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Chamber News

News from the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce

22
Feb

Call for Board of Directors Nominations

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Do you have skills, knowledge or interest in helping to serve your local business community?  The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations to the slate of Board of Directors for 2017.  You could help shape the business voice and direction of your local Chamber. 

BMCC directors are elected for a two-year term at the Annual General Meeting which will be held Thursday, March 23rd at the Lora Bay Clubhouse.   Any member in good standing may be nominated to serve.  Please send your nominations to president@bluemountainschamber.ca. Nomination Forms must be received two weeks prior to the AGM which is March 9th.
13
Feb

AGM - Set for Thursday, March 23rd

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Save the date!  Thursday, March 23rd has been announced as the date for the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting.

Plan to meet at the Lora Bay Clubhouse for an evening of food, fun a check-in with our President Dolf Jansen and of course the revered Business Recognition Awards ceremony.  Oh - and of course there is some annual business to attend to as well.
Full details on the evening are forthcoming, but please take note of the date and venue.  Hope to see you there!
08
Feb

BRA Nominations due March 1st

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There are only 3 weeks left to submit nominations for the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Recognition Awards.
The deadline is March 1st.

Don't miss this opportunity to "shout out" the names of fellow chamber businesses who are leading in our community. Support them and let us know if they should receive special recognition.

The awards will be handed in late March during the BMCC Annual General Meeting. The exact date is TBA.
 
Last year's winners were:
Business of the Year - Mountain Goat Film Company Inc.
Entrepreneur of the Year - Ashanti Coffee Enterprises
Carol Kordts Customer Service - Blue Mountain Collision Services
Above and Beyond: Site Enhancement - Thornbury Veterinary Hospital 
Above and Beyond: Sustainable Innovation - Waste Management Town of The Blue Mountains
Above and Beyond: Economic Impact - Breaker Technology Ltd.
Award of Special Merit - Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club

You can review the Nomination Guidelines and send your nominations by email to president@bluemountainschamber.ca with “Nominee” as the subject line or by regular mail to PO Box 477, Thornbury, ON, N0H 2P0.  Include the following information:
  1. Name of Nominee
  2. Name of BRA Award category the nomination pertains to
  3. Link to website or profile of nominated business
  4. 250 word description of how the nominee merits the Award
  5. Disclosure (relationship of nominator to nominee)
  6. Name of Nominator/Chamber member.
18
Jan

Business Recognition Awards!

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Nominations are now open for the 2016 Business Recognition Awards.  The honours will be handed out in late March at our 2017 AGM; the date, venue and timing of which is still TBA.

Let us know which Chamber businesses deserve special recognition.  Click here to review the Award Categories and the Nomination Guidelines.  The deadline to make nominations is Wednesday, March 1st, 2017!
17
Jan

Review Your Business Directory Listing!

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This is a friendly reminder to check your Business Directory listing on our website.  It's always a great idea to start the new year off right and make sure logos & business descriptions are on task with your current message.   

We invite you to login to our website http://bluemountainschamber.ca/members/login and navigate to the Business Directory page under the Membership menu. 

Here you can make any necessary changes, update contact information and add details to your listing including a logo if you'd like.  Images really help the business directory pop!  If you've forgotten your username and password, just give the office a call 519-599-1200.

Have fun!
21
Dec

Season's Greetings!

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Season's Greetings from the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce! Have a safe, successful, super holiday. Our office is closed Wednesday, December 28th but we're back in action January 4th! Looking forward to working with you in the New Year!
19
Dec

Holiday Hours - Closed Dec 28th

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The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce office will be closed on Wednesday, December 28th between Christmas and New Year's.
We will re-open again on January 4th.  Looking forward to connecting in 2017.
30
Nov

Tonight - After Six Event - 6pm - in Thornbury

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Tonight - After Six Event!

The Cheese Gallery, Thornbury


Don't miss the last networking opportunity of 2016 with fellow members of The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce.

Join us tonight at The Cheese Gallery, 11 Bruce Street in Thornbury. Come anytime "After Six" (after 6pm) to meet our host Casey Thomson and her staff, absorb ideas for your holiday cheese tray and bid at our silent auction. You'll also get a sneak peak of the new cider from Georgian Hills Vineyards!

Please contact the BMCC office 519-599-1200 or info@bluemountainschamber.ca if you have any questions.
19
Oct

Small Business Week October 16 - 22nd

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The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of small businesses within our community. There are both challenges and opportunities facing our local entrepreneurs and the Chamber is here to help!  Don't hesitate to contact the office with questions, concerns and ideas.  BMCC is also open on Wednesdays and we love visitors!  519-599-1200 or info@bluemountainschamber.ca

12
Oct

Next After Six - November 30th

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Be sure to mark Wednesday, November 30th on your calendar for the next "After Six" networking event at The Cheese Gallery in Thornbury.  More details to follow.

RSVP to the office 519-599-1200 or info@bluemountainschamber.ca
21
Sep

Tonight, September 21st - After Six Event

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This is a friendly reminder about tonight's "After Six" networking event at The Lillypad in Thornbury. Don't miss the opportunity to catch up with colleagues at your local "green spa" located at  69 King Street East, anytime after 6pm.

Meet owner Liz Schleifer and her staff and learn about healthcare services that use a natural and organic product line. Hear about brand new benefits available to your business with the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce. Bring your Chamber Bucks to bid on auction items and don't forget your business cards!

If you'd like more information, please give the office a ring today 519-599-1200.  See you there!
31
Aug

After Six - September 21st

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Fall gets into full swing at the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce with our next After Six networking event.  Please mark Wednesday, September 21st on your calendar at The Lillypad, 69 King Street in Thornbury.

Bring your business cards and get ready to re-connect with colleagues.  Find out what's happened locally over the summer.  Meet your Chamber Board of Directors members.  Bring a guest entrepreneur.  And don't forget to RSVP  519-599-1200 or info@bluemountainschamber.ca
24
Aug

September 22nd Business Event

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Be sure to mark September 22nd on your calendars for "Your Town, Your Stories"; a fall business event by the Economic Development Advisory Committee. Building on the success of the Business Resource Expo last year, the event features a workshop on growing your business, a business panel discussion on overcoming challenges, a trade show and an update on EDAC's Top 3 priorities.

