Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2011 Issue 5


March 11, 2011 – Issue 5
Well March is well under way and thoughts of spring are starting to form in our heads!  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.
Reminder: Daylight Savings starts this weekend don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday March 13th
Photos from Gala are on Chamber Web Site
Look for the Gala picture montage on the Chamber web site. Currently it is in the spot for the “Faces of Business” after it will be available for viewing by going to the Chamber’s YouTube Channel (click on icon under the calendar). Each photo has an ID number, please record that number for the photos you would like to purchase. We are doing digital format only at the cost of: (for orders 1 – 4) $4/photo or (for orders of 5+ photos) $3/photo. All money from the photos comes back to the Chamber. You can order your photos by calling the Chamber office at 613-732-1492 or email your order to manager@upperottawavalleychamber.com
“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.

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.
Young Entrepreneur Group – March 22nd
The Young Entrepreneur Group will be meeting on Tuesday March 22nd at 5:30pm at the MyFM office, 84 Isabella Street, Pembroke. Guest speaker for this meeting will be Shawn Behnke, ComBEtek Multimedia. The topic is: Young Entrepreneur Experience. Please call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492 to RSVP.
This group is for those under the age of 35 and are entrepreneurs or interested in business.
Zoomer Entrepreneur Group – April 6th
Zoomer Entrepreneur Group for entrepreneurs those 50+ and those interested in business the next meeting will be held on Wednesday April 6th at 9:30 am at the Pembroke & Area Airport board room. Len Hopkins Drive, Pembroke. 
Guest speaker will be Jennifer Layman, Forward Thinking. Topic is “Marketing for Zoomers”
All are welcome for more information or to register to attend, please call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.
More information on the Young Entrepreneur or Zoomer Groups can be found on the Chamber website on the "About" page under Committees/Groups.
Business After Hours
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 is $15/person and includes a hot lunch. RSVP by Friday March 18th to the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.

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
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.
Pembroke Regional Hospital Board of Directors Seeks Members
The Pembroke Regional Hospital is your community hospital. It is also a state-of-the-art teaching centre affiliated with the University of Ottawa, providing learning experiences for a variety of health care professionals and delivering a comprehensive range of high quality health services.

They are currently seeking new Board members. Applicants should be prepared to make a significant commitment for a three year term (with the possibility to reapply for two additional terms).
Application forms and more information can be obtained from the Office of the President/CEO at 613-732-3675, ext 6172 or on their website at: www.pemreghos.org Deadline for receiving application is 4 p.m. on Monday March 21, 2011.
Upcoming Events
March 22nd – Young Entrepreneur Group
5:30 pm
MyFM office, 84 Isabella Street, Pembroke
Guest Speaker: Shawn Behnke, ComBEtek Multimedia “Young Entrepreneur Experience”
RSVP to 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: $15/person
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
April 6th – Zoomer Entrepreneur Group
9:30 am, Pembroke Airport, 176 Len Hopkins Drive, Pembroke
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Layman, Forward Thinking “Marketing for Zoomers”
RSVP to Chamber office 613-732-1492
April 15 – 17th, 2011 – Showcase 2011
Petawawa Civic Centre, Free Admission
Contact Doug Stoneman at 613-732-9662 or stonemaninpetawawa@live.ca (note new email address) for information on being an exhibitor.
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
March 24                             March 21
April 7                                   April 4
April 21                                 April 18

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