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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft
At the end of the year, everyone is so busy with holiday commitments that we held off on pushing out 2018 events - but all of a sudden, we're just a couple weeks away from our first breakfast of the year and less than a month away from our Annual President's Dinner. Please see the links below for these two upcoming events!
 
Representing the business community is a principle mandate of the Chamber's work.  The provincial government and media haven't hesitated to shame business owners on how they are reacting to the implementation of Bill 148 and it makes "politics" a sensitive topic among friends.  In partnership with the Quinte West Chamber, we released a statement in which I was quoted:
 
“The Liberal government would like you to believe raising the minimum wage to $14 (and $15/hour) is somehow going to reduce poverty and that business owners have been the greatest barrier in the fight against it."
 
Most of you have said Bill 148 will have very little impact on your business - your employees are paid well above minimum wage and complying with the other initiatives outlined in the Act mirror your current practices.  That doesn't mean some aren't challenged with the expense of offering all your employees a raise that compares to the minimum wage increase but we are struggling to have this side of the story shared by the government or celebrated in the media.  
 
In our efforts to represent your interests as key member of our community and local economy, the extreme cases are often the ones shared for impact. But the every day stories are so important to share now as well.  Please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know what you've done, will do or haven't had to change a bit so we can share these with others.
 
This is also why the theme of our Annual President's Dinner is "Celebrate".  The Board and I agree your milestones and contributions to the community are often overlooked because you're too busy to notice the impact yourself.  On February 9, you are the star!  We are focusing on you!  We are looking at making this night an extension of the Quinte Business Achievement Awards and in time, developing this to share as many of your special moments with other Chamber members.  I do hope you'll join us!

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