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The Olive Oil Co. One of 21 Exhibitors featured at our 13th Annual Wine, Women & Shopping event. Wednesday, Nov. 14th. Details on page 17

Chamber Advocacy at Work See page 8

Chamber of Commerce Brantford • Brant



Tony Araujo

Laurier Brantford

With Brantford • Brant


David Prang

Assante Capital Management Ltd. 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Paul McCaig

Paulsan Construction TREASURER

Cindy Swanson Enterprise Brant


ComedianLaurie Jen Grant Comedian Elliott

Allan Lovett

Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon, LLP DIRECTORS

Peter Choma RBC Royal Bank Ken McNaughton McNaughton Agency Inc. The Cooperators Greg Neven TD Commercial Banking Chris Rayfield Methapharm/ ACIC Pharmaceuticals Inc. Jacinda Reitsma Conestoga College Dennis Touesnard Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon, LLP Sandra Vos Brant County Federation of Agriculture Duff Williamson The Williamson Group EX-OFFICIO TO THE BOARD CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Ontario Chamber calls for repeal of Bill 148 Bill 148 undermines the Ontario business community     Ask A Lawyer Employers, are you prepared for marijuana legalization?   

Members in the News

DQ Brant opens new store on Colborne Street West  

November Financial Feature Business fraud

Charlene Nicholson

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Managing Editor

Lana Lang-Nagle Advertising Ashley MacBeath Production Leslie Barker Distribution

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IN TOUCH With Brantford • Brant is published six times a year by the Chamber of Commerce Brantford • Brant


77 Charlotte Street, Brantford, ON N3T 2W8 Phone: 519-753-2617 • Fax: 519-753-0921 Mandate: To be the voice of business that promotes economic growth and prosperity in our community.

Dan McCreary City of Brantford (Ex-Officio) David Miller County of Brant (Ex-Officio)

GuestHeadliner Entertainer Guest Wine, Women & Shopping NovNov. 15th 14 Wine, Women & Shopping.Wednesday, Wednesday, Details Page 17 Details page 14

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Message from the President Tony Aroujo The Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant provides many services for our members and advocates for many of the challenges which face you in your businesses each day. The Chamber is also an important member of our community, and this was very clear when I attended one of the municipal election candidates’ forums hosted by the Chamber and broadcast by Rogers TV. The Chamber had the opportunity to ask some tough questions about many of the issues which face our members and heard many responses from the municipal candidates. The candidates’ responses provided important information to our members by providing an opportunity for them to understand the candidates’ views on the issues which matter the most to our members. The planning and the hosting of the forums are an important service beyond our membership because it provides an opportunity for community members in our broader community to learn about the candidates standing for municipal election.


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the Brantford Southern Access Road (BSAR), and how the city and county can partner on services to create efficiencies. I encourage all members to continue to provide feedback through the Chamber membership surveys so that the work of the Chamber can continue to support our members’ needs.

Tony Aroujo, President The Chamber questions were based on the information our members provided in the recent Chamber survey, our advocacy committee and the Chamber Board. Some topics included property taxes, community safety, cannabis legalization, completion of

These forums would not be possible without the many volunteers from our Board and committees who committed their time in the evenings to volunteer as moderators and panelists. The workload to coordinate a large number of high-quality forms is significant. The effective coordination of forum locations, developing of candidates’ questions, and scheduling of volunteers are just some of the work needed to support successful municipal election candidates’ forums. Like all Chamber events, these forums would not be possible without the work and expertise of our highly skilled and dedicated staff. I want to thank everyone for contributing to the success of the municipal candidates’ forums.

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Ontario Chamber Network calls for repeal of Bill 148 The Ontario Chamber Network is calling on the Government of Ontario to immediately repeal the drastic labour reforms introduced by Bill 148.

We support the minimum wage remaining at $14 an hour and the Government of Ontario confirmed it will remain at this rate rather than raising to $15 in January 2019. This is an excellent first step towards alleviating the burden felt by Ontario businesses.

Premier Doug Ford has signalled that the government will be reviewing Bill 148. This is positive news for the Ontario business community and we will continue to hold the government to account on this commitment.

