A delegation from the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce will be representing local businesses at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Thunder Bay this weekend.

Representing the Chamber will be Charles Fisher, chair of the Chamber; Shirley de Silva, president and CEO; and Monica Shepley, manager of Advocacy and Policy Development.

Connecting with the Canadian Chamber and representing issues of importance to the local business community is part of an ongoing strategy designed to advocate for members.

The AGM will bring together some 320 Chambers from across the country to discuss the economic and political issues that affect the prosperity of Canadian business, the result being even more relevance in a quest to foster a stronger economic environment.


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Organizers of a “Start-Up Weekend” that will take place in Sarnia-Lambton later this month are expecting 60 participants from across the southwestern Ontario area and beyond.

The community organized event, initiated by members of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation group at Lambton College is being held under the auspices of Techstars, a group that has coordinated events globally.

The event is “powered by Google for Entrepreneurs” and comes together at 148 Front Street starting Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, September 30 at 10 p.m.

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Organizers suggest bringing “lots of energy” to the weekend event, an opportunity for teams to pitch their own idea or listen to others. There will then be voting on the most interesting ideas, followed by the forming of teams with diverse skill sets.

Full details are available online, with links to Eventbrite and the purchase of tickets.


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Carrie McEachran, a powerful and experienced leader in the area, has launched a new business and one of the first things she did was join the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

The business is F Revolution and McEachran’s vision for the business is to create a “tribe” of fellow female leaders, with the organization’s launch event being a “fireside chat” featuring casual conversation about leadership goals, solutions, and what’s holding you back.

The Thursday, October 4 event, which is FREE to attend, will begin at 7 p.m., with Limbo’s Lounge being the place to be.

“It will be a great chance for local women to get together, relax and have fun,” said McEachran, who is already demonstrating her passion for leadership as executive director of Sarnia Lambton Rebound.

“This event is also a very purposeful one, where the people who register will leave with solutions they can use right away at their workplace,” added McEachran.

“During my career, I’ve had several women ask me for advice on leadership issues. I’ve also been fortunate to have some very good mentors myself, and now the time is right to create something that could help potentially thousands of women achieve their leadership goals.”

With virtually no advertising, F Revolution has already grown to over 200 followers, which McEachran has attracted through social media and the F Revolution website.

The key goals of F Revolution are to create a “sisterhood,” provide real solutions for today’s leadership challenges and engage in a love of learning.

“We’ve all been to those boring conferences,” said McEachran. “F Revolution is redesigning the way women will think about life learning events, not just through better speakers and more interesting topics, but fun events.”

For more information email Carrie or reach her on the web (www.frevolution.org) or on Facebook.


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The results are in on a survey of candidates that was conducted recently by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce on issues related to the upcoming municipal elections.

Candidates were asked about their stand on various issues of importance to businesses and their answers (contained in a 43-page document) can be accessed HERE.

Also related to the municipal elections, Chamber members are invited to take a two-minute survey, the results of which will be used to inform candidates what matters to the business community.

The survey can be accessed HERE.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You can visit our election page by clicking HERE. The page contains useful information about the municipal elections, including how to find out if you’re registered, how to vote, and more.


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Are you having hiring difficulties? Do you experience retention issues, a skills gap or other related issues? Would you like to talk about how the community could help develop your industry’s workforce?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board is offering an opportunity to get together and discuss the issues and possible solutions.

The SLWDB is hosting a consultation day on Wednesday, September 19 to meet with businesses in a group setting; there will be three one-hour sessions to choose from, at 7:30 a.m.11 a.m., and 2 p.m.

The location is the St. Clair Room at 265 Front Street N., Sarnia, although those interested in participating are asked to contact the office of the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board prior to arriving.

Two additional sessions will be held in Lambton Shores with details to be announced later.

If you are interested in attending either event or would like more details, please contact Executive Director Shauna Carr at (519) 332-0000 or shauna.carr@slwdb.org.

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Erin Bury, the technology and marketing expert and “start-up fanatic” who was named as one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 10 Under 30,” is the featured speaker at a keynote, workshop and full breakfast event to be held Tuesday, October 16 at the Lambton Event Centre.

The event is part of Sarnia-Lambton Business Week, which is being organized by the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation and sponsored in part by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Bury is a former technology journalist who writes a monthly column for the Financial Post. She is also a technology commentator for CTV News.

In sharing the “ins and outs” of entrepreneurship, Bury’s dynamic presentation will help attendees take their marketing game to the next level.

As the current managing director at Eighty-Eight, a communications agency, Bury works with consumer brands and technology companies to tell their stories. Her client list has included Sony Pictures Television, Torstar and PayPal as well as countless start-ups.

Bury, whose “claim to fame” was being re-tweeted (twice) by Oprah, will help attendees learn how to use an entrepreneurial mindset to win in business.

Cost of the event is $35 plus an Eventbrite fee of $2.20. A link to the Eventbrite.ca for tickets can be found HERE.


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Congratulations go out to the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership in being recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Canadian Economic Development Groups by Site Selection magazine. The recognition comes as part of the publication’s “Canada’s Best Locations 2018 Awards” program.

Features that lead to the recognition include excellence in regional partnerships, proactive and innovative programming as well as quality data, web tools and resources.

It is the fifth time in the 12-year history of the awards program that the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership has been named to the list. Past years in which SLEP made the top 10 list were 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2014.

Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber, said news of the ranking speaks well for the entire business community.

“We work as a team here in Sarnia-Lambton and when one of our own is recognized beyond our borders, we celebrate with them,” she said.

The award will be presented at the annual conference of the International Economic Development Council later this month.

A full story about the recognition appears in Lambton Shield, an online (and soon to be print) business publication.

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The Lambton Federation of Agriculture, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture affiliate who has a representative on the board of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, is hosting an information evening for all Sarnia-Lambton candidates and clerks (including candidates who have been acclaimed).

The event is on Wednesday, September 26 and takes place at the Wyoming Fairgrounds.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social gathering (light refreshments included), followed by a presentation from the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

A detailed agenda will appear on the LFA events page (lambtonfederation.ca) closer to the date.

The LFA is asking those who plan on attending the event (there will be no public questions as part of the format) to contact them by email: info@lambtonfederation.ca.

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With a door open from the perspective of newly re-elected Member of Provincial Parliament, the Chamber is starting the first of what is hoped to be an ongoing series of meetings, all with a view to discussing the new government’s priorities when it comes to strengthening local business.

A first meeting took place last week with Bailey in his Sarnia constituency office.

“We were encouraged by the discussion we had in Bob’s office,” said de Silva. “For several years, our MPP has served our community in an Opposition role in the provincial legislature and while there were opportunities for dialogue, clearly there is a renewed sense of hope and optimism in having our representative at Queen’s Park in the role of government.”

Along with topics as diverse as the government’s plans around Bill 148, government spending priorities and Bailey’s role as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, there was also a very preliminary discussion about how the region could benefit from a visit to Queen’s Park next spring.

Bailey said the meeting with the Chamber was both positive and welcome.

“It’s always great to work with the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce,” said Bailey. “With a new government comes a new opportunity to make sure that the issues important to the Chamber and its members are front and centre. I’m looking forward to the upcoming legislative session and the positive work that we can do to help businesses grow and thrive in Ontario.”



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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is calling a SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on Wednesday, September 26, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the offices of the Chamber (boardroom) for the following purpose:

To pass a special resolution of the members to ratify and accept the revised bylaws.

Proposed and existing bylaws can be viewed on the Chamber’s website.

Registration is required, click here to register.


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