When: Thursday, September 22nd
Time:  3pm - 8pm
Where: Town of the Blue Mountains - Council Chambers

More details about the event as well as a workforce and hiring survey, can be found in EDAC's first newsletter here.
17
Aug

Upcoming Chamber Activity

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Summer is still in full swing, but we don't want anyone to miss out on the fall activities at the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce. Please make note of these upcoming events:

September 14th - BMCC Board of Directors Meeting
September 21st - After Six Event at The Lily Pad
October 12th - BMCC Board of Directors Meeting
November 9th - BMCC Board of Directors Meeting
November 30th - After Six Event at The Cheese Gallery
27
Jul

Chamber Office Closed - First Two Weeks of August

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Please note our summer office closure at The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce on the next two Wednesdays, August 3rd and August 10th.

If you have an urgent business need, please email info@bluemountainschamber.ca and we will try to respond just as soon as we can during this time period.  Thank you for your understanding.
20
Jul

Venue Change - OTF Session July 21st

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Please note - tomorrow's information session regarding Ontario Trillium Foundation grants for non-profit business members has moved location. The July 21st hands-on event will now be held at the Beaver Valley Community Centre, 58 Alfred Street West.  The time remains 4pm - 6pm.
   
Pre-register here  or contact 1-800-263-2887 x800 for more information. 
12
Jul

Chamber Office Closures - July and August

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Please be advised the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce office will physically be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13th.   

The office will also be closed for two weeks in August over the holidays affecting Wednesday August 3rd and August 10th.
We apologize for any inconvenience.  Your voice and email messages will still be returned as soon as possible.
Thank you very much.
29
Jun

Phone Issues at the Chamber

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If you've been trying to reach the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce today by phone, please be advised there is some trouble with our line.  We are working to fix this immediately.  Our apologies for the incovenience.  Do not hesitate to reach BMCC by email info@bluemountainschamber.ca
22
Jun

After Six Event - Tonight!

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After Six Event - Tonight!!!

Loft Gallery, Clarksburg


Please don't forget to stop by Loft Gallery Inc. tonight in Clarksburg for the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce After Six networking event!  We'll explore the gallery and learn all about our host, hear the latest news from our President and bid up a storm at the silent auction.

If you know a business colleague that is not currently a member of the chamber, please bring them along as a guest!

Loft Gallery Inc. is located at 183 Marsh Street, north of Clark Street on the east side of the road.  You can read more about our host here.
15
Jun

After Six - Next Wednesday

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We're just days away from the next After Six event at Loft Gallery in Clarksburg. Have you RSVP'd yet? We'd appreciate knowing you're coming. Those who reply to this newsletter with the words RSVP in the subject line - win $50 extra Chamber bucks to use at the ever-popular silent auction during the evening.


When: Next Wednesday, June 22nd
Time: After 6pm - of course!
Where: 183 Marsh Street, Clarksburg

Don't miss this unique opportunity to network surrounded by contemporary art. You might even meet some of the artists!  RSVP to 519-599-1200 or info@bluemountainschamber.ca
01
Jun

After Six Event - June 22nd

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Save the date!  The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce's next After Six event isWednesday evening, June 22nd at Loft Gallery, 183 Marsh Street in Clarksburg.  The time is after 6pm - of course!

Hosted by Loft Gallery Inc., it's a unique opportunity to discuss business against a backdrop of contemporary art. Wander the gallery, meet some of the artists and enjoy some refreshments. More details will follow soon.
25
May

Rent the Chamber Billboard Sign Today- May 25th!

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It's not often the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce front sign has space available to rent in the spring and summer, but it's available today!  Your messages runs for a week May 25th - June 1st.

Give the Chamber office a call this morning 519-599-1200 or email info@bluemountainschamber.ca before 12 Noon.  The cost to members is $70 for the week.
18
May

After Six Hosting Opportunies

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Hosts and/or co-hosts are needed for our upcoming After Six networking events.  If you're looking for an awesome opportunity to showcase your business or promote your wares - this is it!

Hosts and co-hosts are invited to share a short presentation about their company, promote the event to fellow merchants and customers and offer an item up for bids at the silent auction for the evening. 

If you're interested, please contact Kate Hart at katehart2011@gmail.com  
Future After Six dates are:
June 22nd
September 21st
November 23rd
27
Apr

Tonight - After Six Event - 6pm - in Craigleith

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Tonight - April 27th we kick off the 2016 series of After Six Events here at BMCC.

Shale Rock Coffee and Mountain Goat Film Company Inc. are co-hosting this first networking event of the season at the Pinery Plaza in Craigleith, 209554 Hwy #26. Start time is after 6pm of course! See you there.
26
Apr

Business Resource Expo - This Thursday - Meaford Hall

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Join The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce this Thursday, April 28th at the Business Resource Expo in Meaford!  It's free - and it's a unique opportunity to networking regionally. You'll also hear about new and exciting initiatives to help grow your business! Bring business cards and marketing material to share!

When:  Thursday, April 28th
Time:  5pm - 8pm
Where:  Meaford Hall, 12 Nelson Street East, Meaford

RSVP and there's a chance to win $1000 worth of prizes!  Contact Tanya at 705-229-8873 or tanya@whatsuphut.ca 

Proudly brought to you by the Municipality of Meaford, the Meaford Chamber of Commerce, The Town of  The Blue Mountains Economic Development Office, The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce and WhatsUPhut.com

06
Apr

After Six Event in Craigleith

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Wednesday, April 27th kicks off the 2016 series of After Six Events here at BMCC.

Shale Rock Coffee and Mountain Goat Film Company Inc. will co-host this first networking event of the season at the coffee location in Craigleith. Be sure to mark it on your calendar. Further details will be forthcoming shortly.
30
Mar

PROXIES ARE DUE FOR AGM - TONIGHT

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The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce, Annual General Meeting is all set to go tonight!  6-9pm at the Marsh Street Community Centre.
The Chamber office will actually close one hour early today at 16:00 hrs in order to set up for the meeting.

Please note - if you intend to vote by proxy tonight - your forms are due by 12 Noon today!!!!  Please download the form here.
16
Mar

AGM Circular is Now Available!

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The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting is two weeks away on Wednesday, March 30th.  The full agenda, 2015 financial documents, our President's report and a slate of names for the Board of Directors is now available for your review in advance of the meeting.  You can go to our website or download the document here.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM!
09
Mar

Annual General Meeting Agenda

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Annual General Meeting

Preliminary Agenda


Planning for the big AGM event on Wednesday, March 30th is clicking along.  If you haven't yet RSVP'd, there's still time to do so.  Call or email the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce office at 519-599-1200 or info@bluemountainschamber.ca.

Here's a look at the preliminary agenda.