Here’s what some Ontario businesses are saying: “We are in the process of reviewing all of our prices and products on offer to determine how to try to become profitable again. For the past 5 years of our 10 years in business we were finally making a modest profit that we were using to pay down debt. Sadly, this year we are back in the red.” – Small Business Owner

We recognize the importance of modernizing labour relations and employment standards in Ontario. However, with respect to Bill 148, the process of consultation and implementation undermine the Ontario business community and were too much, too fast. We are calling for repeal of the labour reforms introduced by Bill 148. The Ontario business community must be appropriately consulted, and a comprehensive economic impact analysis needs to be completed for any future proposed changes to employment legislation.

“The unintended consequences of these rising operational and management costs to our employees associated with Bill 148 are loss of health and dental benefits, loss of private pension plan and loss of paid uniforms.” – Welding Business “The wholesale costs of the products we sell have gone up as our suppliers try to grapple

with this drastic spike in their own payroll costs. I truly fear for the future of locally grown produce.” – Independent Grocery Store “Should the change that is scheduled for Jan 1, 2019 pertaining to scheduling changes come about, I will be absolutely paralyzed in my ability to backfill shifts that are left empty by workers taking paid emergency leave.” – Construction Service Provider “Owners cannot simply be expected to absorb these costs and the significant financial risks associated with being a business owner.” – Small Business Owner “Our company experienced a reduction in employment. This reduction was a result of clients not accepting any price increase to their services. As we were not able to maintain their service level at the new wage rates, we reduced the services by reducing the labour hours we were providing. This decrease in hours was approximately 23%.” – Cleaning Business

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Members Corner It’s that time of year and we are now busy preparing for the upcoming 2019/20 issue of your Chamber Membership Directory.

Lana Lang Business Development, CSP

The Directory includes a full listing of all Chamber members alphabetically and by business category and is distributed in both hard copy and electronically. You can also find a handy link on our Chamber website to a flip-books version. Many Chamber members take advantage of the additional exposure that advertising in the Directory provides and each year we promote a variety of business sectors. Advertising rates for the Directory are very reasonable and participating is a great way

to promote your business and take advantage of another benefit of Chamber membership.

• Steve Assel, Century 21 Professional Group - The Munir Group

Contact me today via social media, lana@ or at 519-774-0114 if you would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail.

• Stella Johnson, Intrigue Brantford

REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM I’m pleased to confirm several of our existing Chamber members have taken advantage of our REFERRAL REWARDS program which offers $300 in FREE electronic advertising for any leads/referrals that result in a new member Sign-up.

• Rob Simmons, Cozzmic Communications

Pay Less and Advertise for free with Member-to-Member Discounts

Congratulations on your FREE ads and thank you to: Andrew Schwalm - Desjardin Insurance, Steve Assel - Century 21 Professional Group and Stella Johnson Intrigue Brantford. Below is a complete list of all members who have provided referrals in the past couple months. Thank you everyone. • Jay Allan, Advantage Insurance

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• Andrew Schwalm, Desjardin Insurance

Welcome to Our New Members n Brantford Metal Recycling

Scrap Metals Steve Clark 143 Adams Blvd Brantford, ON N3S 7V8 (519) 759-0784

n CHCH TV-Dan Luton

Television Stations & Broadcasting Companies Dan Luton 163 Jackson St. W. Hamilton, ON L8N 3A6 (905) 818-1943

n Cachet Development

Real Estate Developers Marcus Gagliardi 361 Connie Crescent Vaughan, ON L4K 5R2 (905) 764-1983


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Paralegals Julie Rennie 127 English Lane Brantford, ON N3T 0N8 (519) 304-5994 n Moksha Yoga Brantford

n Giordano Construction Inc.

