Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2013 Issue 2


March 5, 2013 – Issue 2
March is upon us and our thoughts are turning to spring. If you have something that you would like included in the E-Chat please submit to the Chamber office by the deadlines posted at the end of this newsletter.
Congratulations to the 2012 Business Achievement Awards

2012 Lifetime Business Achievement – Daryl & Dwayne (posthumously) Blimke, former owners of the Laurentian View Dairy.
New Business of the Year: VC Athletic Therapy & Bracing
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Emma Leavey, Pick-It-Fence
Small Business of the Year: Glenergy Inc.
Medium Business of the Year: myFM 104.9 Pembroke
Large Business of the Year: Marianhill Inc.
Citizen of the Year: Bob French
Community Organization of the Year: Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network
Skilled Trade Employer – Feature Award: Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
Chamber Member of the Year: Hélène B. Grondin

On behalf of the Board of Directors we offer our congratulations to the award recipients and to all the finalists. We offer our sincere appreciation to Gala Chair Shawn Behnke and to his hard working committee: Cathy Machin, Diane Hokum, Josee Barrette, Kim Chenard, Lana Gorr, Evelyn Culleton.

Plans will start soon for the 10th Anniversary of the Awards Gala
Reminder of Chamber’s Mailing Address
Please remember to update your records with the Chamber’s new mailing address:
UOV Chamber of Commerce
224 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON
K8A 5
The post office box will soon be discontinued.
Modified Hours for Chamber Office
The Chamber Office hours will be modified as follows effective immediately:
Monday – Friday -  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Until further notice. 

Breakfast Connections – March 20, 2013
“Networking with the Media”
Guest Speaker: Jamie Bramburger
Time: 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Location: Board Room, Pembroke Business Centre, 224 Pembroke St. West
Cost: $10/ person

Every Business has a story to tell. Every business needs to promote itself. But most businesses don’t have a media relations strategy. The question is, why not?

Jamie Bramburger of Algonquin College has almost 30 years of experience working in media relations, and in his upcoming presentation to the Chamber he will share tips on how to build a relationship with the media that will pay off for your organization.
Business After Hours – March 27th, 2013 – Ottawa Valley Driving Academy
Roy and staff at the Ottawa Valley Driving Academy invite you and your staff to help them celebrate their successful 1st year of business. 

Join us at the March Business After hours on Wednesday March 27th between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, 381 Isabella Street, Pembroke.
2013 UOV Chamber Golf Tournament – September 20, 2013
Golf Committee Chair, Hélène Grondin asks that you mark your calendars now for the 2013 Upper Ottawa valley chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. It will be held on Friday September 20th, 2013 at Whitetail Golf Club, Eganville. There will be a 1:00 pm, shotgun start.
Cost is $95/player or $360 per foursome (if paid by September 13, 2013)
$105 per player after September 13th
This price includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, delicious dinner and prizes for all. Chamber Members, guests and public welcome to participate.
Register now! Call the Chamber office at 613-732-1492 or email manager@uovchamber.com
In the Community:
Team Canada vs Team Sweden Exhibition Hockey Game – March 30th
The Ottawa Valley Thunder, together with Hockey Canada, are hosting an exhibition game between Team Canada National Women’s Hockey Team and the Swedish National Hockey Women’s Team. The event is taking place at the Pembroke Memorial Centre on March 30th, 2013 at 7:00 pm.
Sponsorships available. Contact Brent Keetch at 613-687-2676 if you have any questions or need further information.
Enterprise Renfrew County Presents W.S.I.B. Bill 119 Seminar – March 21st
Are you in the construction business? Are you prepared for W.S.I.B. Bill 119? New rules became effective January 1, 2013. Mandatory WSIB coverage in the construction industry. 
Construction employers, independent operators and users of construction services are invited to register for this free workshop.
Thursday March 21st – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
County Administration Building, 9 International Drive, Pembroke
Alternate dates and locations:
Wednesday March 27th – 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Renfrew Innovation Centre
1 Innovation Drive, Renfrew
Wednesday April 10th – 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Kenwood Corporate Centre
16 Edward St. S. Arnprior

To register: contact Kim at 613-735-8224 or kfraser@countyofrenfrew.on.ca
online at www.enterpriserenfrewcounty.com
Brought to you by: Enterprise Renfrew County
In Partnership with: Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce, Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce, Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:

Publishing                          Deadline for Submissions                                           
March 28                             March 25
April 18                                 April 15
May 16                                 May 13

Upcoming Chamber
March – June 2013
Networking with the Media  (Get tips on how to build a relationship with the media that will pay off for your organization)
Jamie Bramburger, Manager of Community and Student Affairs, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley
March 20, 2013
7:30 to 9:00 am

Location: Chamber office
Cost: $10/person
Live Webinar on Pinterest for Small Business (Learn how to use a Webinar as a learning tool)
Kelley Lemenchick, Social Media Coordinator, from Community Futures Development Corporation will be delivering the Pinterest Webinar and will continue to offer learning and support to all participants leading up to and following the Webinar
April 24, 2013
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Bring your own brown bag lunch if attending at Chamber office.
Cost: $10/person
Turnaround Interview (Business owners:  Turn off your people problems – not your people! Learn a breakthrough technique to get your employees to break bad workplace habits – without using discipline!)
George Raine, CHRP, President, Montana Consulting Group
June 19, 2013
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
(in planning stage)
Cost: TBD

For more information contact the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.

Phone: 6103-732-1492
Email: manager@uovchamber.com