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Your Business January 2011

The Newmarket Chamber Report

New Executive Membership Pg 4 New Years Resolution: Get Educated! Pg 4 Welcome New Board Members! Pg 3

Enhance your business skills with hands-on education and interaction over the lunch hour Read more on pg 4

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Your Board of Directors

Your Business


Tuesday, January 11th 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Chair Sara Jane Doner Sutton Group Future Realty Brokerage Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer Rob Chaggares

1st Vice Chair Steve Hinder

January Calendar of Events

Magna Corporation

Chaggares & Bonhomme, Chartered Accountants

2nd Vice Chair Rick Henry

Past Chair Wayne Brakeboer

Microcel Corporation

RBC Royal Bank

Breakfast Networking: Secrets to Success Partner: Watershed Marketing Group Location: Glenway Country Club Admission: $32.00 Members: $22.00 Thursday, January 13th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Elected Officials Reception Sponsored by: Bell Location: Glenway Country Club Admission: Included in your membership Tuesday, January 25th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Directors Adrian Barker Sherman Barker Trading Inc.

Ingrid Kulbach fraktals ‘Spectacular Chocolate Cashew Buttercrunch’

Small Business Technology Inspirations and Innovations: Marketing with QR Codes Karen Dubeau, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: $45.00 Members: $25.00 Thursday, January 27th 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

James Burgess

Brad Lewis

Synergen-X Management Consulting Inc.

McPherson & Lewis Barristers & Solicitors

Member Orientation Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: Included in your membership

Rob Clark

Wes Playter

Thursday, January 27th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

RC Design Inc.

Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home

Ramzi Karim Staples Business Depot

Lara Veltkamp Watershed Marketing Group Inc.

Speed Networking Joint Event with Newmarket Chamber & Aurora Chamber Location: St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Course Members Only: $8.85

Newmarket Chamber of Commerce 470 Davis Dr. (The Old Railway Station), Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P3 Phone: 905-898-5900 Fax: 905-853-7271 email: President & CEO: Debra Scott | Vice President: Karen Dubeau Accounting Manager: Susan Elkin Business Development Manager: Donna Bogers Miller Marketing & Event Manager: Rosanne Antunes Special Event Coordinator: Martha Berry Member Services Coordinator: Norma Rye Smart Commute Central York Program Manager: Pat Lusink Program Services Coordinator: Dar Sadettan Marketing Coordinator: Rachelle Waterman 2


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Check out our upcoming Business Education events on page 4

Your Chamber Board

2011 promises to be a very exciting year for our Chamber. A new Board, an active base of volunteers and dedicated staff will build on the significant accomplishments and successes of this past year.

Maintaining high standards for service excellence, optimizing business processes and ensuring the Chamber provides high value programs and services to our members have been the core drivers of success over our long history, and they will continue to be going forward. And yet, in these times of fast change and growth, the Chamber recognizes that small and medium sized businesses need a strong voice and a trusted source for information and ideas related to opportunities and how best to take advantage of them. This need, also identified by the federal government, the Canadian Chamber of

Commerce, the Martin Prosperity Institute and others, is an important area for the Chamber to address. Based on our strategic plan and the tremendous popularity of the unique Business Knowledge Initiative, the Chamber will continue to invest in our members through strategic business education presentations, workshops and communications. Further, the Chamber is putting into action our mission of Leading Businesses and Leading Communities, by continuing to work in close collaboration with community partners on key issues related economic development and transformation of Newmarket. The Prosperity Roundtable, the Health Care Commission and the Shared Digital Infrastructure partnerships allows the Chamber and its members to directly engage in shared dialogue with our community partners to chart a prosperous future for Newmarket.

Message from the Chair

New directions, as ever, can be risky. It requires an investment, backed by a strong vision and realistic plans. And yet, to choose not to innovate is a bigger risk, causing an organization to diminish in influence and value, as well as missed opportunities. We have achieved many successes in the past year that provide a solid base to continue our innovation initiatives, and we have all the necessary ingredients to be able to achieve our goals. I have great confidence in the strategic directions and plans that have been laid out, and am excited to help chart the next chapter for the Chamber.

Sara Jane Doner, Sara Jane Doner Sutton Group Future Realty Brokerage Inc.