Concrete Contractors Alexandra Puglielli 164 Copernicus Blvd. Unit # 3 Brantford, ON N3P 1Y5 (519) 759-4116

n Cannabis Supply Company

Clinics - Medical Sherri Graham 5B-164 Colborne St. West Brantford, ON N3T 1L2 (519) 304-3420

n Julie Rennie B.A. Paralegal

Yoga Courses & Schools Markus Schneider 53 Dalhousie Street Brantford, ON N3T 2H9 (519) 720-9642 n Teksign Brantford

n Harbour Legal

Lawyers Samantha Mackinnon 397 West St Brantford, ON N3R 3V9 (905) 526-4250

Signs Dan Mullin 86 Plantfarm Blvd. Brantford, ON N3S 7W3 (519) 756-1089

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Membership Renewals Renewals occur on the anniversary of the date a member joined. The following represents those renewals that have occurred since the previous issue of In Touch. ■■Advanced Office Solutions

■■Ed Doucet (Re/Max Twin City Realty Inc.)

■■Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre

■■Advantage Vinyl & Design (1994) Inc.

■■Farringdon Burial Ground

■■The Olive Oil Co.

■■Apogee Ceramics Inc.

■■Gizeh Packaging NA Inc.

■■Optic House Inc.

■■ARYZTA Canada Co.

■■Grand & Toy

■■Primary Maintenance

■■Boyle Plumbing & Heating Co. Ltd.

■■Grand River Community Health Centre

■■Queensview Retirement Community

■■Brant Legal Reporting Services

■■Grand River Spa

■■Robert Hall Originals

■■Grandview Flour and Feed Company

■■Royal Lepage Action Realty

■■Holstein Association Of Canada

■■Serenity Country Candles

■■Home Instead Senior Care

■■STS Schira Trades Services Ltd.

■■InSitu Remediation Services Ltd.

■■Sun Life Financial

■■J.C.A. Food Services Ltd.

■■TDG Marketing Inc.

■■Kathryn Kissinger HR Services

■■The Sunshine Foundation of Canada


■■Tranquility Place Retirement Home

■■The Lung Association

■■Vapours Canada Vape Shop

■■Magnetsigns Cambridge-Brant

■■Vaultra Self Storage Brantford

■■MAK Consulting Group

■■Vive Mechanical Inc.

■■Desjardins Insurance - Andrew Schwalm, Agent

■■Marco Travel

■■Wade Antenna, Inc.

■■McNaughton Agency Inc.


■■Draftday International Athletics

■■The Mufflerman

■■Wurth Industry of Canada Ltd.

■■Brant Waterways Foundation ■■Brantford Power Inc. ■■Cafe Andreou ■■Cambridge Insurance Brokers Ltd. ■■Career Colleges Ontario ■■CARSTAR Brantford ■■Christians For Israel Canada ■■Country Cats Only Hotel ■■D & D United Martial Arts ■■Deb Canada Inc. - o/a Deb Worldwide Healthcare

Commissioning services Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant provides Commissioning Services for Certificates of Origin and other documents.

$18 plus hst for Chamber Members $36 plus hst for non-members Call (519) 753-2617, ext 25 for more information.

Business After Hours

November 13th, hosted by the Brantford Minor Hockey Association, Lookout Sports Lounge, Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre December 11th, Chamber Open House, 77 Charlotte Street. Business After Hours is held the *second Tuesday of each month, and is a great opportunity for Chamber members to network. For more information on hosting a Business After Hours, contact Leslie Barker at: *Occasional exceptions do occur. Visit to confirm event dates.

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Chamber Advocacy at Work The core purpose of any Chamber of Commerce is advocacy. Chambers are the united voice of business in the community, with a commitment to advocate for the betterment of the business community on a municipal, provincial, federal, and international level. Elections provide the platform for the Chamber to put members’ issues and concerns forward to those seeking to represent Brant. While the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant does not endorse political candidates, or parties, the organization is certainly involved with elections – helping voters to make informed decisions. “Our Chamber has undertaken a variety of activities in the past, during elections. Everything from surveys to open houses, to candidates forums,” says Charlene Nicholson, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford•Brant. “Most recently, we hosted


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six candidates’ forums for those running in the City of Brantford; one forum for each ward, and a mayoral forum. The mayoral meeting scheduled for the County of Brant candidates was cancelled it as it conflicted with the funeral service for Councillor Powell. We felt it would be disrespectful to continue with the event while family, friends, and colleagues were paying their respects.” The questions posed during the municipal debates, which were presented in partnership with Rogers TV, were based on the results of a survey sent to Chamber members to determine what issues were most important to them. The survey results are analyzed by the Chamber’s advocacy committee and Board of Directors. The questions are well

