Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 17


September 19, 2012 – Issue 17
Fall is upon us and everyone is settling in to their regular schedules. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. 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.

Enterprise Renfrew County & UOV Chamber of Commerce – 2012 Bridges to Better Business
Enterprise Renfrew County and the UOV Chamber of Commerce have partnered together to host the 2012 Bridges to Better Business event under the theme “Community Engagement… Get Involved -Make a Difference”. It will be held Thursday October 18th, 2012 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre in Pembroke.
Don’t miss the dynamic key-note speaker, Bruce M. Firestone. Mr. Firestone is best known as a professor and founder of NHL hockey team, the Ottawa Senators and their home Scotiabank Place as well as author of the Quantum Entity Trilogy and Executive Director of Exploriem.org. 
 Bruce will address the importance of engaging the community to develop small business and how to improve as an economy.
This annual event is a one-day learning and networking opportunity packed with great ideas to help entrepreneurs succeed. The event provides entrepreneurs with opportunity to develop valuable networking contacts and share innovative ideas with their peers.
The price of $25 covers the cost of the lunch and 2 breaks (morning and afternoon). This price of $25 will remain inclusive for Chamber Members Only even after the tradeshow table component fills up.

To register for Bridges to Better Business visit
http://guestli.st/114384 For additional payment options please contact Kim Fraser at 613-735-8224 or kfraser@countyofrenfrew.on.ca
The Early Bird Registration for the General Public or non-Chamber businesses runs September 4th to Sept 30th for $40 + HST with the offering of a free table for the Tradeshow (if there is still room. Price rises to $50 + HST on October 1stDeadline for registration is October 12th.
This event this year will replace our Small Business Week Tradeshow that we have traditionally held on the Friday of Small Business Week.
Business After Hours
September 26th – The Canadian Clock Museum,
60 James Street, Deep River
6 – 8 pm
Did you know that The Canadian Clock Museum is CANADA’S ONLY CLOCK MUSEUM? Come visit this unique facility in the Valley. FREE Admission. www.canclockmuseum.ca
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.
From Our Members:

Frank Carroll Financial – Open House for new Expanded Location – Sept 26th
Frank Carroll Financial, and the Frank Carroll Mortgage Team invite you to join them in celebrating their new expanded location!
Wednesday, September 28th – 4 PM to 7 PM at 720 MacKay Street, Pembroke.

Forest Lea Promotional Products – Grand Opening Sept 27th
Forest Lea Promotional Products invites you to their new location in the Pembroke Business Centre, 224 Pembroke Street West. Join them for their Grand Opening celebrations from 3 pm – 9 PM on Thursday September 27th, 2012. The Pembroke Business Centre welcomes you to a tour of the facility, refreshments, prizes and networking. Pre-registration at www.PembrokeBusinessCentre.com for a chance to win a $50.00 gas card.
Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre – 10th Anniversary Open House Celebrations – Sept 29th
Everyone is invited to the 10th Anniversary Open House Celebrations & Official Landfill Gas Collection System Opening on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. Celebrations will take place at the OVWRC 900 Woito Station Road, Pembroke.
BBQ Lunch; Official Tree Planting; Cake Cutting Ceremony; Performances by Junkyard Symphony; Kid’s crafts and activities; Blue Box Swap; Mascots and Tours.
Coupon for Free Compost; Free Green Bin Liners; T-shirts for kids under 5; Draw for a rain barrel, composter & garden bench made from recycled materials.
Media and Public Relations Night Class – Algonquin College
Does your business have a media and public relations strategy? Do you know when is the right time to contact the media and how to pitch them that you have a good story to tell? Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus is offering a night class in Media and Public Relations this fall, beginning Thursday October 18th. There will be three classes and they will be instructed by Jamie Bramburger, who had a lengthy career in radio and television before joining the college in a public and media relations role as Manager of Community and Student Affairs.
Registration is now available on line at www.algonquincollege.com/PembrokePD
This is just one class among many that the College is offering this fall through its Centre for Personal and Professional Development.
Tourism Specific Social Media Workshop
The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA), in partnership with the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC), is excited to announce the following Tourism specific Social Media Workshops.
Tourism Social Media Workshop – Level: Intermediate
Wed. Sept 26th, 1 pm – 5 pm and Wed, Oct 3rd, 1 pm – 5 pm Marguerite Centre, 700 Mackay St., Pembroke
Registration is free, however a $20 reservation fee is being collected to reserve your spot, refunded upon attendance. Register by Sept 21st. For more information call Lauren at 613-732-4364.
RBC Children’s Mental Health Project – Helping Kids Inside and Out
You’re invited to “Helping Kids Inside and Out” Information Session on Oct 1st, 2012, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the RBC Royal Bank, 48 Pembroke Street W., Pembroke.
The RBC Children’s Mental Health Project supports almost 200 organizations across Canada that provide early intervention, reduce stigma, increase awareness and provide educational resources for children’s mental health issue. RBC in partnership with Ceridian Canada is offering a 60 minute information session focused on prevalent mental health issue affecting children and their families in Canada: how to distinguish between “normal” behavior and symptoms of mental illness; early warning signs of mental illness and tips on how to find support and resources.
RSVP to Pam Etmanskie, Branch Manager at 613-735-8104 by September 25th.
In The Community

