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CWCC PULSE - April 1st

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:

DanaBurdenuk250Good afternoon everyone,

We’d like to recognize and thank one of our Centre Wellington Chamber members, B&R Nassagaweya Trucking in Belwood, for raising awareness about the serious issues facing truck drivers who are unable to access washrooms at some truck stops and are being refused access to facilities at the businesses where they are delivering essential goods. This story has now become national news and as a result of B&R and the Chamber network advocating for the rights and dignities of drivers, action is being taken to develop solutions and safety guidelines specific to truckers. Canada’s short and long-distance truckers are vital to economic growth – approximately 70% of Canadian goods are transported by truck. Latest news on this issue can be found here.

I’d like to ask all of our local businesses to share the unique ways that you are still serving our community. In our upcoming PULSE e-newsletters, we will feature these great member initiatives and information that is helpful to other businesses.

Please stay tuned for details about the upcoming  Virtual Town Hall Meeting that we will be co-hosting with the Township of Centre Wellington, with a focus on the support and reliefs available to businesses right now.

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CWCC Event Updates

Please see below for a list of our scheduled events through to the end of June, complete with the current status of each event.
For postponed events, note that all previously purchased tickets will be honoured on the new date. Should any ticket holders not be able to attend the new date, we will process refunds/credits at that time.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!
  • Ribbon Cutting - Elora Physiotherapy (originally scheduled for April 3)
  • Postponed, new date TBD
  • Ribbon Cutting - Brighten Up Toys and Games (originally scheduled for April 4)
  • Postponed, new date TBD
  • Business Education Session - Master Your Mind (originally scheduled for Apr 9)
  • Postponed, new date TBD
  • Business After Hours - Grand River Robotics (originally scheduled for April 15)
  • Postponed, new date TBD
  • Monthly Networking Breakfast, Speaker: U-C Webs (originally scheduled for April 29)
  • Cancelled
  • Ribbon Cutting - ForgeX (originally scheduled for May 1)
  • Postponed, new date TBD
  • Awards of Excellence Gala (originally scheduled for May 5)
  • Postponed to Fall 2020, exact date to be announced
  • May 14 - Business Education Session - Professionalism Done Right 
  • Status TBD; postponement is anticipated
  • May 27 - Monthly Networking Breakfast, Speaker: Cathy Wiebe, Wellington County, on the Solid Waste Services Smart Cities Initiative 
  • Status TBD; postponement is anticipated
  • June 3 - 11th Annual Local Biz Night at Grand River Raceway
  • Status TBD; We will work with the Raceway to determine a date later in the racing season for this event if, as anticipated, postponement is required.
  • Annual Golf Day (originally scheduled for June 10)
  • Postponed
  • June 11 - Business Education Session - Topic: Seniorpreneurs
  • Status TBD; postponement is anticipated
  • June 24 - AGM Networking Breakfast 2020
  • Structure of the event TBD; virtual event is anticipated

Update Your Profile

Did you know you can add any operational changes or adjusted business hours,
to our CWCC online directory?


Please contact us if you need your login access information reset. To view or change or add to your directory information, go to the member profile update page . Scroll to the bottom and under LISTINGS you can edit your member directory. Please add a description (business hours, etc. can be added here) Any questions please contact us!


Keep Well - Emergency Business Sustainability Fund
Wellington County will be providing $1 million dollars in low interest loans to help local County businesses get through the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a Special County Council this week, County Council entered into a partnership with local Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) to deliver their new Keep Well – Emergency Business Sustainability Fund. Read more here
Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards. New Measures and Regulations Will Reduce In-person Visits to Help Contain Spread of COVID-19
Ontario continues to take decisive action to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families. As part of the province's enhanced measures, the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and ServiceOntario, is extending the validity period of driving products, services and health cards. Read more here.
Let us know the impact of COVID-19 on your job
The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPBWWD) is conducting a survey to learn about how COVID-19 has impacted jobs in our region. The Board invites you to share your experience. WPBWWD will use the results to better inform and support community efforts through these challenging times. This survey is open March 30th to April 9th, 2020. Click  here  for the survey.
Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
The  Declaration of a provincial emergency  has been extended and will be in effect until April 14, 2020. Read more here.
Province Investing $10 Million to Mobilize Businesses and Volunteers to Support the Most Vulnerable.
Read more here.

Member Milestones


Congratutations to Polycorp Ltd. on being recognized as a Platinum Club Winner of the 2020 Canada's Best Managed Companies!

Congratulations to Grand River Raceway’s Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, recently awarded a Platinum Waterloo Region Record Readers’ Choice Award for Best Dinner Theatre category.


Exclusive Member Benefits


Support your fellow Chamber members like  Schelters Stockroom Supply Co. and offer a  Member 2 Member Discount !

Schelter Office Plus is an official partner of CWCC. When shopping at Schelter Office Plus, all members receive access to a unique rewards program. We are your one stop shopping destination for business supplies including printing, office products, technology equipment and office furniture. We offer free delivery, ad match price guarantee and on-line ordering. View program flyer

We remain open for operations Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Please contact 1-855-669-2201 for assistance with your stockroom supply needs.

This program can be an amazing way to network. We are always looking for members to get a M2M Discount.  Email your offer NOW !   to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Member & Community Supports

Update from Fergus BIA: Tools for your Business

The downtown website has been updated with any info that was provided or that they could find. PLEASE check that you are listed here and that any information is correct. People need info – numbers, emails, websites, revised hours – let’s make sure we are helping them get this information and that it is correct. We know things are changing almost daily and we will do our best to update the site based on the information you provide us.

Digital Main Street is offering Free Digital Training workshops for your business
Read more here.

Beyond Rewards is offering free HR Coaching Sessions
Free 15 minute coaching session to support business owners during COVID-19.
One call per week for 8 weeks. Contact Lynne Bard, President, Senior HR Director lynne@thehrcoach.ca

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