Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat Issue 1

April 20th 2010

April 21, 2010

Welcome to the new revitalized communication tool from the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce: E-Chat!
 The Communications Committee has decided to increase communications with our members by using the bi-weekly Chamber E-Chat instead of the monthly newsletter. We will email you information on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. So, for those wishing to have information included in E-Chat, please be aware of our publishing dates.
 We invite you to send your submissions to the Chamber office.
 The Face of Business – NEW Video Opportunity
The UOV Chamber of Commerce is giving its members an opportunity to showcase their business or organization, through the “Face of Business” video profiles. The Face of Business is a 3-5 minute video that discusses aspects of your business you wish to be featured. Your Face of Business will be advertised on myFM and will air for one week exclusively on the UOV Chamber of Commerce website. After that week, the video is yours to use as you wish. This provides you with an excellent promotional tool for your website, presentations and more.
 The cost is $399 + taxes which includes all production, the promotion on myFM radio and the finished video for your own use. Videos will begin airing in the Fall of 2010. To book your spot contact the Chamber.
 Feedback Wanted for Breakfast Connections
The Education Committee is looking for feedback on some topics for Breakfast Connections. The following have been suggested as topics for the future. We welcome your comments and any additional suggestions you may have.

  • Valley Employee & Family Assistance Program
  • Mediation – The Cost of Conflict in Your Business
  • Customer Service
  • Social Media
  • E-Marketing
  • Networking
  • Expo 150
Members in the News
Speedpro Signs Pembroke named Speedpro Signs Franchise of the Year 2009
Congratulations to Louise & Chris Hermitte and staff as Speedpro Signs was named Franchise of the Year for 2009. To read more visit the News and Events Section on the Chamber website.
We are pleased to welcome the following businesses as new members of the Chamber:
  • Able House Sitting
  • ag-creative Design & Communications
  • Airport Golf Academy & Driving Range
  • Bernadette McCann House for Women Inc.
  • Close To My Heart – Stephanie Womack Independent Consultant
  • ComBEtek
  • Cut-Rite Family Hairstyling Petawawa
  • Deep River Science Academy
  • Eat Me Alive, Eclipse Hair Salon
  • Forest Lea Stables
  • House Therapy Home Staging
  • Jennifer E. Turcotte – Re/Max
  • Kool-Vent Inc.
  • MEQA Occupational Safety Training
  • Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation
  • SJ Emporium & Gifts
  • Steele Industrial Supplies Inc.
  • Tasha’s Cleaners
  • Vanilla Bean & Bella
  • Westmont Hospitality Group
For more information on our new members, our current members and member discounts, visit the Members Directory on the Chamber website.
Upcoming Events
Transition To Harmonized Sales Tax Seminars
Enterprise Renfrew County is hosting various HST Seminars throughout Renfrew County. The seminars are free. For more information, dates and locations visit their website: www.enterpriserenfrewcounty.com
Breakfast Connections – April 27th
How Successful Businesses Use the Internet presented by LVP Broadband Initiative
7:30 am – Quality Inn Petawawa Cost: $8/person
For more information visit Chamber News and Events : The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

Beyond Nutrition Celebrates 10th Anniversary – April 10th
Congratulations to Remy who celebrated 10 years on business on April 10th.

News from the Ontario Chamber
OCC Announces Free Resources For Businesses To meet New Customer Service Standard
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has partnered with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to launch “Accessibility Works”. The goal of this partnership is to assist up to 60,000 businesses, through the Ontario Chamber network, to comply with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Regulation, (O.Reg.429/07). To read more visit http://www.upperottawavalleychamber.com/Chamber+News+and+Events.html

Volunteer Positions Available
If you are interested in volunteering with the UOV Chamber of Commerce, please let us know. Our meetings take place monthly for 30 minutes to one hour. They are an excellent way to network and be involved in some great events. Current volunteer opportunities exist on the following committees: Social, Education, Communications and Membership. For more information, contact the Chamber.
Upcoming Publishing Dates
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following dates and deadlines:
Publishing                          Deadline for submissions
May 5                                    May 3
May 19                                 May 17
June 2                                   May 31
June 16                                 June 14
July 7                                     July 5
July 21                                   July 19

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