Kid's Fun Zone sponsored by: The Valley Property Shop, UOV Chamber of Commerce, Forest Lea Promotions, and Madameek Restaurant.
Town of Petawawa
Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival
August 7 to 9
Featuring the Reel Paddling Film Festival; 13, 4 & 1 km paddle races (canoe, kayak, SUP); and stand up for CHEO.
For more info please visit www.upperottawariverrace.ca

150th Anniversary  Celebration
August 21 to 23, Civic Center Road
FREE Weekend of displays, exhibits, entertainment, kids zone, the Skyhawks, fireworks, a parade and so much more!
For more info please visit www.petawawa150th.ca

Pembroke Outdoor Sportsman's Club
August 22nd,2015 POSC will be holding their annual OPEN HOUSE.
Each year, they invite the public to tour their facilities and safely participate in all types of shooting sports. 



Chamber Membership Benefit of the month!

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce  membership delivers Value.
Being a member of the UOV Chamber gives you access to a vast network of expertise that helps make Ontario Stronger. Partnering with leading organizations like Purolator enable us to support our members' businesses and help differentiate them in the marketplace. 
For more information please visit www.purolator.com/occ
As a Chamber Member we are happy to include your event in our newsletter. Please submit to the Chamber office by the 5th of each month. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Lorraine MacKenzie - Executive Director
Caitlin Hartwick, Communications Coordinator


Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

224 Pembroke St W

Pembroke ON K8A 5N2

Phone (613) 732 - 1492