Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 18


October 4, 2012 – Issue 18
Happy Thanksgiving! Let us take time this weekend to gives thanks for all that we have. 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.
The Tradeshow will be open to the public (not participating in full conference) from 2:40 pm – 4:00 pm. 
Small Business Week Breakfast – Deep River – October 19th
You are invited to join us in Deep River for a Small Business Week Breakfast on Friday October 19th, 2012. The event will be held at the Bear’s Den, 5 Hwy 17 West, Deep River starting at 8:30 am. Cost is $10 per person.
Topic: Economics of Healthcare Within Our Region
Guest Speakers: Nancy Warren, Executive Director, Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation and Gary Sims, CEO Deep River & District Hospital.
We hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP by October 17th to the Chamber office at 613-723-1492 or manager@uovchamber.com

This Small Business Week event is being hosted by the Deep River & Area Branch of the UOV Chamber of Commerce.
Small Business Week Evening Customer Service Session – October 16th
All businesses are invited to attend an evening session on “Customer Service” to be held on Tuesday October 16th at the Eagle’s Nest in Eganville. The session will start at 6:30 pm. Guest Speaker is Jody Humphrey-Higgins, Pembroke Comfort Inn.

Watch for further details regarding cost etc. to be announced..

This Small Business Week event is being held in partnership with the Township of Bonnechere Valley.
Thank You for Another Successful Golf Tournament
On Behalf of the organizing committee of the annual golf tournament we would like to thank everyone that was involved in making this event a success once again.
Thank you to all our Tee Sponsors, businesses who donated prizes for the golfers. We truly appreciate the support. All the golfers had a great time and the weather held out for us once again.
Thank you to Lorraine, Jack & Derek and the staff at Whitetails Golf Course. You have a beautiful course and were so helpful to us in making this event a success.
If you had a team in the tournament and would like a picture of your team please contact the Chamber office at 613-732-1492 or manager@uovchamber.com
Golf Committee Chair Héléne Grondin would especially like to that the volunteers that help us throughout the day we couldn’t have don’t it without you.
Business After Hours

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:

Valley Employee and Family Assistance Program – Open House on November 15th
Valley EFAP will be holding an Open House on Thursday November 15th from 3 – 6 pm at their location (84 Isabella Street, Pembroke). 

All are welcome to come and check out all the services this valuable organization provides to businesses and organizations in the area. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact them at 613-735-2116 or info@valleyefap.com
Introduction to Facebook Workshop – October 25, 2012
Community Futures Development Corporation Renfrew County will be holding an introduction to Facebook workshop on Thursday October 25, 2012 from 9 am – 12:00 pm, 2 International Drive, Pembroke.

For more information or to register contact Kelley Lemenchick at 613-735-3951 ext 226 or klememchick@bellnet.ca

Ontario SPCA – Kibble & Bids Charity Dinner Auction – November 17th
A fabulous and fun evening with both a live and silent auction, buffet dinner, raffles, door prizes, acoustical music and more presented by Star 96.
November 17th, 2012
Petawawa Civic Centre, Upper Banquet Facility
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Dinner served at 7:00 pm, with auction to follow – dinner provided by Dreams Catering
Contact Tracy McElman, 613-588-4508 or tmcelman@ospca.ca
Proceeds in support of homeless, abused and neglected animals in Renfrew County.

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
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 18                          October 15
November 1                       October 29
November 15                    November 12
November 29                    November 19

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