Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2011 Issue 1


January 6, 2011 – Issue 1
Happy New Year! Can you believe it? Another year has come and gone. The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the coming year. If you have a submission for the Chamber E-Chat please send it to the Chamber office. Publishing deadlines can be found at the end of this newsletter.
Finalists for the 2010 UOV Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards
New Business of the Year

Barley’s Bakery
Camper Restaurant & Lounge
Go On & Get Lost
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Amanda Keeping, The Baby Nest
Emma Leavey, Pick-It-Fence (Pembroke)
Sheldon Keefe, Pembroke Lumber Kings
Small Business of the Year
Glenergy Inc.
Saffco Electrical, Heating & Plumbing
Simple Things
Medium Business of the Year
M & R Feeds and Farm Supply
MyFM Radio
Valley Automotive
Large Business of the Year
Allen Vanguard
Giant Tiger Pembroke, Store #003
Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre
Citizen of the Year
Bob Sweet
Cathy Williamson
Roger Martin
Community Organization of the Year
Pembroke Communities in Bloom
Ottawa Valley Medical Recruitment Committee
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72
Farm Enterprise of the Year
Hay Way Farms
Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch
Valley Bio Ltd.
2010 Feature Award – Community Contribution by a Business
M & R Feeds and Farm Supply
MyFM Radio
Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre
In addition to the above categories 2 other awards are also handed out, Chamber Member of the Year and the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations to all the finalists.
UOV Awards Gala – Update
The Gala Planning Committee is busy making the preparations for this year’s Gala set for Saturday January 29, 2011 at the Germania Hall in Pembroke.  This year’s Platinum Sponsor is Renfrew County EXPO 150 and the theme is “Journey Through Time – Past, Present, Future”
Still available are a couple of Silver Sponsorships ($600 – you receive 4 tickets to gala and present finalist certificates in 1 category) and 2 wine sponsorships ($500 – you receive 2 tickets to gala). All sponsors are recognized on the printed programs and mentioned during the Awards Ceremony. Please call the Chamber office 613-732-1492 ASAP if you would like to purchase a sponsorship.
Tickets are going fast, don’t be disappointed reserve your tickets now for this special evening. The cost of tickets is $60 per person (taxes included). The evening features a sit-down served dinner by Ullrich’s, Awards Ceremony, Silent Auction and dance with music supplied by Chris Cooper DJ Services.
The committee is also looking for items for the Silent Auction, please contact the Chamber if you would like to donate an item.
“Faces of Business” – Highlight Your Business – Now Booking for 2011
“Faces of Business” video profiles are an opportunity to showcase your business or organization. It is a 3 – 5 minute video that discusses aspects of your business you wish to feature. Your video will be advertised on myFM Radio and will air for one week exclusively on the UOV Chamber of Commerce website. It also continues to play on the Chamber’s YouTube Channel after the week is over.
Remember it is yours to use as you see fit after it has aired on the Chamber website. It is an excellent promotional tool for your website, presentations, place of business and more.
The cost is $399 + taxes which, includes all production, the promotion on myFM Radio and the finished video for your own use.   To book your space, contact the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.
To view the profiles that have been done visit the Chamber website and click on the YouTube icon under the Calendar to access the Chamber’s YouTube channel. Once there you can view the profiles of The Delfi Group, Bernadette McCann House for Women, AECL, MyFM Radio, Quality Inn & Suites Petawawa, W.O. Stinson, Expo 150, Lifetime Achievement Announcement and the UOV Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Launches Groups for Young Entrepreneurs and Zoomer Entrepreneurs
The Chamber is holding an Open House to discuss the launch of two new peer programs for business owners: Young Entrepreneur Group and the Zoomer Entrepreneur Group. The Groups have been discussed as a way to provide support for two of the largest growing entrepreneur age groups: those under 35 and those over 55.
The Open House will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011. The Young Entrepreneur Open House will start at 8:30 am and the Zoomer Entrepreneur Open House will start at 10:30 am. There is no cost to attend and all details will be explained during the sessions. It is open to anyone. 

For more information on either of these sessions please contact the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.
The Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre Takes Environment to Heart with Green Initiative
The Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre is pleased to announce that it has achieved a 5 Green Key rating through the Green Eco-Rating Program.

A Green Key rating demonstrates that the Best Western in Pembroke exemplifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility throughout all areas of operations. The hotel employs cutting edge technologies, policies, and programs that set the international standard for sustainable hotel operations.

