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September 12, 2019
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2019 Federal Election Issues

Vote Prosperity reflects the priorities and concerns of job creators in communities across Canada. Developed in partnership with Canada’s provincial and territorial chambers of commerce, Vote Prosperity lays out our seven priorities, along with a series of specific measures to attract investment to Canada, and help businesses create jobs, grow and strengthen our communities.

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Off the Hook Boutique & Gallery has been styling residents from Bay of Quinte and beyond for the past 10 years. They began with a humble start of trunk shows and a tiny 300 square feet showroom but have grown over the years to their new 2000 square foot boutique located at 35 Ontario Street across from Freshco. Their move in 2018 to this large space allowed them to expand their business, adding an art gallery and intimate event space.

The boutique and gallery is excited to be hosting the September "Get Connected"  for Chamber members. Appetizers and beverages provided..

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Deadline for tickets is THIS FRIDAY!

Contact the Chamber to reserve your tickets today!

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The Nuts and Bolts of International Trade: Incoterms® 2020

It is easy to think international trade is all about convoluted acronyms that describe trade agreements that take a long time to negotiate. A sampling of the ones you have probably heard about recently include CPTPP, CETA and CUSMA.

Indeed, the trade world is not short of acronyms, but here is another crucial one for businesses to know called Incoterms®, which stands for International Commercial Terms.

Updated every 10 years, Incoterms® are developed by the International Chamber of Commerce to act as a common set of rules between exporters and importers in the course of international trade in goods. The reason they are used by buyers and sellers is that they provide a mutual understanding of who bears the costs and responsibilities at various stages of international trade transactions. Not using the appropriate Incoterms®, or at least the one you thought you were using, greatly affects a company’s bottom line. For this reason, we have partnered with Forum for International Trade Training to help Canadian businesses get up to speed on these new rules with a series of training sessions.

Read this month’s 5 Minutes for Business to learn more about how your business can navigate this acronym-saturated, but crucial, world.

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ON Chamber Network Releases New Report Today!

“We are only as strong as our weakest link and our ability to prosper depends on the strength of our different regions. Our communities – and the province as a whole – risk falling behind if we do not leverage the rich and diverse competitive advantages of our local economies. We urge policymakers to take a modern and comprehensive approach to economic development by leveraging the existing competitiveness advantages of Ontario’s regions, and implement deliberate strategies to support long-term growth in communities across the province.”

• Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies.
• The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a whole.
• We are only as strong as our weakest link and our ability to prosper depends on the strength of our different regions.
• Economic and population growth rates in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ottawa have far surpassed those in other areas of the province.
• Our communities – and the province as a whole – risk falling behind if we do not leverage the rich and diverse competitive advantages of our local economies.
• The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies examines the opportunities and challenges faced by different communities across the province and offers a framework for thinking about the present and future of Ontario’s regional economies.
• We urge policymakers to take a modern and comprehensive approach to economic development by leveraging the existing competitiveness advantages of Ontario’s regions, and implement deliberate strategies to support long-term growth in communities across the province.

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At this year's Ontario Economic Summit we are pleased to be joined by keynote speaker Richard Fisher, Senior Advisor for the Investment Bank at Barclays.

Fisher was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. From 1997 to 2001, he served as Deputy United States Trade Representative with the rank of Ambassador where he oversaw the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Join Richard Fisher along with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and public policy officials to debate, discuss, and develop solutions to current economic challenges and explore new ways to build prosperity.

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In 2014 Laura and Tony Tedball purchased Pine Ridge Knit and Sew, which has been in operation since 1986. They decided to get out of knitting supplies and have rebranded the business, re-opening as Groovy Threads Sewing Studio. “Creative people need selection and trying to cover knitting and sewing was impossible in our small spot,” said Laura. “I Love to sew and know so many others that do as well that are looking for a fresh, fun outlet to express themselves.”

In the new store, more space is dedicated to the machine showroom, which includes Husqvarna Viking sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines. They also service most brands of sewing machines and sergers. Updated Lighting and shelving brightens the store and the increased fabric selection along with the addition of designer name...read more

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FREE Workshop!

While often overlooked by small business owners, e-mail marketing is consistently the best performing marketing channel available to small businesses. In fact, every dollar spent on e-mail marketing returns an average of up to $38 in sales!

In this workshop, we will show you the various ways in which e-mail marketing can help you grow your business. We will discuss:

• Why e-mail marketing is so effective.
• How to utilize e-mail marketing tools to reduce your workload.
• How to easily stay compliant with anti-spam legislation.
• How to write more effective e-mails.
• How to use e-mail automation systems to increase sales and improve your customer’s experience.

