Monthly Archives July 2019

Want your business to stand out in a big way?

When it comes to a highly leverageable opportunity associated with the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, sponsorship of the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards night’s “Red Carpet Stars” may be just what the marketing doctor ordered.

For a modest fee, your logo can be affixed to a very attractive “star” decal that is guaranteed to get the kind of exposure from a few days before the Friday, October 18, 2019 event that takes place at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Sarnia.

The stars will be a constant reminder during the OBAA week that your business is a proud supporter of this Chamber signature event and all our community’s business advocate does for the advancement of free enterprise and value creation.

Sponsors receive two tickets to the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards night, a $150 value.

“We put together the Chamber’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards night with the express intention of celebrating and breaking attention to the performance of those companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in our community,” said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber.

“Our Red Carpet Stars program is one of the ways we’ve made it even easier for those whose goals align with ours in creating and sustaining this event to share our passion. And thanks to Libro Credit Uni0on, our lead sponsor for this year’s 30th-anniversary OBAA, we’re able to extend the opportunity to the entire business community.”

Interested in coming on board as a Red Carpet Stars sponsor? Get in touch with de Silva at (519) 336-2400, extension 1, or by email: sdesilva@slchamber.ca.

 

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As previously announced, a renewed Member Perks Card program has been launched by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, and physical cards—produced courtesy of Starlight Casino Point Edward—are now available for pickup at the Chamber’s office.

The program, which came into effect on Monday, July 15, 2019, is designed to bring member companies and their employees together for added value.

In an ongoing rollout of the program, member companies are invited to contact Gail Ann Bondar, manager of Member Engagement and Services, to register their discount or other offers, which will then be listed on the Chamber’s website.

Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber, said the Member Perks Card initiative is intended to add value to existing and prospective members.

Chamber members will be given one card for every individual employee wishing to take advantage of discounts made available by fellow members.

When a member goes to a business enrolled in the Membership Perks program, the discount or special offer will be applied.

It’s that simple for building your business with the help of a fellow Chamber member.

 

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, which is leading an initiative to secure Foreign Trade Zone status for the region, received the unanimous support of Lambton County Council earlier this month.

Establishing a Foreign Trade Zone Point designation for the region has long been seen as one of the “bricks” in a foundation that will help bring a new level of economic prosperity to our region.

As one of its core initiatives, a Chamber task force, made up of representatives from the Blue Water Bridge, JDW International, JMS Warehousing, Lambton College, CIBC Commercial Banking and Libro Credit Union, have been meeting regularly to strategize on ways to further encourage companies to develop and implement advanced trade initiatives.

A presentation by Chamber president and CEO Shirley de Silva to members of Lambton County Council resulted in a formal statement of support, which is required under the application process.

“We are grateful to members of Lambton County Council for supporting our application,” said de Silva.

 

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One of Canada’s newest franchise operations has a new location in the London Road Shopping Centre.  The franchise operation, UbreakIfix, is located in Unit N201, on the south side of a new building constructed between London Road and Giant Tiger.

Welcoming franchise owner Luke Faria and staff were representatives of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, including Chamber board chair Ryan Bell, board member Tammy Maure, President and CEO Shirley de Silva, and Gail Ann Bondar, manager of Membership Engagement and Services.

Also present were Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley and property developer Rob Dawson.

“I have been an active member in the Sarnia neighbourhood for many years … I know that uBreakiFix will help Sarnia and surrounding areas expand, progress, and evolve technologically and will meet repair needs for commercial and personal devices. I am excited to invest in the community here through this company.” said Faria.

“More and more, we’re seeing more new entrepreneurs and younger entrepreneurs with an interest in developing and opening businesses or products and services. That’s great, and exactly what Sarnia needs,” according to President and CEO Shirley de Silva.

Welcome, UBreakIFix to our community!

 

 

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Now celebrating five years in Sarnia from its 1149 Confederation St. location, Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters is the Member of the Month at the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

A Canadian franchise “quick-service restaurant” organization that’s now 140 locations strong, Mary Brown’s locally is owned by Doug and Corinne Loucks.

In addition, this year Mary Brown’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a big party in Newfoundland, where it was founded (there are 40 locations alone in Newfoundland and Labrador).

Awarded the fastest growing franchise in Canada for over seven years in a row, this year, it has been named one of “Canada’s Best Managed Companies.” 

