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Local small business The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre gets $10K grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced 62 $10,000 grant recipients from its Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund today, including The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre located right here in Oakville! The Chartwell Early Learning Centre provides emergent curriculum designed to educate the whole child – body, heart, and mind.  

“After being closed for the last 3 months, being chosen as a grant recipient, has really been a lifeline, thrown out by the Chamber of Commerce, that couldn’t have come at a better time.  While we are still operating in a deficit with the reduced cohort numbers, we have been able to rehire our educators and are once again hopeful we will make it to the other side of this uncertainty and begin to slowly recover” said Alexandra Fell, Owner, The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre.

“We are excited to see our member The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre, as one of the 62 small businesses across Canada to receive the $10,000 grant from the Canadian Business Resilience Network! The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre has been a proud member of our Chamber for over 10 years. This funding arrives in perfect timing for the childcare and education centre as they reopen” said Drew Redden, President & CEO, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

More than 1100 small businesses across Canada applied for the 62 grants available. The lucky recipients were those that best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community.

The fund was managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM). The funding was designed to help small businesses across the country stay afloat and support their recovery efforts, paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business model. Salesforce has also provided grants to small businesses in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, in addition to providing other resources.

“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring, we saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber.

“It has been incredible to see the resilience coming from Canada’s small business owners over the last few months. We know it hasn’t been easy,” said Margaret Stuart, Canada Country Manager, Salesforce. “The applicants have further demonstrated what we at Salesforce already knew to be true – that Canada is rich with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. We’re hopeful that these grants will provide essential support to small business owners as they return to work.”

A complete list of the winners can be found here.


Award Recipients announced virtually for the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

Tonight the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Oakville West virtually hosted the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence live on Facebook!

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce the 2019 Award Recipients:

RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year

AtlasCare Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year

OTBx Air, Photography & Videography

Henderson Partners LLP Small Business of the Year

WindowFix.ca

O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP Professional Services Provider of the Year

16 Mile Dental

The Morris Mercanti Service Industry Award

Zahara’s Boutique

Cogeco Entrepreneur of the Year

Maria Robertson of The New Mummy Company

KPMG Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award)

Melisa Gaetani of Tino-Gaetani & Carusi Chartered Professional Accountants

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award

Collins Aerospace

Visit Oakville Tourism Excellence Award

Sugar Suite

Genworth Community Builder

Acclaim Health

CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award

Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC)

Oakville’s Business Icon

Barrington’s

You can watch the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence online on Facebook and YouTube. The awards will also air on YourTV Halton at 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25th and will be available afterwards on demand.


Barrington’s to be recognized as Oakville’s Business Icon

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that Barrginton’s will be recognized as Oakville’s Business Icon during the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence. The award will be presented through a virtual program on Facebook at 8pm on Monday, June 22nd.

The Barrington Family has been in the outerwear business since 1850. Originating as furriers, six generations on, Paul Barrington continues the family tradition by offering the finest furs from around the world in addition to designer shearlings, leather, cloth coats and accessories.

Barrington’s is located in a beautiful heritage building on Lakeshore Road and is one of the longest standing retail stores in Downtown Oakville. Growing up Paul would head straight to the store after school to finish homework, run errands and learn the tricks of the fur trade from his father. He learned the importance of customer service, always seeing his father go above and beyond to ensure every customer was satisfied.

Paul took over the store in 1992 and has broadened the product mix adding cloth coats, shearlings, gloves, scarves and handbags in addition to furs and fur repurposing. Paul’s wife Brenda looks after the buying and stays on top of fashion trends. Paul and Brenda travel the world’s fashion markets, from Montreal to New York, Paris to Milan, to bring the most interesting and unique outerwear to the Oakville community. They are also very proud of their private label collection, which is made from imported Italian fabrics, and manufactured in Canada

Barrington’s has developed a strong online presence, with a website offering online shopping and using social media to promote their products. However, Paul believes these are added layers to the business; the in-store customer experience is still their strength and focus. Barrington’s proudly counts third generation customers, as fur coats are passed from generation to generation, at times re-fitted or repurposed into blankets – and yes, even teddy bears.

