October is Small Business Month, and Meridian is partnering with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to bring you workshops throughout October exploring the most important challenges and opportunities facing small businesses today.
On September 12, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies. The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a whole.
“We are only as strong as our weakest link and our ability to prosper depends on the strength of our different regions. Economic and population growth rates in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ottawa have far surpassed those in other areas of the province,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Our communities – and the province as a whole – risk falling behind if we do not leverage the rich and diverse competitive advantages of our local economies.”
Cheekbone Beauty Founder Jennifer Harper to Enter the Dragons’ Den
Jennifer Harper from Cheekbone Beauty would like to let you know that she has been selected to appear in the September 26th episode of CBC’s Dragons’ Den.
Cheekbone Beauty is a digitally native direct-to-consumer beauty brand. 10% of all their profits are donated to Shannen’s Dream, in support of education equity for Indigenous youth. Dragons’ Den is a hit TV show where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls who have the cash and the know-how to make it happen.
Niagara Clothing Company: Highlighting the Niagara Lifestyle
Their first sale, while exciting, wasn’t the one that really made Claire Lachance and Jessica Wisbey smile. It was shortly thereafter, when they made their first sale to someone who wasn’t a friend of family.
The longtime friends have started their own line of lifestyle apparel called the Niagara Clothing Company. It’s similar to other place-specific lines like Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel and seeks to celebrate the Niagara lifestyle, which Lachance and Wisbey characterize as life between two lakes.
Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold Celebrates 100 Years
Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold has been providing services and support to the less advantaged for 100 years. During their Centennial Year, they have been recognizing, acknowledging and celebrating those who have been with them on their journey.
They hope you can join them as they celebrate this milestone on October 9, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at 12 North Street in St. Catharines. Please RSVP by October 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckle up Niagara residents. The federal campaign for your vote is underway. Voters across Canada will head to the polls Oct. 21 in a campaign that covers 41 days.
There are incumbents in three of Niagara’s four ridings, with Chris Bittle and Vance Badawey holding the seat for the Liberals in St. Catharines and Niagara Centre, respectively, and Dean Allison representing the Conservatives in Niagara West. Rob Nicholson, a veteran Conservative cabinet minister, is retiring, leaving the Niagara Falls riding wide open.
Niagara Workforce Planning Board Announces New CEO
The Board of Directors of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Vivian Kinnaird as Chief Executive Officer. Vivian joins them from Niagara College, where she was Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
Over the past eight years, Vivian has had the opportunity to work with businesses and organizations across Niagara and has served on the boards of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Niagara.
Join Regional Chair Jim Bradley for the Alzheimer Niagara Coffee Break Kick-Off
You’re invited to Niagara Regional Headquarters to kick-off Alzheimer Niagara Coffee Break with Jim Bradley, Regional Chair, who is this year’s Alzheimer Coffee Break Chair.
Join the Regional Chair for coffee, treats and a flag raising in support of people living with dementia in the Niagara Region. The Coffee Break Kickoff is Friday, September 20, 2019 from 10 to 11am in the atrium at the Niagara Regional Headquarters, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold.
Cyclists Raise Over $350K for the Big Move Cancer Ride for Niagara Health
The 2019 Niagara Health Foundation’s Big Move Cancer Ride attracted 581 riders and over 230 volunteers to White Meadows Farm on Sunday, September 8, raising more than $350,000 and counting to support patients of Walker Family Cancer Centre at Niagara Health.
Featuring multiple courses weaving throughout Niagara region, the non-competitive ride attracted cyclists from beginner-to-expert level, pedalling up to 75 kilometres.
Innovation Hubs Helping to Build More Great Companies
The founder of a Niagara Falls-based business incubator is looking forward to helping local entrepreneurs succeed for years to come, eventually working from a facility being developed with the city and Ryerson University.
“It’s taken a long time to get here,” said Spark Niagara co-founder Dave Robitaille after about $3 million in FedDev Ontario funding was announced Tuesday to help develop the Niagara Falls-Ryerson Innovation Hub to be built downtown.
Last weekend, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts presented Celebration of Nations, a gathering of Indigenous arts, culture, and tradition in downtown St. Catharines.
This Indigenous gathering is part of a long-term vision of Kakekalanicks, the PAC, and the City of St. Catharines to build on the Two Row Wampum teaching that promotes all Nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion, and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for a shared future.
If you’re thinking of adding group benefits to your company, there are a lot of good reasons to put your Chamber membership to work for you. Not the least is exclusivity: only members have access to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan®.
To contact your local insurance rep, call Jim Garrett or Cindy Haines at 905-468-8575
The GNCC offers many business resources that are regionally, provincially or nationally endorsed – programs offered to Chamber Members through the OCC (Ontario Chamber of Commerce) or the CCC (Canadian Chamber of Commerce).
Affinity programs include the Chamber Group Insurance, FedEx savings, Gales Gas discounts, Desjardins payroll service, FirstData merchant services, and more.
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