Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 20


November 1, 2012 – Issue 20
We hope everyone had a safe Halloween. 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.

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.
Chamber Office on the Move!
Advanced notice - the Chamber office will be moving as of December 1st, 2012. We are pleased to be moving in to the Pembroke Business Centre at 224 Pembroke Street West. 

Watch for further details on this move. We hope to have an Open House/Holiday Function in mid-December.
Annual Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards – Nominations Open
Nominations are now open for the annual Chamber Awards. Visit the website at www.uovchamber.com to download a nomination form or fill it out on-line. Deadline for submissions is December 7th.

The list of Award Categories and Criteria can be found on-line on our website as well.
Join us to celebrate business excellence in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Mark Saturday January 26, 2013 on your calendars now! 
Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting – December 5th
Watch for details for our Annual General Meeting coming soon.
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
November is Health & Safety at Loftus Foot Care Clinic
Jane would love to come and give an interactive 15 minute employee seminar in the morning or at lunch at your workplace. If you would like to have Jane come and do a FREE 15 minute seminar please call Loftus Foot Care Clinic at 613-735-4007.
Furniture King – Customer Appreciation Day November 15th
Furniture King invites everyone for customer appreciation day on Thursday November 15th, all day… main event 4 pm – 9 pm. Many giveaways ... Enter their free draws. Many prizes to be won… a mattress, a dining room set, a recliner, tickets for Lumber Kings and many others. Lots of in-store special.  Also enter the draw for a $1000 shopping spree.
Furniture King is located at 3067 Petawawa Blvd., Petawawa. 613-506-5464
Custom Draperies and Home Décor – Customer Appreciation Day November 18th
Custom Draperies and Home Décor invites everyone for customer appreciation day on Sunday November 18th, from noon to 4 pm
Refreshments, free gifts and many giveaways… lots of in-store special. Also enter a ballot for their Christmas Shopping Spree for $1000.
Custom Draperies and Home Décor is location at 76 Pembroke Street West, downtown Pembroke. 613-735-0370
In The Community

Open Minds Open Doors: Hiring Disabled Workers – November 22nd
The County of Renfrew will be sponsoring a very special speaker on November 22nd in Renfrew. Mark Wafer is the owner of six Tim Horton locations in Toronto. Mr. Wafer and his wife Valerie have employed 82 people who have a disability over the past 17 years. On average 18% of his total workforce are persons with disabilities in everything from entry level positions to logistics, production and management.
Reception: 6 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm
Cost for the dinner and speech is $25
. Preregistration is encouraged for this event, and a receipt can be issued. To order a ticket, please contact Jacqui Phillips at Bonnechere Manor Foundation at 613-432-4873 ext 1253 or jphillips@countyofrenfrew.on.ca
Sponsorship opportunities are available, with proceeds to Bonnechere Manor Foundation. Sponsorship levels are:
Platinum $1000 (includes 8 event tickets plus recognition in event programme)
Gold $500 (includes 4 event tickets plus recognition in event programme)
Silver $250 (includes 2 event tickets plus recognition in event programme)
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 15                    November 12
November 29                    November 19

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