Paul and Brenda were born and raised in Oakville and love the community. They’ve been in Downtown Oakville for a long time and expect to stay for many years to come.  Iconic!


HIEC to receive the CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) will be the recipient of the CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, live on Facebook, on Monday, June 22nd.

Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) has been developing our community’s future workforce for over 30 years! HIEC focuses on partnership, mentorship and workforce development with youth across Halton Region. For three decades HIEC has been developing and delivering innovative programs and services that leverage technologies, advance community collaboration, strengthen economic development, inspire mentorship, and help young people succeed.

HIEC strives to empower youth in their career exploration and contribute to their overall mental wellness as it relates to future planning and opportunities. This includes, building stronger connections between educators, employers, and the students who will make up the future workforce through their Career Awareness Program, hosting inspiring community events, and managing multiple technologies that focus on workforce development.

Through the Career Awareness Program, HIEC supports 7,000 students a year as they prepare to transition into high school. The program is for grade 7 students and helps them identify their individual values, skills and interests. During their visit, students also have the opportunity to investigate 3500+ different occupations that are outlined in the Career Development Lab. Students can also participate in a life work simulation program, which provides them with a better understanding of working conditions, salaries, future trends, and post-secondary pathways for jobs that interest them. The Career Awareness Program has been very successful, and HIEC has even received international interest in how they execute the program.

Building on career planning, HIEC hosts two annual community events: Women as Career Coaches and Men as Career Coaches. These informal and interactive events bring mentors from different industries and careers together with young people for an evening of open and honest conversation about occupational pathways, post-secondary destinations, and work life. Collectively, these events have hosted 5,500 mentors and 6,300 students! These events have been so impactful, that they often have students return as mentors once they’ve established their careers!

Thank you HIEC for the incredible impact you have made on the youth in our community for the past 30 years!


Acclaim Health to be recognized as the Genworth Community Builder of the Year

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that  Acclaim Health will be the recipient of the Genworth Community Builder of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, live on Facebook, on Monday, June 22nd.

Acclaim Health is a registered charity providing extraordinary community care and support in Halton Region for over 90 years. Their goal is to provide the care people need to live well at home for as long as possible. Last year they cared for over 25,000 clients in Halton, two thirds of whom were over the age of 65. Their team of over 500 staff members and over 650 volunteers is committed to high quality care, and this is reflected their 97% client satisfaction rate, their exemplary standing – the highest possible – with Accreditation Canada, and are accredited with the Imagine Canada Standards program.

For isolated older adults they offer Friendly Visiting, Tele-Touch (reassurance phone calls), the Home Support Exercise Program (to improve strength, endurance and balance) and their Companion program, which fills the gap between what volunteers can provide and what the health care system can offer in terms of practical assistance in the home and with errands.

Their dementia care services consist of day programs for adults with dementia or other needs, caregiver support and education, and a Memory Visiting program provided by volunteers for those in the early stages of the disease.

Their end of life care includes Hospice Care for those choosing to die at home, bereavement support for families, and palliative care consultation for medical professionals to improve their knowledge and skill in hospice palliative care.

Their team of nurses and personal support workers provide the medical and personal care people need to maintain their physical health, including being the sole provider of home palliative care in Halton Region.

They have exciting developments on the horizon. Acclaim Health is in the process of opening a new, state-of-the-art dementia care centre which will be the gold standard for dementia care in the province! It will feature eight short stay overnight respite beds (the only ones in Halton Region), an expanded Adult Day Program with people with dementia, an Adult Day Program for older adults, caregiver support for families and best practices in dementia friendly design. The centre is expected to open in early 2021.

