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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of Members is being held at the Americana Conference Resort & Spa, Niagara Falls, on Friday, April 21, 2017 immediately before the Chair’s Luncheon. If you cannot make the Annual General Meeting, please submit your proxy vote before Thursday, April 20th, 2017.
Download Proxy Form [Fillable PDF]
Lunch & Learn: How to Reach Today’s Unreachable Customer
A sales and marketing strategy for today’s small businesses
April 25, 2017 • 12:00pm—1:30pm
203 Carlton St.,
Business After 5
May 2, 2017 • 5:00pm—7:00pm
Hosted by Niagara Brewing Company
4915-A Clifton Hill
Save the date!
Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in March 2017.
Region moves ahead on transit
On March 24, Niagara took its next step toward an inter-municipal transit system.
Regional councillors endorsed a proposal by a transportation working group led by the mayors and CAOs of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland to consolidate transit systems in Niagara.
St Catharines joins call to re-think Niagara Falls casino selection process
Councillors for the city of St Catharines have unanimously passed an official motion asking the OLG to halt the current process for selecting a new service provider to run two area casinos.
“We urge the government of Ontario to consult with local stakeholders as much as possible in this process,” Mishka Balsom, Chief Executive Officer for the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, told the newspaper. “Failing to do this would have significant negative consequences for Niagara.”
CEO makes case for improved public transit across Region
Mishka Balsom, CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, delivered a statement to Niagara’s regional council on March 23, just before the council voted to move forward with more consolidated transit services for the Niagara region.
“On behalf of Niagara’s businesses, we ask you to endorse and support this plan and to help move our community forward.”
IN THE NEWS
Women Connect, Women Give, Women Build
Women Build is a movement of Niagara women who combine their efforts, skills, networks and muscle to help bring awareness to the cause of affordable homeownership.
The 2017 Women Build consists of teams of 6 women that will be building a semi-detached home for TWO families in Niagara Falls from August to December. Spots are filling fast.
Will your money last through retirement?
Whether you are nearing retirement or have already retired, saving money is just the first step. You also have to make it last.
Join Nicolle Lalonde from Edward Jones for a free seminar on Making Your Money Last: 10 Principles for Living in Retirement on April 19.
Chorus Niagara brings 1925 silent film Phantom of the Opera to life
Following three sold out performances earlier this year, Chorus Niagara presents Phantom of the Opera, the original 1925 silent version featuring Lon Chaney with a live choral soundtrack.
The score was specially crafted by artistic director Robert Cooper for this performance and features organist extraordinaire Lynne Honsberger.
New collaboration brings indigenous arts, culture and tradition to FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
The first Celebration of Nations / Célébration des nations will arrive in downtown St. Catharines in September 2017.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre,” said Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts & Consultanc president Michele-Elise Burnett (Métis).
Con Cast Pipe acquires Hy-Grade Precast Concrete
Con Cast Pipe, a leading manufacturer of precast concrete drainage products has announced the recent purchase of Hy-Grade Precast Concrete in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Due to their outstanding reputation in the Niagara community, Hy-Grade Precast Concrete will continue to operate under the Hy-Grade name and become the third Ontario manufacturing facility for Con Cast Pipe.
Charity Go-Kart Race for Project Share
Here is your chance to put the pedal to the metal! The Niagara Falls Review Share Grand Prix is a unique opportunity to bring staff, family & friends out for an exciting day of go-kart racing and more.
Racing teams will consist of 4 racers and a Pit Boss. Team entries are committed to raising pledges for Project SHARE prior to the event; the goal of each team is $500.
Up to 1.8 million Ontarians mistakenly believe they are registered organ and tissue donors
Every three days, someone in Ontario dies waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. This situation exists despite the fact that we have the cure, the knowledge and the tools to save them. We simply don’t have enough organ donors.
While most Ontarians suggest they support organ and tissue donation, only 31 per cent have actually registered consent.
Awards for A.S. Security & Surveillance
A.S Security & Surveillance has earned awards from three southern Ontario newspapers and a Chamber of Commerce.
They earned the Diamond Award for Best Security Company from both the Hamilton News and the Burlington Post, and they also earned the Outstanding Business Achievement Award from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
Niagara District Airport’s commission is pushing for business development at the facility as it announces big changes that will start unfolding next mo
Brock University joins its community partners and neighbours in celebrating the news that Niagara has been selected to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.
The airport commission’s annual general meeting Wednesday was an evening full of announcements with regard to developments in the near future which were said will greatly expand operations.
Canadian Chamber applauds new Canadian Free Trade Agreement
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce strongly applauds the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. The CFTA, which will come into force on July 1, 2017, will allow for freer trade within Canada and start a process of eliminating regulatory barriers between provinces and territories.
This has been a long-standing demand of the Canadian Chamber, outlined most recently in its Ten Ways to Build a Canada that Wins 2017.
Budget 2017 — let’s not “wait and see”
The funniest line on Budget 2017 officially goes to John Ivison who said reading the federal budget was like being “relentlessly flogged with warm lettuce.”
The runner-up comes from one of our NDP friends who described it as the “Seinfeld Budget” (a show about nothing), and Andrew Coyne gets the honourable mention for “a wealth of bafflegab and buzzwords.” Why is everyone so harsh?
Ontario Economic Report released
Last month, the OCC released the inaugural Ontario Economic Report, a landmark agenda aimed at shaping and informing future public policy. The OER includes entirely new economic analyses that demonstrates the difficult economic environment faced by Ontario businesses and consumers in 2017.
The report includes the results of the OCC’s new Business Confidence Survey conducted in partnership with Fresh Intelligence, a Business Prosperity Index, and an Economic Outlook for 2017. These datasets, viewed together, reveal broad challenges to Ontario’s economic health.
The following members renewed their membership in March for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
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