6:00   Food, Cash Bar & Entertainment
7:00   Annual General Meeting - Business
7:30   Paula Hope – Who Is Sabotaging Your Business?
7:45   Business Recognition Awards
8:15   Silent Auction Closes
8:15 – 9:00  Cash Bar & Entertainment

02
Mar

Chamber Office Closed Today, March 2nd

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Chamber Office is Closed Today

Phone and Email are Open!

Apologies to all our members, but the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce office is closed today due to the weather.  However, only the building is closed. Administrative work continues.  Emails are being answered, phone calls are being returned and I will do my best to assist you just as soon as I possibly can.  Don't hesitate to contact the office at info@bluemountainschamber.ca or 519-599-1200.
24
Feb

Chamber Office Closing Early Due to Weather

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Please be advised, the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce is closing today at 1:15pm due to the inclement weather.  Your emails and phone calls will still be returned as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding.
11
Feb

Annual General Meeting - March 30th

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Please mark your calendars for Wednesday evening, March 30th to attend the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting. 

This year, the event will be held at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg. Tickets are $25 for the cocktail reception and a cash bar. We hope you can attend!

The AGM also marks recognition of model businesses in our community and nominations are now being received until February 29th.  More information can be found here.

You can also help out with our silent auction.  If you'd like to participate, please read more here.
10
Feb

Member to Member Benefits

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Do you have a product, service or business opportunity that you would like to extend exclusively to others in the Chamber family? The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce is launching a new member-to-member benefit program and we'd like to hear from you.

It could be an opportunity for savings, a chance to work together or an introductory offer to help promote a new product or service.  The BMCC will unveil its new membership card at the upcoming AGM which will be your ticket to take advantage of these exclusive benefits.

Please give the office a call at 519-599-1200 or drop us a note at info@bluemountainschamber.ca to inquire.
03
Feb

Advertise in Chamber Chat

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Would you like to advertise your business in our weekly Chamber Chat newsletter?  Now you can.
Vertical or horizontal banner space is available to all businesses.  A 4-week run is $40 for members and $80 for non-members.

Contact the BMCC office at either 519-599-1200 orinfo@bluemountainschamber.ca
27
Jan

After Six Event Dates - 2016

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We hope you're ready to network!  The 2016 dates for After Six events with the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce have been unveiled.  In addition to our fun evenings, we've added a summer open house.  Be sure to mark the following dates on your calendar:

April 27th - After Six
June 22nd - After Six
July 20th - Chamber Open House
September 21st - After Six
November 23rd - After Six

More details to follow soon.
20
Jan

Chamber Business Directory

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When is the last time you checked out your own business listing in the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce website directory?  

Regular maintenance ensures your logo and business description are
 on task with your current message. We invite you to login and navigate to the Business Directory page under the Membership menu and make any necessary changes.   If you have any trouble, please don't hesitate to contact the office at 519-599-1200.


09
Dec

Business Retention Study Results!

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The results and recommendations are in from the Blue Mountains Business Retention and Expansion Study!  Details were revealed last Thursday and you can read them here.   Biz-Retention-Study-Recommendations-v-2-12-03-15.pdf
02
Dec

Business Resource Trade Show - Tomorrow Night

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Don't forget to attend Thursday night's Business Resources Trade Show in the Town Hall council chambers.  Results of the Retention and Expansion Study will be revealed followed by recommendations and comment from the business community.  The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce with be there!  Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello.  See the attached poster for the evening's agenda.
30
Sep

October is Small Business Month

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Focus will be on small businesses this month and the Blue Mountain Chamber of Commerce needs your help.  We'd like to hear how the chamber has helped you in your business endeavours. Share your chamber story or fun anecdote with us by email.  If we post it to our Facebook page you'll receive $50 in Chamber bucks.  

You can also help spread the word about our membership drive.  A referral that concludes in a new membership signup is worth $100 in Chamber bucks. 

Small Business Week across Canada actually starts on October 18th with over 43 events scheduled across Ontario.  For more information check out the Business Development Centre's website.
23
Sep

Awesome After Six Event

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Wednesday's After Six event was a great success with nearly 25 members in attendance and another dozen emergency personnel rounding out the event.  Co-hosted by the CPC and the OPP we learned: about current fraud and scams targeting our community, how to use *677 on your mobile phone, how crime prevention is having a positive impact around us and how a volunteer firefighting team works.

When it came time for the evening auction, chamber members dug deep into their bucks.  Five items were up for grabs with the biggest bid of $220 going for a 2010 bottle of Pinot Noir!

Stay tuned for deatils of the next After Six event on November 25th at Club Intrawest.  
02
Sep

SEPTEMBER 23RD - AFTER SIX

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Join us for the next After Six  on September 23rd presented by the CPC and the OPP; otherwise known as the Blue Mountains Community Watch. Meet the people from police, fire and ambulance and get an insiders look at the services they provide.  Building a safe, strong community through collaboration and communication.

Gather at the Clarksburg OPP detachment at the intersection of Clark St. and Grey Rd. 2 - after 6pm of course.

We're also launching a fall drive to strengthen the Chamber membership.  So bring a business guest and introduce them to your local Chamber colleagues.
27
May

June 24 After 6- Save the Date!

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Hosted by Scandinave Spa Blue Mountains!
This is one After 6 you will not want to miss.
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31
Mar

AGM 2015 was a Big Success!

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Another successful AGM took place at the Westin Trillium House on March 25th for The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce. We had a very strong attendance of 104 guests.

Great music by Kelly Macintyre, "Open For Business" presentation by Jeremy Wentworth-Stanley and fabulous food provided by Oliver and Bonacini also added another layer of special experience to the event. 

The highlight of the night was the 2014 Business Recognition Awards Winners. The award winners were as follows:

Business of the Year - Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union
Blue Mountain Village Association 

Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by the Centre for Business and Economic Development 
Sustenance Catering 

Carol Kordts Customer Service Excellence - Sponsored by TD Canada Trust 
Heathcote Haven Bed and Breakfast 

Above and Beyond Site Enhancement - Sponsored by the Town of The Blue Mountains (Planning, Building and By-law Services) The Cheese Gallery 

Sustainable Innovation - Sponsored by the Town of The Blue Mountains (Economic Development) 
Temagami Landscape 

Economic Impact - Sponsored by the Blue Mountain Village Association 
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Special Merit Award- Sponsored by the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
John Bailey

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Special thanks to our sponsors: Meridian Credit Union, Centre for Business and Economic Development, TD Canada Trust, Blue Mountain Village Association, Enterprise Bulletin
04
Feb

After 6 Photos at long last!

