Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat Issue 3

May 19, 2010
Thank you to all the positive feedback that we received on our new format. Publishing dates can be found at the end of this document along with the deadlines.
We invite you to send your submissions to the Chamber office.
The Face of Business – NEW Video Opportunity Book Now for the Fall
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
As a valuablemember of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce – we would like to know what you think!
It would be of great benefit to us, if you would consider taking a few minutes to answer the questions below so that we can learn more about what our members find valuable in our services, as well as what you, as a member, might want us to offer you!
Thank you in advance for your time!  We look forward to hearing what you have to say!
  1. Why did you choose to join the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce and what do you find is the greatest benefit about belonging?
  1. If you were invited to a Chamber event, why would you, or wouldn’t you choose to attend?
  1. Is there a topic or speaker you would like us to present or invite for one of our Breakfast/Lunch Connections?
Again – thank you for your time!  We appreciate your efforts!  Please feel free to contact us if you have any ideas or questions on how to better serve your business needs!  Please respond by June 1st.
UOV Chamber to Host MPP Yasir Naqvi, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Revenue
Mark Tuesday, June 8th on you calendars to join the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce for lunch. Mr. Naqvi will be speaking on the Government’s plan for Open Ontario , Ontario’s plan for jobs and growth and will explain why the Harmonized Sales Tax will be good for all Ontarians. 
Cost: $20/person
Time:  11:45 am – 1:30 pm (program starts promptly at 12:00 noon)
Location: Westwinds Restaurant, Best Western Pembroke, 1 International Drive
RSVP by June 1st to the Chamber office.
Calling All Students Interested in a Career in Medicine
The Upper Ottawa Valley Medical Recruitment Committee extends an invitation to those students interest in a career in medicine and their parents to attend the fourth at final meeting for the school year of the pre-Med Club.
Tuesday May 25th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Board Room at the Pembroke Public Library.
Guest Speaker: L.Col. Jim Kile, Medical Advisor to the Commander of Land Forces Central Area
Topic: “So You Want To Go To Medical School – Here’s How”
For more information contact Carolyn Levesque at (613)-732-3675 ext 6165 carolyn.levesque@pemreghos.org 
Upcoming Events
May 28th – E-Business for YOUR Business with Bernard Charlebois
This is a FREE day long workshop presented b y the LVP Broadband Initiative.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Petawawa Quality Inn & Suites, 3119 B Petawawa Blvd, Petawawa
To register call Lorraine at 613-732-1492
June 8th – Lunch Connections with MPP Yasir Navqi
Cost: $20/person
Time: 11:45 am (program starts promptly at 12:00 noon)
Location: Westwinds Restaurant, 1 International Drive, Pembroke
September 17 – 19th – Fall Showcase in Petawawa
Fall Showcase in Petawawa is the last big show before Fall, Winter and Christmas. 
Contact Doug Stoneman 613-732-9662 for more information or visit www.showcaseinpetawawa.ca
News from the Ontario Chamber
OCC Member Bulletin: Toolkit available for workplace violence and harassment policies
Businesses with more than five employees will need to develop workplace violence and harassment policies asJune 15, 2010 according to an amendment to Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act. A toolkit has been released by the Ontario government that makes compliance easier for all businesses. www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pdf/wvps_toolkit.pdf

Renfrew County Community Futures – Social Media Tools for Entrepreneurs
Community Futures is hosting a Social Media Tools for Entrepreneurs workshop series.
Sessions run every Thursday from 10 am until 11:30 am, May 13th through June 10, 2010 at the Marguerite Centre, 700 Mackay Street, Pembroke, ON.
Sessions offered cover: Google Business Solutions; Facebook & LinkedIn for Entrepreneurs; Setting up Twitter & Blogger to Benefit Your Business; Creating Your Profile on “The Ottawa Valley Directory”; and How to Get Your Business on “YouTube”.
Space is limited so register as soon as possible by emailing khunt@bellnet.ca or calling 613.735.3951 ext 229
Cost is $10 per session or $40 if you pre-register for all sessions.
N.B. As the first session (Google Business Solutions) has already taken place, they will consider offering it again, following the remaining 4 sessions, should there be enough interest.
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 Events, 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
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