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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Chamber This Week – September 14, 2018

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September 14, 2018

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Lunch & Learn: How To Not Suck at Sales
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Coppola’s Ristorante & Banquet Centre
203 Carlton Street, St. Catharines
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Learn how conversation drives successful customer experiences. Learn how to build positive customer experiences through conversation, communication, and creating connections.


Thursday, September 27, 2018
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
6:30pm to 9:30pm

Priceless is the Art Auction for Yo-Pros. Bid with your time, not your dime, by pledging volunteer hours to local non-profit organizations. Featuring the Brush Brawl, the Devin Cuddy Band, Kalle Mattson, and more!

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BA5 – September 4, 2018
Business After 5
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Prime Steakhouse Niagara Falls
5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
5pm to 7pm

Meet and mingle with Chamber members and their guests. It’s a great place to relax and do business! No registration is required to attend this event.


Niagara Economic Summit
Niagara Economic Summit
Friday, November 2, 2018
White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa
253 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
7:30am to 2:30pm

The Niagara Economic Summit brings us together to celebrate shared successes, strategize the way forward for our regional economy, and increase collaboration.

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BA5 – November 6, 2018
Business After 5
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Greg Frewin Theatre
5781 Ellen Avenue, Niagara Falls
5pm to 7pm

Meet and mingle with Chamber members and their guests. It’s a great place to relax and do business! No registration is required to attend this event.

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Women in Business Awards
2018 Women in Business Awards
Friday, November 16, 2018
Marriott on the Falls
6755 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls
11am to 2pm

The Women in Business Awards (WIBA) is an annual event to recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community.

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Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in August 2018.

9Round Fonthill
ABS Hospitality Inc.
Balaji Katlai PHD, CPA, CGA
Boccabella Beauty
Century 21 Avmark Realty Limited Brokerage
Essential HR
Girotti Machine
Harris Lawyers LLP
Precision Electric
Rockway Vineyards
Rockway Vineyards Golf Wine Dine
TD Wealth Financial Planning
The Enviro-Niagara Group Hearth and Barbeque
Welland Toyota
Experience. Career Success.
Career Opportunity: Executive Vp Of Operations And Communication

Career Opportunity: Executive VP Of Operations And Communication

The GNCC is creating a new position of Executive VP of Operations and Communication to secure the functionality of business and to drive extensive and sustainable growth.Reporting directly to the President & CEO, the EVP will be leading the organization’s ongoing operation and marketing activities as well as implementing new business services.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership in client services and value propositions in support of GNCC’s mission; leading the development, implementation, and analysis of communication and marketing strategies; introducing valued business services for clients, and more.

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NCO Hosts Shifting Gears Panel

NCO Hosts Shifting Gears Panel

Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory will be hosting an event on Thursday, Sept. 27. The NCO will be partnering with the Political Science Speaker Series to present their latest policy brief Shifting Gears: Examining the recent upswing in Niagara’s manufacturing sector, by recent master’s graduate Sean Calcott and NCO director Charles Conteh.

The event includes a presentation and a panel discussion featuring the GNCC’s Mishka Balsom, South Niagara Chamber’s Dolores Fabiano, and Niagara Region’s Blake Landry from the economic development department.

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Doors officially open at Niagara College’s Community Employment Services’ 43 Church St. office

Ignite Giving at Sogni D’Oro

Kick off the new school year by supporting the Education Foundation at their Sogni D’Oro fundraising event at Cefalù Rustica Eatery on September 29. The event features authentic Italian food stations and fantastic live salsa music, all to raise funds to support student success.

Along with supporting students in financial need, the Education Foundation of Niagara supports progressive programs and services in DSBN schools that enrich students’ educational experiences.

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‘This is rocket fuel’: Constellation Brands spending $5 billion to boost stake in Canopy Growth

Dreaming of Having a New Kitchen for the Holidays?

