FCT, RBC and the Halton Learning Foundation joined forces to host the Oakville Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours reception for February. The evening presented opportunities to meet with representatives from each of these companies and discover what they do to support the Oakville/Halton community. (more…)
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The Oakville Chamber of Commerce hosted Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair, to give a Halton Economic Update to its members. His message was clear and concise. He is proud that “Halton is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire” He also feels that “because we are blessed with this inviting and stable environment, businesses are attracted to Halton and want to call it home.”
Gary Carr was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton in 2006, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Committed, charismatic, entertaining and well organized, Gary has, during his time as Halton Regional Chair, made himself available at all times, stayed involved in the Halton community and has continually strived to create an environment that will reflect the high standards that the Halton Region has now and will continue to have in the future. A progressive, long-term approach to planning has been mandated in order to build an even better Halton Region.
The Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s celebration of BDC’s Small Business Week was a week of high energy activities. “Aim High! Invest in Your Future” was the theme of this year’s event. Small Business Week is an opportunity to recognize Canadian entrepreneurship and the small businesses which help to sustain our economy.
Beginning with the kick-off breakfast and Mac Voisin’s incredible story of his journey to success as the co-founder of M & M Meat Shops, to seminars with informative speakers, the week peaked with the annual business after hours and tradeshow.
Mac Voisin, cofounder of M& M Meat Shops, was a highlight of the week as he spun his tale of success and his methods of converting failures into successes. He emphasized his lessons learned and the value of understanding your customers. He stressed his success was based on quality products, superlative customer service and the ability to achieve peak performance with every team member.
This week, John Sawyer, president of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the Oakville community by Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh.
“John has done a marvellous job managing the direction of the Oakville Chamber over many years,” said Ted Chudleigh. “The success of the Chamber is due to his guidance and high quality of board chairs recruited over the years.”
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne as Queen of Canada, the medal is a tangible way to honour Her Majesty’s service to Canada and at the same time honour Canadians who have made significant contributions for and achievements in their communities.
The presentation marks the second Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to an Oakville Chamber of Commerce leader. Julia Hanna, vice-chair of the chamber, owner of Ristorante Julia and Ritorno and founder of the Kids Culinary Community, was also awarded the medal earlier this year.
“Through our tax dollars, local businesses help subsidize the quality of life in our community,” says Rinella. “The Chamber is committed to supporting local community initiatives that enhance opportunities for businesses and at the same time support the community overall. We provide volunteer assistance, planning guidance and we facilitate connections with business and community leaders.”
The Oakville Chamber is the voice of the Oakville business community. The Chamber provides member benefits including: advocacy, corporate benefits, networking opportunities, business development and educational forums. Their mission is to foster a healthy, engaged and sustainable business environment and economy in Oakville.
The Oakville Chamber of Commerce celebrated the official grand opening of its new office at 700 Kerr Street.
“We are finally settled in to our new location and are delighted to invite our members, volunteers, neighbours and others in the community to help us celebrate,” noted Wendy Rinella, chair of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “This move has increased our capacity to serve our members with a larger facility. The Chamber has experienced record revenue, membership growth and event attendance over the last few years. This location allows us the opportunity to further expand our staffing capabilities as we continue to grow.”
The Chamber’s new location is in central Oakville with easy access from the QEW. The Chamber has a large boardroom and additional meeting facilities, offering members a convenient location to host meetings as one of their membership benefits. In addition, the Chamber will have the space to host volunteers, students and interns at their new facility.