Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2011 Issue 3


February 10, 2011 – Issue 3
It’s hard to believe that the month of February is almost half gone. Boy, time seems to fly by.   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.
2011 Memberships are Now Due
Membership dues are payable by cash, cheque or credit card. There was an oversight on the invoices and the credit card portion was excluded. If you would like to pay by credit card please call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492. If you are paying by cheque please send it to UOV Chamber, P.O. Box 1010, Pembroke, ON K8A 6Y6. There are still a few members that are still using our old address so please update your records.
And The Recipients Are…..
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Sheldon Keefe, Pembroke Lumber Kings
New Business of the Year - Barley’s Bakery
Small Business of the Year - Saffco Electrical Plumbing & Heating
Medium Business of the Year -                M & R Feeds and Farm Supply
Large Business of the Year - Giant Tiger Pembroke, Store # 003
Farm Enterprise of the Year - Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch
Citizen of the Year - Bob Sweet
Community Organization of the Year - Pembroke Communities in Bloom
2010 Feature Award – Community Contribution by a Business - Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre
Chamber Member of the Year - Shawn Behnke, ComBEtek Multimedia
Lifetime Achievement Award -                 Delbert O’Brien
Congratulations to all the finalists and the recipients of the awards. Business excellence thrives in the Upper Ottawa Valley. To all who help in one way or another to make this a successful event, THANK YOU!
A montage of photos from the Gala will be shown on the home page of the Chamber website www.upperottawavalleychamber.com  next week (February 14th – February 20th) These pictures were all taken at the Gala by our photographers, Nikki and Simon. If you would like to order any of the pictures shown please copy down the picture number and email the Chamber office at manager@upperottawavalleychamber.com or call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492. Sizes and pricing will be available shortly.

 “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.

Young Entrepreneur Group – February 22nd
Young Entrepreneur Group for entrepreneurs under 30 and those interested in business. The next meeting will be held Tuesday February 22nd at 5:30 pm at MyFM Office, 84 Isabella Street, Pembroke.
Guest speaker will be Emma Leavey, proprietor of Pick It Fence, a Pembroke business that feature Home Décor and Gifts items. Emma will be sharing her story, and some of what she has learned and faced as a Young Entrepreneur in our area. If you are a Young Entrepreneur, or thinking of becoming one – please feel free to attend this presentation. There will be an open discussion period following Emma’s presentation, to further expand on ideas.
RSVP to Chamber office at 613-732-1492 or email manager@upperottawavalleychamber.com
Zoomer Entrepreneur Group – March 9th
Zoomer Entrepreneur Group for entrepreneurs those 50+ and those interested in business the next meeting will be held on Wednesday March 9th at 9:30 am at the Pembroke & Area Airport board room. Len Hopkins Drive, Pembroke. 
Guest speaker will be Pembroke lawyer JP Quintal. Topic is “Risk Management”
JP will talk about risk management from both a business and legal perspective as it pertains to starting a business or being involved in a business at the age of 50 or older. This seminar is free to attend.
All are welcome for more information or to register to attend, please call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.
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 – rescheduled to April 5th
Wise Move Realty would love for all fellow Chamber Members to be their guests at an After Hours Event on Tuesday April 5th, 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.
A warm and special “Thank You” to our local business community for providing support for one another. Location: Wise Move Realty Inc., 3468E Petawawa Blvd, Petawawa (Bridgeway Mall next to Scotiabank)
Is Your Business Ready For January 1, 2012 – Accessibility Works Seminar
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Education Committee of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a workshop to help Ontario businesses comply with Ontario’s new customer service standard. Mark Wednesday March 23rd, 2011 on your calendar now, this is one workshop you won’t want to miss. Location: Pembroke Legion Hall; Time: 11:45 am – 1:30 pm; Cost to be announced.

