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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft

Whether it's a throwback to working in education or being a student, I always think of summer as a time when things slow down and a chance for me to catch up! This week, we did some catching up with our Membership committee and welcomed some new members to the Chamber!  We have our plaque presentation with Dharmini (Dee) Thiru from Skin Theorist Co. and David Gibb with Providence Investigations Ltd. in this week's Member News and watch for more to come with new members - Andrew Chartrand from Quality Mechanical (also a QBAA nominee!),  Mike LaBarge with A-1 Electrical Services, Jennifer Young at Sherwin Williams and Sal & Al from Sole Solutions.  We've also had some great conversations with potential members I hope to announce next week!  Our Chamber family is growing with amazing people who want to connect, who recognize the importance of our voice in political circles (yes - there is a municipal election coming soon and more on that next week) and want to share information, experience and energy with like-minded entrepreneurs.  

And, we feel so great about this - we're happy to announce a Member Appreciation Mingle, hosted in partnership with the Travelodge - on Wednesday, August 15th.  We hope you'll join us - first drink is on us - and we are still planning unique ways to celebrate our appreciation for your support.

I was also honoured to MC the Honourable Navdeep Bains announcement on Wednesday afternoon - hosted by MP Mike Bossio (H-L&A) - committing $10+ million to our region along with a $25 million investment by Xplornet Communications to build the fibre network so desperately needed to provide high-speed internet. 

Also a quick note to say a number of our members have been nominated to the Quinte Business Achievement Awards and we look forward to sharing the details with you in the coming weeks.

I'll leave it at that for now but there is more to share next week!  Stay tuned!