The community has built Acclaim Health, and Acclaim Health has harnessed the compassion, kindness and commitment of its community supporters, its volunteers, its donors and local partners to bring innovative care and support to some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Their leadership at both the local and provincial levels is making community care more accessible and more integrated for families in Oakville. 

Talk about building a community and bringing people together.


25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence goes virtual!

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Oakville West are excited to announce that the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE)  is taking place virtually! This year, the Oakville community can watch the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence live on Facebook on Monday, June 22nd at 8:00pm.  

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models for business excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses and the invaluable contribution they make to Oakville’s economic development, unique character and outstanding quality of life.

“This year 82 Oakville businesses were nominated for the awards. We offer our congratulations to the 33 businesses that were selected by our judges as finalists for one of the prestigious awards” stated Khaldoon Zaid-Kaylani, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West. “We invite the community to join us online and celebrate the wonderful businesses we have in our community.”

 “This year has been tough for many of our local businesses, so it is especially important this year to recognize the tenaciousness, fortitude and commitment of our finalists” added Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Throughout the awards judging, they have exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit and drive that is essential to running a successful business. We need them in Oakville as important contributors to our economy and the engine of our community-wide recovery. We want to congratulate each nominee and offer best wishes for their continued success.”

The finalists for the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are:

RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year

AtlasCare Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

Indellient Inc.

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year

Alex Irish & Associates, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage

Holiday Inn Oakville Centre

OTBx Air, Photography & Videography

Henderson Partners LLP Small Business of the Year

Caju Multimedia Inc.

Intelligent Office Oakville

Leadership Fundamentals Inc.

Oakview Funeral Home

Style Expressions Staging by Monica Rolling

WindowFix.ca

O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP Professional Services Provider of the Year

16 Mile Dental

CK Wealth Management Inc.

Oakville Smile Centre – Dr. Jawad Tawil Dentistry

Wink Eyecare

The Morris Mercanti Service Industry Award

Boa Boutique

Taste of Colombia Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop

Zahara’s Boutique

Cogeco Entrepreneur of the Year

Christopher Noon of Chris Noon Creative Inc.

Dr. Jason Yakimishyn of Foundation Chiropractic Co.

Erick Vidal of Caju Multimedia Inc.

Maria Robertson of The New Mummy Company

KPMG Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award)

Lindsay Boardman of Meraki Fitness & Sports Performance

Melisa Gaetani of Tino-Gaetani & Carusi Chartered Professional Accountants

Rebecca Pointon of SPINCO Oakville

Scott Hurren of OTBx Air

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award

Appleby College

Collins Aerospace

Elliot-Matsuura Canada Inc.

Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

Visit Oakville Tourism Excellence Award

Bru Restaurant

Sugar Suite

Vereda Central Coffee Roasters

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence will also be awarding the following organizations with the below named awards for their outstanding achievements:

Event Details:

Date: Monday, June 22nd  

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Oakville Chamber of Commerce Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oakvillechamber/live/

The awards will also air on YourTV Halton at 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25th and afterwards will be available on demand.


New Research Identifies Opportunities to Support Small Business Success

Ontario Chamber Network releases the fourth annual Ontario Economic Report and introduces the Small Business Friendliness Indicator

Today the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber Network, released the fourth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) which reveals opportunities where both business and government can focus to create an environment more conducive to small business success.

The inaugural Small Business Friendliness Indicator (SBFI) measures Ontario’s competitiveness from the perspective of small businesses. For 2020, the SBFI score is -9, (on a scale of 100 to -100) indicating that the business environment poses some challenges for firms with fewer than 99 employees. However, through measures such as investment in online services and support for regulatory compliance, industry and government could improve that score.

“Small businesses are the backbone of economy; 98% of Ontario businesses are small business” stated Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Small businesses employ nearly three million Ontarians and represent over two-thirds of private sector workers. Given the share of the economy this sector represents, we must work to increase their competitiveness.”