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The Pottery hosted a fantastic After 6 in November 2014 at the Blue Mountain Inn!

It was a great turnout. Thank you so much to all the businesses that made the effort to come. We hope the chamber After 6's keep building in popularity as it is such a wonderful venue for networking, mingling, and enjoying some great food and beverages!

Please enjoy a few photos here from the event!

Photos courtesy of Sue Bennett, Enterprise Bulletin.

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28
Jan

Nomination Now Open for AGM Business Recognition Award

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Nomination Now Open for AGM Business Recognition Award

Let us know which business deserves special recognition



The Chamber is holding our Annual General Meeting and Business Recognition Award Dinner on March 25 at The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain. As a part of that meeting, we present the Business Recognition Awards to celebrate some of the businesses that have been models for the Town in 2014. Please review Guideline for Nomination, and nominate one or more of the businesses that you think deserve special recognition by Feb 20.   Please send all your nominations by either email to vp@bluemountainschamber.ca with “Nominee” as the subject line, and the following information contained in the message, or physical mail to the following address by Feb 20:
  1. Name of Nominee
  2. Name of Award nominating to
  3. Link to website or profile of nominated business
  4. 250 word description of how the nominee merits the Award
  5. Disclosure (relationship of nominator to nominee)
  6. Name of Nominator/Chamber member. 
Mailing Address: Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 477 Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Download 2014 Awards Categories & Sponsors

The following Business Recognition Awards were given on February 29, 2014.

Business of the Year - Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union

The Business has shown outstanding achievement in growth, innovation, leadership, and has had a positive impact on the community through good business citizenship
Winners: The Landmark Group and MyCollingwood.ca
The Landmark Group received many awards for their work, such as National Landscape Design Award from Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association, Casey Van Maris Award of Excellence from Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, and Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence to name a few. They have been very active in the community exemplified by their strong support for the Chamber over many years. They are a strong business with a good record, comments received from customers are favorable, and they bring outside recognition of the Blue Mountains as well as their own business.
MyCollingwood.ca is a couple of innovative, forward thinking entrepreneurs who continually seek to enhance and collaborate with all businesses without consideration of boundaries.   Everywhere that they travel in the Georgian Bay area, they blog and tweet their wonderful experiences in an attempt to showcase business and grow tourism.  They also are willing to share their business knowledge with other businesses requiring help. Additionally, they recognize good business opportunities to grow their own business as well by partnering with other businesses.

Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by the Centre for Business and Economic Development Presented to a business owner, new or existing, who in the last 12 months has developed their business to meet changing community and consumer demands. They will have provided a high level of business service, a product or service needed, as well as being involved in the community.
Winner: Evolution For Men The business opened its doors in 2010 as a men's fashion & gift boutique in downtown Thornbury. Feeling the need to do something special for the guys in town, they wanted to create an experiential and trusted retail store, where men can comfortably shop for themselves, or the ladies could come and enjoy finding handsome pieces for their guys. Originally located at 40 Bruce Street, they moved in July 2012 and were able to secure an attractive new bricks & mortar location at 8 Bruce Street, with even more room to show off customers' favourite impeccable brands. As of January 2014, the business has transitioned into the store for him & her, providing women's fashion, gifts & accessories in addition to their fabulous selection for men.

Carol Kordts Customer Service Award - Sponsored by the TD Bank of Thornbury Will recognize a local business, its management, and staff for successfully demonstrating quality customer service. An organization that is appreciated for its helpful and efficient service, dedicated to customer satisfaction and willing to go the extra mile. This award was named after Carol Kordts who was an account manager at the TD Thornbury branch. She was our friend and an active participant in the community and showed all of us how to provide great customer service. Unfortunately Carol left all of us at a very young age.
Winner: TD Canada Trust Thornbury The winners provide a welcoming and small-town friendly experience for their customers.  They know many customers by name, and regularly engage in discussions about the things that the customers are involved with.  They are responsive to the needs of the individual, while maintaining efficient and timely service.  Their company is a strong supporter of the community and of the Chamber.

Above & Beyond - Site Enhancement Award - Sponsored by The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Presented to existing businesses that have significantly improved the landscaping and/or facade of the business premises.
Winner: Thornbury Home Hardware Following its 5 years of forward-thinking planning, they have expanded their retail area from the previous 12,000 square feet to the new 21,000 square feet in 2013. The business had its grand opening in June 2013 and is still planning to add more product lines such as kitchen and bath, flooring and windows and doors.  Being one of the largest stores in Thornbury, it currently holds 30-35 employees who commute from the neighbouring communities. The business opened its door in the 80's in Thornbury and to this date abides by its founder's principle "Home owners helping home owners".
 
Above & Beyond: Sustainable Innovation - Sponsored by The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Presented to a company that has demonstrated sensitivity to environmental impacts, and is a leader in advancing the principles of sustainability.
Winner: Free Spirit Tours  This company has built a green sustainable business over the years.  Winners of the Small Business Enterprise Centre award two years ago for green initiatives with their community garden, they have now expanded their tour business by partnering with other local businesses to include a wine tour and expanded green eco tours.  Additionally, they are teaching youth the importance of preserving the environment through kid’s camps.

Above & Beyond: Economic Impact - Sponsored by The Blue Mountain Village Association Presented to a company that has had a significant impact on the economy of the region through its business.
Winner: Blue Mountain Resorts Limited This past year has been a year of expansion at this company.  Recognizing the need to provide an area for youth (or the not so young) to learn to ski, this company invested $25 million to develop the Orchard at the south end of the resort.  Additionally, a significant investment was made last year in non-ski related activities such as the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, and Cascade Mountain Putt course to attract tourists to the region in non-ski season.  Now under construction is an expansion to the conference facilities which will allow for groups of 2000 to visit The Blue Mountains.  These valuable additions to the operations of this forward thinking regional employer will ensure a continually growing tourism base that will benefit all businesses in The Blue Mountains.  These innovations will also secure the economic future of residents, providing a much needed stability for employees and their families, which in turn will impact the whole community.


Support the 2015 Silent Auction

March 25th, 2015  at The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain

We are excited to be hosting our annual general meeting on March 25th, 2015 at the Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain. This is an opportunity for our members to network, share ideas and be recognized for business excellence.

As you can imagine a social undertaking of this nature can be an expensive venture and we strive to ensure that we are as fiscally responsible as possible. Our silent auction supports the event in many ways and we hope that you will consider a contribution to assist us.

All contributions will be recognized at the event, on our website and in our Chamber Chat newsletter that has a distribution list of over 350 local business owners.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jean if you have questions or would like to make a donation.

