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LEADWAVE Technologies, the firm that last fall was a co-winner of the Tech-Novation category at the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala, has received another recognition.

Last month, CRN named the company to its list of top Managed Service Providers for 2019. LEADWAVE is one of only 12 companies named to the list.

LEADWAVE was featured as one of the MSP Pioneer 250, a category that recognizes companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the Small and Medium Business segment.

“The technology landscape is in a constant state of change and it’s our responsibility to ensure that our clients are aware of new technologies and for us to enable them to leverage those technologies as best as possible.” said Mat Berube, CEO of LEADWAVE. “It’s a genuine honour and we’re all quite proud to be recognized on this list of Top MSPs in all of North America.”

A more detailed article on LEADWAVE appeared recently in the January/February print edition of Lambton Shield, a business publication serving Sarnia-Lambton. The story can be seen HERE.

 

 

 

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Josh Lines recalls the first time he began to think about developing his own hot sauce.

A lover himself of putting a “little spice” on his food, Lines reached out to a friend he knew with the expertise to turn his ideas for what has become “Canada’s hot sauce” into reality.

Now a member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Lines is intent on taking his “Front Street Heat” collection of hot sauce offerings even further than he already has—which is in several local stores, and beyond—to London, Windsor.

He’s also selling “Front Street Heat” online at www.topshelfcollection.com.

“It’s continuing to grow,” said Lines, who is working hard to spread the word about a product that is sure to be a hit.

Be sure to welcome one of our latest members to the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce!

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It’s an organization that has decades of experience in the thoughtful and strategic implementation of a strategy to improve the way business leaders improve their communication.

We’re talking about Toastmasters International and right here in Sarnia-Lambton there are several clubs to choose from if taking the next step in being a better communicator/presenter is one of your goals.

One of those clubs meets at the offices of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce every Thursday at noon and Julie Jenkins, broker of record and owner of EXIT Realty Twin Bridges Brokerage, would love to have you check out one of their gatherings.

“Members learn from each other in a fun and encouraging environment,” notes Jenkins. “Toastmasters has been one of the best things I have done for my career. It’s helped me to gain the self-confidence to succeed in business and I recommend it to anyone who wants to improve.”

Drop by any Thursday or contact Jenkins if you have further questions. She can be reached by email or by phone at (519) 328-4963.

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce will convene its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, to take place at the St. Clair Corporate Centre, 265 Front St. N., Sarnia, Ontario.

Networking begins at 6 p.m. and the formal business portion of the event follows at 7 p.m.

All members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce are hereby invited to attend this event, which will include the nomination and swearing in of members of the Board of Directors.

A guest speaker—Liwordson Vijayabalan, CEO of TMRRW Inc., a creative agency based in Sarnia (and Chamber member)—will be featured at this year’s AGM.

The following documents may be accessed by members prior to the AGM:

2019 AGM Agenda

AGM minutes Feb 28 2018

2019 AGM proposed slate of directors

 

 

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Daniela Oana, a teacher/coach at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School in Sarnia, is part of a team that is hosting the 2019 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Boys’ AAA Soccer Champi0nship this June.

Daniela is reaching out to Chamber members with an unusual but not quite unique request: she is seeking promotional items that could be included in “Welcome” packages for some 20 teams that will be visiting Sarnia-Lambton from across Ontario.

The three-day event will be held at Lambton College and the Sarnia Girls’ Soccer Fields.

Anyone interested in discussing this opportunity further can reach out to Daniela directly by email (daniela.oana@sccdsb.net).

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Trying to save money on your industrial energy bill? You’ll want to attend a half-day seminar next Monday, February 25 to find out details of a federal grants program.

The event, which is FREE to attend for Chamber members, takes place at the Best Western Guildwood Inn, beginning at 8 a.m.

Jim Moran, president of Simplify ISO, is working with representatives of Natural Resources Canada to present information on financial assistance for energy management projects.

There will also be representatives of registrars who will help explain the process of achieving the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard.

Simplify ISO is sponsoring this event, which is being offered free of charge to members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

The ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard is an internationally recognized voluntary standard that gives organizations a structured framework to manage energy.

Organizations that have implemented ISO 50001 have reduced energy costs and increased competitiveness while minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. According to Natural Resources Canada, industrial companies that have implemented ISO 50001 have achieved an average cumulative energy performance improvement of nearly 10% within the first two years, resulting in up to $2 million in annual energy cost savings for large Canadian companies.