Top of mind with local business is fiscal responsibility, transportation, property taxes, workforce, infrastructure and red tape. In addition to gauging the candidates’ knowledge of these issues, the forums also provide an opportunity for the candidates to provide specific views on specific issues rather than the more philosophical and general information found in most election platforms. It also serves to get the candidates somewhat “on the record” for future conversations. The Chamber commends all those who put their names forward and thanks those not returning for their service and commitment to the community. To those candidates who were successful in their bid for office, particularly Mayors Elect Davis and Bailey, congratulations for conducting successful and issue based campaigns. The Chamber looks forward to working with you to ensure a healthy and prosperous community for all.

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Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon LLP The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Employers, are you prepared?

John Morrissey Lawyer Depending on who you ask, there are approximately 195 countries on this blue (and green) planet of ours. And of the 195 (+/-) countries, Canada has become just the second country in the world—and the first G7 country— to legalize recreational cannabis on a federal basis. Uruguay was first. With this statistic, one could argue that Canada is a trailblazer for advocates of the recreational legalization movement. While medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since the early 2000s, the legalization of recreational cannabis promises to present an abundance of unique issues for law enforcement, insurers, and municipalities alike— the type of Issues that the other 193 (+/-) countries have not had to deal with, yet. As society attempts to grapple with issues relating to the legalization of recreational cannabis during these early (and uncertain) days of legalization, as an employer you may be asking yourself whether this has the potential to adversely impact

Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon LLP Brantford office is located at 20 Wellington Street, Brantford. your employees, contractors, customers and clients. How will legalization of recreational marijuana impact your business as a whole? Medical marijuana been a reality for employers since the Court of Appeal for Ontario determined that the total prohibition on cannabis was unconstitutional. With the legalization of medical marijuana, employers had no choice but to act. Workplace drug and alcohol policies were updated and safety policies were reviewed and revised. To thwart potential human rights complaints, employers took steps to make accommodations for employees who required marijuana for medical reasons. Almost 18 years have passed since the legalization of medical marijuana in Canada. Businesses in Brant County continue to thrive and grow. Employers have adjusted well. But the legalization of recreational marijuana will present unique issues for today’s employers. While the Cannabis Act, 2017,

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S.O. 2017, c. 26, Sched. 1, prohibits the recreational use of cannabis in the “workplace”, the lasting effects of cannabis which is consumed away from the workplace (prior to work or during a break while away from the workplace) will inevitably cause issues in the workplace. Spotting these issues ahead of time and promptly and properly addressing these issues after they have occurred will be crucial for employers hoping to avoid expensive and time consuming legal battles. As a first step, employers should consider updating and circulating their drug and alcohol policies (DA policies). This may include updating or implementing testing practices. A sound, updated DA policy will provide certainty to employers and employees if there is ever an incident which warrants testing or requires disciplinary action. From an employer’s perspective, not being properly prepared in this regard could result in human rights complaints, privacy complains and complaints of

workplace harassment. What is your plan if you suspect that an employee is under the influence of cannabis in the workplace? How can you be sure? What are your next steps? What workplace policies can you put in place to deter employees from attending work while under the influence? How can you protect your employees, customers and business as a whole? What are your rights as an employer? If the legalization of recreational cannabis has you asking these questions and you want answers, I encourage you to contact one of the lawyers in Waterous Holden’s employment law group. We are here to help.

If you have any questions about how these changes might affect your business, please contact Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon LLP.

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Members in the News Beauty Barn Spa Corrie Gallant owner of The Beauty Barn Spa recently hosted the Awakening to Better Beauty event. She asked the community to write in, if they knew someone going through cancer or infertility treatments deserved a free day of pampering. This has been an important area of focus for Corrie over the past couple years. As an oncology esthetician and Look Good Feel Better volunteer.

imbalances and the positive impact it could have in our industry.

She built her spa with the concept of combining safer beauty and her advocacy work. She has lead meetings with multiple MPs about outdated beauty regulations.

