Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2013 Issue 1


January 21, 2013 – Issue 1
It’s almost the end of January and we are working hard to ensure that our members are going to have a good year in 2013! We could always use some more volunteers willing to help out during some of our special events planned for 2013. If you would like to learn more please contact the Chamber office.

The Chamber Office Has Moved!

In case you have not heard, the Chamber’s office is now open for business in a new location. The phone number and e-mail remain the same but the address is now:
UOV Chamber of Commerce
224 Pembroke Street West 
Pembroke, ON      K8A 5
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
The first Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 25th at noon. We will be meeting in the board room at our new office – 224 Pembroke Street West. The meetings are open but if you are planning on attending please let us know by calling the office.
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.
The list of finalist has been announced and can be found on our Facebook page or on our website.
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.
List of Finalists                                
The nominations are in and the votes have been tallied. The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 UOVCC Business Achievement Awards Gala. Shelley Rolland-Poruks from AECL Nuclear Laboratories and Jon Pole from myFM will co-host the event on Saturday, February 23rd at the Germania Hall in Pembroke. There will be (10) awards handed out that evening in a number of categories. The finalists are: 
New Business of the Year:
 • Steele Industrial Supplies Inc. – Dianna Hokum
 • VC Athletic Therapy & Bracing – Victoria Cleary
 • Vibe Marketing – Ashley Brazeau
Young Entrepreneur of the Year:
 • Crossfit Poise – Kendra Johnsen
 • Pick-it Fence – Emma Leavey
 • Vibe Marketing – Ashley Brazeau
Small Business of the Year:
 • Glenergy – Glen MacGillivary
 • The Country Cupboard – Cheryl Jordan
 • Co-operators Insurance – Frances Lemke
Medium Business of the Year:
 • myFM 104.9 – Marc Poirier
 • Frank Carroll Financial – Norm Carroll
 • Quality Inn & Suites (Petawawa) – Gabriele & Hans Feldtanzer 
Large Business of the Year:
 • Canadian Tire (Pembroke) – Dennis Beech
 • Calabogie Motorsports – Rick Fleming
 • Marianhill Inc. - Linda Tracey
Citizen of the Year:
 • Bob French
 • Jayne Brophy
 • Chris Hinsperger
Community Organization of the Year:
 • Options Skilled Trades & Career Fair Steering Committee
 • Family & Children Services of Renfrew County
 • Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network
Skilled Trade Employer – 2012 Feature Award:
 • Valley Automotive
 • Cut-rite Family Hairstyling
 • Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL)
Chamber Member of the Year:
 • To be announced that evening.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
 • Daryl & Dwayne (posthumously) Blimke former owners of Laurnetian View Dairy (Previously announced).
This is the 9th Annual Business Achievement Awards Gala that the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber has held and it continues to grow each and every year. A large part of that growth stems from the support from our sponsors. A special thanks goes out to this year’s Gold Sponsors, which include The Town of Petawawa, The City of Pembroke, Algonquin College, Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL Nuclear Laboratories), Johnston & Mackie Limited, and NRTC Communications.
 Our Silver Sponsors include Valley Wines, the Neil Squires Society (County of Renfrew), Royal Bank of Canada, The Delfi Group, G&K Specialties and Scotiabank – Pembroke.
The tentative schedule for the evening has the doors opening at 5:00pm for Cocktails with a Pre-Dinner Ceremony taking place at 6:00pm. A formal sit-down dinner, catered by Ullrich’s, will take place from 6:30pm until 8:30pm with the Awards Presentation starting at 9:00pm. TVCOGECO will be recording the event and will re-broadcast the production the following week. Angie Wren, of A.C.G. Photography, will conduct event photography and Chris Cooper will provide DJ services.
The Awards Gala is the premier business event held in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Currently, there are still a number of prime sponsorship opportunities still available. Each level of sponsorship comes with a select number of tickets, premium seating, and promotion. Platinum and Gold level sponsors announce award recipients during the production.
There is a limited amount of tickets available. Gala tickets are $70.00 each if purchased before Monday, February 4th from the Chamber Office. After that, tickets cost $85.00 with the deadline for ticket purchases ending Monday, February 11th. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis.
Please contact the Chamber Office at 613-732-1492 or email manager@uovchamber.com for more information or ticket purchases.
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 (3 available, 6 sold)
Silver $600 (includes 4 tickets and sponsor of finalist certificates in 1 category) – 9 (3 available, 6 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.
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.

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Publishing                          Deadline for Submissions                                           
February 7                          February 4
February 21                        February 18