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UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Save the Date! View our 2011-2012 Event Brochure
*Date & Venue subject to change
ANNUAL MAYOR'S BREAKFAST
Presented by the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at the
Grand River Raceway – The Captain’s Quarters (7445 Wellington County Rd 21, Elora)
7:30am - 9:00 am
Tickets - $20 for members, $30 for Future Members (incl. HST). Information or Tickets call 519-843-5140
or email: email@example.com
This is a great opportunity to hear from Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj. Her topic is ‘Targets of Good Government’. Excellent networking opportunity to meet and greet with councilors and other business people alike.
Book your seat today!
Please take note of our Event Cancellation Policy
(CWCC's new tip of the month)
Did you know...The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce has a Membership Guarantee. Become a member, participate in 3 chamber events in your first 4 months of membership between September and June, and if you don't find value the Chamber will refund your membership fee!
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
ELMIRA AUTO CARE CENTRE
Phillip Cloutier, Owner
16 Church Street East, Elmira ON N3B 2K8
CEDAR SPRING NURSERY LTD.
Jon Jeffries, President
0352 South River Road, Elora ON N0B 1S0
HANLON PARK MINI STORAGE
Mario Cotroneo, President
56 Kirkby Court, Guelph ON N1G 5E1
Jane Lillie, Owner
1-54 Wellington Road 7, Elora ON N0B 1S0
Andrew Musselman, Director/Producer
Elora ON N0B 1S0
We gathered at The Gorge Country Kitchen in Elora on November 30th. Brent Barr from Falcon Innovation Group spoke about Branding. Everything you do for, or with your business creates your brand. Brent's three main points to remember were:
1. Make sure you choose your target market right
2. Position your brand effectively
3. You need to integrate ALL efforts, and become consistent in what you do.
The customers that comes back again and again, are your key target group. Brent's PowerPoint is available through the Chamber. Please contact us if you would like a copy.
Karen Simoneau is celebrating 10 years this month as an Independent Jeweller with Fifth Avenue Collection Jewellery. Congratulations!
Joining PlanetCPU this month is John Rooyakkers - acting as General Manager. One of John's major roles in the company is working to provide the absolutely BEST customer service in the industry. John came from owning the Source downtown Fergus for almost 20 years.
Congratulations to Michael Chong, MP on being chosen as the Best Parliamentarian of the Year (best represents constituents).
Well respected law firm Grant & Acheson has merged with SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP. The two have joined to become a full service law firm which will continue from its offices in both Fergus and Guelph.
Bridge Street Family Dentistry celebrates their 25th Anniversary. What a milestone!
MICHAEL CHONG, MP REPORTS
Following the federal election last spring, our government has remained focused on completing the economic recovery by creating jobs, stimulating economic growth, keeping taxes low and controlling government spending. We are also pursuing an ambitious Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, which would expand Canadian goods and services to the European market and deliver new jobs and economic benefits to a broad range of Canadian industries. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on our progress toward a Canada-EU CETA.
Trade is a cornerstone of our economy. Trade accounts for over 60% of Canada’s economy, and one in five Canadian jobs depend on trade. When Canada trades, prices for goods and services go down, while wages and standard of living go up. Previous free-trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have demonstrated that expanded trade means more jobs here at home. Since signing NAFTA nearly 17 years ago, the North American economy has increased twofold, and we anticipate that a Canada-EU CETA will produce similar results for Canada’s economy.
The EU is an ideal trade partner for Canada because it provides Canadian exporters with access to a high-income market of 500 million consumers, creating vast potential for new jobs and economic growth. The EU is the world’s largest importing market for goods – 2.7 times larger than the United States – and home to five out of the world’s eight largest goods-importing countries.
Canada-EU CETA negotiations cover a broad range of industries and sectors, from aluminum to wheat products. These industries stand to gain a number of important advantages from tariff elimination and a reduction in non-tariff barriers. A Canada-EU CETA is expected to boost Canada’s economy by $12 billion and increase two-way trade by 20%. It is further estimated that it will create almost 80,000 new jobs.
