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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: December 19, 2022

Thorold Multimodal Hub doubles in size with 170-acre addition, Niagara-based Silversmith purchases Toronto-area brewing company, and more.

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The Thorold Multimodal Hub doubles in size with addition of new 170-acre property

A new industrial property has been added to the Thorold Multimodal Hub, a growing industrial complex in Niagara Region. The newly-acquired property adds 170 acres of land and over 500,000 sq.ft of warehouse space, creating room for industrial, manufacturing and logistics businesses to locate, grow or build new facilities.

The new addition is a former automotive parts plant, which closed its doors in 2008. The facility’s new owner, The BMI Group, through its subsidiary Bioveld Canada, specializes in redeveloping and adapting brownfield sites for modern industrial uses. The BMI Group already owns a 155-acre site with over 600,000 sq.ft of buildings within the existing Thorold Hub.

“We see incredible potential in this new space,” said Justus Veldman, The BMI Group Managing Director. “Our success in attracting users to the first phase of the Thorold Multimodal Hub, through our partnership with Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA), gives us the confidence to expand our investment in the Niagara Region.” As part of HOPA’s Niagara Ports network, The Thorold Multimodal Hub has already created marine, rail and conventional logistical supply chain solutions for Hub tenants.

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Niagara-based Silversmith purchases Toronto-area brewing company

Virgil-based Silversmith Brewing Co. has purchased the assets of Etobicoke-based Black Oak Brewing Co. The purchase was announced in a press release issued late Friday afternoon. Officials said the move will see the two breweries join forces to expand production and bring their lineup of beer to more craft-beer lovers across the province.

By joining together, the two craft brewers will be able to brew a combined portfolio of award-winning craft beers, including Silversmith’s The Black Lager and Helles Lager, along with Black Oak’s Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale at the Black Oak facility, which will remain operational with Ken Woods, president of Black Oak, and all other employees joining the Silversmith team, said the release.

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Niagara College (NC) Teaching Winery wins global gold icewine

Judges from the 2022 Global Fine Wine Challenge awarded a gold in the Dessert Wines category to the NC Teaching Winery’s Dean’s List Savant Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine 2019.

Exclusive to nations of the new world – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States – the annual invitation-only competition is open to the top 120 wines of each competing country. The best selections across 22 classes are made by representatives from each participating country, and the selected wines are transported to Sydney, Australia for blind judging.

“It was truly an honour to be invited to participate in the 2022 Global Fine Wine Challenge,” said Steve Gill, General Manager of NC’s Learning Enterprises. “To learn that our wine has been listed as a gold medal winner among the finest wines in the new world is a testament to how Canada’s first and only commercial Teaching Winery continues to raise the bar for wine education.”

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Ontario creating more affordable child care spaces across the province

In March 2022, Ontario secured a six-year, $13.2 billion agreement with the federal government which will lower fees for families and deliver an average of $10 a day child care by September 2025. This included an initial investment of $10.2 billion for the first five years of the agreement and an additional commitment for at least $3 billion in year six. Today, as part of that agreement, Ontario annouced a targeted plan to create new licensed child care spaces, with a focus on increasing access to families across Ontario.

The Ontario government is creating an additional 53,000 new, affordable licensed child care spaces by December 2026 – bringing the total to 86,000 new spaces since 2019.

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Port Colborne is developing an Urban Forest Management Plan

The City of Port Colborne is developing an Urban Forest Management Plan to ensure that its urban/community forest will be sustainably managed for the future health and benefit of its residents, and the environment.

In Task 2, Phase 2 of this project, residents will have the opportunity to provide engagement and feedback regarding the Urban Forest Management Plan and Strategy for the City. The strategy provides for the Urban Forest Management Plan to represent what the community tells the City that it wants. The survey will allow the City to focus on ideas from the community to guide in the selection of strategies to adopt to improve urban forest management in Port Colborne.

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Thorold is recruiting committee and board members for 2022 – 2026 term

City of Thorold is recruiting passionate Thorold residents to join a committee or board of management for the 2022 to 2026 term.

“The City is looking forward to welcoming residents with diverse backgrounds and experiences to our committees and boards of management for the new Council term,” says Manoj Dilwaria, chief administrative officer. “Council’s approval of two new committees this term, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity Advisory Committee demonstrates a strong commitment to the Thorold Community. These new advisory groups will ensure we are incorporating residents’ ideas and feedback on important projects related to diversity and inclusion and environmental issues as the city of Thorold continues to grow.”

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Focus on Small Business

15 simple ways small businesses can boost their credibility

In today’s market, credibility is everything for a successful business. However, establishing that credibility might seem like a challenging task amid a saturated market. This is particularly true for small businesses, which typically don’t have the same capital, resources and brand recognition as larger companies.

Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways small-business owners can boost their credibility within their target markets. Read on for 15 expert tips from the members of Forbes Business Council.

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How to leverage TikTok Marketing for small business

Despite packing extraordinary marketing potential, TikTok is still (relatively) sparsely populated by brands. Therefore, any brand that manages to break sound TikTok marketing strategy will likely enjoy the reach, awareness, and sales benefits that the platform promises.

This year, 24 per cent of marketers considered TikTok effective for reaching their business goals.  One year ago, only 3 per cent of marketers believed that. The number of marketers who have faith in TikTok’s business potential shot up by 700 per cent in just one year.

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Through the Daily Updates, the GNCC aims to deliver important business news in a timely manner. We disseminate all news and information we feel will be important to businesses. Inclusion in the Daily Update is not an endorsement by the GNCC.

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