New Research Identifies Opportunities to Support Small Business Success
Released February 26, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) fourth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) reveals opportunities where both business and government can focus to create an environment more conducive to small business success.
We hosted our Annual General Meeting on February 19th, at The Village Inn in Lakefield. If you missed it, keep reading for a recap of the event and to see some photos!
At the meeting we:
Discussed our 2019 highlights.
Distributed 2018-19 Annual Report.
Discussed auditor’s financial report.
Presented the slate of directors for the coming year (see below for full slate) – welcome to new Board Directors Lauren Black, Clo Design Studio, Michael Corner, Assante Wealth Management, Michael Davidson, Tony Davidson – TD Wealth Private Investment Advice & Chris Whelan, Whelan’s Flooring Centre.
Enjoyed networking and refreshments.
Presented donations & announced sponsorship’s.
Door prize draw.
We held our April Business After Hours in Young’s Point where we did a hop with some of the great businesses in the area. On our hop, we visited with Clearview Cottage Resort, Lockside Trading Co., Young’s Point Personal Training & 24 Hour Fitness, Kinetic Therapeutics, and Old Bridge Inn & Restaurant.
Thank you to to everyone who came out, and thank you to our Networking Event Sponsor Blue Diamond Window Cleaning.
Stop #1 Clearview Cottage Resort
Our first stop on our Young’s Point Hop was Clearview Cottage Resort. Clearview is a family-owned and operated resort for over 50 years, and strives to help families create lasting memories. There are 22 cottages on the property that range from 1-4 bedrooms.
It’s National Volunteer Week, and on April 10th, we hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast to thank all our wonderful volunteers for all their hard work throughout the year. For the past two years, we’ve also invited our Past Presidents to join us for our breakfast because without their hard work, we would not be the successful Chamber we are today.
Why should a business owner be interested in wellness? People who live healthy lifestyles and are happy at home and at work, get sick less, are absent less and are the most productive at work. This saves money on temporary staffing, staff turnover and benefit plan premiums. According to a related article I recently read:
- The Canadian Economy loses over $16.6 billion every year due to absenteeism.
- Obese Canadian employees have 77% higher drug costs and spend 35% more on health services.
- Mental health addictions account for two-thirds of all disability claims in Canada.
For busy business owners, implementing a wellness program can seem time-consuming and expensive. The reality is launching an effective wellness program is a proactive business decision that can directly affect your bottom line.