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The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Your Business


Four New Benefits for Members

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For Your Information pg. 4

Mark Your Calendars pg. 5

Exciting New Innovation Updates

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June 2014

Country Western Theme Chamber Golf Tournament pg 5

Board of Directors Chair Rob Chaggares Chaggares & Bonhomme,  Chartered Accountants

Director Lorne Cooper Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd., Brokerage

1st Vice Chair Veronica Williams snapd Newmarket

Director Kirsten Eastwood Women’s Centre of York Region

2nd Vice Chair Kevin Murdoch The Murdoch Group Private Wealth Management

Director Simon Fenn Fenn & Fenn Insurance Practice Inc.

Past Chair Steve Hinder Magna International Inc. Secretary/Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick Bateman Graham & Fitzpatrick Chartered Accountants

Director Jim Alexander Tim Hortons Director James Burgess Focus31

Director Claudine Johns RBC Royal Bank Director Neil Moore York Region Media Group Director Gary Ryan Southlake Regional Health Centre

Auditor: BDO Canada LLP

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Panel Discussions Marketing Your Way Through Change 1 Thursday, June 5 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: Newmarket Public Library Colossal Chamber Networking Event 1 $ Tuesday, June 10 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Location: The Manor NYPG After Hours 1 Wednesday, June 11 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Location: Silver Lakes Golf and Conference Centre

Director Sabine Schleese SCHLEESE - The Female Saddle Specialist

Newmarket Chamber of Commerce 470 Davis Dr. (The Old Railway Station) Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P3 Phone: 905-898-5900 Fax: 905-853-7271 | Newmarket Chamber of Commerce Staff President & CEO: Debra Scott Vice President: Karen Dubeau Business Development Manager: Tracy Walter Office Manager: Lori Clayton Event Manager: Rosanne Antunes Administrative Assistant: Astero Prattas Event Coordinator: Suzie Di Genarro Member Services Coordinator: Lauren Davie Smart Commute Central York Staff Program Manager: Pat Lusink Program Services Coordinator: Dar Sadettan Member Services Coordinator: Jennifer Brien


June 2014

YRBiz - Get Inspired with Arlene Dickinson 1 $ Thursday, June 12 7:00 am - 10:00 am Location: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North PeerGroup - SOHO & Small Business ø Tuesday, June 17 8:00 am - 9:00 am Location: NCOC PeerGroup - Small & Medium Enterprise ø Tuesday, June 24 8:00 am - 9:00 am Location: NCOC YRBiz - Future of Advertising 1 $ Tuesday, June 24 Time TBD Location: Salvation Army Conference Centre Open House BBQ ø Wednesday, June 25 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Location: Seniors Centre Patio (next to NCOC) Member Orientation 1 Thursday, June 26 8:00 am - 9:00 am Location: NCOC

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Member Benefits Announcing: Four New Programs to Help Your Business Thrive

PeerGroups Offer Collaborative Approach for Businesses

The Chamber is focused on providing members with programs and services that help your business grow and succeed. With this in mind, there are four new programs now available to Chamber members.

This past January, our PeerGroups launched at the Chamber. Meeting once a month, the PeerGroups bring together a selection of businesses to form an ongoing advisory group for networking, professional development and a collaborative approach in which all can thrive.

Check our website at AffinityPrograms for all the details on these great programs. Merchant Services A new exclusive payments processing program available only to Chamber members. Take advantage of preferred rates for a variety of services, including, a low 1.55% on Visa transactions provided by First Data, a preferred partner of Chambers from across Canada. The Newmarket Chamber just switched and Starting January 2014: will save $800 in its first year. Human Resources For just pennies per employee per day, you will now have access to full scale Human Resource services and expertise including recruiting, pre-screening, reference checks, legal consultation, employee file management and templates provided by First Call. Home & Auto Insurance Exceptional home and auto insurance coverage for members and their employees through a group home & auto plan offered by Johnson Inc., a national provider of insurance and benefits for many Chambers across Canada. Export Market Access: A component of the Global Growth Fund Think your company is too small to be an exporter? Well, think again. Export Market Access: A Global Expansion Program (EMA) is designed to assist small to medium size organizations (SMEs) to access and expand their growth in foreign markets. If your company has 5 or more employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a contribution covering up to 50% of eligible costs incurred to develop export sales.

As different business have different needs, we launched two PeerGroups – one for small businesses from 1 to 5 employees (SOHO & Small Business PeerGroup) and another for businesses in the 6 – 25 employee range (SME PeerGroup). These groups are currently up and running at the Chamber and we are opening up a second SOHO & Small Business PeerGroup to accommodate additional member businesses. We could not deliver this benefit to members without our dedicated members who have provided their time and insights to the PeerGroups. In addition to the monthly opportunity to discuss business practices, the groups have also experienced presentations on a variety of topics including: Digital Media, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, Business Planning, Succession Planning, Social Responsibility, Leadership Skills, Small Business Resources, Employee Engagement and more.


