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July 26, 2019

Hi, my name is Rachel. I’m a summer student at the Chamber of Commerce. I did a co-op at the Chamber of Commerce during my final semester at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School.  In the fall, I’m going to Western University for Media, Information and Technoculture with A.E.O. status (Ivey School of Business). I created this blog to give information about the Chamber and ideas surrounding it. For the rest of the summer, I will be posting a blog every week. Please email me at admin@stratfordchamber.com for inquiries about my blog.

Explore The Perks Of Being A Chamber Member!

July 26, 2019

Are you unsure of what to do with a Chamber Membership after joining? Thinking about joining the Chamber of Commerce but, don’t know if it’s the right fit? Here’s what your membership can offer.

The Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for branding and exposure. Members can send an e-blast that advertises an event, idea, or product to our network of 750+ people. Chamber members are featured in the member directory on our website. New member bios are posted on our Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin pages.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts networking events such as Business After 5’s. These events are hosted by Chamber Members.  Business After 5’s are a chance for professionals to network with like-minded business people.  It’s free for members and $10 at the door for future members.

The Chamber of Commerce has numerous opportunities for professional growth. The Chamber e-learning center provides courses on business-related subjects. The Chamber hosts in person workshops on topics such as HR and WIMIS.

The Chamber of Commerce offers a Group Insurance Plan which covers dental, prescription, critical illness, and other health-related services.

The Chamber of Commerce offers Member to Member Deals. Get up to 50% off on products or services from participating businesses. Currently, we have Member 2 Member deals from Avonview Manor, Chris Berg Photography, Cowan Insurance, Healthcare Event Planning, Jiffy Lube, Martha Cook Professional Corporation, Optical Design, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, St. Marys Golf & Country Club and TallMan.Promo. M2M cards are available for pick up at the Chamber of Commerce office. Each business receives 2 Member 2 Member cards.

For more information about these services, check out our incoming blogs or contact me at admin@stratfordchamber.com.  

What is Chamber Advocacy?

July 31, 2019

The Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce is well known for providing benefits such as networking, marketing, and branding opportunities. What often goes unnoticed are the Chamber’s advocacy services.

You may be asking yourself, what is Chamber advocacy?

The Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce advocates for political issues that affect small businesses such as newly-passed legislation and economical business issues. The Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce is a part of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce represents more than 135 Chamber of Commerce and Trade Boards. The OCC represents the interests of Ontario businesses at Queens Park. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce advocates for policy solutions that help Ontario businesses grow. For advocacy information concerning the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, click here. https://occ.ca/policy-advocacy/

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce serves more than 450 Chamber of Commerce and Trade Boards. The CCC connects businesses from across Canada to advocate for policies on a national level.  Click here for advocacy information regarding the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. http://www.chamber.ca/advocacy/

What is the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan?

August 8, 2019

The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is Canada’s #1 plan for employee benefits.  The Chamber Plan is simple, stable and efficient. The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance plan includes dental, prescription, critical illness and other health-related services.  More than 30 000 small to mid size businesses are protected under the plan.  

Some of the plans perks include…

Simplicity. The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is easy to manage and set up. Claims have 48 hour processing. They can be submitted online or through the app by taking a photo of the receipt.

Stability. The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan rates are manageable and predicable.

Cost efficiency. The Chamber Plan is significantly less expensive than other plans. Your money will go back into the plan because the Chambers Insurance Plan is a not- for- profit.

The Chambers Group Insurance Plan covers Extended Healthcare Benefits. The plan covers up to 100% of prescription drugs, paramedical services, vision care, emergency travel insurance and medical equipment. 

The Chambers Group Insurance Plan covers Dental services. It provides Basic, Endodontic, and Periodontal services. Orthodontic coverage is available for businesses with 10 or more employees.

The Chambers Group Insurance Plan provides coverage for Critical Illness.  Payments can be granted up to 50 000 after diagnosis’s of Alzheimer’s, Deafness, Blindness, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Paralysis and more.

The Chamber provides an EAP (Employee Assistance Program). An EAP provides counselling services with a certified professional.

The Chamber Plan has long term and short term disability insurance. Short term disability is up to 1 200 a week and long term disability is up to 7 000 a month.

The Chamber plan provides Life/ Accidental Insurance. Life Insurance coverage is up to 30 000. Accident Insurance includes Rehabilitation Benefits, Spousal Education Benefits, Daycare Benefits and Dependent Child Education Benefits.

Business Overhead Expenses covers expenses due to illness or injury. These include rent, utilities, taxes, equipment and other services.

The Chambers Group Retirement Solution has low fees and simple online enrollment.

If you would like to set up at plan, contact the Chamber of Commerce. We will set you up with our local advisor.

For more information, click here https://www.chamberplan.ca/

St. Marys Spotlight

August 13, 2019

The Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce supports businesses in Stratford & surrounding areas such as St. Marys. The Chamber of Commerce has numerous resources to help St. Marys businesses such as marketing and networking opportunities. The Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce hosts events in St. Marys such as BA5’s. Here are members who have businesses in St. Marys.

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters invites you to taste fresh-roasted quality in every bean. Step in to their cozy store and cafe and experience the best of both worlds. Grab a bag of beans and a coffee to go, or do a little shopping, then linger over a carefully prepared cup of something delicious!

