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October  Newsletter 
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Issues & Insights: Business Under Siege
By Charla Robinson, Chamber President  

In recent months, business owners have been telling me that they feel like there's a target on their backs and the Provincial and Federal Governments are taking aim. Some Government spokespeople are using inflammatory language that paints business owners as the bad guys. They point to current laws as being unfair, suggesting that those who abide by these rules are getting some sort of special treatment. In both cases, the changes proposed and timelines for implementation will make it harder for small business owners to be successful while some may be unable to continue to operate at all.
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The Canadian government is proposing sweeping changes to small business taxes. Nobody supports tax evasion or loopholes. But these changes will severely hurt small businesses.

In Case You Missed It
Commercial/Industrial Building Owners: The City of Thunder Bay wants to hear from you! 
Since 1998, eligible property owners with vacant commercial or industrial properties have received a property tax rebate under the Vacant Unit Rebate Program. The Province of Ontario is now allowing municipalities flexibility to tailor the program to community needs.
The City of Thunder Bay is looking for your feedback! Take a few moments to complete this survey about the Vacancy Rebate Program.
Make your voice heard at Queen's Park
Make your voice heard at Queen's Park!  The Business Confidence Survey, which attracted considerable media and government attention earlier this year with the launch of our Ontario Economic Report ( OER), is in field once again. Make sure to take this short survey at   so that OUR region is represented. 

Canada Anti-Spam legislation: your feedback
The  Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, has directed the INDU Committee (Parliamentary Standing Committee for Industry) to conduct a statutory review of Canada's Anti-spam Legislation (CASL). The Canadian Chamber has been working with multiple partners over the past decade to voice the opinions of business about CASL. Make sure your voice is heard and take a few moments to complete the   survey.

Pl ease join us in welcoming the following companies that join ed the Chamber in September:

Member to Member (M2M) Discounts

Our enhanced Member-to-Member (M2M) Discount program facilitates Member-to-Member relationships and encourages shopping locally. This is an excellent opportunity to support your fellow Chamber members and promote your business.

Login to your Chamber Member Information Centre and click on the M2M Deals tab on the left side bar to add a discount for your business and visit our website for a detailed list of offerings. 

October Featured M2M Discounts 
Intrideo- Chamber Member discount as a Chamber of Commerce Member, your membership discounts your account fee to $100/year for either 1- or 5-year terms. 
For more information about Intrideo discount contact Emily @ 

Find all M2M discounts here.

Incorporated in December 2006, Thunder Bay CEDC is an arms-length Community Development Corporation, led by an independent board with core funding from the City of Thunder Bay.  Thunder Bay CEDC is responsible for b usiness development, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support, opportunity promotion, and the collection and assessment of key business data. We can help with c ommunity information and statistics, networking and referrals, assistance in site selection, and labour market data.
Thunder Bay CEDC receives formal proposals on projects that will contribute to economic development. It responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors. CEDC's staff will assist your business with attaining essential information for decision making.
Located within CEDC's administrative office, the Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre provides cutting-edge, accurate and clear information through workshops, consultations and business plan reviews rooted in a strong customer service approach.   The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay. We help you determine what you need to do before, during and after launching your business. Entrepreneur Centre services include:
  • Free consultations with a qualified business consultant
  • Internet and computer access for business research and planning
  • Review of business plans
  • Consultations through a lawyer/accountant referral service
  • Up-to-date, leading-edge information geared to the needs of the entrepreneur
  • Access to current resource materials, including directories, trade indexes and books that entrepreneurs can peruse on-site
  • Free workshops and seminars
  • Guidance on licenses, permits, registration, regulations and other forms and documents required to start and build a business
  • Import and export information
  • Information on patents, copyright and trademarks
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities 

Good News

This month's Good News highlights the following Chamber members:

City of Thunder Bay
Confederation College
Lakehead University
Matawa First Nations  
Northern Ontario School of Medicine  
Porter Airlines 
Thunder Bay Chamber Of Commerce
Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 
SHIFT: Thunder Bay's Young Professionals Network 
St. Joseph's Care Group 
Read our Good News
Upcoming Events
Enriched Academy: Building Wealth & Financial Success   
Wednesday, October 11th, Victoria Inn
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Presented by Dominion Lending Centres
Straight from the hit TV show 'Dragons Den' to Thunder Bay, Enriched Academy invites you and your family to a FREE workshop on "Building Wealth and Financial Success" 
This workshop is FREE to attend but you must register as seating is limited.

Thunder Bay Hot Topic Series & APEX Aboriginal Partnership Exchange
Thursday, October 12th, Valhalla Inn
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Thanks to APEX presenting sponsor Tbaytel and supporting sponsor Thunder Bay Hydro. 
This Hot Topic session will focus on partnerships between Canadian companies and Aboriginal communities to launch businesses in urban and rural markets. The discussion will explore issues including the creation and alignment of shared goals, team building and management, and resource maximization.
October After Business, Small Business Week 2017 
Wednesday, October 18th, Performance KIA
Sponsored by RBC
Join us to celebrate Small Business Week 2017. 
'Tis the Season show and shop
Sunday, November 5th, Valhalla Inn
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce a spectacular new event!  Join us for a magical afternoon  just as the holiday entertaining season begins. Thunder Bay's leading experts in fine foods, cocktails, fashion, home decor and guesting gifts will delight  and inspire thousands of visitors with fashion shows, demonstrations, samples and featured inventory available for purchase.
Exhibitor registration deadline for listing in Chronicle Journal program is October 9th. 
Member Morning 
Wednesday, November 8th, Afloat Therapy 
Join us for a Member Morning to learn about Thunder Bay's own float center!
Floatation therapy, also known as floating, sensory deprivation, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) involves lying in a floatation tank with 10 inches of water, containing 1000lbs of epsom salts.  If you're as curious as we are about this unique Member, come on out for coffee and treats before you head to work!
This event is for Chamber Members only and is free of charge.

Don't miss BDC's Small Business Week 2017
This year, we're looking toward the future to uncover emerging trends that will shape and grow Canadian companies in the years to come.
From emerging digital technologies that are redefining ways of doing business, to shifting demographic trends marked by an aging population, and an increasingly diversified and skilled labour force, Canada's business landscape is changing in profound and unprecedented ways across all industries.

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