Members interested in knowing more about this seminar can REGISTER (the event is FREE) to indicate their interest. Attendees coming from outside the area should indicate to the staff at the Best Western Guildwood they are attending the February 25 seminar for a special rate.

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Businesses who host the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce Business After 5, a monthly event that attracts hundreds of members and guests to the hosting business, know that it is  a proven method of generating buzz in the community.

With a history of creating memorable networking experiences, it could very well just be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Gail Ann Bondar, manager of Member Engagement & Services, would be pleased to discuss how a Business After 5 sponsorship in 2019 would work for your company.

“Business After 5 are one of the Chamber’s most powerful networking events,” said Gail Ann. She can be reached by phone (519) 336-2400 or email.

 

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A new monthly “casual drop-in” event is being organized by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce as part of a strategy to better connect with members, says Gail Ann Bondar, manager of Member Engagement & Services.

The first “Touch Base Tuesday” will take place on March 5. Members (both prospective and current) are invited to drop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this informal connection, an opportunity to put “a face to the names” of people who are committed to making the Chamber experience an even better one.

There will be coffee and treats, but even more important, a chance to connect on a one-on-one basis.

We hope you keep “Touch Base Tuesday” (starting Tuesday, March 5) in mind as you’re “out and about.”

 

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The Annual General Meeting of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce—Wednesday, February 27, 2019—is right around the corner. This year’s AGM will take place, in the Gateway Room of the St. Clair Corporate Centre, located at 265 Front St N, Sarnia.

A networking opportunity takes place from 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m., followed by the beginning of the AGM at 7 p.m.

In addition to remarks from Chamber President and CEO Shirley de Silva and Chamber Chair Charles Fisher, board members will be formally inducted and a guest speaker—Liwordson Vijayabalan from TMRRW Inc.—will be featured.

We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s AGM!

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It’s always a pleasure to welcome a new member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and this week we’re delighted to “formally” welcome FIVE businesses to our growing family.

We encourage you to reach out to the following:

Blackwell Cycle: James Grant and John Elliott are co-owners of this business, located at the intersection of Blackwell Sideroad and Blackwell Road, once a station stop on the Grand Trunk Railway. The rail line has been replaced with a multi-use pathway, and a few metres from this historic right-of-way can be found Blackwell Cycle. Focused on offering quality products along with knowledgeable and objective sales advice and guidance, Blackwell Cycle, and its associated business, Wawanosh Watercraft, are the antithesis of the big box, chain store buying experience. With a history going back to 1992, the business has earned a reputation as one of the area’s premier cycling and outdoor retailers. Visit them in person or online at www.blackwellcycle.com. (519) 491-1777.

Gina Marie Photography: Owner Gina Marie Robertson worked for nearly three decades as a nurse. Now with her photography business, which can be found online at ginamariephotography.ca, Gina Marie talks about the “one BIG lesson” that nursing has taught her: “Life is precious. Life is short. Live it; love it; embrace it. If there’s something that isn’t quite working, change it. Last but not least, DOCUMENT IT! Take more pictures of your loved ones. Take more pictures of your adventures, your milestones, or whatever it is that reaches your soul. This is your legacy. Pass it on!” Gina Marie can also be reached at (519) 542-6138.

O’tools Cart & Parts: Donald Brooks is the owner of this business, now in its 13th year. Located in Forest, O’tools is a certified Club Car dealer, specializing in new, used and custom golf carts and golf cart parts. With a summer staff of 10, the busy location on Highway 21 sells, repairs and rents golf carts for non-golf recreational and commercial uses to both the local market and distant customers. The business can be located online at www.otools.ca. Their phone number is (519) 786-5902.

 

BeeFound Business Optimization Inc.: Sean Iovacchini owns BeeFound, which is based in Sarnia. The business is described online (at www.beefound.ca) as a cutting-edge interactive media and imaging company that captures and creates only the best aerial images and video for any project. Sean can be reached at (519) 704-0214.

Ubreakifix-Sarnia: Luke Faria is a franchise owner of Ubreakifix and plans to open in Sarnia this coming May. UBreakiFix fixes electronic devices (it’s in their name after all). From the classic phone drop in the parking lot to the tablet in the toilet, they’ve seen it all. They understand how traumatic it is when you break your favourite device and wants you to feel better the moment you walk in. The corporate website is www.ubreakifix.com and Luke can be reached at (647) 898-8178.

 

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