Barry Martin, President, states “it has always been very high in our management priorities to establish a Green Environment in our Hotel – to not only be a community leader, but to meet today’s guest expectations, and to lower operating costs significantly. According to industry figures, out Hotel is now one of the most energy efficient hotel operations in Ontario.” He further adds that “I am very proud of our staff that work very hard in making our Green program do so well.
Business After Hours
LuSha Sportswear – February 14, 2011
Did you know the LuSha Sportswear designs their own line of apparel? Stop in and check their clothing on Monday February 14th anytime between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Located at 1330 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke (across from Murphy Ford)
Wise Move Realty - March 2, 2011
Wise Move Realty would love for all fellow Chamber Members to be their guests at an After Hours Event on Tuesday, March 2, 2011 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This Open House is being held to celebrate their 15th Anniversary serving the real estate needs of Valley residents with the launch of a newly developed area map. Watch for more details in the new year.
Location: Wise Move Realty Inc., 3468E Petawawa Blvd, Petawawa (Bridgeway Mall next to Scotiabank)
Reminder – Speedpro Signs has New Address
Just a reminder if you are looking for Speedpro Signs they have moved to 1982 Petawawa Blvd., Pembroke across form Robinson’s Auto.
Their phone number remains the same 613-732-7775 as well as their fax number 613-732-2536.
FREE Internet Workshop – “The Web Conversation”
Thursday Jan 20th/11 Part 1 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday Jan 37th/11 Part 2 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Shady Nook Recreation Centre, 80 Richardson Crescent, Laurentian Valley
Presenter: Bernie Charlebois, CEO Virtuo.ca
Pre-registration Call 613-735-6291 ext 207
Workshops supported by Bell Aliant, Government of Ontario and The LVP Broadband Initiative (Laurentian Valley & Petawawa)
FREE Seminar - Legal Considerations when Operating a Small Business
Friday January 21st at 10:00 am, Marguerite Centre, Pembroke
Speakers: Andre Munroe & Kelly Sample of Kelly Santini LLP
Presented by: Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corp.
To register contact David Wybou, Small Business Consultant, 613-735-3951 ext 224 or email dvwybou@bellnet.ca
Algonquin College, Pembroke Campus Presents – “The Impact of E-Marketing on Your Business”
Do you want your business to get more attention?
On the evenings of February 2, 9 and 16 Algonquin College plans to offer the course “The Impact of E-Marketing On Your Business”.
To find out more about this course, please go to:
Or , you can view all one-day, evening and weekend course at: xweb.algonquincollege.com/Pembroke
Soup Sensations Charity Cook Off Competition – Feb. 3rd
You are invited to attend Soup Sensations Charity Cook Off Competition which is being sponsored and hosted by Pembroke Heritage Manor, 1111 Pembroke St. West, Pembroke. 7 pm to 10 pm
Tickets are $10/person and are on sale at Pembroke Heritage Manor and the following participating restaurants; The Nook Creperie, Thai Gardens, Saffron Bistro, East Side Mario’s, Victorian Rose Tea Room and Café Ole.
Lots of prizes, gift certificates and give aways to be won!
For more information call Pembroke Heritage Manor at 613-635-7926
All in support of “First Step Options”
Upcoming Events
January 19th – Open House - Young Entrepreneur Peer Group
8:30 am Chamber office building, 611 TV Tower Road, Pembroke
January 19th – Open House - Zoomer Entrepreneur Peer Group
10:30 am Chamber office building, 611 TV Tower Road, Pembroke
January 20th – Free Internet Workshop “The Web Conversation”
Part 1
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Shady Nook recreation Centre
Pre-registration call: 613-735-6291 ext 207
January 21st – Free Seminar – Legal Considerations when Operating a Small Business
10:00 am , Marguerite Centre, Pembroke
To register call David at 613-735-3951 ext 224
January 27th – Free Internet Workshop “The Web Conversation”
Part 2
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Shady Nook recreation Centre
Pre-registration call: 613-735-6291 ext 207
January 29th, 2011 – Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala
Germania Hall, 15 Bennett Street, Pembroke
5:30 pm Cocktails; 6:30 pm Dinner; 8:30 pm Awards Presentations; Dance to follow
$60/ticket Call Chamber office at 613-732-1492 to reserve yours now.
February 2, 9, 16 – “The Impact of E-Marketing On Your Business”
Algonquin College, Pembroke Campus

February 3rd – Soup Sensations Charity Cook Off Competition

Admission: $10
Location: Pembroke Heritage Manor, 1111 Pembroke St. West (613-635-7926)
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
In support of First Step Options
February 3rd – 6th – City of Pembroke’s SnoSpree
For more information contact Jordan at 613-735-6821 ext 1502
February 14th - Business After Hours – LuSha Sportswear
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1330 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke
March 2nd – Business After Hours – Wise Move Realty
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3468E Petawawa Blvd., Petawawa (Bridgeway Mall)
June 9 – 12, 2011 – County of Renfrew Expo 150
Remember to check the Chamber website on a continuous basis for events and updates.
Upcoming Publishing Dates
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:
Publishing                          Deadline for submissions
January 20                           January 17
February 10                        February 7
February 24                        February 21