The Chamber is excited to host you this afternoon at the Rope Factory Event Hall for our Annual Open House. We will be joined by our members, Community Resource Service/Brantford Food Bank and Child and Family Services of Grand Erie. As noted last week, monetary donations to the Food Bank are the most efficient and effective way to assist the important work they do. Please consider an online contribution or in-person cash contributions to one or both organizations.

Thank you for your feedback on the CEBA loan program, additional comments and stories are always welcomed, in addition to current issues of provincial significance that the Chamber can develop into recommendations for government. Even a small idea or issue can result in an effective policy recommendation, and real change to government policy can result from one member’s issue in Brantford-Brant, as it is likely businesses across the province have similar challenges. What is your most pressing business issue? Let us know below!

I’m pleased to share that the Chamber is aware of three quality individuals in search of administrative full or part-time employment opportunities. Please contact Dave if you have a position or more to fill for a confidential introduction.

Since last week’s message, four individuals with a connection to the Chamber have passed away. Our thoughts have been with the families of Claire Numan (daughter of past Treasurer and Vice-President Jacinda Reitsma), Bert Barker, (father of past Vice-President Heather Barker), and Jack Vilaca (father-in-law of member Jan Vilaca, “Spicy Jan”). The Chamber will be more formally recognizing the passing of Past President Rick Sterne (1999) at this afternoon’s event and through efforts in 2024. Rick truly embodied the mission of the Chamber through his lifelong work.

Dave

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