Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat Issue 15


November 25, 2010 – Issue 15
The busy Christmas season will soon be upon us. Take time for yourself and your family to enjoy the holiday season!  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.
Deadline November 30th for Nominations for UOV Chamber of Commerce Achievement Awards
November 30th, 2010 at 4:00 pm is the deadline to have your nominations submitted for the Annual Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Achievement Awards.
Know a business or organization that should be recognized for business excellence? Why not nominate them for an award.
The 2010 Feature Award is “Community Contribution by a Business”. This award will be presented to a business that has had a special impact on the Upper Ottawa Valley through volunteerism, advocacy, community building, or business leadership. The recipient business will have shown strong leadership in activities that contribute to the welfare of the Upper Ottawa Valley in any or all of the following areas:
- Beautification of the area.
- Improvement of the recreational opportunities.
- Respect of cultural and socio-economic status of the citizens of the region.
- Advocate and or community booster, fundraiser, sponsor, volunteer.
- Encourages involvement of all employees to volunteer, fundraise, participation in local events.
- Pro-active when addressing issues.

Click here to download a nomination form.
Click here to download the award categories and criteria.
The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday January 29, 2011 at the Germania Hall in Pembroke.
Still Looking for a Special Gift? Special Ottawa Senators Hockey Ticket Offer for UOV Chamber Members – Deadline to purchase is December 16th
We have a limited number of the hockey tickets left. Get yours before they are gone. All games that are left are for the games in 2011 (January to April). You have the opportunity to purchase terrific lower bowl seats (6 rows from the ice) in the Home End. We are offering them at $99/ticket ($198/game, available in pair only). That is approximately $50 savings per ticket. So if you need a special prize for a draw, a gift for an employee, a special reward for a client you can still get tickets.   In conjunction with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club we have again secured a half season ticket package for the 2010-2011 Hockey Season that the Chamber wants to make available to you our members at a price.   The next draw will be December 17th.
Call the Chamber office for details (613-732-1492) or click here for more info
“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. After that week, the video is yours to use as you see fit. This provides you with 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. Videos start airing in the fall. To book your space, contact the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient to Be Announced November 30th
The 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient will be announced on Tuesday November 30th during the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting. All members are encouraged to attend the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday November 30th. Guest speaker is Mayor Bob Sweet, Chair of Expo 150. Following the guest speaker there will be a short business meeting with the election of the 2011Board of Directors after which the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient will be announced.
Contempora Jewellers Celebrates 34 Years in Business
The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Contempora Jewellers as they celebrate 34 years in business. Contempora Jewellers is located in the West End Mall.
 Business After Hours
Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch – December 9th
You, your staff and families are invited to drop in for an informal evening to mingle around the fireplace, sample some home-made fudge and sip some refreshments. Family friendly event.
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 2139 Greenwood Road, Pembroke
13th Annual Christkindlmarkt – Nov. 26th – Nov 28th
All are invited to the 13th annual Christkindlmrkt (German Christmas Market) sponsored by the Germania Club, Pembroke.

It runs Friday Nov. 26 from 5 to 9 pm (special opening 4 to 5 pm for seniors and others with mobility challenges); Saturday Nov 27 from 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday Nov 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.
There will be over 50 vendors of arts and crafts as well as imports on a traditional European Christmas theme. Food by Ullrich’s in the upstairs clubroom for a sit down meal, or on the run from the chalet beside the hall. Buy a ticket to win an original Ore Mountains hand crafted Christmas decoration, or just fill out a ballot for a draw for many of the free door prizes donated by vendors. You don’t have to be present to win. Raffle ticket drawn Sunday at 3:30 pm; draws for door prizes approximately every hour.
Crafts for Children by Children’s Garden Nursery School – 42 charge to cover cost of materials. Sanata will greet the little people at the door.
Everyone welcome – no admission charge. Note: look for a parking spot in the lot or across the road at Blok Pools before resorting to on-street parking.
Attention Petawawa Businesses/Residents: Walkable Communities Workshop
Petawawa Community Stakeholders are invited to a Walkable Communities Workshop to identify ways to improve the walking and cycling conditions for local residents and ultimately to improve their health.
This session is organized by the Physical Activity Network of Renfrew County and the Town of Petawawa in partnership with Ontario Communities walkON, a project that aims to change the current social paradigm so that walkable communities are the cultural and social norm across Ontario.
The workshop will take place Wed. Dec 8th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Arena Hall at the Petawawa Civic Centre, 16 Civic Centre Road, Petawawa.
 RSVP by Dec 1st;    email recreation@petawawa.ca or call 613-687-5678 ext 0
Media Release – Ontario Chamber of Commerce “Investment in Nuclear Energy Essential For The Province”
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has long advocated for an adequate, stable and reliable supply of electricity for Ontario’s businesses, and applauds the November 23rd announcement for the refurbishing of 10 nuclear reactors and the building of two new generating facilities.
This new plan will build a strong foundation in securing a continuous and reliable supply of energy for Ontario, as well as increasing opportunities and innovation in the energy sector.
“The decision by the Government to make this substantial investment into nuclear energy will go a long way in creating sustainable and affordable energy production within the province,” says Len Crispino, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “The importance of nuclear generation to provide stable base load energy cannot be overstated. This is a major step forward for the province of Ontario.”
With the closing of coal-fired generating plants scheduled for 2014, the OCC believes that renewed investment in nuclear energy is fundamental to Ontario’s economy and business competitiveness. The OCC recognizes the importance of the plan to move forward with sustainable and reliable energy supply that can be delivered at an affordable rate, while opening up opportunities to invest in renewable and maintaining a diverse portfolio of energy generation.
(The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is a federation of 160 local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in the province of Ontario, representing 60,000 businesses of all sizes, in all economic sectors and from every area of the province. In its mandate to advocate strong policies on issue affecting its members, the OCC is currently focused on economic renewal and business competitiveness. Its over-arching goal is to make Ontario the most competitive jurisdiction in North America.)
Upcoming Events
November 26th to November 28th – 13th Annual Christkindlmrkt
Germania Club Hall, Pembroke
November 27th – Pembroke Santa Claus Parade 5:30 pm
November 30th – UOV Chamber Annual General Meeting
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre
Cost: $35/person
December 9th – Business After Hours – Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2139 Greenwood Road, Pembroke
January 29th, 2011 – Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala
Details to be announced
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
December 9                       December 6
December 20                     December 23

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