Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 12

July 11, 2012 – Issue 12

We hope you are enjoying this hot summer weather! 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.

Annual Golf Tournament – Friday September 21st
Mark your calendar now for the annual Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. The golf committee is hard at work putting together another fun day of networking on the golf course. This year’s tournament will be held at Whitetail Golf Course in Eganville.
Date: Friday September 21st, 2012
Where: Whitetail Golf Course, Eganville
Time: 1:00 pm shot gun start (Please arrive to check-in before 12:30 pm)
Cost: $95/player or $360/foursome (savings of $20) If paid before September 14th
(After September 14th the cost rises to $105/player)
Cost includes 18 holes, golf cart and casual BBQ dinner. Come spend the afternoon at the Best Public Course in Eastern Ontario & Western Quebec.
To register please call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492 or manager@uovchamber.com
Just a reminder we are looking for Tee Sponsors, Special Contest Sponsors and prizes. If you are interested in a sponsorship or donating prizes please contact any of the following committee members:
Chamber office: manager@uovchamber.com
Helene Grondin : hbgrondincma@sympatico.ca
Jenn Layman: jenn@fwdthink.net
Business After Hours
August 9th (originally scheduled for July  12th) – Ry-J’s Climbing Adventures – Family Friendly Event, bring the kids.
4 – 6 pm - Riverside Park (Location to be verified)

September 12th – Pembroke Comfort Inn
, 959 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke
4 – 6 pm
Come play some Mini-Putt or Bocce at 4 pm, BBQ at 5 pm.
October 1st – Loftus Foot Care Clinic, 223 B Pembroke Street West, Pembroke
4 – 7 pm
Jane & staff invite you to celebrate their 15th Anniversary in Business and their brand new location.
November 1st – 5th Avenue Jewelry Collection & Mary Kay, 9 Country Lane, Petawawa
5 – 7 pm
Gwen Greenstock (5th Avenue Jewelry) and Christine Kidd-Myers (Mary Kay Beauty Consultant) invite you to Gwen’s house for a combined Business After Hours. Come get made over with new beauty products and new jewelry just in time for the holiday season.
Mark Your Calendars Small Business Week – October 2012
Small Business Week will be observed October 15th to the 19th, 2012. This year the UOV Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be co-hosting with Enterprise Renfrew County the “Bridges to Better Business” event in Pembroke on Thursday October 18th. Watch for details on registration to be coming out in the next few weeks. The event will be a day-long event featuring keynote speaker Professor Bruce M. Firestone, Executive Director of Exploriem.org and who is best known as the Founder of the modern day Ottawa Senators. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management and Real Estate Broker and Mortgage Broker at Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc. There will also be a tradeshow component to the event.
This event this year will replace our Small Business Week Tradeshow that we have traditionally held on the Friday of Small Business Week.
From Our Members:
The Canadian Clock Museum – Renfrew County Museums Network
The Renfrew County Museums Network (RCMN) has just completed an exciting project that will help to bring all of our County museums to the forefront of tourism in the Ottawa Valley.
The RCMN was set up in 2002 to encourage the sharing of technical information and the mutual promotion of member museums throughout the County and beyond. The network applied for and received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in 2011 to develop a five-year strategic plan, a new brochure, and a first-ever web site.
Betty Biesenthal of Design House in Pembroke was hired to carry out member research and draft the plan. She also created a logo and brand for the network, and then incorporated them in the design of the web site and brochure, with input from a five-person RCMN committee.
The website is www.renfrewcountymuseums.org .  The home page includes a map that indicates the locations of all member listings. There are connections to Facebook, Twitter, and many more social media sites.
The new brochure is now available in various locations in the County, including the museums and the OVTA tourist information centres. It lists the addresses and telephone numbers of all twenty-three member museums, but is also state-of-the-art with a smart-phone QR code.
Membership in 2012 is almost double the original 2002 number, and there are several Heritage Tourism Partners that contribute to the network’s success.
1st Annual “John Leal” Memorial Golf Tournament – Drive 4 ALS Charity Tournament
Wade Leal,  Dominion Lending Centres - The 1st Annual “John Leal” Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday July 26th at 12:00 pm at the Petawawa Golf Course. Registtration is at 11:00 am and is $100 per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and Roast Beef Dinner.
For teams and sponsorships please contact Wade Leal 613-629-1000 wleal@nrtco.net, Christa Leal 613-629-1000 christaleal@nrtco.net or Wendy Leal 613-732-5028 wendy.leal@bellnet.ca
This tournament is in support of the ALS Society of Ontario. Hole prizes, $10,000 Hole in One Competition and prizes from Labatt’s Brewery Canada Ltd.
Stoneman Promotions – Fall Showcase 2012 – September 7 - 9
Fall Showcase 2012 will be held at the Petawawa Civic Centre, September 7th – 9th. They are currently accepting registrations from Exhibitors. Email doug@showcaseinpetawawa.ca or phone 613-732-9662.
Renfrew County Community Futures – SOFII Program
Introducing SOFII – the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation. This new, $20-million program is available to support growth or expansion of innovative companies. There is approximately $8-million targeted for Eastern Ontario. 
Qualifying SMEs can apply for $150,000 to $500,000 and should have 50 (or expect to reach 50 to 500 employees. Funds are available to support such growth activities as:
Late stage commercialization
New product or service development
New applications or markets; or
Development or implementation of new processes or technologies.
Anyone interested in obtain more information of this program please contact David Wybou at Community Futures Development Corporation 613-735-3951 ext 229 or dvwybou@bellnet.ca
The Valley Gazette – New Address – Re-designed Website
As of July 7th, The Valley Gazette’s office has moved. Their new address is 19574 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay. They also have launched a re-designed website. Please take a look at www.thevalleygazette.ca   
The phone number remains the same at 613-756-0256.
Upcoming Publishing Dates
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:

Publishing                          Deadline for Submissions                                           
July 26                                   July 23
August 9                              August 7
August 23                            August 20

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