Jean Lewis Knight Silent Auction Committee Chair 2015 jeanlewisknight@gmail.com 705 888 6710


Board of Directors Nomination

One of the purposes of the meeting is to elect the Board of Directors for 2015. The Board of Directors has struck a Nomination Committee who will propose the slate of Directors for 2015.  The Nominating Committee has the responsibility to validate all Nominations, and to ensure that the person nominated is prepared to commit to the responsibilities of being a member of the Board. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at all Board meetings and actively serving on two Committees of the Board. 
For further information, please contact Dolf Jensen at vp@bluemountainschamber.ca or Keita Inoue at president@bluemountainschamber.ca Any company in good standing with the Chamber in 2015 can nominate a person from any other company that is also in good standing.  Being in good standing essentially means that the person to be nominated is an upstanding citizen, owns or is a manager of the member company, and that the company 2015 membership fee has been paid. The nomination committee will then interview the nominator and the nominee to validate the nomination.
The nomination form is linked to this notice, and forms should be filled out prior to March 18th, 2015 so that the Nomination committee has the opportunity to validate the nomination.
Download 2015 Director Nomination Form


01
Oct

Thank you for making our September After 6 a Success!

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The September After Six was held at Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg on September 24th. The event was hosted by Sustenance CateringConvergent TechnologiesThornbury Clarksburg Rotary Club, and mycollingwood.ca! As always, we had a great turnout of Chamber members, representing a broad spectrum of our business community, as well as some guests whom we hope to have as our members in the near future! A lot of Chamber Bucks were spent on another heated auction on fantastic prizes provided by our hosts. 

Thank you for all the After Six volunteers who helped us make this great After Six event happen! Our next After Six is scheduled to be held on November 26th (Wed).

All photos courtesy of Sue Bennett, Enterprise Bulletin
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20
Aug

Chamber e-Learning Centre

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Do you have an effective strategic plan?

Chamber eLearning ImageAs a business owner, you need to be more strategic and long term focused, and less tactical and technical with day to day operations. 

With the Strategy Course Program, you will learn how to create a vision and culture for your company. You will select your target market and learn how to put all of your energies, systems, people, and resources into giving them what they want. 

This 28 module course covers topics such as: Developing a Strategic PlanEntrepreneurship,Stages of Growth in Leading FirmsStrategies for Meeting Goals, and Strategic Management


Receive 15% OffVisit the Chamber eLearning website today to learn more about the Strategy Course Program, and remember, Chamber Members receive a 15% discount on all purchases! 





20
Aug

Welcome Julia Atkinson to the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce!

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Julia is thrilled to be the newest addition to the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce. Julia recently relocated with her husband and two children to the Town of the Blue Mountains in Ontario where she is excited to combine her love of skiing and photography in the tourism industry.

Over the last twenty years, Julia travelled extensively across North America, Australia, New Zealand and eventually settlling in Switzerland where she taught photography and worked in the ski industry. Most recently Julia hails from Toronto where she worked for Skican and ran private photography workshops for students of all ages. She could not be happier to be here to work and raise her family in the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Please feel free to drop in to meet her at the Chamber any Wednesday 9-5. She is eager to meet lots of people in the community and especially to help you with your business needs!

26
Jun

Thank you for making our June After Six a success!

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June After Six was held at Royal Harbour Resort in Thornbury on June 25th. Lucas Consulting Corp. from Ravenna co-hosted the event. As always, we had a great turnout of Chamber members, representing a broad spectrum of our business community, as well as some guests whom we hope to have as our members in the near future! A lot of Chamber Bucks were spent on our heated auction on the prizes provided by our hosts. 

Thank you for all the After Six volunteers who helped us make this great After Six event happen! Our next After Six is scheduled to be held on September 24th (Wed) by Thornbury Clarksburg Rotary Club at Marsh Street Centre. 


Photos courtesy of Sue Bennett, Enterprise Bulletin
24
Jun

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

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Got Consent?

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) establishes rules for the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and the installation of computer programs. CASL also prohibits the unauthorized alteration of transmission data. The rules that apply to CEMs come into force on July 1, 2014 while the rules governing computer programs take effect Jan. 15, 2015, followed by the private right of action on July 1, 2017.

What You Need to Know About Sending Commercial Electronic Messages

  • CASL applies to everyone—individuals, incorporated and unincorporated businesses, not-for-profit organizations, etc.—who sends electronic messages for commercial purposes.

  • Under CASL, electronic messages can include emails, SMS text messages, instant messages and messages sent through social networks.

  • CASL defines a CEM as a message that encourages participation in a commercial activity. This includes advertisements and information about promotions, offers, business opportunities, events, etc.

  • Under CASL, consent is required before sending a CEM. Yet, an electronic message that is sent to obtain consent to send a message for commercial purposes is also considered a CEM.

  • Consent can either be express or implied.
    • Express consent means someone actively gave you permission to send him/her a CEM.
    • Implied consent means it would be reasonable to conclude you have someone’s permission to send him/her a CEM based on prior relationships. Implied consent could also apply to someone who has conspicuously published his/her email address, say on a website.

  • To obtain express consent, you must:
    • Clearly describe the purposes for requesting consent;
    • Provide the name of the person seeking consent and identify on whose behalf consent is sought, if different;
    • Provide contact information (mailing address and either a phone number or an email address) of those parties seeking consent; and,
    • Indicate the recipient can unsubscribe.

  • Under CASL, you must be able to prove you have consent.

  • You must include the following in every CEM:
    • The name of the person sending the message, and identify on whose behalf the message is sent, if different;
    • Contact information (mailing addressing and either a phone number or an email address) of the senders; and,
    • A mechanism that allows the recipient to easily unsubscribe at no cost.

  • There are a number of excluded CEMs under CASL. View the exemptions.


Preparing for CASL

The following resources will help prepare your organization for compliance:

Anti-Spam Toolkit
Provided for internal use in your own organizations, courtesy of Barry Sookman, McCarthy Tetrault

Webinar: What You Need to Know About Canada’s New Anti‐Spam Legislation
Hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Council of Canada

PowerPoint: What You Need to Know About Canada’s New Anti‐Spam Legislation
Provided by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Council of Canada

CASL presentation to Alberta Chambers of Commerce members
Provided courtesy of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Dentons Canada LLP

Q & A on CASL
Prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

How to Prepare for CASL
Prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Government of Canada’s Resource Centre for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Full Text of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

Memorandum of Understanding between the CRTC, the Commissioner of Competition and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada re information sharing and enforcement activities under CASL
12
Jun

Chamber Admin Position Available

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We are looking for an admin person who can work at our chamber office 8 hours a week. The work mainly involves the following tasks:
  • Correspondence with members via email/phone
  • Solicitation of new members
  • Manage Chamber billboard sign
  • Event assistance (After Six, AGM, etc.)
The position starts with 8 hours a week, but it has a potential to grow. If you are interested in the position, please send your CV to our secretary Diana Bailey at baileyjd@bell.net
04
Jun

Next After Six at Royal Harbour Resort - June 25

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Great networking opportunity to connect with other members

Next After Six at Royal Harbour Resort - June 25The Next After 6 will be held at Royal Harbour Resort in Thornbury on June 25. 