Accessibilities Works is a partnership between the OCC and local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in Ontario and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to help businesses comply with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. The customer service standard is one of five that will form part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
The workshop will help members become more aware of and comply with the customer service standard, in order to make their services even more accessible to all of their customers.
The customer service standard applies to all people, businesses and organizations that provide goods or services either directly to the public or to other businesses or organizations and have one or more employees. All organizations must be in compliance by January 1, 2012.
Expo 150 Looking For Exhibitors
Introduce yourself to more than 15,000 new friends and business prospects! 
Strengthen ties within your community! 
Enjoy an opportunity to tell your unique story!
Strut your stuff!
Be an Exhibitor at the largest local festival ever in Renfrew County. 
June 9 – 12, 2011, Pembroke & Area Airport. 24-hour security provided by CFB Petawawa.
Call Alex Blades 613-735-7288 ext 419 for more information and costs or visit www.Expo150.com
Pembroke & Area Airport Commission Feasibility Study
The Pembroke and Area Airport Commission is currently compiling a list of possible interested users for a scheduled passenger service between Pembroke and Toronto. 
Please contact Natalie Granter at 613-687-5300 or pembrokeairport@vianet.ca
Congratulations – Cut-Rite Family Hairstyling West-End
Congratulations to Molly Van Bavel and Belinda Sawyer on the 25th Anniversary of Cut-Rite West-End Pembroke.
Festival of Trees Re-Birth
Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN) and Renfrew County United Way are expanding their partnership to stamp out child poverty in Renfrew County. As part of this huge effort, they are pleased to announce the re-birth of Festival of Trees – an annual celebration of hope, love and sharing that will take place each year prior to Christmas. They invite all business to join them on this important journey.

They need your help. They will need new artificial Christmas trees (all sizes); tree decorations, lights, etc. They need catering and/or caterers. They need people with all different skills, communications, decorating, carpentry etc. They need vendors of Christmas baking, handicrafts etc. You get the idea they need all kinds of help.

For more details on helping or becoming a sponsor contact Lyn Smith at 613-735-2374 or lsmith@phoenixctr.com
David Phillips of Environment Canada to Speak in Pembroke – April 7th
We all talk about the weather. Now, hear from Canada’s leading weatherman, David Phillips, when he speaks at Pembroke’s Festival Hall on Thursday, April 7th. Phillips is the lead Climatologist for Environment Canada and is frequently interviewed by radio, television and newspaper reporters concerning Canada’s weather. He has also written several books and is a regular on Canada’s weather Network.
David Phillips is presented by Algonquin College and STAR 96 as a fundraiser for the new Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley waterfront campus. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
More information is attached to this link:
http://www.algonquincollege.com/pembroke/main_entry/documents/David PhillipsWeatherGuyposterrevised.pdf
 Upcoming Events
February 14th - Business After Hours – LuSha Sportswear
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1330 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke
February 22nd – Young Entrepreneur Group
5:30 pm
MyFM Office, 84 Isabella Street, Pembroke
Guest Speaker: Emma Leavey, Pick it Fence Pembroke
February 27th – A Night at the Oscars
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Brick and the West End Mall
Proceeds to the building fund of the new Algonquin Campus. Tickets: $100/person
Contact Marie Mask at 613-735-4700 ext 2842
March 9th – Zoomer Entrepreneur Group
9:30 am
Pembroke & Area Airport, Len Hopkins Drive, Pembroke
Guest Speaker: JP Quintal will be speaking on Risk Management
RSVP: Chamber office 613-732-1492
March 23rd – Lunch Connections – Accessibility Works Seminar
11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Pembroke Legion Hall, 202 Pembroke Street East
Guest Speaker: Louie DiPalma, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Cost: To Be announced
RSVP to Chamber office at 613-732-1492
April 5th – Business After Hours – Wise Move Realty
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3468E Petawawa Blvd., Petawawa (Bridgeway Mall)
April 7th – David Phillip of Environment Canada Speaks
Pembroke’s Festival Hall
Fundraiser for new campus of Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley
Advance tickets $10; At the Door $12
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
February 24                        February 21
March 10                             March 7
March 24                             March 21

Phone: 613-732-1492
Fax: 613-732-5793
Email: manager@upperottawavalleychamber.com