The Newmarket Chamber Welcomes New Directors to the Board! Wes Playter

Lara Veltkamp

Wes was born and raised in Newmarket, attending Newmarket High School and later graduated from the University of Toronto. After working for Magna International for 8 years, he began to work at Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home in 2004 after completing his funeral services education at Humber College, Toronto. In 2009 he purchased the business from his parents Glenn & Jackie Playter, along with his business partner Gregg Davey.

Lara Veltkamp delivers practical, achievable marketing strategies, planning and initiatives, most recently as principle of Watershed Marketing Group Inc., a company she founded in 1998 after a successful career leading marketing and sales strategies inside both large and privately-held companies. Under her leadership, Watershed continues to grow, with over 100 clients and 1,000 plus attendees at marketing and business workshops delivered to clients across Ontario.

In addition to his work, Wes keeps himself busy by being active in the community and volunteering. He is a member of the Rotary Club and on the local Council for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. He is also a member of the executive for the Newmarket Veterans Association, the Newmarket Historical Society and a volunteer for Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Lara works with leaders of companies and organizations in a variety of sectors in Canada and the USA: She combines both her ability to see the big picture with a focused appreciation for detail.

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Lara is highly regarded for her expertise and her commitment to community service, and is frequently asked to speak on marketing and business issues. She’s worked with the Enterprising Women business incubation program (2000-2008), and in 2001 received Volunteer of the Year with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Toronto, and was awarded Volunteer Service by the Town of Aurora in 2006.



January 2011

Your Chamber

NEW! Executive Membership gives you maximum benefits and allows you to increase your profile, accelerate business and showcase corporate support in the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce.

Benefits Include: Highlighted business listing in printed and online Directory Executive Level Member icon “key to success” distinction with visibility to members and public in printed and online directory. Executive Member News on Chamber Website Discounted rate for Educational Sessions & Workshops A $10 savings on each individual registration for Business Education, Power Learning Series and Business Booster Workshop Events. The more you use the more you save!


Access to Business Toolkit - Media List and PR Templates Targeted letter to two other members Personal introduction letter from President and CEO

For more information on Executive Membership please contact Donna Bogers Miller 905-898-5900 ext. 232 or

New Year’s Resolution: Get Educated!

UPCOMING EVENTS POWER LEARNING 4 Essential Strategies For Business Owners “Professional Athletes PACK For The Game” Wednesday, January 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Partner: Synergen-X Management Consulting Inc. Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: $45.00 Members: $25.00 Blueprinting for Success Wednesday. January 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Partner: Watershed Marketing Group Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: $45.00 Members: $25.00

BUSINESS BOOSTERS It’s simple! This new series is an opportunity to enhance your business skills with hands-on education and interaction over the lunch hour. It’s a perfect blend of networking, education and lunch at the Chamber.

Website Strategies Friday, January 14th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Presenter: Christina Maurice, Zoomized Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: $45.00 Members: $25.00 Effective Show Strategies – Get Ready…Get Set… Tuesday, January 18th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Partner: Watershed Marketing Group Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: $45.00 Members: $25.00 Planning Boot Camp Part 1: Vision and Mission Statement Thursday, January 27th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Partner: Synergen-X Management Consulting Inc. Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: $45.00 Members: $25.00 Life Balance Re-Invent Yourself Saturday, January 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presenter: Anna Ottaviani, Successfully You Location: Chamber Board Room Admission: $45.00 Members: $25.00



Your Business

Your Events

Holiday Open House

The Newmarket Chamber would like to give special thanks to VideoMe, Molisana Bakery and Treat Yourself Cakes & Catering. Lara of Watershed Marketing Group, Santa, and Donna of the Newmarket Chamber Terry Carter, past GM of the Chamber, Mayor Tony Van Bynen, and Sam of SlipOne Digital

Kyle of Fasken Martineau duMoulin LLP, Naqi of Travel Professionals International and Victor of Woodhouse Executives Insurance Steve of Magna International Inc., Debra of the Newmarket Chamber, Christina of Zoomized and Glenda of GI Johnson

Holiday Luncheon This year’s Holiday Luncheon was held at Cardinal Golf Club. More than 70 members dined on a delicious buffet and watched the hilarious music video taken by VideoMe at the Chamber’s Open House. Dar of Smart Commute Central York and Councillor Jane Twinney

Jeremy, The Era

Janis of Brocade Events and Rachel of Arbonne

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January 2011

Your Members New Members’ Announcement

The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following new members: Dick’s Wings & Grill Restaurants Brian Ward 9-16995 Yonge St. Newmarket p. 905.235.4711