The SBFI is intended to provide an assessment of the ease of business in Ontario across seven different metrics; this year the scores for three metrics were positive: the helpfulness of the Province in starting a business, the ease of licensing, and the delivery of useful training and networking programs from a variety of sources.

The SBFI also revealed that small business owners are eager to embrace more online services from government, especially with respect to regulatory compliance.

Drew Redden, President and CEO of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce added “The Ontario Economic report revealed that investment in infrastructure, such as transportation and broadband, topped the list of business priorities for government, followed by reducing red regulatory burdens, lowering the cost of living, and reforming business taxes. This aligns with our members’ priorities for government as listed in our Roadmap for Business Success, which are: business competitiveness, recruiting and training talent, transportation and infrastructure, and innovation.”

Other highlights from the Ontario Economic Report include:
  • The confidence gap, which measures the difference between business’ confidence in themselves and in Ontario’s economic outlook, widened in 2020 to near historical levels. Although organizational confidence remains high, business confidence in the broader economy dropped seven percentage points in 2020, explained in part by lowered growth expectations nationally and globally. Beyond this, challenges related to the costs of doing business, the high cost of living, and the province’s debt continue to be top of mind for Ontario Chamber members

  • Challenges related to accessing financial capital, attracting and retaining talent and burdensome regulations continue to compromise the ability of many of Ontario’s community to compete effectively with other jurisdictions.

  • Despite these challenges, Ontario’s principal economic indicators remain sound, albeit subdued, heading into 2020, but economic growth is expected to vary greatly across the province. The forecasts show employment and population growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe surpassing other parts of Ontario, reinforcing a decade-long trend of imbalanced economic growth across the province.

Read the 2020 Ontario Economic Report.



Nominations Open for the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE), hosted by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Rotary Club of Oakville West, is now accepting nominations for the awards, now in its 25th year.

The OABE is dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses.

“The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence has been celebrating the contributions businesses make to our community for 25 years” stated Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Take a moment to nominate a business that stands out as a leader, and ultimately makes Oakville a better place to work, live and play.”

The 25th Annual OABE award categories open for nomination are:

  • RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year: This award recognizes a business of more than 20 employees and/or primarily serves the provincial, national and international markets and/or generates approximately $10 million or more in revenue annually.

  • Bell Mid-size Business of the Year: This award recognizes a business of 5-20 employees and/or primarily serves the regional/provincial markets and/or generates between $2 million-$10 million in revenue annually. 

  • Henderson Partners LLP Small Business of the Year: This award recognizes a business of 1-5 full time equivalent employees and/or primarily serves Oakville and district and/or generates up to approximately $2 million in revenue annually.

  • Professional Services Provider of the Year: This award recognizes a person or employee team with a professional designation and whose practice is regulated by a provincial regulatory body within Canada. Nominees will be considered from the following professional categories (but not limited to): Legal, Accounting, Engineering, Medical or Dental, Financial, Human Resources.

  • The Morris Mercanti Service Industry Award: This award recognizes a business that primarily earns revenue through providing products and services. Nominees will be considered from the following industries but not limited to: retail, food service, health & wellness and education.

  • KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year:This award recognizes an individual who personally exhibits extraordinary entrepreneurship, energy, inspiration, leadership and / or innovation in their business pursuits.

  • Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award): This award recognizes an individual who personally exhibits extraordinary energy, inspiration, leadership and / or innovation in their business pursuits. Nominees must be under the age of 40 (as of December 31, 2019).

Nominations will be accepted until 4pm EST on Thursday, October 31st.

All nominations submitted will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges rating them against criteria set for each category.The Judges are individuals from the professional community who bring a wealth of professional expertise and unique business experiences, having made significant contributions to their own professions.

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence culminates in a gala dinner and award ceremony in April 2020. The proceeds from the evening, including the considerable support from our Partners, provide funds for the Rotary Club’s youth and academic programs.

