Update From Your Chamber
(August 21, 2020)
In April, we launched a new collaborative newsletter with our sister Chambers - Lincoln and West Lincoln - as the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce. The newsletter will now be distributed from the following email address:

We encourage you to add the new email address to your contacts or safe-send list to ensure you continue to receive the valuable content directly to your inbox! If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

You can access previously sent editions of the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce Newsletter here.
We regret to share that Michelle Seaborn of Silmaril Farm has stepped away from the Board of Directors to focus on other areas of importance. Michelle’s dedication and contributions during her tenure on the Chamber Board have been greatly appreciated, and we wish her all the best moving forward. Thank you, Michelle! You will be missed!
Town of Grimsby
August 28 - 30 Declared Canada United Weekend in Grimsby
On August 17, the Town of Grimsby voted to proclaim and recognize August 28 to 30, 2020 as the Canada United Weekend in Grimsby. You can read our correspondence letter to Council here. We appreciate the Town's support in this important shop-local initiative!

Canada United is a nationwide campaign to get Canadians to shop or dine with you August 28, 29, and 30 and "show local some love".

And now, Canada United will be giving away 25 $10,000 cash prizes to Canadians shopping or dining with local businesses during the 3-day Canada United Weekend. You can tell your customers that spending with you could earn them a chance to win!

It’s easy to participate. Simply use the Canada United Small Business Toolkit to do any of
the following:

  • Add Canada United stickers and GIFs to your social media posts
  • Create custom banners and logos to share online
  • Get decals for your storefront, which you can pick up at a nearby RBC Royal Bank branch
  • Download posters and more, which you can print out on your own

Mark your calendar for August 31 if you are interested in applying for a Canada United Small Business Relief grant of up to $5,000 to offset costs related to Covid-19 for your business.

You can’t afford to miss out on this opportunity. Join the movement and be the local business that gets the love.
NRT onDemand
The new ride-share service in partnership with the Niagara Region and Via Mobility is here. Residents will be able to book a trip using a smartphone app, or call a service number to schedule a ride, in as little as 15 minutes before a trip. Continue reading
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Recovery Activation Program
Small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of our economy – they create the majority of jobs, generate growth, and offer the goods and services our region needs.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Toronto Region Board of Trade and World Trade Centre Toronto to provide support for businesses through the Recovery Activation Program (RAP), an immersive online program focused on helping businesses accelerate their recovery by enhancing their digital connectivity.

The program brings $40K in training and mentorship at no cost and is available to businesses of all sizes throughout the province. 
BarterPay Canada | OCC Affinity Partner
From John Porter, CEO of BarterPay

A super good-news story going into the weekend!

Ever heard of a Barter Loan?

It's the newest and most innovative form of financing and it's gaining a lot of interest from the small business community across Canada!


When Aidan (20) and Jackson (19) lost their restaurant jobs due to Covid-19, they decided to turn their misfortune into a thriving business by leveraging the barter system! They arranged for a Barter Loan from BarterPay to offset some of their start up costs and received immediate business from the network which helped them dramatically speed up their launch!

By arranging a Barter Loan with BarterPay for BP5,000 (Barter Credits), they were able to use the Barter Credits to purchase lawn signs, printing, advertising, web development, t-shirts and bookkeeping. This allowed the brothers to conserve precious cash! They used their CERB benefit to acquire the things they couldn't obtain via BarterPay like ladders, cleaning supplies, window washing gear, ladder rack and insurance.

Then, once they were ready to start taking on customers, BarterPay advertised their services to other members of the BarterPay Community and they quickly landed some jobs where they could earn back the Barter Credits and pay off their loan.

The best part? Virtually every BarterPay member that they did work for led to numerous cash-paying referrals which was the catalyst for them to start earning money! We know that cash is king, it's the oxygen of your business. By leveraging BarterPay, these brothers were able to dramatically speed up their timeline to profitability!
If you'd like to learn more about how BarterPay can help your business grow, please click the button below to book a quick discovery call! I'd love to spend 15 minutes learning more about your business and to see if there's a fit to work together!
From Our Members
Brock University
Communication, Popular Culture and Film Internships:
Fall 2020 Online

Our CPCF placements for students are required to be online in the Fall 2020 term. Luckily, communications-related projects are largely based in the digital world. Our fourth-year students are well-suited to help with a variety of online tasks, such as social media management, marketing, writing and editing, event planning, film editing/production, and research.

If you have communications needs and the ability to host students remotely this year, please submit a project/internship request here.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you have ideas but need some more support to translate the internship experience online, contact Anneka Bosse.
Employment Help Centre
Grimsby Hyundai

Grimsby Hyundai is friendly people, your best deal...and award winning! Grimsby Hyundai is a repeat recipient of the Hyundai President's Award of Merit for excellence in sales, service, parts, and customer satisfaction.

Most recently, Grimsby Hyundai is the recipient of the 2020 Grimsby Lincoln News Reader's Choice Award for Best Overall New Car Dealership, Imported Car Dealership, and Used Car Dealership; and the 2020 News Now Best in the West Award for New Car Sales (two years running) and Tire Shop.

Such accolades wouldn’t be possible without the support of staff, customers, and community in West Niagara. Grimsby Hyundai is part of the Performance Auto Group, which has been satisfying automotive consumers, like you, across southern Ontario for more than 50 years!