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SUCCESS! Mailout Reaches 10,000 Vaughan Businesses.
We recently launched our new Direct Mail piece, which promotes our local businesses! Sixteen Vaughan Chamber members placed their ads in our Keep it Local Vaughan flyer that reached 10,000 Vaughan businesses.
Say hello to our May NEW MEMBERS! Welcome to the Vaughan Chamber Network!
For more information click here: https://www.newmarketchamber.ca/usercontent/Bridge_the_Broadband_Gap-2016.pdf
The CRTC is establishing a fund to support projects in areas that do not meet these targets. Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals in order to build or upgrade infrastructure for fixed and mobile broadband Internet access services. The fund will:
For more information click here: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1172599
Click Here to view full Compendium of Policy-Resolutions, 2017-2020
The 28th Annual Business Achievement Awards was held on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at Universal EventSpace.
Almost 30 years ago, the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce established the Business Achievement Awards to celebrate business excellence in the City of Vaughan. Today, we have more reason than ever to celebrate! The 2017 Business Achievement Awards bestowed the highest recognition to 12 outstanding organizations and business people. Congratulations to all of the nominees and to our 2017 winners!
Small Business, Under 25 Employees – Sponsor: City of Vaughan, VBEC
WINNER: Great To Hear Inc.
Young Entrepreneur Under 40 – Sponsor: Bell Canada
WINNER: John Amendola – snapd Newspaper & Our Brands Media
Consumer Business/ Retail – Sponsor: BMO Bank of Montreal
WINNER: Seacore Seafood Inc.
Construction Services & Product – Sponsor: Business Development Bank
WINNER: G&L Group
Environmental Leadership – Sponsor: Alectra
WINNER: H2Flow Equipment Inc.
Manufacturing In Innovation – Sponsor: CIBC
WINNER: Macrodyne Technologies Inc.
Non-Profit/ Charity – Sponsor: TD Commercial Banking
WINNER: Meta Centre
Hospitality & Entertainment – Sponsor: Royal LePage Your Community Realty, Brokerage
WINNER: Reptilia Inc.
Professional Services – Sponsor: RBC Royal Bank
WINNER: Masters Insurance Limited
Restaurants & Food Services – Sponsor: CN Rail
WINNER: Grazie Ristorante
Builders, Developers & General Contractors – Sponsor: Miller Thomson LLP
WINNER: OPUS Homes
A special congratulations to this year’s Philanthropic Business Person of the Year, Anna and Nick De Luca, for their contributions and hard work through Nicky’s Dream Foundation.
We’re excited to kick off 2017, and thrilled to be celebrating a phenomenal milestone… the 40th Anniversary of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce!
Rather than write some eloquent piece about the Chamber’s upbringings, principles and product enhancements, let me just say that we couldn’t be prouder to be Bringing Together Vaughan’s Business Community!
We have lots in store throughout 2017 to celebrate our milestone. Notice our freshly minted 40th Anniversary commemorative logo, watch out for some exciting throwbacks and shout-outs in upcoming newsletters, as well as creative social media pieces, and look forward to our 40th Anniversary BBQ celebration taking place this summer.
Forty years could not be possible without the continued support of our loyal, entrepreneurial and community-inspired members. Thank you all!
President & CEO
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce
Q&A with Fiorina Riga, Membership Representative
A: There are many ways to advertise with the chamber that give your business great exposure. You can advertise right here in our e-newsletter, which reaches over 5500 chamber members and contacts.
Another great advertising opportunity is in our community banners, which we print annually. You buy a space on the banner and we put your logo on it showcasing your business wherever we go. We bring our banners to every event we attend and they are also always on display in our boardroom at the Vaughan Chamber office.
If you’re looking to get more involved with event sponsorship, there are many sponsor levels you can take advantage of. Whether you’re a small or large business, we have opportunities that fit all your needs!
Don’t hesitate to contact Fiorina Riga for all your membership questions.
905-761-1366 Ext. 225
fiorina @ vaughanchamber.ca
Contact Fiorina if you would like to:
» Become a member, or know more about member benefits
» Inquire about the Membership Committee
» Inquire about ‘Vaughan Chamber Connects’ sessions
» Access Document Certification services
The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce constantly looks for ways to promote and give value to our members. We were very excited to launch a new competition – The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Pitch Contest – this past summer.
We were so proud to see so many businesses submit their videos highlighting their businesses and why they love the Vaughan Chamber. But of course, there can only be one winner of the contest. A panel of judges got together to review all the submissions. Their critiques were based on the contestant’s introduction, their pitch, and their Vaughan Chamber love.
Without further ado, we would like to present the winner of the Pitch Contest….
Mary has been awarded with a $150 Pre-Paid VISA! Check out Mary’s Pitch
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in partnership with the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (VCC), released the report Obstacles and Opportunities: The Importance of Small Business in Ontario. The report highlights the contributions of small businesses to the provincial economy, while also identifying, and offering solutions to, the most pressing challenges that small business owners face.
The report’s recommendations are the result of detailed consultations over the course of six months held by twenty five chambers of commerce and boards of trade with hundreds of small business owners throughout the province as part of the OCC’s Small Business Too Big To Ignore campaign. The campaign revealed that the three major barriers that small businesses face are Business Education Tax (BET) rate reductions, a lack of access to the workers employers need and government funding alignment on infrastructure projects.
“In Vaughan, local businesses are working hard to expand their operations, however they are facing some big obstacles including infrastructure deficits and the rising cost of doing business in Ontario,” said Brian Shifman, President and CEO of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. “It is critical that regional governments work with the provincial and federal governments to ensure that investments and programs are targeted to reduce operational costs and to support business growth in our region.”
The report also highlights that businesses with fewer than 100 employees make up 98 percent of total Ontario businesses and two-thirds of private sector employment in Ontario. They contribute approximately 28 percent to the provincial GDP and created 87.7 percent of the new jobs nationally from 2005 to 2012. Given the significance of small businesses to the provincial economy, the OCC urges the government to take immediate action to implement the following three recommendations in the near term:
“Small businesses in Ontario are being held back by a diverse set of challenges that need to be addressed by all three levels of government.” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the OCC. “We are encouraging the provincial government to implement our report’s recommendations so that we can ensure that our economy will have sustained economic growth for many years to come.”
The OCC encourages the provincial government to work closely with the employer community to implement the recommendations in the report. These recommendations will feature prominently in the OCC’s work leading up to the 2018 provincial election. At that time, the advocacy organization will evaluate the political platforms of each party with a particular focus on how their campaign commitments align with the interests of small business owners in Ontario.