Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 23


December 20, 2012 – Issue 21
Time is going by quickly and the holiday season is finally here, and before you know it, it’ll be 2013! The Board of Directors and Staff want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  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.

The Chamber Office Has Moved!

The Chamber’s office is now open for business in its new location. The phone number and e-mail remain the same but the mailing address is now:
UOV Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                                      224 Pembroke Street West                                                                                                                    Pembroke, ON                                                                                                                                             K8A 5N2
Modified Hours for Chamber Office
The Chamber Office hours will be modified as follows starting January 2nd, 2013:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Until further notice.
2013 Board of Directors for the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce
At the Annual General Meeting held on December 5th, 2012 the new 2013 Board of Directors was elected.
President – Brian McInall, Valley Wines
Vice President – Osiah Horst, Horst Business Services
Treasurer – Kim Drake, Algonquin College
Jocelyn Scott, AECL
Helene Grondin, Helene Grondin CMA
Marilyn Alexander, Pembroke Comfort Inn
Erica Murphy, Marketing On Main
John Walden, Walden & Associates (Deep River Branch Chair)
Shawn Behnke, ComBEtek MultiMedia
Janice Krieger, BMO
Rebecca Bair Patel, Integrated Health Centre

Past President – Gary Melnyk, BMO
Annual Upper Ottawa Valley Business Awards Gala – Change of Date
Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of the 2012 Business Awards Gala has been changed to Saturday, February 23rd 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience that the change may cause.
Please contact the Chamber office to reserve your tickets for the 2012 Awards Gala on Saturday February, 2013 at the Germania Hall in Pembroke.
Tickets are $70 per person until January 31st, 2012 and then the price rises to $85 per person. Deadline for purchasing tickets is February 8th, 2013.
Email your request to manager@uovchamber.com or call 613-732-1492.
Sponsorships for Gala Awards are Available
The Gala Committee is once again looking for sponsors for the Annual Awards Gala.
Basic Details: Full details on sponsorships can be found on our website.  Click Here
Platinum - $2500
(includes 10 tickets and sponsor of Lifetime Achievement Award) – 1 available
Gold $1200
(includes 6 tickets and sponsor of one award) – 9 (5 available, 4 sold)
Silver $600
(includes 4 tickets and sponsor of finalist certificates in 1 category) – 9 (4 available, 5 sold)
Table $300
(includes 2 tickets) – 26 available
Gold Plus – donation of item with value of $2000 or more
(includes 4 tickets)
Please contact the Chamber office for more details or to get a Sponsorship Package. All sponsorship are on a first come, first serve basis.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Recipients Announced
During the Annual General Meeting of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce outgoing President Gary Melnyk announced the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
This year’s LifetimeBusiness Achievement Award Recipients are Daryl & Dwayne Blimke, founders and former owners of Laurentian View Dairy in Deep River, stated Mr. Melnyk. “They certainly exemplify all the criteria for this award. They operated the family business for over 60 years and that business continues as a valley landmark to this day.”
The Blimke Brothers, Dwayne (deceased 2006) and Daryl dedicated their efforts and endless hours to the establishment, advancement and success of the Dairy. Their proven commitment to their family business was witnesses and appreciated by the whole community when in 1985, the Dairy was destroyed by fire. Overwhelming support illustrated the importance of rebuilding this community landmark. The Dairy’s success was not only demonstrated through improvement to products and packaging and to health and safety, but also through local support to various teams, clubs, and community associations.
Pioneers in the dairy industry and restaurant business in the Ottawa Valley and beyond, the Blimke brothers proved their leadership time and time again. Recognition of their leadership and dedication has been shown on a number of occasions such as the Deep River Chamber of Commerce award recognizing their exceptional customer service, presented by the town’s mayor. Furthermore, Dwayne and Daryl demonstrated a commitment to the environment by implementing recyclable processes for all plastic and paper containers.
The official presentation of the award will take place during the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Achievement Awards Gala on Saturday February 23, 2013. 
From Our Members:

MiniBoards Advertising Sold
GallantMEDIA (Shawn Gallant) and Forest Lea Promotional Products (Donna Stokell) have pooled resources to create Marketing On Main. Their first initiative was the acquisition of MiniBoards Advertising… a network of over 225 advertising boards located in high traffic sporting and dining establishments throughout the Ottawa Valley. Visit their new website at www.miniboards.ca for full information.
Accessibility Outreach Program – January 16th
The Township of Killaloe Hagarty Richards is extending an invitation to all business owners, managers, non-profit groups, service clubs and volunteer groups to attend this free presentation on Wednesday January 16th, 2013 at Killaloe Public School starting at 6:30 pm.
The goal of this presentation is connect with business owners and managers to provide them with a free business-focused ‘information toolkit’.
The information toolkit contains information on:
-          The Business case for hiring a person with a disability.
-          Expanding your customer base through increased accessibility.
-          Employment agencies that provide free resources to help facilitate smooth recruiting and retention.
-          Accommodating new or existing employees with disabilities.
-          The upcoming standards set out by Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
-          Government funding and programs aimed at offsetting costs.
-          Disability Etiquette
The program will be presented by:
Adam Lesco, Accessibility Outreach Coordinator, Neil Squire Society
For more information contact:
Maria Mayville

Doing Business with the Government of Canada – Understanding the Process – the Fundamentals
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation in partnership with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) Public Works and Government Services Canada presents “Doing Business with the Government of Canada – Understanding the Process – the Fundamentals” on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013. It will be held at the Marguerite Centre, 700 Mackay Street, Pembroke, from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
This event is offered at no cost to participants but you must be registered. Please note the event will fill up fast and is available on a first come, first served basis.
To register, please contact Kristina Misener. kmisnere@bellnet.ca or 613-735-3951.

If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:

Publishing                          Deadline for Submissions                                           
January 10                           January 7
January 24                           January 21

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