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The Quinte West Chamber of Commerce is excited to host a bus trip to see the award winning play Phantom of the Opera at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

The play is back for only a limited time! Book your tickets today!

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NEW! Telemedicine Service

Effective September 1st, 2019, Chambers Plan will offer the Teladoc telemedicine service at no additional charge to all Plan members, and their dependents, who hold a Chambers Plan Extended Health Care benefit. 

While Chambers Plan continues to provide stable, comprehensive group benefits to over 30,000 Canadian firms, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to provide you and your employees with even greater value. In a recent survey, 57% of Canadians reported they could not secure an appointment with their family doctor within 48 hours, and 76% of Canadians found it difficult to secure care during evenings, weekends and holidays.1 Not only is this adding strain to our healthcare system, leading to exceedingly long wait times in walk-in clinics and patients progressively seeking non-urgent care in emergency rooms, but it contributes to increased absenteeism in the workplace.

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Prime Focus Productions
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Trinity Fire and Security
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The Small Business Centre (SBC) welcomes the launch of a new grant program called Starter Company Plus. The grant is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade in support of small businesses in the Province of Ontario.

The 2019 grant program will be accepting applications from all small businesses, but will be targeting four priority criteria that support the local and regional economic development needs. They are ‘Women in Business’, ‘Youth in Business’, ‘Innovation and Technology’, and ‘Skills & Trades’. Applications are open and will be accepted until October 4, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Click here for the application.

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Ignite Program

Do you operate or work for a tourism-related business, run a local event or have a great tourism business/experience idea?  Are you located in Belleville, Brighton, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory or Quinte West?

Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board (in partnership with RTO9) is proud to offer an all-expenses paid experiential tourism product development opportunity! 
From October 21-24, be a part of our team of 16 travelling to beautiful Algonquin Park in South River, ON to take part in the IGNITE program.  Hosted By Northern Edge Algonquin, IGNITE is a four-day/three night hands-on training program designed to help develop high-quality tourism experiences that will resonate with visitors. 
IGNITE isn’t your typical training program - it is an immersive and transformational program that involves a combination of physical activities and experiences, cultural interaction, and engaging with people and businesses in another rural region in Ontario.  Attendees are provided with comprehensive planning tools and follow-up conferences calls to empower the design and delivery of extraordinary new or enhanced guest experiences.

  • It’s FREE to apply.
  • It’s FREE to attend.
  • Transportation to and from IGNITE, meals and accommodations are included.
  • Application submission deadline is Friday September 20th, 2019. 
  • Successful applicants will be chosen and notified by September 27th, 2019.

For more information or questions about the Bay of Quinte IGNITE opportunity - contact Trevor Norris

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Bay of Quinte Chambers Offer River Cruise in 2020

Enjoy this uniquely beautiful cruise along the French rivers of Rhone and Saone. On this 08-day river cruise you will experience picturesque villages, world famous wine producing regions, unforgettable landscapes in the regions of Provence and Burgundy, and be immersed in the impressive and historic cities, monuments and culture. Your cruise will make a round trip route from Lyon to Macon, where some of the world’s most expensive wines are made.

We are working with Marjorie Carr-Braint at Trent Travel for the booking of this trip.  If you have questions or would like to reserve space on this trip you can stop by their office at 19 Dundas St E in Trenton or call 613 392 3440 

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Tickets available at the Quinte West Chamber office

Saying yes was just the beginning! Congratulations on your engagement! Now the whirlwind of wedding planning begins. It’s Okay to feel a little overwhelmed. All brides-to-be dream about “The Big Day,” but many don't know where to start. That’s where the Let’s Get Married Wedding Event comes in.
The Let’s Get Married Wedding two-day Event is coming September 28th to 29th 2019 to Casa-Dea Estates Winery in beautiful Prince Edward County. This is the largest bridal event in the region. Our one-of-a-kind event, “pre-wedding shower,” the “party before the party.” Fashion shows and live music
Spectacular bridal fashion shows and live DJ and band demos take place throughout the day.

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Event Details and Vendor Information can be found through the link below.

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Trenton Curling Club

You are invited to “hurry hard” and get out of your house and into ours to try a fun and engaging team sport that can be enjoyed by virtually everyone.  Did you know that playing a curling game is equivalent to walking two kilometres?  We can get you started for as little as $115 in our Learn to Curl program.  For additional information, visit our website or come to our open house & registration at 293 King St, Trenton on September 27 from 7pm-9pm and September 28, 2019 from 11am-3pm.  Hope to see you then! 


The Fall Specials have started at Roundel Glen Golf Course!
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Quinte West Chamber of Commerce
97 Front St, Trenton, ON K8V 4N6
(613) 392-7635 or 1 800 930-3255
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