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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter October 22nd, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,
With my last day at CWCC quickly approaching, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support. I've had an amazing and rewarding experience working with and serving our members, staff, board, partners, and volunteers. While I am quite excited for my new position here in the Centre Wellington community, I am also sad to say good bye. I will treasure my time, experiences and the wonderful relationships developed here. Thank you.
I'm delighted to let you know that our Board of Directors has appointed Sally Litchfield to the position of Interim General Manager upon my departure. Sally has been with CWCC since April 2019, in a role that has grown to include event planning, bookkeeping, and communications. Sally, along with Elaine Black and the board, will continue the good work and build on the momentum that our team has created. Please join me in congratulating Sally and wishing her the very best in her new role! Sally can be reached at events@cwchamber.ca.
In an effort to learn how the pandemic has affected our local businesses and what kind of support and assistance will be required moving forward, the Township of Centre Wellington and the Economic Recovery Subcommittee are asking local business owners to complete a short business support survey. The survey, which was launched this week, will allow business owners to share their experience during COVID-19, identify what programs or services they have already been accessed, and clarify what else is needed immediately. We encourage all CW business owners to take a few minutes to complete the survey here.
Please check out our latest Member Moments video! I had the opportunity to sit down with Roger Gratton and Rebekah Mullin of JSMD Logistics Inc., to learn more about their business and the fantastic shipping solutions (and discounts!) that are available exclusively for our Chamber members through our Affinity Partnership. Check out our interview here. Interested in participating in our Member Moments video series? Email us at chamber@cwchamber.ca!
Keep healthy and please stay connected!




Share Your Chamber Success Story
As part of CWCC’s new Member Moments video series, members have been asked to share their Chamber Success Stories. These are being shared all week on CWCC’s social media accounts, and you’re invited to share as well!
Simply record a quick video, or take a photo and include the story in your caption, post on social media and tag CWCC, and you’ll be entered to win three months on the electronic sign with a prominent location on Hwy 6. Contest will run through to the end of October.
CWOW - Collaborative Women of Wellington County
CWCC is proud to announce the launch of this new working committee!
“We are excited to be able to bring this offering to Wellington County. The group has worked hard to finalize their mission, vision, and core activities and ensure that they fit with the needs of professional women in this community,” comments Janet Harrop, Treasurer of CWCC’s Board of Directors and member of the CWOW committee.
The committee has already begun to set the stage to host quarterly events where participants will be invited to relate, to learn, and to network with other women. The primary vision is to inspire and to empower women in business through education, collaboration, and mentorship.
CWOW is striving to connect and engage with committed and professional women. The vision of the group is to be inclusive. Regardless of whether you own a company, work for a company, or are a leader in your home, this group will have something for you as we learn and grow together as committed individuals in our community.
If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and experience while learning from one another, please subscribe to receive CWOW’s emails or follow the Facebook page to stay up to date!

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Have a say – Budget 2021 is underway
Did you know that your tax dollars are split between the school boards, the County of Wellington and The Township of Centre Wellington, with the Township only retaining 30%? We want you, the taxpayer to be informed, and understand how the Township’s budget works. Through extensive budget deliberations, an online budget presentation and engagement survey, residents will have many opportunities to engage and give input on the 2021 Operating budget.  Read more here
Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders to Protect the Public
Dance classes with conditions allowed in areas under modified Stage 2 regulations
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA). This extension will be in effect until November 21, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read more here
Ontario Protects Workers, Volunteers and Organizations Who Make Honest Efforts to Follow COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines and Laws
Proposed Legislation Will Still Allow for Legal Action Against Intentional Misconduct and Gross Negligence
The Ontario government is introducing the Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020, that if passed, will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19. At the same time, it will maintain the right of Ontarians to take legal action against those who willfully, or with gross negligence, endanger others. Read more here
Ontario Economic Report Fall 2020 Survey Round 2 Extending Deadline
The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, November 3 to make sure all members have had the opportunity to respond!
This short three-minute survey on business confidence, pandemic recovery, mental health and climate change is your opportunity to have your voice heard on the issues that matter most.
It is the second of three micro-surveys we will be conducting throughout the fall/winter. The interactive results from the first round are LIVE! Click here to see the preliminary results.
Business Community – we are here to help 
As our Province enters a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township would like to remind Centre Wellington businesses that we are here to assist. In particular, we are interested in learning about how the pandemic has affected our local businesses and what kind of support and assistance will be required moving forward. Read more here
Small businesses, we’ve got big news
Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
Created and launched by RBC, Canada United is a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the movement, RBC brought together more than 70 of Canada’s leading brands, the national Chamber of Commerce network and business associations to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.  Read more here


Upcoming Events

CWCC October Virtual Breakfast Webinar
"Efficiencies & Cost Savings for Businesses"
Wednesday, October 28th
Dale Sinstead, Schooley Mitchell
Members $20 +hst, Non-member $25 +hst
Registration includes a $15 gift card from The Gorge Country Kitchen
More details to follow, register here


Exclusive Member Benefits

Bensol Consulting Inc. administers the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
Why should your rates be based on a small group of your employees, when they can be based on the pooled usage of as many as 30,000 employees from across Canada? That’s the secret to the national Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan – it’s a comprehensive offering for smaller businesses with the rate and stability advantages of insuring a huge number of people overall.

Member Milestones & Community Support

How to Improve Business Cash Flow During this Pandemic
Thursday, November 5, 12 PM · Hosted by Wellington Waterloo Community Futures
Online Free Webinar
Cash is critical for the survival of all businesses even in good times, but is more important in this current COVID crisis. Learn how to increase your business cash flow and be ready when payments come due. Register and learn more here or email to get the zoom link to participate.
Kindle Communities, Guelph CHC and Skyline Team Up to Deliver Permanent Supportive Housing in Guelph Wellington
A new permanent supportive housing project is coming to Guelph-Wellington, thanks to a unique partnership between three local organizations that deliver services, housing, and supports in the same neighbourhood. Read more here
Upcoming Blood Donation Event - October 22nd, 2:30-7:30pm CW Community Sportsplex, Fergus. Please note this is on an appointment-only basis at this time (unfortunately walk-ins will still not be accommodated). If you or anyone you know is able to come in and donate at this upcoming or future events in Fergus, please book your appointment online at blood.ca or call 1-888-2-donate!
How ADP Can Help Your Workplace
Tuesday, November 4, 4:30 PM
Online Free Webinar
This will be a 45min informative session delivered via WebEx in collaboration with RBC.
Click here to register & for more info
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