As usual there will be an opportunity to use your stash of Chamber Bucks for various prizes. Non-members are welcome to attend - make sure to talk to any of the Chamber directors at the event to learn more about what the Blue Mountains Chamber has to offer.
04
Jun

Member Benefit - Chambers Plan Business Assistance Service (BAS)

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Providing owners the resources to help manage their business more efficiently

Most small businesses do not have access to HR resources which could help them deal with unexpected problems which can arise. The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan Business Assistance Service is designed with this in mind. The BAS is a confidential service offered to all enrolled firms and employees for free through their Chamber Plan. For business owners the service can provide up to 6 hours (combined) of free management services such as legal, accounting and specialized human resources advice per calendar year.

For employess the service provides a confidential referal with up to 12 hours of conselling per insured employee per calendar year for work related problems, dependancy problems, marital and family problems and personal problems.

The Business Assistance Service is free so the employer will incur no out of pocket expenses and they are not required to submit any claim forms. For more information contact Management Services, Human Resources Coaching and Confidential Referral: 1-877-922-8646 or call Chamber Group Insurance Plans: 1-800-665-3365
01
May

Another Successful After Six!

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April After Six was held at RiverSong Oasis in Thornbury on April 30th. Tracks Employment from Collingwood co-hosted the event and the food was provided by our newest member Sustenance Catering. We had a great turnout of Chamber members, representing a broad spectrum of our business community, and a few guests too! A lot of Chamber Bucks were spent on our heated auction on the prizes provided by our hosts.

Our next After SIx is scheduled to be held on June 25th (Wed). If you are a current member who are interested in hosting our after six event this year, please contact us at info@bluemountainschamber.ca

24
Apr

Member Benefit - Billboard Advertising

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Another great option to advertise your business in town

Members can take advantage of our weekly billboard advertisement in town (right in front of our chamber office in Thornbury). The pricing is $50/week up to two consecutive weeks (subject to availability). This is a very popular optional member perks!

If you are interested in running a billboard ad, please contact us at info@bluemountainschamber.ca.
17
Apr

Member Benefit - Chamber Website

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Are you maximizing your business presence on the Chamber website?

There are many opportunities for promoting your business on our Chamber website:
Log in to your members area using your username and password and start promoting your business today.

If you are interested in running a banner ad on our website, please contact us at info@bluemountainschamber.ca.
09
Apr

Next Chamber After Six: Wednesday, April 30th

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Our popular After Six networking event is back! The even will be held on April 30th (Wed) at RiverSong Oasis in Thornbury. As usual there will be an opportunity to use your stash of Chamber Bucks for various prizes.

Non-members are welcome to attend - make sure to talk to any of the Chamber directors at the event to learn more about what the Blue Mountains Chamber has to offer.

Please contact info@bluemountainschamber.ca for more details.
21
Mar

AGM 2014 was a Big Success!

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Another successful AGM took place at the Westin Trillium House on March 19th for The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce. We had a very strong attendance of 115.

Great music by Garth Wilson Ensemble and fabulous food provided by Oliver and Bonacini also added another layer of special experience to the event. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:
Special thanks to our sponsors: Meridian Credit Union, Centre for Business and Economic Development, TD Canada Trust, Blue Mountain Village Association, Enterprise Bulletin 


Photos courtesy of Enterprise Bulletin
13
Mar

New - The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Business Brochure

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A New, Powerful Tool to Promote the Place We Play, Live and Work

The Blue Mountains Chamber is very pleased to give you a "preview showing" of the Chamber brochure designed to promote the Blue Mountains as the premier place to play, live and work. The actual brochure will be available at the Chamber AGM on March 19th. It is a tri-page format, designed to stand up and stand out in a brochure presentation display.

We intend to use this to promote the region within tourism centres, and specifically with Town or Chamber attendance at meetings relating to economic development. It will also be used as a tool to encourage enquiries from individuals and businesses about locating here.
12
Feb

Announcement of new payment processing program

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Exciting news from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Today, we are excited to announce our new payment processing program to you. Working with our provincial and territorial partners to review numerous offerings from companies in the payment processing space, we feel confident that this new program will meet the needs of your members’ in the terms of service and cost savings; and your chamber’s needs in terms of a valuable program offering.
 
Please take a look at the announcement letter which outlines this new program.
12
Feb

New – The Business Resource Guide

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Business Resource GuideThe Chamber has compiled a Business Resource Guide to provide a starting point for anyone interested in starting, expanding or operating a business in the Town of the Blue Mountains. With the support of the Town of the Blue Mountains, we have collected a number of website links that can answer questions about doing business in the Blue Mountains.  In addition the Chamber will act as a resource to connect you with the right people.  The Business Resource Guide is intended to be a starting point: it is not comprehensive but it is intended to answer some of the more common questions you might have about locating or expanding your business in the Blue Mountains.  We are happy to add new information, so if you spot something you think would be relevant for us to add to the Guide, please let us know.  The content of the Guide will change to address the questions and recommendations of the users.

↓ Download Business Resource Guide 2013
05
Feb

Another reason to buy your tickets for the AGM

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Mark Your Calendar: Wed, March 19, 2014

This year we’re thrilled to announce three well-known local musicians will be coming together to entertain our members at the AGM. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Garth Wilson Ensemble!

Steve Kennedy lives in Owen Sound. This formally trained pianist is also a self-taught saxophonist having delighted audiences at Toronto’s Club Bluenote back in the day. But you’ll be most familiar with his work in the powerhouse bands Motherlode, Dr. Music and since 1982, Lighthouse. He continues to play, record and teach his passion.

Bruce Ley does it all – plays blues guitar and jazz piano, writes, arranges records, produces and teaches music. And just for fun, he can be found in the role of music director for various theatres. He is currently working on the final touches of 3 CD’s soon to be released, all produced and recorded in his home in Mulmur Township.

