December brings a return to fall weather, and also the start to a busy three weeks leading up to Christmas. Please do your best to shop local in the County of Brant and City of Brantford, and at Chamber members where possible!

Included this week are links to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce responses to the federal Fall Economic Statement, both with comments on the failure to address the repeated efforts of the Chamber network to achieve progress to improve the CEBA Loan program for the thousands of small businesses with outstanding loans. Analysts from Chambers and industry are concerned about the impact of the end of the extension period coming in early 2024. Please follow up with the Chamber here to share how the CEBA loan will impact you in 2024.

For additional government relations and policy input, please see our opportunity below to identify 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.

We are looking forward to our Annual Open House at the Rope Factory Event Hall on Tuesday, December 12th. We wrapped up our fall ChamberTV season this week with Community Resource Service/Brantford Food Bank. They will be joined by Child and Family Services of Grand Erie as our non-profits at the event. One of the key takeaways from our show is that 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 in advance of the event next week, or in-person cash contributions to one or both organizations.

Thank you, and see you there!

Dave

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