We would like to thank our group facilitators: Victor Woodhouse, Woodhouse Executive Insurance (Facilitator: SOHO & Small Business PeerGroup) and John Crowell, Magna International Inc. (Facilitator: SME PeerGroup) who continually share their time to facilitate the sessions and our member businesses who have shared their insights: Javed Khan, EMpression; A Marketing Services Company, Leslie Yeates, Collins Barrow Durham Consultants Inc., Peter Sturrup, Pickering College, Adam Kallio, York Small Business Enterprise Centre, Julie Ingoe, Accord HR, and Liz Cripps, WACADS Group. To Register for PeerGroups contact June 2014


For Your Information June Awesome Foundation Winner Announced May 5, 2014 Acoustic Connections is a group of volunteers made up of local musicians who have joined forces to provide a monthly opportunity for youth (14 - 19) to perform at an acoustic open mic currently held at the Newmarket Youth and Recreation Centre. The youth have a chance to improve their stage presence and performance skills and are able to connect with experienced working musicians. The Awesome Foundation grant will allow the youth access to professional sound systems.

Taiwanese Delegates Visit the Newmarket Chamber April 23, 2014

Ambassador Rong-chuan Wu, the Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Toronto, along with Ms. Teresa Hsin, the President of the Taiwan Merchant Association of Toronto, Mr. Tim Chuang, the former President of Taiwan Entrepreneurs Society Taipei/Toronto, and several staff members from the Young Taiwanese Merchants Association of Toronto, visited Newmarket Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues of mutual interest and ways to increase Taiwan-Canada trade.

Canada Job Grant The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) with the Ministry of Training Universities and Colleges, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and several Newmarket Chamber members at a “Canada Job Grant� (CJG) roundtable to discuss and shape this new program. Introduced in federal budget 2013, the CJG is a new demand-driven skills training program available to businesses to train your employees, unemployed and underemployed Canadians. Up to $15,000 per person for training costs is available, including tuition and training materials and up to $10,000 is available from government sources. The CJG requires employers to contribute on average 1/3 of the total cost and there will be some additional flexibility for small employers. Any short-duration training must be provided by an eligible third-party trainer. Watch for more details.

Breakfast Networking May 13, 2014

James Burgess (Focus31)

Leah (Best Western), Cynthia (Welcome Wagon)

Patrick (Legal Shield), Emily (Spellcraft Bath)

Thank you to James Burgess from Focus31 for sponsoring our May Breakfast Networking Event at Pheasant Run Golf Club. During his presentation, James discussed his formula for business success. 4

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Your Events Save the Dates Golf Tournament Tuesday, September 16th

Golf Tournament Hosted by Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

Get your cowboy boots and hat out to have an exciting time on the golf course at our Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, September 16th. This event is one of the best golf tournaments for business professionals and community leaders to attend. The format of the day has changed to a 9:00am shotgun with continental breakfast, reception and lunch at Premium Championship Course RedCrest at Cardinal Golf Club. Become a sponsor and have the opportunity to entertain existing clients, reward employees, build team spirit, collaborate with fellow members and increase awareness of your business in a casual setting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 RedCrest at Cardinal Golf Club Early Bird Discount until August 15

Sign up Now! Single Ticket: $195 Save: $25 Foursome Ticket: $760 Save: $120 (Exclusive of applicable taxes)

• 18 Holes of Golf • Breakfast & Lunch • Shotgun Scramble Format • Power Cart| (905) 898-5900 Be a part of the

Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

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All Candidates Debate - Friday, May 30th

MedEdge Summit June 19th in Richmond Hill

The Chamber is hosting a public all-candidates debate on Friday, May 30th. Meet the candidates at 6:00 pm. at the Newmarket Theatre. Formal debate at 7:00 pm. Join us as candidates present their views on economic development, growth, investment strategies, innovation supports and programs for small businesses, among other key issues.

Want to learn more about innovation in life sciences and digital media? The annual MedEdge Summit is being held on June 19th, from 8 am to 2 pm at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. This free event is hosted by the Town of Richmond Hill, ventureLAB and the Regional Municipality of York. The theme this year is Innovations in Personalized Medicine and will feature a keynote from a local Newmarket leader in physical therapy and innovator in fitness program design, Scott Forhan of OneU.

Thursday, June 12: Mark the Date and Plan to Vote! June 12th is the date of the Provincial Election. This is a critical time for businesses in the province, and your vote is an essential part of ensuring prosperity and growth for our community.