Website: https://www.snappingturtlecoffee.com/

St. Marys Independent Newspaper

The St. Marys Independent Newspaper is a well- read source of information that serves St. Marys, Stratford, Thorndale, Kirkton, Granton and surrounding area.  

Website: https://stmarysindy.com/

Stonetown Travel Ltd.

Stonetown Travel Ltd. is a new member of the Chamber of Commerce. Stonetown Travel Ltd. is a full-service travel agency established in 1988.

Website: https://www.stonetowntravel.com/

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum preserve the history of baseball in their museum and promotes the future of baseball on their 32 acre site. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame also offers the famous Kids on Deck summer camp.

Website: http://baseballhalloffame.ca/

Echo- Tech Machine & Tool Ltd.

Echo-Tech Machine & Tool Ltd. is a Chamber member. Echo- Tech is a manufacturer of tools, production machines, fixtures, prototypes and specialty production dies.

Website: https://www.echo-tech.ca/

Lyric Flowers

Lyric Flowers is a one of a kind floral boutique in St. Marys, Ontario. Owners Lanny & Jay have created an ever changing atmosphere with something new every time you come in. Noted for quality, value, service and creativity. Lyric Flowers is your floral and gift specialists.

Website: http://lyricflowers.ca/

Peak Select Realty

Peak Select Realty Inc. works with Buyers, Sellers, and Investors to make buying, selling, and investing in real estate a smooth transaction with a personal touch.

Website: http://peakselect.realestate

Perth County Ingredients

Perth County Ingredients is a Canadian producer of dried egg products.

Website: http://www.perthingredients.com/about/

The St. Marys Golf & Country Club

The St. Marys Golf & Country Club offers an 18 hole golf course, a restaurant for public/ private dining and special events/ wedding services.

Main website:  http://stmarysgolf.com

Wedding website: http://www.stmaryswedding.ca

St. Marys Healthcare Foundation

The St. Marys Healthcare Foundation raises both funds and community awareness for the immediate needs and long-term goals of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness, and other local organizations and projects that encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

Website: https://stmaryshealthcare.foundation/

Stone Willow Inn

The Stone Willow Inn offers 25 guest rooms with competitive rates.  As well, there’s an onsite restaurant called Wildstone Bar & Girill.

The Stone Willow Inn Website: https://www.stonewillow.com/

Wildstone Bar and Grill Website: http://wildstone.ca/

Trestle Strength + Fitness

Trestle Strength + Fitness (formerly Bob’s Fitness Studio) has been the workout destination for St Marys and surrounding area for 8 years. Their members show up and are guaranteed a great workout, with an experienced coach, in a clean and extremely fun environment! Their team of yoga instructors and coaches support their members to achieve their fitness goals through a variety of group and individual classes.

Website: http://trestlestrength.com

All Aboard St. Marys

All Aboard St. Marys advocates for faster and more affordable Via Rail service across Canada.

Website: http://www.allaboardstmarys.ca/

Solis Mexican Food

Solis Mexican Foods is a manufacturer of Mexican inspired baked goods, frozen dough and more.

Website: https://solisfoods.com/

Meridian Credit Union

Meridian Credit Union offers banking services such as Personal, Small Business and Commercial consultations.

Website: https://www.meridiancu.ca/

St. Marys Buick GMC

St. Marys Buick GMC sells new and used Buick and GMC car models.

Website:  https://www.stmarysgm.com/

Famme and Co. Professional Corporation 

Famme and Co. Professional Corporation has a location in St. Marys. Famme and Co. is an accounting, auditing and tax firm.

Website: http://fammeandco.on.ca/

Ideal Supply Co. Ltd.

Ideal Supply is a supplier of quality automotive parts and accessories, electrical and industrial supplies, automation & Datacom systems and Clean Energy products.

Website: https://www.idealsupply.com/

RBC Royal Bank

RBC Royal Bank in St. Marys specializes in Personal Banking. They help individuals with personal bank accounts, credit cards, mortgages and more.

Website: https://www.rbc.com/about-rbc.html

Jackson Guardian Pharmacy

Jackson Guardian Pharmacy provides protein products, medical services and merchandise.

 Website: https://ip-jacksons-pharmacy.com/

St. Marys Home Building Center

St. Marys Home Building Center is owned by Home Hardware.  St. Marys Home Building Center provides building supplies, housewares and garden supplies.

Website: https://www.homehardware.ca/en/

Scotiabank and Trust

Scotiabank has a location in St. Marys. Scotiabank & Trust helps clients with banking needs such as savings, credit cards and mortgages.

Our Communities

City of Stratford:
www.stratfordcanada.ca/

Town of St. Marys:
townofstmarys.com/

Township of Perth East:
www.pertheast.on.ca/

Township of Perth South:
www.perthsouth.ca/

Municipality:
www.westperth.com/

County of Perth:
www.countyofperth.on.ca/

North Perth Chamber of Commerce:
www.npchamber.com/

Additional Information

Canadian Chamber:
www.chamber.ca

Ontario Chamber:
www.ontario.org

Statistics Canada:
www.statcan.gc.ca

Canada’s Anti Spam Legislative:
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