Oktoberfest – October 13th, 2012
Germania Club of Pembroke presents Oktoberfest on October 13, 2012 at Germania Hall, 15 Bennett Street, Pembroke. Festivities start 1:00 pm.
For more information telephone: 613-732-8883
Advance: $8.00 per person
At the Door: $10.00 per person
Children under 12 Free
Tickets for sale in advance at:
Turbo Graphics – 613-735-0444
Willi’s Ranch – 613-732-5645
Big Ben Pottery – 613-587-4403
West Champlain Healthy Community Corporation – Information Session – Menopause
West Champlain Health Community Corporation presents an Information Session on Menopause on: Wednesday November 7th, sponsored by Mulvihill Drug Mart.
Time 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location 715 Mackay St., Pembroke in the Fireside Lounge
Speaker: Helene Mongauzy, Menopause Practitioner, Shirley E. Greenburg Woman’s Health Centre, The Ottawa Hospital Riverside Campus
To register, or for more information contact: Megan Jamieson 613-735-8051 megan.jamieson@westchamplainfht.com
City of Pembroke 2012 Santa Claus Parade – November 24th
The 2012 Santa Claus Parade for the City of Pembroke will be held on Saturday November 24th, 21012 at 5:30 pm. The theme this year’s is “Caribbean Christmas”.
There is no charge to enter a float into the parade and you will be able to raise awareness for your cause/business/organization, as well enjoy the event with your friends, family and the community.
There are also opportunities to sponsor the parade.
For more information on the parade or how you can be involved please call the recreation department at 613-735-6821 ext 1501.
Renfrew County’s Festival of Trees – November 24th
Festival of Trees is re-launching as annual event after an absence of several as a charity fundraiser to address Child Poverty in Renfrew County and is hosted by Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network in association with Renfrew County United Way. It will take place at the Petawawa Civic Centre. This magical evening will include the Snowflake Gala (buffet & dance) and the auction of various items, including uniquely decorated Christmas trees donated by sponsors.

Your business or organization can get involved as a sponsor in several different ways: Sponsor a tree; Sponsor a wreath; Donate a ‘home & hearth’ item for the silent auction; and or Adopt Festival of Trees as your staff Christmas Party.
For other options and/or more information about Festival of Trees, please visit the webpage: www.renfrewcountycpan.ca/news/festival-of-trees
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:

Publishing                          Deadline for Submissions                                           
October 4                            October 1
October 18                          October 15
November 1                       October 29