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