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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Chamber This Week – September 7, 2018

Featuring member news, upcoming events and more, Chamber this Week is your source for information on the GNCC.

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September 7, 2018

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GNCC Fall Classic
GNCC Fall Classic Golf Tournament
Monday, September 10, 2018
St. Catharines Golf & Country Club
70 Westchester Avenue, St. Catharines
11am to 7pm (Dinner)

Join us for the largest business-to-business fall classic golf tournament in Niagara. The tournament has been sold out for the past 44 years!

NCBC Social
NCBC Social
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Pen Centre, 221 Glendale Rd., St. Catharines
5pm to 7pm

Join us for this social event put on by the Niagara Chinese Business Council in conjunction with the GNCC. Network with NCBC and GNCC members as well as students from Niagara College and Brock University. Hosted by ZenQ.

Free Registration

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
2565 Niagara Parkway
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 Devin Cuddy Band.

All Access Tickets & Info

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.

Tickets & Info

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
Niagara Economic Summit
Campaign Experts Join Growing Enterprise Government Relations Practice

Applications Open for 2018 Shannon Passero Women in Business Grant

Shannon Passero is thrilled to continue supporting woman entrepreneurs with her annual Women’s Business Grant Program. Introduced in 2013, The grant program seeks applicants from businesses that have a woman in a significant leadership role, and combine the principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation to create new businesses or invigorate existing ones.

“Now, more than ever, it is time to instill confidence in women entrepreneurs. I want to encourage creative business women with a focus on introducing and developing new innovative products.” said Passero.

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

Caverners Help Calamus Estate Winery Celebrate Grand Re-Opening

Canada’s longest-running Beatles tribute band, The Caverners, will help celebrate Calamus Estate Winery’s grand re-opening on September 23. Peter and Rosalee Van Helsdingen are the new owners of the winery, located in the Winemount Ridge Appellation in Vineland.

New additions and openings at the winery include a 3-level deck and a 350-barrel cellar. The grand opening features all-you-can-eat casual Farm to Table BBQ presented by Feastivities Events & Catering. The winery staff hope you can attend their grand opening with the Beatles!

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

Ben Jones Named Captain of 2018-2019 IceDogs

The Niagara IceDogs are extremely proud to announce that Ben Jones has been named the franchise’s 11th captain in team history. Jones, a fourth-year veteran quickly became a fan favourite early in his time in Niagara and has continued to be one of the team’s most relied upon forwards.

“Over the past 3 seasons, Ben has not only developed into a strong leader and ambassador but an elite player as well. Ben has earned this honour and is ready to lead our group this season,” said IceDogs head coach Billy Burke.

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Niagara College recognized as top performer, earns silver for sustainability

Street Hoops Tournament Benefits Heart Niagara

The Street Hoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament is coming to Niagara Falls on September 22. The event features free throw, 3-point and dunk competitions, with cash prizes going to the winners. All proceeds from the tournament are going to Heart Niagara and The Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario.

Street Hoops Canada was founded on the principles of skill development and fun, all while bringing play back to the streets. The events are designed to be fun, inclusive and provide opportunities for people of all ages to hone and show off their skills in the sport of basketball.

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New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Big Band Fundraiser Supports Niagara Health Foundation

Canada’s ‘Sweetheart of Swing’ Alex Pangman will be featured at the TD Niagara Jazz Festival’s 3rd annual Big Band Fundraiser. The evening features the Jimmy Stahl Big Band and special guests Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea.

This year’s Big Band fundraiser will be giving 50% of its proceeds to support the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis program at the St. Catharines General Hospital. The other half will support the not-for-profit TD Niagara Jazz Festival.

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New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Paintings of a Survivor

Artist Renu D’Cunha of Niagara Falls rediscovered her passion for art after surviving cancer, then a stroke. In her mind, she imagined painting something bright and bold, a visual depiction of her inner soul. “I wanted to show that I had gone through this and I survived,” said Renu. This led to a series of paintings she called her Survivor series. Renu is also featuring a painting, Power, at Priceless Niagara.

Renu has donated some of these paintings to the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre to raise funds for its new cancer rehab program. The outpatient program, which opened in July, receives no government funding. It’s intended for cancer patients who have recently finished treatment but are at risk for a decreased independence with day-to-day activities..

Read More in the St. Catharines Standard

See her work at Priceless Niagara

Reporting Foreign Property: when does this become relevant for your case?

Reporting Foreign Property — When Does This Become Relevant for Your Case?

Many Canadians enjoy a home away from home and/or have assets, investments or other specified foreign property held outside of Canada. Under certain situations, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires Canadian residents to file an annual declaration (in a prescribed manner) of all such specified foreign property valued over a $100,000 via prescribed form T1135.

Failures can result in hefty penalties (up to $2,500 and even more for gross negligence). This declaration is to be filed along with your personal tax returns.

Read more from Balaji Katlai

New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Niagara College Sees Record Enrolment

Niagara College is welcoming its largest-ever intake of students this week with activities like speed friending and wellness workshops, to a carnival and vendor fair and even goat yoga. The college said preliminary enrolment numbers show the college is expecting more than 10,000 students for the fall term, which starts Wednesday, with about 6,000 of those new students.

“Enriching lives and fulfilling dreams for students is part of our ‘Niagara College DNA’ and we are looking forward to welcoming our largest-ever intake of students this fall,” said college president Dan Patterson in a release. “Our unique approach to applied learning is drawing students from across Canada and around the world, and we look forward to providing them with an outstanding start to their college experience.”

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New head of Folk Arts Multicultural Centre ready to say welcome

Big Move Doing Big Things for Niagara Cancer Care

With the 10th annual Big Move Cancer Ride just around the corner, The Walker Family Cancer Centre has reason to celebrate. The centre is recognizing the significant ways in which cancer care has changed in Niagara over the past 10 years.

Dr. Janice Giesbrecht, medical director of the centre for Niagara Health said the greatest improvements to local cancer care are the development of programs. Niagara now has a radiation program — a treatment that wasn’t available in region before the centre opened in 2013.

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UPS Store Election Special
Canadian economy surges on export growth but falls short of forecasts

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Announcement that NAFTA Negotiations Will Continue Next Week

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes news that the parties remain at the NAFTA negotiating table. Achieving a trilateral agreement remains a priority for the Canadian business community and we are encouraged that the parties appear to be committed to continuing negotiations.

The CCC is hopeful that the extension signals continued forward momentum and a focus on reaching an agreement that will continue to support the highly integrated North American supply chains of Canadian companies.

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

Ontario Chamber Calls on Provincial Government to Immediately Repeal Bill 148

On August 30, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce called on the Government of Ontario to immediately repeal the drastic labour reforms introduced by Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017. Recent testimonials from the Ontario business community showcase a common theme — the labour reforms established by the previous government were too much, too fast and have significantly limited their ability to maintain or grow the workforce they need to be competitive.

“Businesses across the province are experiencing real consequences from this legislation’s lack of stakeholder consultation and unrealistic implementation timelines,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the OCC.

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Ontario to cut natural gas price October 1

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and Ontario Chamber of Commerce Unite in Support of Free Trade

Recognizing the strong economic ties that have long existed between Pennsylvania and Canada, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry joined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in calling for the renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement in order to strengthen cross-border trade.

“There is no upside to an economic trade war, which threatens to undo all of the positive economic gains Pennsylvania has seen as a result of federal tax and regulatory reforms,” warned PA Chamber President Gene Barr. “The Commonwealth’s trade relationship with Canada is a critical component in advancing the state’s overall economy.”

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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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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.
Brock University Meridian Credit Union Niagara Workforce Planning Board

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