Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 19


October 18, 2012 – Issue 19
Happy Small Business Week! 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.

Customer Service Session – October 30th
All businesses are invited to attend an evening session on “Customer Service” to be held on Tuesday October 30th at the Eagle’s Nest in Eganville. The session will start at 6:30 pm. Guest Speaker is Jody Humphrey-Higgins, Pembroke Comfort Inn.

Cost for the evening session is $5/person.

This event is being held in partnership with the Township of Bonnechere Valley.
RSVP to Chamber office at 613-732-1492 or manager@uovchamber.com
½ Day Workshop – Building Bridges Across the Generational Divide
“How to Develop a Collaborative & Cohesive Diverse Team”
The Education Committee is very pleased to have Brian Smith, Author, Communications Expert and Management Consultant as our guest speaker for a half day workshop on Wednesday November 21st, 2012.
Our increasingly diverse society is reflected in our growing workforce. For the first time in our lifetime we have the potential of working with four different generations in the same workplace. Each generation communicates, interacts with others and is motivated by a different set of values. As this dramatic shift continues, organizations large and small must continue to strive to help all employees embrace and capitalize on their differences. In this session led by Behavourist Brian Smith – a leading authority on soft-skills training and leadership development – you will explore ideas and innovations to help tackle those differences, and create healthy and productive interactions in the workplace. This presentation provides valuable insights into how to build a collaborative and cohesive diverse team.
Time:    Registration: 8:15 am
                Breakfast: 8:30 am
                Workshop: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: KI Pembroke, 1000 Olympic Drive, Pembroke
Seating is limited and advance registration is required! 
Cost is $30/Chamber member or $45/general admission.
Call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492 or email manager@uovchamber.com. Cost includes a hot buffet breakfast by Dreams Catering Ltd.
Event Sponsors are: KI Pembroke LP and HGS Canada.
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
The Cobden Sun is Now The Pulse
For 117 years the Cobden Sun served its community with pride and it continues to do so today under its present publisher Howard Winters.

While much has changed in the world since those early days, the mission of this newspaper remains the same. We tell the stories of local people, their triumphs and their disappointments with the highest standard of journalist integrity. Two years ago The Sun was destined to close.

Immediately following the change of ownership in February 2011, the journey began towards today's transformation. Subtle changes, coupled with the hiring of staff highly regarded throughout the county, were the first signs of renewed life for The Sun.

Prior to the change in ownership The Sun had lost significant advertising revenue and circulation figures were dismal. It took courage for Clem and Trish Dupuis along with Mr. Winters to sink money into a community newspaper, especially when most media outlets were downsizing or closing up shop.

The status quo, however, was never an option for The Sun, because it was dying.

Instead, these three people, who lived just around the corner from the newspaper office, discovered they shared a vision, to ensure the future of their community newspaper. Against the odds they were successful. Today, solely owned by Mr. Winters, the newspaper takes another giant leap forward as it begins its rebranding.

The Pulse is The Sun but with attitude. We are a community newspaper without borders, serving the greater community of Renfrew County.

“We travel to the news, we don't wait for it to come to us,” explained Debbie Robinson, editor. “I see massive gaps in the quality and quantity of local news and sports being covered by other newspapers and we intend to fill that void.” The former assistant news editor of The Daily Observer for more than 10 years, Ms. Robinson knows the impact of The Pulse's launch will be felt throughout the county.   

The Pulse won't be confined to one or even two communities. Stories within the pages of The Pulse will come from Renfrew, Admaston-Bromley, Whitewater Region, Laurentian Valley and Pembroke. Local politics and sports will be covered and so too will the unique never-before-told stories about people who make up the tapestry of Renfrew County. “The county is rich in people, their stories should be told and we will tell them, every week,” Ms. Robinson promised.

The expansion of the newspaper was essential to its sustainability, according to Mr. Winters. The viability of the print media depends on its advertising revenue and the only way for it to increase was to expand the paper's reach outside of Whitewater Region.
“Whitewater, and especially Cobden, have been faithful supporters of The Sun and we would not be where we are today if the business community had not shown its belief in what we were doing,” Mr. Winters said. “Slowly we began the process of moving outside Whitewater with our sales and it became evident that there were major gaps in service that we could fill.”
He's encouraged by the welcome he has received when meeting new clients, and quickly identifying areas where The Pulse could be of greater service to the business community in Renfrew County.

The Pulse is and will remain a paid circulation newspaper. It is delivered weekly via Canada Post to subscribers’ mailboxes or can be emailed from our office every Wednesday morning.
It is also available in retail outlets throughout Renfrew County, including most grocery and convenience stores.

In The Community

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

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