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Representatives from the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce took part in a recent career fair organized and hosted by Lambton College. Over 80 employers were in attendance ranging from retail to manufacturing to hospitality, agriculture, healthcare, and more.  The career fair provided an opportunity for businesses to connect with graduating students seeking employment.

 

 

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Electrozad, a member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation.

Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices.

This award marks the third consecutive year that Electrozad has earned the designation, having first been acknowledged in 2018. Electrozad was selected for its commitment to service excellence, business diversification, modern marketing strategies, and its focus on corporate culture and employee development.

“This year’s Best Managed winners are a testament to the success found when businesses are deliberate about seizing the opportunity to do better; they invest in game-changing technology, commit to their corporate purpose and social responsibility, and solidify their place on the world stage,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program.

The announcement is made as Electrozad marks its 65th year of business. Established in 1955, Electrozad was the first independent electrical distributor in the area and the first distributor of Allen-Bradley automation products in Eastern Canada. The company has thrived on a culture of innovation and continues to support its customer’s electrical and automation projects with industry-leading products, services, and solutions.

“We’re honoured to have been selected for this award which reinforces the emphasis we have placed on long-term business strategies and strengthening our competitive advantage. We’re supported by an accomplished team that has been instrumental in our success, and we’re fortunate to have strong vendor and customer partnerships that drive our business forward,” said William Smith, President of Electrozad.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.

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When Dave Hockin was first called to the bar, having graduated from the University of Saskatchewan,  he ultimately decided to begin his law practice in Ontario.

Now more than four decades later, Dave finds himself retiring and seeing his daughter Melanie, who became a lawyer herself in 2007, take over his practice.

As a new member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Hockin Law delivers a wide range of legal services, including the drafting of wills and powers of attorney as well as estate services.

The firm also advises on the need to incorporate a client’s organization, working with accountants,  to determine appropriate share structure, preparing articles of incorporation, completing the organization of the corporation and preparing resolutions of directors and shareholders, as necessary.

We heartily welcome Hockin Law as one of the latest new members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

 

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A  webinar designed to help members improve their Search Engine Optimization rankings is scheduled for Friday, April 3 at 2 p.m., thanks to the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees are expected to learn how to help their business rank on page 1 of Google search.

The webinar is complimentary but registration is required. Click HERE to register.

 

 

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With more and more members joining the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, a program to add a little “thank you” to those who refer new members is now in place, thanks to Coffee Lodge, a homegrown operation with its own history of innovation and hospitality.

Coffee Lodge is now proud to participate in a referral program, with anyone who refers a new member receiving a $25 gift card as a thank you for spreading the word about the benefits of the Chamber.

“We are delighted to add this additional recognition for having made a member referral,” said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber. “And thanks to Coffee Lodge for stepping forward to be part of this initiative. From our beginning, the Chamber has grown because of your word of mouth and support!”

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As one of the key financial institutions in Sarnia-Lambton, Scotiabank, continues to make its mark in serving a variety of customers throughout the area, one key reason the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has named it the Member of the Month.

A strong team locally is led by Matthew Smit, branch manager and mutual funds representative at the Northgate Shopping Centre.

When it comes to building value in the community, Scotiabank takes care to invest in the complete picture of the development of the next generation, recognizing what is possible when young people have the guidance, confidence, and tools they need to achieve their dreams.

It’s considered an investment in the long-term security, stability, and growth of the communities Scotiabank serves.

Scotiabank focuses on six areas where it can make a difference:

—Education (improve the quality and access to education);
—Family (provide resources and support to the family home);
—Mind (improve mental health and foster the development of positive behaviours);
—Body (improve physical health and encourage a healthy lifestyle);
—Living space (build a living space that is safe, resilient and toxin-free); AND
—Community (create a vibrant, inclusive and nurturing community).

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Two of the country’s largest shipping companies have negotiated considerably favourable terms with members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, thanks to programs negotiated through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

With UPS and its Members Benefit Program, which was negotiated with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, significant savings are yours for the asking. Members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce are also members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Click HERE to get started.

The UPS Members Benefit Program has no minimum shipping requirements and members can take advantage of the following discounts with a new or existing UPS account.

For small package services, save 40% off shipments within Canada, shipments to the U.S. and 30% off shipments to worldwide destinations. There is also a 25% discount off imports into Canada.

For freight services, savings start at 75% off heavyweight, LTL (less than truckload) shipments over 150 pounds.

Doing business with Purolator will also save members money on their shipping costs.

The savings come in the form of Purolator Express Services, Purolator Ground Services, Purolator Freight, and Purolator International.

Details on the Purolator savings program can be found HERE.

 

 

 

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The Discover Ability Network is making it easier for employers to hire inclusively through a new hub community in the Sarnia-Lambton region.

While the Discover Ability Network is available for free to employers across the province, the new hub community will offer employers with locally-focused resources, workshops and events encouraging inclusive hiring practices across the Sarnia-Lambton region.

With the business case for hiring people with disabilities becoming increasingly apparent, employers can take advantage of the Discover Ability Network’s powerful job matching technology to connect with diverse job seekers. Employers who would like to join the Discover Ability Network can create a free account at sarnia.discoverability.network to start connecting with qualified talent.

The Discover Ability Network is a joint initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce, which aims to address the high unemployment rate of qualified job seekers with disabilities while simultaneously providing local employers with the skilled talent to fill vacant positions in their workplaces.

To learn more, visit: sarnia.discoverability.network

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We invite you to celebrate  International Women’s Day at the Chamber with a breakfast event.

The event will be held March 13th at the Chamber boardroom beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 plus tax and can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE.

As part of She Leads, Sarnia-Lambton Prospers series, we are pleased to have Jenna Simpson join us as our keynote speaker for the morning. As co-owner and Director of Transformation and Development at Albany Retirement Village in Petrolia, a third-generation family business, Simpson has a diverse background in business and leadership with a focus on improving business processes and performance.  Jenna will speak about the importance of “Effective Allyship” in our community.

The event includes a buffet breakfast powered by Personal Touch Eatery & Catering.

There will be networking opportunities as we celebrate women and gender equality.

 

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The Sarnia Imperials Football Club, a Chamber member, is offering its fellow members a 50% discount on its community pass, regularly priced at $20.

The organization, which plays on Alix Field at the corner of Exmouth and Christina Street,  competes in the Northern Football Conference (NFC), a league that was formed in 1954 as the Northern Ontario Rugby Football Union (NORFU).

Here is how the Perks Card Program works:

Everybody loves a deal!  Membership Perks is a highly valued benefit of being a Chamber member. All member businesses receive one Perks card for every member of their organization. In other words, you just improved your employee benefits at no additional cost! In addition, your participation invites thousands of member organizations’ employees to patronize your business.

 

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