This lead to the reason Corrie wanted to host this event. They received 15 heartfelt letters and accepted all. They felt that each of the women in the letters were deserving of this day.

Corrie was the only Canadian invited to join Beautycounter in Washington DC, attending meetings with senators on Capitol Hill. She spoke on the importance of non-toxic ingredients for people dealing with hormonal

Our community rallied together to create a great event with safer products and services for these deserving individuals. It took over 50 people, donations from local businesses, caterers and volunteers to make this dream


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event come to life. The event was a success. The ladies were treated to spa services, treats and a photo shoot. The responses from the women and their families were overwhelming. We are all so happy we were able to make their experience so special. Full blog:

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Members in the News DQ Brant West Brantford is set to receive the third DQ Brant location in early 2019 The new store will be located at 108 Colborne Street West at the corner of Oak Street and Colborne Street West. The newest DQ Brant location will be serving Brantford’s favourite soft-serve along with Orange Julius Smoothies, DQ Bakes Desserts and DQ Bakes Fan Food. The West Brant location will be a 2,200 square feet (204 square meters) with indoor seating for 29 people along with an outdoor patio seating area and a drivethru. This location will be operating 12 months per year.

West. Our core business philosophy states “Brantford Proud, Brantford Strong,” and we believe this expansion will strengthen the community in a number of ways. The expansion will create another 30 to 40 jobs including both full-time and part-time positions, and it will give DQ Brant additional opportunities to build a stronger community by assisting with greater fundraising efforts. In the past two years since DQ Brant acquired the ownership of Dairy Queen, we have donated more than $100,000 back into our community.

members of our family in the business and extended family building a successful operation of an employer which will end up employing more than 80 people in our community.

As DQ Brant expands, so does the key

DQ Brant is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Breau/Holland family is extremely excited about this expansion which is set to compliment the housing expansion in West Brant as well as the redevelopment by Zitia Group of the properties between Catherine Avenue and Oak Street on Colborne Street

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Financial Feature


Millards Chartered Professional Accountants

Business Fraud

Madison Beedham Senior Accountant Fraud committed by employees happens due to one of three key factors occurring: Financial pressure/burdens, opportunity to commit the fraud and the ability to rationalize the fraud. Opportunistic fraud could be claiming fake expenses or using the company credit card for personal items whereas rationalized fraud would likely be taking supplies or assets. There are measures that you can put into place to protect your business from employee fraud: • Bookkeeping and cash handling should be performed by different people • Multiple people should be involved in processes like approving expense claims, overtime and cheque writing. Employees should not be able to approve their own claims • Limit access to financial or business information to only things the employee is responsible for • Limit access to inventory or stock • Stay involved in the company

Millards Chartered Professional Accountants Brantford office is located at 96 Nelson Street by regularly performing your reconciliations and reviews as well as inquiring about unusual or unknown transactions • Gather information about new customers and vendors and if possible get to know them • Be present in the office to observe employees, and ensure that policies/ procedures are being followed CRA Scams By now, everyone has probably received some sort of scam call or email. It is important to recognize the signs of scams so that you do not fall victim to the predators. There are a few ways to easily recognize a CRA scam call: • They threaten to arrest, send police or deport you – CRA does not have authority to do this

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• They request iTunes gift cards, prepaid credits, gift cards or wire transfer – The only way the CRA accepts wire transfer is if you are a non-resident otherwise your options for paying are online, by cheque or at a financial institution • CRA emails contain links or the sender email address seems fake. If you did not choose to receive emails from CRA and are not registered for My Account, the CRA does not have access to your email. Their emails will never contain links asking you to provide personal or financial information • They request personal or financial information when they contact you by phone. A real CRA representative would already have your

personal information in front of them, they should not need to request it. If you are unsure if a phone call is a scam, hang up the phone. You can then either contact the CRA by phone (1-800-959-8281) or through CRA My Account. CRA My Account is a secure portal that lets you check your personal income tax and benefit information online with the CRA. It also allows you to amend your tax return, view your RRSP limit and view the status of your return. If you receive a suspicious email and it contains links or attachments never click the link.

