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Thursday, July 9th, the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce will join dignitaries MP Gladu, MPP Bailey, Warden Weber, Mayor Loosely, and CAO Charlebois in an official ribbon cutting for Kingswell Glen Golf Club.

We invite you to join us in congratulating Jenna and Joe Gorzeman on their new endeavor and reopening of the Kingswell Glen Golf Club.

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Petrolia Street Bakery and Little Caesars Pizza teamed up last week to deliver 65 loaves of bread to frontline workers at Fairwinds, Rosewood Manor & Slipacoff Dentistry.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Little Caesars Pizza has been trying to find ways to thank the frontliners for their work. For this initiative though, they wanted to take it just a bit further by including a small business in the  mix as well.

Little Caesars Pizza reached out to Petrolia Street Bakery, a local bakery that has been open at this location since just after Thanksgiving 2019. The goal of the project was to “break bread” with the community by making loaves of bread to send home with frontliners. The two delivered 65 loaves of bread to staff at Slipacoff Dental, Fairwinds Lodge and Rosewood Manor.

Little Caesars Pizza owner Kathleen Mundy says she has so much empathy for entrepreneurs trying so hard to endure the pandemic. She was delighted by the opportunity to work with Emily, owner of Petrolia Street Bakery and would love to encourage other businesses to reach out and collaborate with small businesses if it’s within their means.

 







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Welcome to the Chamber Community: Lake Effect Studio! Lake Effect Studio is a brand new digital marketing company that specializes in environmental marketing. The company is owned and operated by recent graduates Sam Eastman and Kelly Moir.

As a welcome to the chamber and congratulations on their official launch, we will be having a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony over Zoom on Monday, June 1 at 2:00 pm. MP Marilyn Gladu and MPP Bob Bailey will be cutting the ribbon. Click here for more details.

To visit Lake Effect Studio’s website, click here.

To see Lake Effect Studios contact information, click here.

Left to Right: Kelly Moir and Sam Eastman
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The Lambton Federation of Agriculture (LFA) donated $1,000 to the Inn of the Good Shepherd and $1,000 split among rural food banks in Lambton County. The LFA recognizes the help these shelters need during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those spread throughout the County. There are 12 banks spread throughout the county that provide food items on an emergency basis to individuals and families in need.  

President of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture, Gary Martin, is also a director on the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce board. Gary farms 250 acres of soybeans and wheat which he operates by himself. We are proud to highlight Gary as a key player in our local agriculture business. Thanks for all your hard work, Gary!

For the full statement, click here

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Between April 28th and 29th, Bluewater Health received 50 dozen donuts on behalf of RE/MAX Sarnia and Global Donuts & Deli. The two businesses collaborated on this wonderful idea in honour of the hardworking doctors, nurses, therapists, medics, and more. The Global Donuts & Deli Facebook page shared a statement in their honour: 

“In ancient times, [there] were shamans, elders, latri, healers…..we know them as nurses, doctors, medics, therapists. Back then, it was considered [divine] work/magic, still!” 

The act was widely praised on both their social media accounts. RE/MAX and Global Donuts are just two of the many amazing local businesses that have provided Sarnia healthcare facilities with gifts as a thank you for their service.

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Dr. Bill Howatt, chief of research, Workforce Productivity at The Conference Board of Canada, has produced a short video that focuses on Mental Health and COVID-19.

You can see the video below, which contains an acronym for PLAY.

P is for Passion: Do the things that you love and bring you joy and do them with intention.

L is for Live in the Moment: Capture special moments, and don’t take them for granted.

A is for Awesome: Look for the awesomeness in every day and embrace it.

Y is for Youthful: Don’t be afraid to have fun, be silly and be vulnerable every now and then.

The entire video by Dr. Howatt can be seen below:

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Patrick Gill, senior director of Tax and Financial Policy with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, is offering a five-step plan for businesses to find their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

His comments come on behalf of the Canadian Business Resilience Network, an initiative of the Canadian Chamber.

“It feels as though the world has stopped and in many ways it has,” said Gill. “So what should non-essentials do when a winter like this has come. Before cash balances dry up, Canadian businesses should use the emergency measures that governments coast to coast have announced to put their workers and operations into a state of hibernation.”

Gill says if your company is not able to function right now, “think—hibernation.”

He lists five ways to make this happen.

—1. Take care of the health, safety and liquidity of your workers. Use the emergency benefit of the new wage subsidy to keep your workers attached to you ,but safe at home. “And please don’t let go of your workers if you can,” said Gill. “You’ll recover faster if you do.”

—2. Talk to your bank or credit union about your debt obligations or accessing emergency credit. Interest rates have been slashed and interest-free loans are available and the business credit availability program can help as well.

—3. Don’t worry about the taxman right now. Tax deadlines, audits and payments have been extended at every level. Call your accountant for details.

—4. Speak to your landlord and discuss the situation with them. And know that many provincial governments have stayed evictions. It’s in both parties’ best interest to sort things out.

—5. start planning now for your emergence from hibernation.

“This winter will end how quickly and successfully you emerge can be boosted by doing a little planning now,” said Gill.  “And remember, we’re all in this together. So speak to your banking partners—your lawyer, insurer, banker and accountant. They want to help and they can help. You can survive this economic winter by hibernating like a Canadian.”

 

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Corporate Knights, a sustainable business magazine, is celebrating Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a list of 50 green initiatives by companies who working to create a sustainable planet.

The magazine recognizes that when Earth Day was born, concerns were mounting about the lead fumes puffing out of tailpipes, the Cleveland river soaked in industrial waste that had caught on fire the year prior, and the thousands of dead, oil-soaked birds that had washed up on the beaches of Santa Barbara in the largest oil spill in American history.

By the end of 1970, the United States Environmental Protection Agency had been founded, ushering in an era of groundbreaking clean-air, water, and endangered-species regulations that would reshape corporate America’s relationship with nature, providing a cornerstone for modern environmental policy.

The full story on the positive impacts the organizers of Earth Day have been able to see in that half-century can be seen HERE,

 

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is creating a series of webinars entitled “Shaping the Current & Post-Pandemic Business Community”. 

Thought leaders of various disciplines from our community will offer their insights and guide a free-flowing discussion with participants.

Siskinds LLP, with offices in Sarnia and London, is presenting the first of the series: “How to Deal with Leaves & Lay-Offs”.

It will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Register at www.slchamber.ca by clicking HERE.

 

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