Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 4

March 22, 2012 – Issue 4

 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.

Business After Hours
April 19th
The Delfi Group, at Westwinds Restaurant, 1 International Drive, Pembroke.
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
After 16 successful years of providing organizational consulting services, The Delfi Group is proud to announce the transition of ownership from Dave Fisher of Petawawa to Larry Schruder of Pembroke.
Please join us at a wine and cheese on April 19th at the Westwinds Restaurant for a Chamber of Commerce “after hours” Transition Celebration.   Formal congratulations and best wishes by His Worship, Bob Sweet, Warden of Renfrew County at 6:15 pm

Deep River Earth Day Community Cleanup – April 21st
If you live in Deep River, then here’s a chance for you to pay back in a small way to your community. The Deep River and Area Branch of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is in the process of planning a Coordinated Community Cleanup for this year’s Earth Day activity and your participation would be greatly appreciated. The event runs 9 am -2 pm.

Register at Deep River Town Hall on the morning of April 21st, pick up a bag, fill it with trash, and return it. It is that simple.

For more information or to pre-register a group please contact Brian at 613-584-2118 or send an email to: brian.mcinall@sympatico.ca  

Please note BACK UP DATE is April 28th.
From Our Members:
United Way - Renfrew County’s Days of Caring June 1st & 2nd

Does Your Business want to give back to the Community? If you can give some willing employees a half-day off for community service, they can help out a local charity complete a much needed project.

Does your charity organization need some helping hands for a few hours? Do you have a project that’s been sitting on the shelf due to lack of time and help? We want to help by matching your organization with a workplace to create a positive impact in the community.
Call 1-888-592-2213 or go to www.renfrewcountyunitedway.ca for more details.
Boys & Girls Club of Pembroke – “OPEN HOUSE” & “KIDS FUN NIGHT”
Thursday April 26th from 6:30 pm – 8 pm (drop-in)
Knights of Columbus, 170 Ellis Avenue, Pembroke
The entire community is invited to:
- Come see what the Boys & Girls Club is all about
- Learn & receive information about the fun programs that are offered (ages JK – 18 years old)
- Find out how to be a member & register to be a member
- Sign up for Summer Day Camp
- Sign up for Before & After School programs for Fall 2012
- Meet the amazing staff & volunteers
- Bring the children so they can participate in the KIDS FUN ZONE.
For more information please contact the Boys & Girls Club office at 613-735-1933 or email bonnie.s@boysandgirlsclubofpembroke.com
Use Your Aeroplan Miles for a Good Cause!
Aeroplan® is partnering with Renfrew County United Way to help with air travel for Renfrew County Children in need of medical aid. Between April 1st and 30th, 2012, donate some of your Aeroplan Miles! To find out more, check out the website at: www.renfrewcountyunitedway.ca

*Areoplan Miles can only be used to access communities serviced by Air Canada and Star Alliance Member Airlines.
Co-op Works! – Algonquin College
Through the eastern Ontario Development Program and the Renfrew County community Futures Development Corporation, Algonquin College is offering employers a 50% wage subsidy to support the hiring of Algonquin College co-op students. This program is available to employers on a 1st come, 1st served basis for the summer of 2012, as only 15 positions are eligible to be funded.
For more information on the Co-op Works! Program, contact Cathy Yantha or Margo Hoffman at 613-735-4700 ext 2814.
M & R Feeds - Annual Seminars
M & R Feeds and Farm SUpply is hosting annual smeinars for customers and interested parties.  They are as follows:
March 28: Deer Seminar at the Shawville Store.  Steve Elmy from Rack Stacker will deliver the seminar. 
Starts at 7:00 pm,  Contactt the Shwville Store for details.
- March 29: Deer Seminar at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pembroke.  Steve Elmy fro Rack Stackers will deliver the seminar.  Strats at 7:00 pm.  Contact the Pembroke Store for details.
- April 18: Horse Nutrition and Dentistry Seminar at the Alice & Fraser Rec Centre.  Speakers are Katy Gemmel (agribrands Equine Consultant), Dr. Megan Fine and Dr. Kathleen Best (Ottawa Valley Large Animal Clinic in Kemptville).  Starts at 6:30 pm.  Contact any of the locations for detials.
- April 19: Horse Meeting in Shawville.  Location and time to be determined.  Contact the Shawville Store for more details.
Contact info for the locations are as follows:  Micksburg (Phone: 613-735-3689 or micksburg@mandrfeeds.com ), Pembroke (Phone: 613-732-2843 or pembroke@mandrfeeds.com ) and Shwville (Phone: 819-647-2814 or shwville@mandrfeeds.com )
Canadian Chamber of Commerce - SME Employee Skills Upgrading Webinar March 28
It has been shown that one of the best ways to improve business productivity is to grow existing employees' skills.
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this no-cost webinar where subject matter experts will address the issue of SME employee skills upgrading.
This webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Space for this one-hour webinar is limited so please ensure that your spot is saved by pre-registering here
Targeted at small- and medium-sized businesses, participants will learn how essential skills in the workplace can make a difference and how they can find the skills upgrading support they need.

This webinar will feature the following topics:
1. Essential skills, productivity and competitiveness: the Canadian imperative
 Presenter: T. Scott Murray, DataAngel Policy Research Inc.
2. My employees don’t have the essential skills they need!  So what?  Now what? 
Presenter: Janet Lane, Literacy Alberta
3. Practical solutions for your business
Presenter: Lindsey McIntosh, Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
This is the first of several webinars, hosted by the Canadian Chamber, that will focus on the human resource challenges facing businesses today.
Upcoming Events
March 28th - Deer Seminar M & R Feeds Shawville Store
7:00 pm  Call 819-647-2814
March 29th - Deer Seminar Knights of Columbus Hall Pembroke
7:00 pm Call 613-732-2843
April 18 - Horse Nutrition & Denistry Seminar - Alice & Fraser Rec Centre
6:30 pm Call any store of M & R Feeds
April 19 - Horse Meeting in Shawville. Details to be announced.
April 19th – Business After Hours
Hosted By - The Delfi Group
Location: Westwinds Restaurant, 1 International Drive, Pembroke
Time: 5 pm -7 pm
April 20th – 22nd – Showcase 2012
Petawawa Civic Centre
For more information contact Doug at Stoneman Promotions 613-732-9662 or doug@showcaseinpetawawa.ca
April 21st – Deep River Community Cleanup
9 am – 2 pm
For more information contact Brian at 613-584-2118 or brian.mcinall@sympatico.ca

April 24thBreakfast Connections
7:30 am
Bernadette McCann House, 25 Maple Street, Pembroke
Remember to check the Chamber website on a continuous basis for events and updates.
Upcoming Publishing Dates
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:

Publishing                          -Deadline for Submissions                                         
March 22                             March 19
April 5                                   April 2
April 19                                 April 16
May 3                                    April 30


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