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Brantford Brant Chamber welcomes Ashley MacBeath The Chamber is more than pleased to welcome Ashley MacBeath to the Chamber team as Program and Marketing Coordinator.

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Born and raised in Brantford, Ashley graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. She was a Client Success Specialist with a software company in Oakville before accepting the position with the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant in October.

Ashley MacBeath, Program & Marketing Coordinator

Those are the “resume” facts, but Ashley’s path to the Chamber is much more interesting. Ashley was a co-op student with the Chamber while in secondary school and our summer intern for two years while attending University. Needless to say Ashley left such a positive impression that, when this opportunity arose, we were thrilled to see her apply for the position. So, a decade later, Ashley is back to the Chamber. Ashley’s story is proof that investing in cooperative education is worth the time.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Indigenous Works partner to help Canadian companies The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Indigenous Works partner to help Canadian companies better engage with Indigenous businesses and communities The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Indigenous Works are partnering to assist businesses in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Corporate Call to Action 92 and to address a corporate/ Indigenous engagement gap identified in a national research study. Indigenous Works and the Canadian Chamber will work together over the next three years to develop meaningful opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses to collaborate more effectively, and to learn from each other as they engage on profitable and growth-oriented ventures that will drive jobs and partnerships. The partnership was announced during the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and Convention, which was attended by

competitiveness. They will also work together to provide practical tools to Canadian Chamber members to help them engage more meaningfully with Indigenous businesses and their communities. representatives of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant. “Advancing the economic participation of Indigenous business through respectful partnerships is in Canada’s economic interest, and this partnership is about moving this effort forward. As Canada’s most representative business association, the Canadian Chamber is uniquely placed to help improve the way that all businesses engage and grow together,” said the Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The partnership will include the development of a national strategy to demonstrate to Canadian Chamber members the importance of informed engagement with Indigenous businesses and communities, with a view towards collectively enhancing our national

The three-year partnership is intended to leverage Indigenous Works’ knowledge of the opportunities and obstacles facing Indigenous business and communities and the reach and influence of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which represents a network of 450 chambers of commerce, boards of trade, associations and corporate members. The catalyst for the partnership was a 2017 research study that showed that 85% of Canadian businesses are disengaged when it comes to meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and only 28% of businesses are aware of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call-to-Action. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to improve Canadian competitiveness by finding avenues of shared growth and prosperity with corporate/indigenous partnerships.

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LAURIE ELLIOTT Comedian & Guest Entertainer

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Member Profile Send Out Cards “Appreciation wins over promotion every single time!” - Kody Bateman CVO SendOutCards How do you appreciate your customers, clients, patients and employees? Or do you? Statistics show that only 3% of businesses out there send a heartfelt Thank You Card to those people without asking for more business. Isn’t it refreshing when we receive a card that is personally addressed to us? Cards sent in the mail have a 100% open rate! Everyone wants to be loved and appreciated in life. The surprising fact however, is how it makes the sender feel. I challenge you to send a few “Just Because” cards every day and watch what happens to your attitude and feeling of positivity and wellbeing! SendOutCards gives you an easy, efficient

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and economical way to send out kindness to the world. All of this through the convenience of an app on your smart phone where you can send a card in an instant. You can also send them from a laptop, desktop computer or a tablet. You can brand the back of the card and this strategy ends up providing you with more referrals.

With Christmas right around the corner, ask me how you can easily send individual, customized cards in a matter of minutes. Gifts can also be sent with the card! Want to give SendOutCards a try? Just go to my website and send a free card on me. You’ll be glad you did! 226-236-9380 text or call


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Member Profile Olive Oil Company HEALTHY, DELICIOUS, FRESH. Have you ever tasted something so spectacular that it changed the way you saw food? That’s what happened to us when we visited our first olive oil and balsamic tasting room. The quality and flavours of the products were too good to keep to ourselves, which made us want to bring these delicious products to Brantford, Ontario. From the Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils, to the sweet and savoury White and Dark Balsamics, every single one of them can transform your dish into something deliciously amazing. We hope to make eating fun again with our 50 plus flavours!

