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Chamber Connections Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, (810) 985-7101 Serving businesses in the Blue Water Area since 1917

Business Advocacy. Education. Assistance. August 23, 2010

Chamber on par for another successful golf outing event The Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 72nd Annual “Drive Fore Success” Golf Scramble on Tuesday, August 31 at Black River Golf Club, Port Huron Township. The Chamber has 22 teams registered to date and expects 5 more this week. Members may include non-member guests to participate as well. Anyone interested in participating as a single golfer, pair, or foursome should contact the Chamber no later than Thursday. Lunch registrations for $25 will be accepted through Monday. The annual golf outing is a fundraiser for the Chamber’s advocacy, education and assistance programs which includes support of the Port Huron Area School District’s annual academic awards programs for students who achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average, scholarships for Leadership Blue Water, and the future funding for business grants.

ADVOCACY - Michigan Chamber reports Snyder in the lead for Governor Snyder Up By 19%, Has GOP Base GOP gubernatorial nominee Rick SNYDER has locked down his base and is up 19 points on Democratic nominee Virg BERNERO, according to a poll released Thursday. "The Nerd" has broken 50 percent. He has a 51 to 32 percent lead, winning in all geographic areas except Detroit, according to a Glengariff Group poll for the Detroit News and WDIV-TV. There are only 18 percent of likely voters undecided. There were far more undecideds in primary polls. That's even higher than the 12-point lead Snyder had in the Rasmussen Reports poll last week. For all the talk about Snyder needing to shore up his Republican support, he has 86 percent of Republicans supporting him. Bernero has 74 percent of Democrats. Anti-abortion households are a key GOP constituency and Snyder supports embryonic stem cell research. But he still leads Bernero 66 to 18 percent in this demographic, with 17 percent undecided. Among pro-choice households, Bernero leads 47 to 34 percent. Granholm is a big factor in this election. Bernero leads with voters who view Granholm favorably 62 to 16 percent. Snyder leads 73 percent to 14 percent with voters who don't view her favorably. Favorability is another big plus for Snyder and a big problem for Bernero. Eighty-eight percent know Snyder and 80 percent know Bernero. But the Mayor's favorables are 21 percent and his unfavorables are 27 percent, with 32 percent having no opinion. Snyder's favorables are 41 percent and his unfavorables are 15 percent, with 33 percent having no opinion. The Constitutional Convention (Proposal 1 of 2010) would be approved by 46 percent and rejected by 32 percent, with 22 percent undecided. But there hasn't been a campaign yet, so this could easily turn. The poll of 600 registered voters was taken Aug. 8 and 9. It has a margin of error of 4 points. The poll gives Snyder a wider lead than one by Rasmussen Reports released Friday. It found Snyder leading Bernero by 12 percentage points.

Michigan Had Largest Monthly Employment Increase in July

Michigan had the largest over-the-month increase in employment, according to the monthly report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. The report went on to say that Michigan added approximately 28,000 jobs in July 2010. The District of Columbia and Massachusetts were numbers two and three on the list of "states" that saw the largest over-the-month increase in employment. However, there was no significant change in regional and state unemployment levels for July 2010. Eighteen states reported unemployment decreased, 14 reported increases, and 18 states had no change. The national jobless rate for the month was 9.5 percent. A year ago, in July 2009, the rate was nearly identical, at 9.4 percent. Nevada, at 14.3 percent, Michigan at 13.1 percent, and California, at 12.3 percent were the three states with the highest monthly unemployment rate. North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.6 percent, followed by South Dakota at 4.4 percent, and Nebraska at 4.7 percent. Regionally, the West reported the highest unemployment rate this past month at 10.8 percent, while the Northeast had the lowest rate at 8.8 percent.

Sarnia Lambton Chamber member survey shows business is looking up


This past week, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce surveyed its membership to gauge how business is doing in the region and the short term outlook. Below are the results: 65% found the first 6 months of 2010 good or very good 29% said it could have been a little better 6% said it was poor. When asked what the balance of the year would be like, many were optimistic: 69% said it would about the same 24% said much better 5% said not as good 1% said poor Will you be investing in your business in next 6 months? 55% said yes 45% said no Of those that replied yes, 3 key Investment areas were likely : Machinery and equipment 42% said yes to this area Information technology 35% said yes to this area Personnel and hiring 33% said yes to this area

Blue Water Chamber participates in annual Sarnia Lambton golf tournament Each year, the chair of the Blue Water Chamber and its president golf with the chair and president of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and this year was no exception. Doug Dolph (Physician Healthcare Network) and chamber president, Vickie Ledsworth paired up with Katherine Walker (IMAP) and Sarnia Lambton Chamber president, Garry McDonald for a great round of golf at Heritage Heights in Petrolia. The foursome shot eleven under par to take second in the the tournament. In addition, Doug won the mens putting contest and Vickie tied the womens. To reciprocate, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber will send two representatives to our golf outing, Katherine Walker, Board Chairperson and Chair Elect, Debra Taylor, who is also the Sarnia liasion on the BWACC Board.

“Participating in this event helps to strengthen the relationship we have and gives us a chance to share ideas for our upcoming annual Joint Executive Board Meeting, where we discuss ideas and goals for the upcoming year related to cross border commerce initiatives.� Vickie Ledsworth, President Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce

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SC4 to offer customer sales and service classes

St. Clair County Community College’s Workforce Training Institute will offer nine different professional development classes offer continuing education credits and are designed for those who work in a customer service field. The classes include various topics to help employees maximize productivity and improve customer service skills. Eight of the nine classes are four hours each and cost $165 per session. One class, Guiding Customer Conversations, is eight hours and costs $329. Classes are:  Working Together More Effectively, Monday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to noon  Addressing Emotions at Work, Monday, Sept. 13, 1 to 5 p.m.  Listening in a Hectic World, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 8 a.m. to noon  Speaking to Influence Others, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 5 p.m.  Guiding Customer Conversations, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Healing Customer Relationships, Thursday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to noon  Dazzling Your Customers, Thursday, Sept. 16, 1 to 5 p.m.  Reaching for Stellar Customer Service, Friday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to noon  Serving a World of Customers, Friday, Sept. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. To register, call (810) 989-5788 or visit


Blue Water Chamber Newsletter from the week of 8/23/10. Get information on upcoming happenings in the Blue Water Area.

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