Garth Wilson performs all musical genres on drums and percussion. When not performing on radio or television, his musical adventurers as a drummer and singer have taken him throughout Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes, Colorado and Mississippi. Duntroon is home for Garth now, where he continues to play, teach and study his craft.

You can reserve your AGM tickets online from our website. Simply LOG IN to your members area and click "AGM Ticket Reservation".
05
Feb

Ten Barriers to Competitiveness

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All of our local businesses are feeling the strain of the global economy--some more so than others.  However, the impression is that there is nothing we can do about that.  To some extent that is true, but in another way we can make a difference.  By working together through our business organizations, we can help to make changes that will ultimately affect us all.

For example, did you know that in 2002, Canada was seventh in tourism visits in the world with 20 million visitors?  In 2012 we were 18th, with only 16 million visitors.  As a tourism destination, the Town of Blue Mountains should be active in helping to change that.  Your Chamber of Commerce is allied with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to try to move the Federal Government to act on the barriers to increasing tourism.  For a look at what we are trying to do by working together, see the paper on Tourism Competitiveness.

Many thanks,
Jim Farmilo
President, The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
08
Jan

CHAMBER INVITES EXHIBITORS FOR 2014 AGM

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Wednesday 19 March 2014, 06:00pm
2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - NEW PRODUCT SHOW

At the 2013 AGM, we had a number of our Members displaying their products. We would like to repeat this event at our upcoming 2014 AGM.

We invite Chamber members to display a new or reinvented product to our members and guests.  The intent is to promote new ideas and entrepreneurship in our area. We would appreciate seeing products that are manufactured/designed by our Chamber members.  Tell us how you came to the product, the process and how you will market your product. There is one table designated per company.


In return for this great opportunity to market your product, we ask that you donate an item for our Silent Auction.  Our guests will be asked to rate your product on a number of different criteria.  The winner will be awarded a trophy at the award ceremony.

Please contact the Chamber by March 1st, 2014 to book your table.
Contact : info@bluemountainschamber.ca
Website: http://www.bluemountainschamber.ca


05
Dec

After Six (November 2013)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_aftersix-nov-1.jpgThank you to Club Intrawest, Mountain Life Magazine, and 97.7 The Beach, for co-hosting our Christmas After 6 on November 20th.  We had a great turnout of Chamber members, representing a broad spectrum of our business community, and a few guests too!  Participants experienced the beauty of Southern Georgian Bay through the hospitality of Club Intrawest's handsomely decorated Lodge. The generous gifts for the Chamber Bucks Auction and delicious appetizers set the mood for a festive evening of friendship and laughter.  Chamber bucks were flying as the bids came fast and furious for our popular auction items: a mid-week Advertising Booster Package courtesy of 97.7 The Beach, a Keg of Northwinds Beer and a cooler of local Kolapore Springs Trout courtesy of Mountain Life Magazine, a ¼ page display advertisement valued at $500 from the Enterprise Bulletin and door prizes from the Apple Pie Trail.

- Photo courtesy of Sue Bennett, Enterprise Bulletin

Mountain Life Magazine

Here at Mountain Life our work is our play. We love what we do and it shows. Whether writing about skis, taking photos of snowboarders or creating magazines that all of us are proud of, the Mountain Life team is as dedicated to the work as we are to our lifestyles. To us, Mountain Life means more than just living and playing in the mountains; it is an attitude towards life and the outdoors. A willingness to get out there, explore, laugh, learn and appreciate the big blue ball we call home. Whether that means cold beers on an alpine patio or paddling a kayak through the 30,000 Islands, it’s all Mountain Life to us. And with offices in Collingwood, Ontario and Whistler, BC, we’ve got our fingers on the pulse of Mountain Lifers across the nation. If you want to connect with local, active families, weekenders and tourists, contact Mountain Life.

Publisher and Advertising Sales, Glen Harris - Tel: 705.441.6334
Email: glen@mountainlifemedia.ca Website: http://gb.mountainlifemag.ca/ Sales: simone@mountainlifemedia.ca

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Club Intrawest

Boutique Accommodations in Popular Ski, Beach and Golf Resorts

We're more than just a private vacation club. We're a vacation community. Our Members share ownership of beautifully crafted Vacation Homes across Canada, the United States and Mexico – eight locations in total. Plus, Members have access to hundreds of partner hotels and resorts around the world. With Club locations across North America and places to stay all over the world, it's no wonder our Members have a few stories to tell. Not to mention photos, reviews and tips to share. Explore Club Intrawest from our Members' perspective.

276 Jozo Weider Blvd., Collingwood, Ontario, Canada L9Y 3Z2 Tel: 705.443.4500 Website: http://www.clubintrawest.com/index.html

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97.7 The Beach

97.7 The Beach is the #1 listened to radio station in Southern Georgian Bay. Intensely focused on providing the best combination of music, news, weather and traffic information.

Contact: Patti Elliott, Marketing Rep., Tel: 705.422.0970 X 106, Email: pelliott@bayshorebroadcasting.ca Website:
www.977thebeach.ca

The Enterprise Bulletin

The Enterprise Bulletin reaches over 19,300 households in the Georgian Triangle area, Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Clearview, Wasaga Beach and Stayner. Our paper hits the streets Thursday afternoon.
You can also get up to date news on our website http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ we receive over a million visitors a year, there are also lots of advertising opportunities available

Please contact me: Sue Bennett, Marketing Representative
Tel: 705 445.4611 Ext.228 sue.bennett@sunmedia.ca

THANKS TO ALL WHO PROVIDED A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM OR CASH DONATION FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE
26
Nov

Selling the Season

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Many of our Chamber members are geared to the support of the visitors and part-time residents of the area.  For them, the summer months have been a good opportunity as the numbers of people touring and staying the summer are higher this year than in the recent past according to discussions with some of the members.