Martin Designs Home Staging Susan Crema-Martin 27 Jessie Cres. Sharon p. 905.478.1077

Seneca Workforce Skills Centre Schools - Special Interest Donna Hall 16655 Yonge St. Newmarket p. 905.898.6199

Ultimate Mortgage and Financial Mortgage Brokers Mr. Peter Dwyer 346 William Dunn Cr. Newmarket p. 289.221.1315

Infinite Graphic Imaging Graphics Arts Design Tracy Segura 57 Matthew Boyd Cres. Newmarket p. 416.949.6151

Molisana Bakery Bakeries Tony Sortino 5-16635 Yonge St. Newmarket p. 905.830.0803

Stratton Home Services Home Improvements & Renovations Paul Stratton 90 Red River Cres. Newmarket p. 905.252.7936

Videome Karaoke Entertainment Steve Warren Box 82-S421-130 Davis Dr. Newmarket p. 905.235.0321

iPaint Painting & Decorating Services Josh Milley 910 Janette St. Newmarket p. 905.960.0818

The Royal Wood Shop Ltd. Construction & Renovation Special Needs Brad Gerrits 220 Wellington St. East Aurora p. 905.727.1387

Member Congrats OLG Slots at Georgian Downs have recently celebrated their 9th year in business. Congratulations on their continued success. Newmarket Massage Therapy Clinic just passed their 10 Year Anniversary! They now have eight massage therapists working in their office. John Lusink, Bill & Andrew Wildeboer and Frank Gray, owners of Royal LePage York North Realty Limited are excited to announce that their company is expanding and will be opening a second “branch



office” at the east end of Newmarket. The new branch will be located in the high traffic 404 Town Centre, at the north east corner of Davis Drive and Leslie Street and will be managed by Tim Graham. The target date for the grand opening is February, 2011. Chamber member Mars Canada was named one of Canada’s and the GTA’s Top 100 Employers! Chamber member was also on the GTA Top Employer list for 2011. Congratulations to both for this achievement!



Your Business

See why over 25,000 business owners selected this plan!

Your Updates

Chamber Launches new Business Technology Inspirations and Innovations Series 2011 marks the beginning of monthly hands-on workshops with strategic technologies for small and medium sized businesses. Ease of use, low cost or free-to-use, and high impact are the criteria for the exciting topics that will be addressed. Led by the Chamber’s own “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” Karen Dubeau, the workshops will provide

actionable and strategic information for all participants. Karen, a Top 40 Under 40 Alumni, as well as a former Ernst and Young, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner (Ontario), understands how to marry technology with businesses to get results. Check out the calendar for more details.

Partners Announcement The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce two new Education Partners. These companies

Member Update Taylor Funeral Home, Newmarket Chapel will remain open during and after the road construction on Davis Drive.

have recognized the value in sharing business insights, best practices, technologies and other strategic information with businesses to help them accelerate towards success.

Treefrog Interactive Inc.

ROCG Hobb and Company Consulting

REASONS TO EXHIBIT Where could you come face to face with over 5000 potential customers for less than $600?

The Newmarket Home & Lifestyle Show! Compile a list of potential customers Launch new products and services Increase your visibility and brand awareness Generate on-site and short term sales

Signature Sponsors:

Grand Prize Sponsor:

To book your booth, visit

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January 2011

Attention All Members

Please review your online directory listing before Friday, January 14th, 2011. All members will receive their login information and password to edit their directory listing online on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011.

2011 Directory Advertisements on sale NOW! Deadline to submit your ad is February 1st, 2011 To reserve your space or for more information please contact: Donna Bogers Miller Business Development Manager 905-898-5900 ext. 232

Your Business

Rosanne Antunes Marketing & Event Manager 905-898-5900 ext. 226

Business card ad space is now available! Contact the office to reserve your space now. Rates as low as $75 per month.

567 Davis Drive Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P5 (905) 853-5000

Chris Sutton -- Manager

INTERNATIONAL SAFETY SYSTEMS INC. Yo u r S o u r c e f o r S a f e t y

Products offered include:

• fall protection equipment • protective clothing and gloves • spill control

• first aid kits • traffic safety • gas detection

355 Harry Walker Pkwy. N, Unit 10, Newmarket Tel: (905) 898-6906

Fax: (905) 898-1597



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Your Business: January 2011  

January's Edition of the Newmarket Chamber's newsletter, Your Business.

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