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Bill 148 Webinar

Join the Webinar! November 2nd 9:30 a.m. MNP and the OCC will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to discuss the handbook and go into further detail about the full slate of changes Bill 148 will implement. Join the webinar to learn more, click here to register!   https://tinyurl.com/y8ypf8we
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Bill 148 Handbook issued by the Chamber network

  The Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, alongside the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and management-consulting firm, MNP, have released a comprehensive handbook (Steering Through Change) to help Ontario businesses navigate the new costs and regulations associated with Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. The handbook provides a summary of the incoming changes, outlines the potential risks to business, and identifies strategies to help mitigate the impact. From substantial increases to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, reforms to the collective bargaining process and dozens of other changes, Bill 148 will present many challenges for employers.
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Rideau Rendezvous Vendor information July 14, 15, 16

The Town of Smiths Falls and the Organizers of the Rideau Rendezvous event have asked us to share the information on this upcoming event. They are offering opportunities for our local businesses to participate and have both indoor and outdoor vendor spots and sponsorship opportunities.    Proposed Schedule of Events    Friday July 14, 2017 8:00am – 4:30pm-              Site and Vendor Set-up 12:00pm- 9:00pm               Camping Registration (Run by the Town in their own camping area) 5:00pm – 9:00pm-              Ride/Event Registration(Rideau Registration) and All Vendor’s open for Action! 6:00pm – 11:00pm-            Indoor Beer Garden Open in Olympic Arena 8:00pm – 11:00pm
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Your story can make a difference!

  Your story can make a difference! Just follow this secure link to tell us your story (anonymous), and answer a few questions (most easily completed on a laptop). http://ca.sensemaker-suite.com/Collector/collector.gsp?projectID=GroupValue&Group=JTA1&SubGp=A&Focus=WR&language=EN#Collector Try it today…and help us to help you…grow your business! ————————————————————————————————— Background Context I’m really curious! I want to better understand how business groups (like the Chamber of Commerce), benefit members. What are the attractors that get business people to the group and what keeps them there? How come some seem to flourish and others are in decline? I am using a cutting edge research methodology “water cooler stories” to
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What is Accessibility?  – Making Our Community More Accessible

Submitted by the United Way of Lanark County, April 2017 When we think of disabilities, we tend to think of people in wheelchairs and physical disabilities – disabilities that are visible and apparent.  However, disabilities may also be non-visible.  We can’t always tell who has one.  The broad range of disabilities also includes vision, deafness or being hard of hearing, intellectual or developmental, learning, and mental health disabilities.  A disability may be permanent or it may be temporary, and it may happen to anyone at any time. Accessibility simply means giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate fully in
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CHEEKY CHILI – Winner of the ChiliSpiel 2017

CHEEKY CHILI          Created for RCHS by Bobbi H. 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes 1 Can of Pasta Sauce of Choice 1 Can of Red or White Kidney Beans or Baked Beans 1 Cup of TVP (7 oz. boiled water to set/ 10-15 min) ¼ Cup Dehydrated Vegetable Flakes 1 TBSP Onion Flakes 1 TBSP Chili Powder 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Cumin ½ tsp Paprika ½ tsp Oregano ½ tsp Onion Powder ½ tsp White Sugar (optional) ¼ tsp Cayenne Powder (optional) ¼ tsp Red Chili Flakes Salt & Pepper to Taste Directions: In a medium to large
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Advocacy Day at Queens Park 2017

Smiths Falls & District is represented at the Advocacy Day at Queens Park today! Chambers from across Ontario have come together to lobby the provincial government on barriers to business! President Barbara Black is on site fighting for our businesses and small town interest. She’ll bring back important information that will help us to represent our local businesses even better.    
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Business Breakfast Series 2017

The Chamber is pleased to announce the 2017 Business Breakfast Series. In partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion, we will host a series of business information breakfasts on the fourth Tuesday morning of every month beginning April 25th, 2017. The breakfasts will give us an opportunity to come together regularly to discuss current issues of interest to the Smiths Falls Business Community and to network with other businesses and organizations in the area, those you’ve met and those you haven’t! Each month you will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with a different guest speaker on topics that
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2017 Smiths Falls Coupon Book

2017 Smiths Falls Coupons, Vouchers & Giveaways! Between the Canada 150 events and the free lockage this summer, Smiths Falls has the potential of hundreds if not thousands more tourists this year. The Chamber wants to get these tourists out of the parks and off of their boats and in to our businesses. WHAT We are assembling a coupon book. The aim is to have them available at all of the lock stations down the canal and at our visitor information centres and also at our various tourist events this summer. WHY Studies show that people will actively look through a
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