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Chamber This Week – March 10, 2017
March 10, 2017
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Business After 5
The Club at White Oaks
April 4, 2017 • 5:00pm—7:00pm
253 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in February 2017.
Emerging Social Media Opportunities
As a young professional that used available online social tools and platforms to land in the working field, I would recommend using social media to connect you into the workforce.
Realizing I had a passion early in college, I have volunteered doing social media for organizations for nearly a decade.
St. Catharines Moves Inter-Municipal Transit Forward
St. Catharines city council voted unanimously to move forward with inter-municipal transit on February 22, following Welland council’s united move the night before.
The vote endorsed in principle the creation of a consolidated transit system — a partnership of St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls and Niagara Region.
Time to Take Inventory
It may not have an exciting title — the Niagara Region Employment Inventory — but the innovative new study may prove to be a treasure trove of data for local businesses and potential investors.
“It is critical that we have the data to compare with other regions in Ontario,” said GNCC President & CEO Mishka Balsom. “The information will give us a competitive advantage when we talk to potential investors and businesses.
In the News
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The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development training program could make it a reality!
Is owning a business right for you? What business should you choose? How does owning a business work in Canada? Find out in this program.
Fire & Ice Gala Huge Success
On February 25th, OneFoundation for Niagara Health System’s Annual Gala dazzled supporters of Niagara Health at the alluring Fire and Ice Gala.
Over 360 guests, from across the region, joined OneFoundation for an enchanting evening overlooking the frozen wonder and beauty of Niagara Falls, in support of Medical Imaging
Breakfast & Learn Workshop Series at Niagara College
Learn practical strategies to develop and grow product sales. This workshop series from Niagara College explores ways to grow your business using proven techniques.
Discover the challenges other manufacturers in the region face with regards to product sales, the variables in today’s economic climate, and how to set up new sales channels in new territories.
Liberals look at making skilled immigrant loans pilot project permanent
A pilot Conservative project to loan money to help skilled immigrants land jobs in their field could be revived as a permanent program under the Liberal government.
One of the biggest barriers for newly arrived doctors, dentists, engineers and high-tech professionals is coming up with the cash to pay for the required licensing fees, exams and training upgrades.
Niagara pasty master crowned World Champion
A Canadian baker triumphed in the county famous for pasties to claim a top title at the sixth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall on March 4.
Gerry Ramier, who hails from St. Catharines, runs the Piskie Pie Company with his wife Marlee. Gerry was victorious in the hotly-contested Cornish Pasty Professional class in the annual “Oggy Oscars.”
One-two punch may floor worst infections
McMaster University researches have found a combination therapy that stops antibiotic drug resistance.
The discovery of an effective combination therapy has the potential to change medical practice for the treatment of the drug resistant infections which the World Health Organization identified as of “critical priority” for their threat to human health.
New strategic plan to position NIagara College as Canada’s leader in applied, experiential learning
Niagara College’s Board of Governors has approved a new Strategic Plan that will that point Niagara College toward a bold future as Canada’s leader in applied experiential learning.
The plan envisions a student-focused, inclusive learning community offering a breadth of programs that respond to key sectors of the Niagara region, Ontario and the broader global economy.
Female scientists grow their presence in grape and wine industry
As International Women’s Day pushes for greater gender equality across the sciences, there’s at least one facet of the STEM sector where women are beginning to outnumber men.
They may be underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) disciplines, but women have been steadily increasing their numbers in the fields of winemaking and grape growing.
The one-page strategic plan
The Job Gym is hosting Employer Lunch and Learns in partnership with Larry Anderson Consults.
Join Larry on March 14th for The One Page Strategic Plan. Setting the right plan for your business is critical for success, but so is executing that plan. The problem is most strategic plans sit on a shelf collecting dust.
Senate Committee: Federal government infrastracture Program Lacks Planning
The federal government has not developed a strategic plan for the billions of dollars it intends to spend on infrastructure investments, which will impede parliamentarians’ ability to provide effective oversight.
In its Fall Economic Statement 2016, the government announced plans to allocate $186 billion for infrastructure investments over the next 10 years. The Senate Committee on National Finance has been studying the design and delivery of the government’s infrastructure commitment and released a report arguing for a more coordinated and transparent approach.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Federal Budget!)
Can you feel the excitement in the air? A brand new federal budget is about to be delivered into the world. A precious bundle of joy, full of hopes, expectations and the future of the Canadian economy will come screaming into the House of Commons in a couple of weeks.
So what should we expect? Three big things are keeping us on the edge of our seats. This baby will have larger deficits than last year amid economic uncertainty. She’ll be full of exciting details around previous announcements.
How to persuade on trade — putting an extra “F” in NAFTA
At a press conference on February 2, President Trump said “we want to put an extra ‘F’ in NAFTA. Do you know what that ‘F’ stands for?” It’s not what you’re thinking.
President Trump wants to add the word “fair” to NAFTA. Though apparently Canada only requires a “tweak” because the situation is “much less severe”. Why is the new administration so focused on fairness?
The following members renewed their membership in January for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
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