June 2014


Your Members Welcome New Members Please support and network with the following new members: Bond Osteopathic Clinic

Lyne Bond 726 Kingsmere Ave. Newmarket L3X 1L4 (905) 853-0222

H.J. Pfaff Audi

Sean Park 16775 Leslie St. Newmarket L3Y 9A1 (905) 836-2834

Kode Garment Inc.

NetGain SEO

Rick’s Cookhouse

Laser Play

Newmarket Plaza Cleaners

Royal Construction Group

Filomena Dimatteo 17 - 320 Harry Walker Parkway N. Newmarket L3Y 7B4 (905) 235-9444

Paul Kalinin 18075 Leslie St. Newmarket L3Y 9A4 (905) 895-6340

Ryan Tayler 81 Rawson Ave. Barrie L4N 6E5 (705) 797-2455

Sarwary 2 - 130 Davis Dr. Newmarket L3X 2N1 (905) 853-1871

George Eshoo 220 Millard Ave. Newmarket L3Y 1Z2 (289) 500-0136

You are invited

Kelsey’s Restaurant

Tracy Lacey 18158 Yonge St. Newmarket L3Y 4V8 (905) 895-6336

David Morris 6 - 540 Davis Dr. Newmarket L3Y 2P3 (905) 235-8808

Open House, BBQ & General Meeting Wed., June 25 - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Free for Newmarket Chamber Members Display tables available




Sponsored By:

Thank you for being a member:

13 Years • Canadian Plastics Group Ltd. • Fresh Water Industries • Homeguard Funding Ltd. • Investors Group Financial Services Inc. • Newmarket Office Furniture • Northern Self Storage • The Piano Studio • Upper Canada Signs & Graphics


11 Years • Dontext Construction Ltd. • Welcome Wagon Ltd.

• Treefrog Interactive Inc. on the grand opening of their new “pad” with the May 23rd ribbon cutting at 567 Davis Drive, Newmarket. • The Piano Studio on their new location at 17665 Leslie Street, Unit 5, Newmarket. • To Newmarket Chamber of Commerce 2014 York Region Business Award nominees: The Arts Music Store - 2014 York Region Small Business of the Year Nominee Vince’s Country Market - 2014 York Region Large Business of the Year Nominee • Dr. David Williams, CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre, for being invested with the Order of Canada for his commitment to healthcare excellence and dedication to advancing Canada’s Space Program. 6

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Innovation Updates A Gigabit Corridor in Newmarket? Have you heard about the Google Gigabit Communities in the U.S.? Kansas City, Utah and Austin are cities that now have broad access to ultrafast Internet connections for residents and businesses. The availability of that key infrastructure has driven economic development, investment and job creation for those cities. In an indication of the success of those pilots, Google recently announced 37 more Gigabit communities in the States. We are working hard to advance a Gigabit community vision for Newmarket and York Region. The recently completed Broadband Feasibility study for York Region envisions 10 gigabit connectivity speeds along major centres and corridors of the Region along with competitive access speeds in rural areas over the next 10 years. As a foundation, the Report is a good start to moving forward. We asked: could we get there faster if we tried it on a smaller, more focused scale? InnovationBoothBanner20140318final.pdf 1 3/20/2014 10:55:30 AM

Promotional Opportunity – Host the Google E-Town Award at Your Business Last November, the Town of Newmarket and the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce accepted the prestigious Google E-Town Award on behalf of our residents and businesses, as one of the leading communities in Canada using online technologies. Recognizing that this award is a result of many individuals adopting technologies and driving innovation in their businesses, we are inviting members to host the Google E-Town Award in their own offices. As a way to promote your business, build employee morale and recruit new talent, hosting the Award involves registering with the Chamber to schedule your hosting date, committing to taking a picture of your staff with the award and a banner profiling the award, and posting the picture on your organization’s social media channels. The Chamber staff will “Like”, Re-Tweet and share the picture with its network of member business. If you are interested in hosting the award, please contact









Recently a partnership of key stakeholders in Newmarket, including the Chamber, invited David Sandel to assist in the development of the concept for our community. A thought leader and project manager for several Gigabit Corridor initiatives in U.S. communities, David will helping to refine the concept and assess the economic impact of that for Newmarket. Centred on Southlake Regional Health Centre and the Davis Drive area, the proposed Gigabit corridor would provide an enabling platform to accelerate research, innovation and entrepreneurship in digital media, life sciences and mobile health you in partnership by: applications. Based Brought on the to information gathered, a report is being prepared on the concept and will be available later this summer. This is a visionary and critical step in setting the future of our community, and we look forward to engaging our members in this discussion.


June 2014


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