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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft I hope you will be able to find an opportunity to share gratitude with friends and family this Thanksgiving weekend – amidst the turmoil that surrounds us. From a business perspective, there was considerable dismay with the decision to close the consultation period for Federal Tax Reforms but I remain hopeful that the voice of small business has been heard with regard to the changes. CBC reported this week that†Morneau says changes to tax proposals will be needed after weeks of outcry And here is the link to sign the petition and support the #ProtectGrowth campaign…†I continue
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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft Fall is officially here and it’s back to business at the Chamber.† After spending last weekend attending two Chamber related conferences – including a Q&A with Finance Minister Morneau – and convening our first Board meeting since June this week, the work for the next few months is all about getting back to business.† Some of the plans for the coming months include: Board nominations – the application will be posted soon and nominations will be received through the end of October. M2M Card Distribution Over 35 local businesses participate in our M2M program
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The Case for Extending Implementation of the Minimum Wage Increase From the Chambers of Commerce – Belleville, Prince Edward County & Quinte West Locally, the Chambers of Commerce have been engaging their membership to share how they expect the Fair Workplaces Act will affect them as small business owners.† And as outlined in the provincial reports, their stories are reflected across the province. The impact is expected to have multiple unintended consequences.† The deadline for amendments was in August, but the “The Flip Side of Fair” report features testimonials of the impact this will have on the human side of business case.† Link to
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OCC Report on Infrastructure Ontario Needs More Resilient Infrastructure to Confront Challenges of 21st†Century: Bay of Quinte Chambers of Commerce† Report points to a $19 billion infrastructure gap which must be addressed through new accountabilities in Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan† † The Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released†Building Better: Setting the 2017 Ontario Infrastructure Plan up for success,†a report calling on the Ontario Government to implement key recommendations in its imminent
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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft Thanks this morning go out to Tipper Financial Services for hosting our Mingle last night at Capers!† Roli Tipper has been actively providing us with information regarding the proposed federal tax changes and we are making headway on this issue – go to our Members Input & Advocacy page to see the letter from MP Neil Ellis.† If you’re not quite sure what the changes will mean to small business owners, we have a number of links to articles posted there and our Treasurer, Jon Tuer – of Wilkinson & Company has proposed we offer an information session† Rosi and I have been
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