Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 1

February 9, 2012 – Issue 1

The E-Chat is back for 2012. We apologize for not being able to produce the E-Chat in January but we are back on schedule now.    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 UOVCC Achievement Award Recipients
Great comments have been coming in on the Awards Gala on January 28th, 2012. Thank you to the Gala Planning Committee for their hard work in pulling off another successful Awards Gala.
Congratulations to all the finalists and recipients! The Award recipients are:
Young Entrepreneur – Ben Rutz, Ben Rutz Entertainment, Pembroke
New Business – The Valley Gazette, Barry’s Bay
Small Business – Harding’s Pharmacy, Deep River
Medium Business – NRTC Communications, Beachburg
Large Business – Allen Vanguard, Pembroke
Farm Enterprise – Barclay Dick & Son Farm Supply, Douglas
Citizen – Shelley Rolland-Poruks, Deep River
Community Organization – The Alexandra Club Auxiliary to Community Health Care
2011 Feature Award – Skilled Trades Employer – Terry Waito Homes
Chamber Member – Evelyn Culleton, Algonquin College
Lifetime Business Achievement – Gerry Binhammer
The Board of Directors also recognized Executive Director, Lorraine MacKenzie with her 15 year pin from the Chambers of Commerce Executives of Canada for her 15 years of service of Chamber management and administration and applauded her for the role she plays to our Chamber and the community.
For the write-ups on each recipient, click here.
Business After Hours
February 16th
Integrated Health Centre, 570 Nelson Street, Pembroke
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Tours and refreshments.
March 22nd – MyFM Radio, 84 Isabella Street, Pembroke
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Breakfast Connections
February 15th – AECL Update

Please join us and Guest Speakers: Dr. Bob Walker, President & CEO, and Steve Halpenny, VP Finance & CFO at the upcoming Breakfast Connections for a presentation and community update regarding the activities of the Nuclear Laboratories.
Location: Bear’s Den, 33177 Hwy 17, Deep River
Time: 7:30 am
Cost: $10/Chamber Members; $15/General Public
RSVP to Chamber office by Monday Feb. 13th 613-732-1492 or manager@uovchamber.com
From Our Members:
Grand Opening – Ottawa Valley Driving Academy – Feb 28th

The Ottawa Valley Driving Academy is now open for business. They offer driving training to young and mature drivers so they can become safe responsible drivers.
You are invited to join us for the Grand Opening on Tuesday February 28th with the ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm and refreshments to follow.
Please RSVP to ovdapembroke@hotmail.com or by calling their office at 613-631-0600.
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley – Your Opinion Matters
– Continuing Education Survey
ACOV wants to know how they can serve you better through their Continuing Education department. Expressing your opinion will help them better understand how they can share information with you on their courses and services, and better understand what motivates their students to take a continuing education course at the Pembroke Campus.
Please take just a few minutes to complete this short, but important survey before February 24th.
Labour Market Survey Launched
The Labour Market Group will be conducting a survey of selected employers across Renfrew and Lanark Counties from February 8th until March 30th, 2012. The goal of the survey is to gather local information to forecast employment opportunities in skilled occupations over the next 24 months. “This is information that Employment Service Providers and Guidance Counsellors have been in need of for years,” says Executive Director Matt LeMay. “With the support of the Government of Canada’s Youth Awareness Program, we finally have the opportunity to gather in-depth, local information and translate it into a useful tool for youth, job seekers and those who support them in making informed career and training decisions.” As an added benefit, employers should see a reduction in the gap between the positions they need filled and the skills of job seekers applying over the next two years.
For the next eight weeks, project staff will be contacting local employers via telephone to request their participation in the survey. Depending on the size of their staff, the survey should take between 10 and 30 minutes.
For more information contact Keanan Hunt at 613-635-3444.
Upcoming Events
February 15th
Breakfast Connections – AECL Update
Bear’s Den, 33177 Hwy 17, Deep River
7:30 am
Cost: $10/Chamber Member; $15/general pubic
RSVP by Feb. 13th to Chamber office 613-732-1492

February 16th – Business After Hours- Open House
Hosted By:
Integrated Health Centre
570 Nelson Street, Pembroke
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
February 28th – Grand Opening – Ottawa Valley Driving Academy
381 Isabella Street, Pembroke
Time:  4:30 pm
RSVP to: ovdapembroke@hotmail.com or 613-631-0600
March 22 – Business After Hours
Hosted By:
MyFM Radio
Location: 84 Isabella Street, Pembroke
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
April 20th – 22nd – Showcase 2012
Petawawa Civic Centre
For more information contact Doug at Stoneman Promotions 613-732-9662 or doug@showcaseinpetawawa.ca
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                                           
Feb 23                                   Feb 20
March 8                                March 5
March 22                             March 19

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