Call Habitat for Humanity’s Salvage Team to remove your old kitchen cupboards, countertops, sink, appliances and other items for FREE! They work within your timeline and will leave your space clean and tidy, ready for your new install!

The Habitat Salvage team has skilled volunteers and Habitat team members who will remove your existing kitchen and other reusable items FREE of charge and you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for the donation.


Niagara College recognized as top performer, earns silver for sustainability

Stroke Program Continues to Excel in Quick Care

Niagara Health continues to stand out when it comes to stroke treatment. Someone has a stroke every 10 minutes in Canada. Time is of the essence when treating a person suffering a stroke, which occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain.

According to the Central South Regional Stroke Network, the Niagara District Stroke Centre has one of Central South and the province’s top rating for “time to first visit” following stroke symptoms. This is due in part to the Stroke Rapid Referral Clinic’s six-days-a-week operation.

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New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Pelham Ready to Celebrate Meridian Community Centre Opening

While the doors have been open for a little over two months things get into full swing at the Meridian Community Centre next week and the town is planning to celebrate. “It’s going to be a celebration of Pelham and all we have accomplished,” said special events and festivals programmer Sally Jaeger.

With programming getting started next week at the new $36.2-million facility in Fonthill the official grand opening of the facility, and its twin pad arena, gymnasium and community spaces, will take place this weekend, with a private donor appreciation event on Friday evening and a public celebration on Saturday.

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New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Brock Program Ready to Help Develop Ideas of Young Niagara Entrepreneurs

Bailey Cochrane had the business idea, but it was a boost from BioLinc that helped take it from concept to reality. The fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student in Brock University’s Goodman School of Business knew he wanted to design an online resource for people who were interested in Ontario wine.

Through his participation in BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship Program, he was able to transform the vision for Stocked Cellars into an operating online business. Although this wasn’t Cochrane’s first time starting a company, the program gave him resources that built on his previous knowledge and helped him step outside his comfort zone.

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New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Doors Open in Lincoln on September 29

The Town of Lincoln is opening its doors to you as part of Lincoln Rerooted celebrations On September 29! From greenhouses to wineries, museums to breweries, Lincoln is opening its doors to the public to celebrate our history, heritage and local businesses. Come explore our roots!

Sites to explore include Bench Brewing (formerly Maple Grove School), Bennett Hall, Cherry Creek Greenhouses, Ivy Masonic Lodge 115, the Jordan Fire Station, Vineland Estates Winery, and more.

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New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Finding New Customers in a Digital World

The Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribune and St. Catharines Standard are pleased to extend an invitation for you to attend their 2018 Marketing Workshop. As a true workshop, your involvement, interaction and participation is encouraged in every way.

Topics for the workshop include best practices for website design, what digital opportunities work best, how traditional media can support your digital assets, the three pillars of good marketing strategies, and ways to make your marketing investment get a better return on investment.

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Chris Zhu, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities and Chair of the Niagara Chinese Business Council, recently took place in the Wisconsin Ironman Triathlon. Congratulations, Chris! Click on any image for a larger version.

For more information on the Niagara Chinese Business Council, visit our website, or follow them on Twitter.




Niagara Economic Summit
Canadian economy surges on export growth but falls short of forecasts

Join Minister Jim Wilson at the Ontario Economic Summit

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that the Hon. Jim Wilson, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade will be addressing OES delegates at this always sold out event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to influence advocacy with the new government and discuss how Ontario can build the workforce of tomorrow.

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U.S. trade commission kills duties placed on Canadian newsprint

Developing a Strategic Canadian Economic Strategy

In a few weeks, chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across Canada will be gathering in Thunder Bay to discuss and debate how to influence federal public policy. It’s fitting that this year’s Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Annual General Meeting is happening in a city that’s fairly close to being the middle of our country.

Now more than ever Canada and Canadian businesses need to band together behind common values and ideals of how to move our economy forward.

