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March 17, 2017
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Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in February 2017.
GNCC Lobbying leads to unanimous approval of integrated transit
Between February 21 and 28, the City Councils of Welland, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls voted unanimously to proceed with plans for an integrated transit system in Niagara. The business community had identified this as a top priority.
Attendees at the 2015 Niagara Economic Summit rated integrated municipal transit with a single farebox as the highest priority for business, and almost half of respondents to our 2017 budget surveys felt that transit was under-funded.
In the News
Leadercast Niagara: Powered by Purpose
What does it mean to be powered by purpose? To recognize that why you do what you do matters as much or more as what you do? Where defined values drive a strong culture and intentional leadership inspires amazing results?
Come to Leadercast 2017 — where every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways.
Corporate Paintball Challenge
Announcing the 2017 Niagara Corporate Paintball Challenge in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Niagara and Community Care.
This unique event supports kids, the community, and builds business team spirit right here in Niagara.
Wine Women and Style
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event that celebrates and empowers girls at this fundraiser in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Through the combined efforts of individual donors and corporate sponsorship, enough money was raised last year to change the lives of over 400 vulnerable young girls. But the work is ongoing; there are still hundreds of girls anxiously waiting to be matched with caring mentors.
Enjoy a multimedia trivia event
Been There, Scene That brings you a red carpet and multimedia experience with classic movie theatre elements. Questions from movies, music, and television from the last 60 years will ensure good spirited competition!
Come as a star, or come as you are, to this Many Hands Project in support of Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation.
CanAm Now: The region’s premier cross-border forum
CanAmNow brings together key leaders and stakeholders from both sides of the border to capitalize on the economic potential of the international golden horseshoe.
Connect with people interested in expanding cross-border business, and discuss border-wide issues, problems, and needs.
Are you a woman entrepreneur looking for networking or mentoring?
Join the monthly Success Circle for Women Entrepreneurs. It’s a safe place to share your successes and challenges, and to give and receive support.
New for 2017, this is a program presented by the Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre. The next Success Circle is April 6 at the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre.
Want to step up your game in digital marketing?
Join 300+ Digital Marketers and Influencers at Hamilton’s historic, luxurious LIUNA Station for a full day of developmental workshops, panels, product demonstrations, and keynote speeches.
GNCC member speakers include Allie Hughes of Hughes & Co. and Vee Popat of VPDM Digital Marketing. Learn digital strategies and skills that you can implement immediately.
You need an estate plan. Yes, you.
When it comes to your estate, even if you’ve taken no action at all, you have an estate plan. Join Nicolle Lalonde of Edward Jones in a complimentary seminar to learn strategies for your estate plan.
Learn how assets are distributed to your family, who will take care of minor or dependent children, and who can make medical or financial decisions for you — if you can’t make them yourself.
Pasta dinner to support Red Roof Retreat
Order your tickets now for the Red Roof Retreat’s 15th Annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser.
The dinner raises money for the respite program at Red Roof Retreat. Tickets for this event sell out fast, so get yours today.
Allan O’dette resigns as President & CEO of Ontario Chamber
On March 9, Allan O’Dette announced his decision to resign as President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to the Board of Directors. After five years of success in this role, Allan will be moving on to a new opportunity that will be announced shortly.
During his tenure, the OCC achieved considerable success in establishing the OCC as leader and change agent for Ontario under the umbrella of Emerging Stronger. Allan made strengthening the relationship between the OCC and the Chamber Network through customer focus and enhanced communication a core priority.
The number one threat to America: Border Taxes
We’ve all been so focused on the renegotiation of NAFTA — the lists of demands (ours and theirs), how long will this drag on for, rules of origin — that maybe we’ve missed a much bigger threat to North American trade.
The proposed Border Adjustment Tax might be a bigger problem because it’s more immediate and because the darn thing might actually pass.
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 January for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
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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