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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft

It's been an exciting week - kicked off on Monday with our Membership plaque presentation to Rob Mullowney, COO Belleville Senators - they've been members for two years now but it's taken some time to find a wall (and catch Rob) to bring it by.  (Note - if you need a new plaque or are missing any years - let us know, and we'd be happy to feature a photo of you and your plaque in an upcoming newsletter!)

And then it was on the train to Toronto to attend my first Ontario Chamber of Commerce Board meeting.  I was nominated in April as one of 2 representatives at large from the Chamber Network and it's a great opportunity to share the needs of business as it affects rural eastern Ontario around a table where they develop the policy platforms and advocacy campaigns.  The OCC staff do an incredible job of conducting research, preparing reports and developing key messaging statements that will be directed to the elected officials at Queen's Park.  Now that the Cabinet ministers have been named, the OCC will begin reaching out with "priority" lists for each of them - going back to the requests outlined in the Vote for Prosperity Platform.  

In the coming weeks, the job will be to reach out to both local MPPs - Todd Smith & Darryl Kramp and see how they can help us ensure the message gets across.  It's been some time since there has been an opportunity for these conversations and our advocacy on your behalf will gain some traction.  And so, we remain optimistic the climate for business in Ontario will stabilize in the face of ongoing challenges at the Federal level and potential impact of tariff wars.

And as we move into the Canada Day weekend - hope you'll join us down at West Zwick's park Sunday afternoon - starting at 3 pm with musical entertainment, fun for the kids and a community BBQ at 5 pm.  Of course - this is all leading up to the piece de resistance, the fireworks display at 10 pm!  Happy Canada Day!

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St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
Esso Chamber
NRG Alternatives - 10% Discount
Jesan Property Maintenance - SAVE 10%
Belleville & District Shrine Club
Be Prepared First Aid Traning - 15% off
Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays
Body Systems Nutrition - 15% OFF purchases.
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
OSM Website design - SAVE on services.
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
Grand & Toy - Cost-saving solutions
RBC - Save on Bank charges
Dinkles & Paulos Restaurants - 10% OFF
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
Friendly Fires - 10% OFF
Quinte Siding - 10% OFF
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Constant Contact Chamber Member Offer
Grand & Toy - Members can save up to 85%
Quinte Siding - 10% OFF
Body Systems Nutrition - 15% OFF purchases.
OSM Website design - SAVE on services.
St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
NRG Alternatives - 10% Discount
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
Friendly Fires - 10% OFF
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Grand & Toy - Members can save up to 85%
Constant Contact Chamber Member Offer
Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Esso Chamber
Grand & Toy - Cost-saving solutions
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
Dinkles & Paulos Restaurants - 10% OFF
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
RBC - Save on Bank charges
Be Prepared First Aid Traning - 15% off
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
Jesan Property Maintenance - SAVE 10%
Belleville & District Shrine Club
Quinte Siding - 10% OFF
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
Belleville & District Shrine Club
Grand & Toy - Cost-saving solutions
Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
NRG Alternatives - 10% Discount
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
Esso Chamber
Dinkles & Paulos Restaurants - 10% OFF
Constant Contact Chamber Member Offer
Grand & Toy - Members can save up to 85%
Friendly Fires - 10% OFF
Jesan Property Maintenance - SAVE 10%
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
Be Prepared First Aid Traning - 15% off
RBC - Save on Bank charges
Body Systems Nutrition - 15% OFF purchases.
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
OSM Website design - SAVE on services.
St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays