Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat Issue 16


December 14, 2010 – Issue 16
The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Director would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and extend our wishes for a prosperous new year. Take time for yourself and your family to enjoy the holiday season!  This will be the last E-Chat for 2010. We hope you have enjoyed the new format. 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 Board of Directors
President – Gary Melnyk, BMO
Vice President – Jennifer Layman, Forward Thinking
Treasurer – Osiah Horst, Horst Business Services
Past President – Marie Mask, Algonquin College Capital Campaign
April Cappel, MyFM Radio
Craig Ethelston, CFB Petawawa
Diane Hokum, Steele Industrial Supplies
Ginette DuManior, AECL
Mark Gignac, Algonquin Business Student Rep.
Sue Hackett, STAPLES, Business Depot
Sue McCrae, Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre

UOV Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala Preparations Underway
Thank you to all who nominated a deserving business for our 2010 Achievement Awards.  We received nearly 80 nominations. The winner of the pair of hockey tickets for submitting a nomination is Jennifer Layman. The judging panel will be meeting to decide the 3 finalists in each category which will be announced next week. The recipient of each award won’t be announced until the night of the Awards Gala. 
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. The cost of tickets is $60 per person (taxes included). This year’s Platinum Sponsor is Renfrew County’s EXPO 150 and the theme is “Journey Through Time – Past, Present, Future”. There are still some sponsorship opportunities available, please contact the Chamber office for more information 613-732-1492.
Don’t be disappointed reserve your tickets now for this special evening. Along with the 9 awards that were open for public nomination the Chamber also hands out an award for Chamber Member of the Year and the Lifetime Business Achievement Award which will be presented to Mr. Del O’Brien.
Ottawa Senators Hockey Tickets
We have 4 pair of hockey tickets left. They are available on first come basis.
Section 102, Row F, Seats 9 & 10
Ottawa Senators vs Detroit Red Wings – February 2nd
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburg Penguins – March 15th
Ottawa Senators vs New Jersey Devils – March 17th
Ottawa Senators vs Philadelphia Flyers – April 5th
Get yours before they are gone. 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 this would make a great gift.    Call the Chamber office for details (613-732-1492)
 “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. Videos start airing in the fall. To book your space, contact the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.
Business After Hours
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)
OVWRC Staff Continue to Work with Local Business Community to Increase Diversion of Waste from Landfill
Increasing recycling and composting is what the Ottawa Valley Waste Management Board is aiming for after approving the 2011 Tipping Fee Schedule at a recent meeting. The new tipping fee schedule, effective January 1st of next year, will see the Mixed Waste Tipping Fee increase to $150 per tonne. The Mixed Waste Fee is applied to loads of garbage going to the landfill that contain recyclable, compostable, or construction/demolition material, hazard or electronic waste (as accepted by OVWRC) and/or tires. Implementation in 2008, the Mixed Waste Fee has already proven to be a success. In the last year alone, commercial recycling has increased by over 13% and the number of loads being charges the mixed Waste Fee has decreased by 36%.
The Mixed Waste Fee, which is almost double that of the regular landfill tipping fee, will encourage further separation of recyclables and other materials from waste. It’s relatively easy for OVWRC customers to avoid being charge the higher Mixed Waste Fee. They need to make sure they are recycling and/or composting any material that could be kept out of the landfill. Businesses are encouraged to contact their current waste hauler to inquire about what recycling and/or food waste collection services they offer. OVWRC staff is also available to provide businesses with guidance and staff training related to their recycling or composting programs. Information on commercial waste diversion programs is available on the Centre’s website at www.ovwrc.com or by contacting Elizabeth graham, Communications Supervisor at 613-735-7537, ext 216.
City of Pembroke SnoSpree – February 3 – 6, 2011
The City of Pembroke’s SnoSpree is just around the corner! This year’s winter celebration will be held on February 3 – 6, 2011.   
While the Recreation Department continues to focus exclusively on children, they expect that there are many other events being planned for that same weekend. If you are planning a special event on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, they would like to help you advertise it. By tagging it as a SnoSpree Special Event, you will be able to be part of their multimedia advertising campaign that will include web & print. As they attempt to grow SnoSpree into a community celebration, your organization will benefit from the added exposure, for which there is no charge.
Contact Jordan Durocher, Program Assistant 613-735-6821 ext 1502 jdurocher@pembroke.ca for the registration form. Once you send it back they will forward you a copy of the SnoSpree logo to attach to any promotion that you may also be doing yourselves. Deadline for them to receive your information back is January 10, 2011.
Lefebvre Electronics – New Location, TV Blow-Out Sale
Lefebvre Electronics has moved to a new location inside Moncion Grocers Petawawa Market, 3025 Petawawa Blvd., Petawawa. They have also announced a TV Blow-Out sale. Call Pat today at 613-687-1662 for the details and other specials.
Upcoming Events
December 25th – Community Christmas Dinner
12:00 pm and 2:00 pm seatings
Call 613-629-5555 to reserve
Wesley Community Church, Corner of Renfrew & Moffat Street, Pembroke
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 3rd – 6th – City of Pembroke’s SnoSpree
For more information contact Jordan at 613-735-6821 ext 1502
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 6                            January 4
January 20                          January 17
February 10                        February 7

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