As most of us know by now, the concerns over the pandemic outbreak of the COVID-19 virus are changing by the hour. With the health and safety of our members in mind, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has taken the decision to postpone the following events scheduled for March 18th, 2020:

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Business After 5

This decision is consistent with the precautionary measures for COVID-19 as suggested by the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The Chamber will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update as soon as an alternative date is scheduled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

For more information, contact:
Shirley de Silva, President and CEO
519.336.2400
Sdesilva@slchamber.ca

 

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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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Welcome  Brookstone Windows & Doors,  a local, family-owned and -operated home improvement company serving homeowners throughout Southwestern Ontario, as one of the newest members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

When you partner with Brookstone, you can expect a home improvement experience that is truly one of a kind. The fact that no two homes are alike — nor are any two homeowners — is one key reason why Brookstone takes the time to get to know its customers and works with them to evaluate their home and find the best solutions to their specific needs.

With its comprehensive warranty protection, the company will be looking out for its customers and their home long after your project is completed.

 

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As part of the Frontline Essential Skills series, we are offering two free workshops,  appropriate for all business sectors.

 

“Road Map to Simple Safety Solutions” on  Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m at the Chamber boardroom and presented by Lori Shepherd, Regional Community Coordinator for Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.

Lori Shepherd has more than 25 years in the field of occupational health and safety. She connects with businesses and communities in southwestern Ontario, to share simple safety solutions.

To register for this FREE seminar click HERE.

 

 

 

 

“Legal Pitfalls: Employers’ Top Ten Tribulations,”  a seminar co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Siskinds LLP, will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the Sarnia Riding Club. The event includes a complimentary buffet breakfast, followed by the formal program running from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event will feature ” Six of southwestern Ontario’s most accomplished lawyers will lead a spirited discussion of the most common pitfalls awaiting the unwary employers and more importantly, how to avoid them.!

Registration is required and can be done online by clicking HERE.

For more information please contact Makenzie Carroll, law clerk, (519) 672-2121.

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Chamber representatives from the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce will travel to Queen’s Park in Toronto on Monday, March 9, 2020, for “Advocacy Day,” organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, will be part of a local delegation, as will Mary Jean O’Donnell, currently first vice-chair.

Chamber delegates from across Ontario will meet with a selection of senior staff from various ministries as well as Members of Provincial Parliament.

“Bringing chambers together to Queen’s Park is an opportunity to showcase the power of the network,” said de Silva “These opportunities have historically been an outstanding chance for Chamber representatives to present the views of the business community in a face-to-face setting while gaining new insight into what we can expect in the next year and beyond.  These conversations remain one of the most strategic ways for the business community to dig deeper into what initiatives are likely to occur down the road.”

 

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