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