Monthly Archives January 2021

For the last 10 months, all of our sweet elders in nursing homes and care facilities have literally been shut out from the world and isolated from their loved ones.

Just Baskits is going to help, and they need your help to do so! Just Baskits and Balloon Decor is participating in a Nationwide Balloon Campaign to #adoptagrandparent by sending EVERY SINGLE resident a Balloon Buddy! 

They are working on bringing a Balloon Buddy to each facility once the entire number of residents has been reached.

These fun Balloon Buddies will come with a note for each resident to let them know we are thinking of them.

For just $15 you can #adoptagrandparent and they will deliver them a Balloon Buddy. HELP US do this now! You can sponsor one for just $15, 2 for $30 or sponsor 4 for $50!

Just Baskits announced they have now sold out at Fairwinds!  So far they have adopted 2 full senior residences. 110 residents will each receive a Balloon Buddy all thanks to Sarnia-Lambton, our amazing community. 

Visit  https://www.justbaskits.com/contents/en-ca/d19292.html to see the next facility.

For more information on how you can get involved and help, visit www.justbaskits.com and select #adoptagrandparent

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Check’N is a system that can be used by any size or type of business in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The program was made by local company “IndustrialWebApps”. 

A link to the COVID-19 screening survey is automatically sent to your employee’s phone. There is no better way to automatically remind employees to fill out their screening survey. Subsequent texts will match their working schedule. 

Smart phone or email notifications can be automatically sent just as easily. Survey results are stored for reporting and contact tracing purposes. 

For visitors and customers, simply share the QR code to be scanned and completed. 

For more details on pricing and packages, click here https://checkn.ca/

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This year, we have worked to create a shorter, easier survey to address:

  • Your challenges with recruitment, retention and hard-to-fill positions.
  • The challenges faced by local businesses.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on business operations.

NEW THIS YEAR!!! By completing the survey, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a $100 grand prize and one of 8 $25 gift cards redeemable at over 275+ small businesses throughout Lambton County!!

 You can take the survey here

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The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership will be hosting four different business webinars in the upcoming weeks:

Government Programs For Small Business

What: Join the Sarnia-Lambton Business Enterprise Centre as it hosts representatives from Service Canada who will highlight some of their programs and services that are guaranteed to help your business.

When: Tuesday, January 26th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Register Here

Common Errors Made By Small Business in Proprietorships & Partnerships

What: We will cover: common tax mistakes and how to avoid them, books and record keeping tips and tricks, how to use benchmarking to your advantage, and valuable information on the CRA’s online services. Join us to learn how to navigate the tax system as it applies to your small business. Ask your tax-related questions at this webinar.

When: Wednesday, February 2rd 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Register Here 

Common Errors Made by Small Business Corporations 

What: We will cover: common tax mistakes and how to avoid them, books and record keeping tips and tricks, how to use benchmarking to your advantage, and valuable information on the CRA’s online services. Join us to learn how to navigate the tax system as it applies to your small business. Ask your tax-related questions at this webinar.

When: Thursday, February 4th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Register Here

HR 101

Contact Fraser Parry for time and Registration Details: parry@sarnialambton.on.ca 

Tuesday, March 9th

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The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused a significant decline in tourism activity for many tourism dependent communities in southern Ontario. To support an efficient and effective recovery in the tourism sector from the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation, with support from collaborating partners (Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Tourism Sarnia Lambton, Middlesex County & Tourism London), have established a Tourism Adaptation Fund that will provide non-repayable contributions of up to $20,000 to tourism-oriented small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Not For Profit organizations (NFPs) (Ultimate Recipients), to support one time adaptation and reopening costs, retroactive to June 1st, 2020 and completed by December 31st, 2021. The Ultimate Recipient must contribute a minimum of 20% of total pre-tax project costs.

Deadline for Applications: January 29, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

Applicants must provide receipts for completed work or quotes for planned projects. Applicants may also elect to submit supporting photos. 

Project expenses that have already received government support are not eligible, nor are federal agencies. 

Applications must be accessed via the buttons below, completed and emailed to adapt@swotc.ca 

Any questions about the program for Tourism Partners within Sarnia-Lambton can email Mark Perrin at MPerrin@TourismSarniaLambton.com

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Get a front-row seat for a pivotal day of thought leadership as we convene some of the brightest minds in the Canadian business community to discuss the challenges businesses are facing because of the pandemic and the innovative public policies needed to foster a sustainable economic recovery. An impressive lineup of speakers is planned. This is an event you don’t want to miss! This event is FREE for Upcoming Events subscribers. Please select the “Attendee” option and use the discount code CCCMember to take advantage of this free opportunity

Register here.

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Join the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on Friday, February 5, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for an In Conversation with the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of the Official Opposition. Hear about his response to rising COVID-19 numbers and his vision for economic recovery with the vaccine rollout underway across the country.

Register Here

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In response to the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases, a declaration of emergency was made on January 12, 2021 for all of Ontario.

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts

The declaration of emergency allows the government to:

  • strengthen public health and workplace safety measures
  • create and enforce emergency orders

The purpose is to help:

  • keep people at home as much as possible and save lives
  • stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities
  • prevent the hospital system from becoming overwhelmed
  • protect vulnerable populations and those who care for them

What does this mean?

The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused. The provincewide shutdown will continue with stronger public health and workplace safety measures.

For more details, click here.

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