December 20, 2016
Hello everyone. It’s hard to believe that 2016 is about to come to a close, and as I reflect on the year we’ve experienced, I’d like to share some Chamber highlights.
The Business Excellence Awards banquet was our first major event and it was both a glittering and successful affair with long time dedicated volunteer, Hermann Rogalsky named Citizen of the Year.
This past May, the Chamber brought together a number of funding agencies in a forum focused on making business aware of sources for financial assistance to expand their operations, create upskilling programs for your staff or, to hire summer students. The event with both agencies and business professionals proved to be a valuable and useful exercise.
June started off with the Chamber’s annual Golf Day and reports from those who joined us indicated it was another fun and successful day. Also in June, the Chamber held a business Roundtable, one that brought together a number of small businesses in a forum that brought to light the challenges they face, particularly with respect to business costs and government red tape.
The results of the Roundtable were tabulated into a report and submitted to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as part of a province-wide OCC initiative, Small Business: Too Big to Ignore. Our Chamber’s submission has become part of a larger OCC effort to urge action on the part of the government.
The Chamber has been working closely with both the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Akwesasne Chamber of Commerce on matters of mutual interest. As part of the collaboration, a number of Cornwall business professionals joined both chambers at a meet and greet in Akwesasne with a number of their counterparts.
The event was a unique opportunity for our business folks to get acquainted with those from Akwesasne and our hope is to continue the partnership for mutual benefit.
The meet and greet was followed by the Chamber’s Bridges to Better Business workshop series. The half day event and luncheon was our contribution to Ontario’s annual Small Business month and I’m pleased to report that our Mohawk partners played a positive role.
On a lighter note, Schnitzel’s was the spot for our final PubNite of the year. We enjoyed a terrific turnout and the team at Schnitzel’s outdid themselves with a fabulous array of delicious munchies. The 2017 PubNite schedule is approaching completion and we’ll soon be advising our members.
As we close out 2016, I hope that our business community experienced a profitable year of business and that the prospects for 2017 are good. To all of you, and speaking for the Chamber Board and our entire team, I wish you a Very Merry Christmas, one that is family focused and happy for all. I also wish all of you the best for the New Year and your Chamber Team looks forward to the upcoming year as one of prosperity and growth.