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE Explore a whole new world of flavour through a guided olive oil and balsamic tasting. Experience fresh Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils from award-winning producers from around the globe. Sample rich, all-natural aged white and dark Italian

Balsamic Vinegar. From sweet to savoury, the mouth-watering combinations are endless. We bottle your selections fresh for you to take home and enjoy. Come and taste the difference! We also offer gift and wedding ideas.

PRIVATE TASTING NIGHTS We offer Private Tasting Nights for Groups of 10-12. Learn about our products from our experts, and try them in delicious foods and

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Member Profile Federation of Agriculture • The Brant County Federation of Agriculture represents nearly 600 farm families in the County generating $260 million in farm cash receipts annually. • The agri-food sector is an economic powerhouse, and key employer for Brant, employing 11,575 people from farm to fork. • The diversity of products grown by Brant County farmers attracts food processing facilities looking to tap into our dynamic agri-food cluster. • Brant County farmers provide high-quality products to our growing food manufacturing sector which employs over 2,000 people in Brant County. • Brant County farmers provide high-quality products to our strong food and beverage processing sector, tapping into a growing demand for craft beverages and local niche products.


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• Brant County farmers run innovative businesses that stimulate value-added agricultural production, including agri-tourism. • Brant County farmers are proud

environmental stewards, protecting the environment while providing nutritious local food to our community. And for more information, contact bcfa

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Members in the News Modo Yoga Brantford (formerly Moksha Yoga) In the heart of Downtown Brantford, we combine our love of hot yoga and fitness with our passion for community outreach and environmental awareness. Simply, our aim is to reduce suffering; Physically, Mentally and Socially. Physical suffering: by leading classes that strengthen, stretch and provide movements to the body, designed to work the natural mechanics of the human body so that the body functions optimally! Mental suffering: through the practice of regulated breathing and a present minded focus, we hope to drastically reduce the mental fatigue that is increasingly common in our busy lives. Social suffering: As individuals, many of us have lost the social connections that we need as human-beings to thrive. We

believe ‘community’ is an important part of well-being which is why we encourage you to come to the studio early, and stay late! Tea is free, and out teachers, ambassadors

and staff are always happy to connect. It is through this commitment we strive to make the world a better place.

WHAT’S KEEPING YOU WARM THIS WINTER? Call today and talk to a BML professional about our preventative maintenance program

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November 2018


PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY 134 Shaver Street, Brantford

Boardroom Rentals The Chamber boardroom is available to members to rent on part-day, daily & weekly basis.

Inquire at (519) 753-2617

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Contact Lana Lang at 519-753-2617, ext. 22 for information


Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant provides Commissionin� �ervices for Certi�cates of �ri�in and other documents. plus hst for Chamber Members $18 $36 plus hst for non-members Call (519) 753-2617, ext 25 for more information.

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Our discount programs mean direct savings for your business. Learn more at

A beneet of membership.


November 2018

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Get Your Building On Track!

BRAND NEW River Rail Business Park Industrial land for SALE OR LEASE with Rail Shunt Available! Located at Powerline & Oak Park, River Rail is the only one of its kind in Brant County, with C.N. Rail shunts available and immediate access to Highway 403. All buildings feature premium façade treatments and more! Inquire today. Let’s get your exciting new Class ‘A’ M3 Industrial Space rolling. • • • •

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September 2018

Get your business running on one of the best networks in the world. Stay productive wherever your business takes you with access to Canada’s best national network1. Plus, Bell offers an amazing selection of smartphones and tablets at amazing prices. Pair them with a Bell business share plan that provides incredible value and flexibility for your entire team.

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For a complimentary consultation, visit:

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Offer ends December 31, 2018. Available within network coverage areas available from Bell Mobility where technology permits; see Other conditions apply. If you end your Commitment Period early, a Cancellation Fee applies; see your Agreement for details. Subject to change without notice. (1) Based on a third party score (Global Wireless Solutions OneScoreTM) calculated using wireless network testing in Canada against other national wireless networks of combined data, voice, reliability and network coverage. See Samsung Tab E is a trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., used in Canada under license. “LG”, the “LG logo” and “LG G6” are the property of LG Corp and its affiliates.

InTouch November 2018  
InTouch November 2018