Co-owner Corinne Loucks says the franchise restaurant, that has been a part of this community for almost five years, is still being introduced to new customers every day.

“People can expect some of the best customer service they will ever receive in the Sarnia-Lambton community,” she boasts. “Our cashiers and cooks come to know our customers by name and we personally deliver every ‘dine-in guest’ their order to their seat of choice. And our store is immaculate!”

The owners also have an ongoing “Summer of 1969” special: seven pieces of chicken, medium tater, and medium salad for $19.69, in celebration for those 50 years of celebration.

We congratulate Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken and Taters of Sarnia for being our Member of the Month! Be sure to pay them a visit at 1149 Confederation St., Sarnia. They’re waiting for you!

 

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It’s an event we’ve been planning for a few weeks now, but the waiting is nearly over.

90’s Trivia Night at the Refined Fool Brewing Company’s downtown location at 137 Davis Street, is NEXT WEDNESDAY, July 17 from 6 to 8 pm.

Tickets are just $15 per person and teams of 2-6 people are encouraged to sign up. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event, which can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

Why, you might be asking, are trivia events so popular?

According to Cullen Shaw, the founder of the NYC Trivia League, offers up some thoughts. “We don’t want people to walk into a bar and feel like they can’t contribute for a round. If there’s a really difficult 17th-century poetry question, maybe there’s one person in the bar that knows that, but a sports question comes up after that and they let someone else answer. That’s what’s fun about team trivia.” On a certain level, the draw toward trivia seems obvious, according to a recent article in the New York Times.

“We are a competitive people,” said Shaw. “We like games, in general, humankind has gravitated toward games.”

There’s also the socializing and, some might say, the boasting that comes with knowing you are smarter than someone else. At any rate, there is something to the fact that, with trivia, the object isn’t just being smart, but collectively knowing a little bit about everything.

See you Wednesday, July 17 for the Chamber’s 90’s Trivia Night, at the Refined Fool’s 137 Davis Street downtown location from 6 to 8 pm.

And don’t forget to register YOUR TEAM  by clicking HERE.

 

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is partnering with our friends in Port Huron—the Blue Water Area Chamber—for a Cruise on the St. Clair River aboard the Duc D’Orleans II.

The event, which is NOW TAKING PLACE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, will begin on the Duc D’Orleans II dock at 297 Front Street, Sarnia. The cruise runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets for this event are $30 (Canadian funds) plus HST and can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

“We’re very excited to partner with our friends in Michigan for the return of the Chamber River Cruise, a return to a very popular tradition at the Chamber,” said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO. “We hope to see you there!”

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A new signature event being developed by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is continuing to take shape.

SPARK is a one-day conference that will take place at the Lambton College Event Centre on Saturday, November 16, 2019, with a pre-conference reception taking place on Friday, November 15, 2019, hosted by TMRWW Inc.

“We’re building SPARK as a unique opportunity for business professionals at every stage in their career to be inspired, motivated, and energized,” said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber.

Through inspirational talks, breakout and workshop sessions and panels, Spark attendees will learn from experienced leaders and entrepreneurs from across Southwestern Ontario.

Speakers, many of whom have already confirmed their participation, are those who have overcome adversity, started businesses from the ground up, facilitated change in their communities, and inspired others to take action.

The SPARK concept is coming to life, but opportunities remain for sponsors to come on board.

“We have built some great opportunities to be part of the SPARK ecosystem,” said de Silva.

A detailed sponsorship package is available by contacting the Chamber. Just click HERE to get on our list for the package.

 

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Sometimes it’s good to “re-boot” and that’s what we are doing with its Membership Perks program.

Thanks to our friends at Starlight Casino Point Edward, who have generously provided the physical cards for this program,  Membership Perks is ready to take the first steps in building a database of discounts offered by Chamber members.

Here’s how the Membership Perks Card program  will work:

—Chamber members will be given one card for every individual employee wishing to take advantage of discounts made available by fellow members.

—Members interested in participating in this program are invited to contact Gail Ann Bondar, manager of Member Engagement and Services, who will then add them to the Membership Perks Card listing, with any discounts or special offers available to fellow Chamber members.

—When a member goes to a business enrolled in the Membership Perks program, the discount or special offer will be applied.

“It’s that simple for building your business with the help of a fellow Chamber member,”  said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber.

The Membership Perks Card launch is scheduled for July 15th, 2019.

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