This trade agreement will provide Canadian businesses with the opportunity to compete on a level playing field with their global competitors. By broadening our trade relationship with a large and developed European market, businesses such as manufacturers, for example, can refine and improve their technology, making them more competitive domestically and internationally.
In October, Canada and the EU completed the ninth round of CETA negotiations in Ottawa, and both parties are committed to concluding an agreement by 2012. The government is holding extensive consultations with stakeholders across Canada, and we are clear that any agreement with the EU must be consistent with Canada’s domestic interests. I appreciate the feedback that many of you have provided, and I will be sure to forward your views to my caucus colleagues in Ottawa.
In less than 6 years, our government has completed free trade agreements with 9 countries, more than any other government in the history of Canada. Negotiations toward a Canada-EU CETA are another example of how our government is fulfilling our commitment to complete the economic recovery.
If you have any questions about the Canada-EU CETA negotiations or any other matter, you can contact me by phone at (866) 878-5556 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As another year is coming to a close, it is time to remember all that has happened and how to keep moving forward – in business and life.
This year the Chamber offered a trip to China which was a huge success. 25 intrepid travellers, most of whom were seniors, toured Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai for 10 days. The Chamber held an All Candidates Meeting for the Provincial election. The Chamber launched a new e-magazine called THE FOCUS in the fall with thanks to the Communications Committee and staff person Heather Andrews. We also held our Awards of Excellence gala, Golf Tournament, Local Biz Night at the Grand River Raceway as well as 9 monthly breakfast meetings and many Business After Hours, several Ribbon Cuttings to welcome new business spirits, and the numerous Committee meetings to make all of these events happen.
The Fergus Elora Retail Alliance (FERA), which the Chamber is a partner in, recently launched the ‘Gift of Choice’ program. If you click on the logo in the left column of our homepage you will see the ever growing list of Participating Merchants. We encourage everyone to think local and shop local first! There is no profit margin in this program so we are very thankful to our sponsors Scotiabank and OLG, as well as the partner groups Fergus BIA, Elora BIA and the Township of Centre Wellington Economic Development office.
The streets of Fergus are full of change – we welcome new merchants and say farewell to the businesses that have relocated or changed direction. The Fergus BIA is focusing on beautification of the downtown. The new banners are looking great and I can hardly wait for the lights on the falls!
Elora is bustling as ever with some business changes on their main street too. The Elora BIA said goodbye to Julie Cantin, their administrator of the last 3 years – time for her to focus on her core business. A new administrator will be announced shortly.
The common thread through all of these groups (and many others) is the enthusiasm of the VOLUNTEERS! To all of the people in Centre Wellington that volunteer on any committee or for any cause – THANK YOU!
Best wishes from the Chamber of Commerce to all businesses for continued success in 2012 and beyond! Keep balance and perspective with business and your personal life too.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
This month we visited Stonehurst B&B in Fergus. Deb & Rich Schlieker welcomed us into their historic limestone manor which offers accommodations to residents and visitors year round. Every room was filled with beautiful Christmas decor, and the aroma of hot apple cider filled the home. What a wonderful turn out!
Pictured from left to right: General Manager Roberta Scarrow, Rich & Deb Schlieker
Fancy That Cake celebrated their Official Opening on November 25, 2011. Greetings from Councillor Fred Morris were given, followed by a commemorative plaque presented from Chamber President Michael Weinstein. Custom cakes, cookies, and delicious cupcakes are all baked to custom order, using only premium ingredients. Give Kellie a call for your special occasion!
Pictured are Chamber President Michael Weinstein, and Cake Business Owner Kellie Barclay. Congratulations!
FACEBOOK & TWITTER
The Communications Committee is consistently working to help us help you. NEW to your member managed webpages, is the ability to add Facebook and Twitter links. Once you paste your link (with the http://), the logos will appear as:
Let the Chamber help you make your business Social! If you are looking to access and update your business page, please give us a call or e-mail email@example.com and we will be glad to assist.
Find us on Facebook!