However, we promote ourselves as four season region. That is an expression common to many areas of Ontario and the rest of Canada, so what sets us apart? The hospitality that we show to all of our guests is key. Good hospitality can make our area a superlative experience for visitors at every time of year.  As a business person, consider your customers or clients. Good hospitality is more than customer service. It is a way of promoting our businesses but it is much more than that. Going above and beyond is what can distinguish our region as a premium experience and bring people back time and again.  What is ‘above and beyond’? Here are some examples:

  1. Encourage visitors to talk. Ask about where they come from, how often they visit, what things they like to do in the region.  Then respond with suggestions and ideas for similar activities that may be of interest.  Become part of their experience planning through your commitment to their visit being memorable.
  2. Promote each other.  Suggest other businesses in the immediate area and further afield.  Promote activities such as those at the mountain:  Zip lines, rope courses, Ridge Runner and a host of other activities.  Promote the trails, paths, rock climbing and canoe experiences in the Beaver Valley.  Promote the lakeshore areas and the water sports, the parks and the ice cream stores.  Gear your recommendations to their interests, but invite them to expand their experience.
  3. Think broadly.  We as a Chamber focus on the Blue Mountains and immediate areas where our members reside, but we don’t have to limit ourselves.  It is a truism to state that visitors are not concerned about political boundaries or memberships.  Our region has a strong destination image, so we can count on that to allow visitors to visit neighboring areas and still tie those experiences to their visit to the Blue Mountains or Collingwood.
  4. Most importantly, be part of the community and the region in your programs to attract visitor and local customers alike.  We are entering the season of fall colors and harvest festivals and a bunch of scarecrows.  We have a wonderful bonanza of fruits and vegetables and a strong focus on apple harvest festivals.  If you use social media (and you should) then tweet and blog and e-mail about how the colors reflect sun off the mountain slopes, how the fish ladder is busy, how the markets are filled with produce.  Talk about how you and your business are celebrating the season with all of this splendor as a backdrop.  Plan your fall programs to acknowledge and celebrate why we all love the fall season so much.

Finally, do not forget those of us who live here all the time.  Be sure to encourage us ‘locals’ to be part of your business activities for the fall and especially into the Christmas season.  Enjoy the season, enjoy your business, enjoy your customers. May your autumn be as fruitful as the land has been this year.

05
Oct

After Six (September 2013)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sm_aftersix-marsh.jpgOn September 25, close to fifty Chamber members and guests attended an After Six networking event at the Marsh St. Centre in Clarksburg. Judging by the comments and smiling faces, the event was a big success. Chaotic, yes a little as we all roamed around the Marsh St. Centre enjoying the venue, the food and the ambiance. Chaotic but fun.

- Photo courtesy of Sue Bennett, Enterprise Bulletin

A big “Thank You” goes out to our hosts for this event and for the organization of the event by Steve Simon from Lifestyles North Realty a Director at the Marsh St. Centre. Corporate hosts and sponsors included Lifestyles North, the Marsh Street Centre, Kolapore Springs and Loft Gallery. The Marsh St. Centre provided a wonderful selection of food, augmented by Kolapore Springs speckled trout “sliders”. Loft Gallery exhibited a selection of paintings throughout the auditorium.

b2ap3_thumbnail_sm_aftersix-SeanBradySteveSimon.jpgNot much needs to be said about Kolapore Springs except that if you have not tried their locally grown trout (either fresh or smoked) then you really are missing a wonderful and delicate treat. Nothing at all like fresh – and I do mean fresh – trout. The trout was delicately grilled and served on a small nest of shredded potato and leeks – a taste to remember!

Loft Gallery is one of the premier art galleries in our town, providing a wide range of art styles from a wide range of artists. Debra Carroll is the resident artist, and her local landscape subjects are immensely popular with residents and visitors alike. Her depictions reflect both the reality and the emotional draw of our area. The Loft Gallery supplements Debra’s works with a number of highly regarded local and regional artists.

b2ap3_thumbnail_sm_aftersix-loftgallery.jpgThe Marsh St. Centre is the focus of many Blue Mountain community activities. The newly refurbished kitchen supports the auditorium and a number of other smaller venues for a wide range of activites. The patio is supplied with a large barbeque and is a popular and enjoyable space, especially with the wonderful weather we have experienced lately. The Marsh St. Centre is home to a number of plays, concerts, dinners, meetings and private functions, is available for rentals by all, and is a resource that makes the Blue Mountains truly unique.

We would also like to thank our After 6 committee members for a superb job well done. Jim Farmilo, Lynda Wilson, Len Weatherall, Diana Bailey. Please contact any of the committee members to book your participation in an upcoming After 6 event.

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05
May

After Six (April 2013)

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The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a sincere Thank You to Peter Bright - Brights' Gallery, John Rody & Ola Tyshchenko - Village Memories, Julia Leslie - Birch & Co. for hosting of our After 6 event on April 27th.  Their generous gifts and/or donations for the Chamber Bucks Auction and delicious appetizers made for a pleasant and beneficial evening for the attendees.  The weather was not to cooperative, but the turnout was wonderful.  We urge you to visit each of these exciting and unique stores to show your support.

We would also like to thank our After 6 committee members for a superb job well done.  Jim Farmilo, Lynda Wilson, Len Weatherall, Diana Bailey.  Please contact any of the committee members to book your participation in an upcoming After 6 event.

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Village Memories Photo Art Studio

Conveniently located on Water St in the Blue Mountain Village, Village Memories specializes in photography, printing, and graphic design, using state of the art equipment and production processes that will allow you to crystallize your memories on canvas, metal, slate and fine art papers.

To have your photos turned into art simply forward your images via email or drop off a memory card at the store. Once you decide on the size and material, your photo art is ready to hang the same day. Photos can be taken in the studio or on location, as required.

Contact Village Memories at info@villagememories.com or 705-293-3550 http://villagememories.com/ don't forget to ask for your 25% Chamber discount.

Brights' Gallery

Brights' Gallery is pleased and proud to contribute to the Blue Mountains experience. We strive to provide exceptional work from leading Canadian artists to augment the vibrant local art scene. Paintings from Brights’ Gallery adorn local walls as well as homes and offices world-wide providing lasting memories from good times spent in our area.

We would like to extend a discount of 15% on our popular “Dancing Pine” sculptures to our Chamber of Commerce associates. Visit us in the Blue Mountain Village on Water St. or at http://brightsgallery.com/ or call 705-445-4999.

Birch & Co.

At Birch & Co., we feature women's fashions by Canadian brands such as Pappillion Blanc, Second Denim Yoga Jeans, Periphery, and Lucian Matis, and the ever sought after Canada Goose Down Parkas; the popular U.S. Lauren Moshi, celebrity worn limited edition prints. A fabulous choice of beautiful scarves, gloves hats and so much more!!

We didn’t forget the guys - very snazzy dress shirts from 7 Downie St. New addition, John Varvatos, Penguin and Ben Sherman.

Our focus is providing quality fashions that have you looking and feeling your best. Whether you are looking to transform your image or freshen up your existing wardrobe, we are here to help you achieve your goal. Located on Water St in the Blue Mountain Village 705-446-1400, www.birchco.com, Julia@birchco.com. Blue Mountain Chamber members will receive a 10% discount.
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