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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft

Each week I wonder where to begin... and as we turn our backs to winter and look forward to warmer weather, the calendar begins to fill in quickly! Key dates are noted below and I hope you'll try to join us for an upcoming breakfast, mingle - or of course, the annual golf tournament!  

I also want to mention the release of ECOTB’s Local Labour Market Plan [Click Here] and the interesting discussions we had at their Thursday morning breakfast this week. The issues facing sourcing talent and retaining youth aren’t foreign to anyone – and I want to thank the overwhelming response I received to my message earlier this week regarding the Community Career Project. To summarize one person’s perspective, “we are encouraged to leave because there are few opportunities identified here for engaging careers” – and so this project not only proves timely but I believe it will set the basis for an ongoing conversation about local opportunity.

We also have a couple of elections coming soon (if you hadn't noticed) and the Chamber will continue to provide opportunities for you to get beyond the social media feeds and get to the real issues candidates should focus on if they hope to represent business and our community at Queen's Park or City Hall.

On May 16, we are hoping to schedule a lunch-time event with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Policy Analyst - Andrew Thiele - who will take us through the "Vote for Prosperity" platform identified through consultation with chambers throughout the province. Each spring, chambers gather to discuss policy reform and recommendations and the OCC prepares a list of issues they lobby and advocate on our behalves at Queen's Park. We want to add a local flavour to this process and hope you'll come and join us to discuss what we need from our ridings at the provincial level.

On May 24, we will be hosting the Provincial Candidate's debate at the Empire Theatre for the Bay of Quinte riding.

Please stay tuned for more and never hesitate to reach out if you have an idea or comment about what we can do to help your business prosper!  

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