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Ontario to cut natural gas price October 1

Early Bird Rate Extended to September 16 for 2018 Canadian Open Data Summit

The Canadian Open Data Summit is the latest in a long series of annual conferences held across Canada to convene and bolster the Open Data movement. This year’s CODS takes place from November 7th to 9th at the Fallsview Casino Resort and Hilton Hotel in Niagara Falls.

Open Data refers to the movement to have governments at all levels, as well as willing private and non-profit organizations, publish structured data sets in common, machine-readable formats at advertised locations to the utmost extent that is practical and ethical; and to allow the reuse and republishing of these data sets at will with, at most, attribution and sharealike stipulated.

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The following members renewed their membership in August for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.

13th Street Winery
A & M Electric
Airbus Helicopters Canada Limited
Anfra-Tile & Stone
Art’s Tool Sales Ltd.
ASK Disposal and Services
BDC Business Development Bank Of Canada
Big Brothers Big Sisters – St. Catharines-Thorold
BTS Network Inc.
Burke Employment Solutions
Business Builders Club of Niagara
C Burt & Associates
C. Fleming & Associates Ltd.
Casino Niagara
Catfish Calhoun Inc.
CEE Green
CIBC Small Business
Citrus Boutique Inc.
City of Port Colborne – Economic Development Division
Cobblestone Gardens Retirement Residence
Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold
Cookware Health Clubb Inc.
CoWork Niagara
Creative Outdoor Advertising
Custom Metal Frame And Door
DBS Financial Management
Dominion Lending Centres Home Capital Solutions Inc.
Dr. Andrew Panko
Emporium Carpet & Flooring
Enns Cabinetry Inc.
Fallsview Casino Resort
Family Hearing Clinic Inc.
FDM Holdings Inc.
Front Row Sports
Glen Merritt Collision
Globetron Controls Corp.
Goodwill Niagara
Imagine Research Inc.
INdustry Hair & Esthetics
Innovative Kitchen Design
Inteleservices Canada
Jobs Niagara
Lakeside Electrical
Mele Trattoria
Mental Health Solutions
Moore Insulation Ltd.
National Bank Financial Wealth Management
Niagara Centre for Independent Living
Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club – OHL
NuVest Management Services Corporation
Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel
Partridge Iggulden LLP Chartered Accountants
Performance Auto Group
Peter Janzen Electric Ltd.
Pleasantview Funeral & Reception Centre
Pleasantview Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Pollington Productions Inc.
ProActive Chiropractic & Training Centre
Red Roof Retreat
Rod Barber – Detail Supply
Royal LePage NRC Realty, Brokerage
Scrimp and Save Ltd.
Skyway Truck Stop Inc.
Stacey’s (1994) Moving & Storage
The Graphix Works
The Lighthouse Restaurant on-the-Pkwy
The Post Office – Shannon Passero
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
The Vision Clinic
Transitions College of Business & Career Studies
Trinity TCI Inc.
Van Egmond Electric
Vern Martens Painting
Victim Services Niagara
VinFirst Inc.
Chambers Group Insurance
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

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Contact: 905-934-0966

Member 2 Member Discounts

Many other Chamber of Commerce members feature discounts and special offers — tailored specifically for other GNCC members. Check out the full Member 2 Member database. If you’d like to add an offer for your company, sign in to your account. You can add and update your offer any time you wish.

Chambers Group Insurance

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, Chase Paymentech and FirstData merchant services, etc. For more information click HERE.

If your organization is interested in partnering with the GNCC on an affinity program, please feel free to reach out to Mishka Balsom, CEO, at

GNCC Referral Program

From the beginning, the GNCC has grown because of your word-of-mouth support.

This Referral Program is our way of saying thanks.

Get your choice of a $25 Starbucks Gift Card for every new member you refer and who joins the Chamber -OR- $50 in GNCC Cash for every new member you refer and joins the Chamber towards GNCC ads, sponsorship or event tickets.

More program information HERE.
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