 “Since its inception in 1995, the OABE has raised almost $1,000,000 for these programs which include the Oakville Rotary Education Awards, Camp Enterprise, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Dreams Take Flight, and the Notting Hill Youth Centre in Glen Abbey” stated Khal Zaid-Kaylani, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West.

To be eligible for nomination, organizations must be physically located in the Town of Oakville and cannot have won in any judged category in the last five years. A complete list of category criteria and eligibility rules can be found here.

Nominate online.
Alternatively, forms are available at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.  For assistance, please call Karen Pomfret at 905-845-6613 ext. 210 or e-mail karen@oakvillechamber.com.  



Addressing Regional Imbalances Critical to Ontario’s Future

Industry report outlines strategies to unlock the economic potential of communities across the province

Today the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber Network, released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies. The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a whole.

“We are only as strong as our weakest link and our ability to prosper depends on the strength of our different regions. Economic and population growth rates in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ottawa have far surpassed those in other areas of the province,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Our communities – and the province as a whole – risk falling behind if we do not leverage the rich and diverse competitive advantages of our local economies.”

The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies examines the opportunities and challenges faced by different communities across the province and offers a framework for thinking about the present and future of Ontario’s regional economies.

“We urge policymakers to take a modern and comprehensive approach to economic development by leveraging the existing competitiveness advantages of Ontario’s regions, and implement deliberate strategies to support long-term growth in communities across the province,” added Rossi.

The Ontario Chamber Network’s report makes 17 recommendations to strengthen the well-being of Ontario’s regions. Key takeaways include:

  • The most cost-effective way to drive economic development is to cultivate talent, trade, and infrastructure. Governments should make it a priority to upgrade transportation and energy networks, modernize their regulations and business supports, offer dynamic education and training opportunities, and encourage labour mobility.

  • Building regional capacity for innovation is fundamental to productivity and growth. This means improving commercialization and technology adoption, strengthening regional innovation centres, expanding broadband internet access, and facilitating cluster development.

  • Modern governance of economic development should empower a wide range of stakeholders including businesses, post-secondary institutions, and not-for-profit organizations outside government. Regional collaboration, economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and the use of data are all critical to mobilizing local assets.

“In the face of technological transformation and globalization, there is no question that Ontario has what it takes to succeed. We are optimistic that the province can successfully navigate the modern economy if we work together to unlock the economic potential of our communities,” said Drew Redden, President and CEO, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

 

Read the Ontario Chamber Network’s report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies.

Read the Ontario Chamber Network’s full list of recommendations.

 


Oakville Chamber to host Steve Paikin at the 65th Annual Chair’s Dinner

Canadian journalist, author and producer Steve Paikin will be the keynote speaker at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s 65th Annual Chair’s Dinner. The Chair’s Dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at the Oakville Conference Centre.

Steve Paikin has held reporting jobs in private radio and print media and is best known as the face of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Since joining TVO in 1992, he has produced several feature documentaries and has sat in the anchor chair for more than two decades.

The Chamber is pleased to welcome Steve Paikin as the keynote speaker at the 65th Annual Chair’s Dinner” said Drew Redden, President & CEO of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Paikin is a leading media figure on the Canadian political landscape – an author of four books on Canadian politics and has moderated six federal and provincial Election Leaders’ Debates. It is fitting that we are hosting him prior to the 2019 Federal Election. We look forward to hearing Steve Paikin’s insights on the Election and hearing stories from his notable journalism career.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce will also introduce their 2019/2020 Chair of the Board and Board of Directors to the community at this formal event which includes a networking reception, dinner and raffle.


Event Details:

Date:               Wednesday, September 25

Time:              5pm Networking Reception; 6pm Dinner Gala

Location:        Oakville Conference Centre

                        2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville

You can register for the 65th Annual Chairs Dinner online. Tickets are $135 for Oakville Chamber members and $175 for non-members. Tables of eight are available at a discounted rate.