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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft

Happy December!!!  This has just been such an awesome week!  We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the daily routine of phone and e-mail but this Wednesday’s double-header with a breakfast and a mingle in the same day reminded me why we do what we do and LOVE IT!

Advocacy might be a fancy word for “complaining” to some but truthfully, I’ve realized with the incoming legislation changes that small business owners don’t have time to share their story, and when they do – who listens?  The Chamber.  We listen locally and take your concerns to the provincial and federal Chambers that also listen. They also do research and prepare reports to describe how change will challenge business.  Each level of the Chamber organization takes this information to the relevant level of government – and sometimes it makes a difference. 

What I realized this week that when we don’t “win” at a lobbying effort – the work doesn’t end.  This is when we need to provide you with the resources necessary to adjust.  We must also continue sharing your stories. 

How you persevere.
How you contribute.
How you prevail. 

And it is incumbent upon the Chamber, as your voice – to make sure our community is aware of this.

Once again, thank you for taking a chance on building a business. 
Thank you for employing members of our community. 
Thank you for supporting the fundraising initiatives that help others.

And, if that’s not enough – Rhino Sports & Playland has a trampoline dodgeball league on Wednesday nights. 

Thanks to the team at Rhino for having us this week!  We all had a blast and there was some great networking happening…

Don’t miss next week’s mingle on Tuesday at Shorelines Casino – 5-7 pm.

Hope to see you there!

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