Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat Issue 21

November 15, 2012 – Issue 21

Time is flying it is hard to believe we are already mid-way through November.  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.

Chamber Office on the Move!

Advanced notice - the Chamber office will be moving as of November 30th , 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 are having a Open House on December 13th, watch for more details.
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! 
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 (8 available, 1 sold)
Silver $600
(includes 4 tickets and sponsor of finalist certificates in 1 category) – 9 (8 available, 1 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.
Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting – December 5th
Watch for details for our Annual General Meeting coming soon.
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
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
East Side Mario’s – Space Available for Office Christmas Parties
If you haven’t already started to think about your office or company party East Side Mario’s can help!
At East Side Mario’s they have room to accommodate your office party whether it by be 10 people or 40 people. If you book your Christmas party with them they will give you a Be My Guest* coupon to use as a giveaway or to treat yourself. If the group is 10 or more you get a $25 Be My Guest* for groups of 20 or more you will receive two $25 Be My Guest coupons.
Call Rachel Dargus at 613-732-9955 to book your party.
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
Renfrew County’s Festival of Trees – November 24th Tickets Now Available
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.

Tickets are available for $60/person or for 10 or more people $50/person. You can purchase them at:
Custom Draperies & Home Décor
Furniture King Petawawa
Kelsey’s Restaurant
Renfrew County United Way Office
CPAN office
For other options and/or more information about Festival of Trees, please visit the webpage: www.renfrewcountycpan.ca/news/festival-of-trees
Ontario Chamber of Commerce – Have Your Say in Ontario’s Future
Have your say in Ontario’s future and you could score a Blackberry PlayBook or two concert tickets to see The Who.

Ontario is at a crossroads. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Leger Marketing, is conducting a survey of leader/business opinion.
Click here to take the survey: https://legerweb.com/OCC_Member_Survey
It takes less than three minutes to complete. All respondents are entered into a draw to win two amazing prizes:

- A BlackBerry PlayBook courtesy of Research in Motion Ltd. Creators of the Blackberry solution.
- Two tickets to see The Who perform in Toronto on November 23rd courtesy of Music Canada.
Your responses will help inform the Chamber’s five year plan to create jobs and grow Ontario’s economy.
Contact liammcguinty@occ.on.ca if you have any questions.
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:

Publishing                          Deadline for Submissions                                           
November 29                    November 26
December 13                     December 10

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