President's Message

 
To the member businesses of the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce:
 
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful - and profitable - Christmas season.
 
2017 was a "banner year" for your Chamber of Commerce. Highlights included:
  • building on the work of the past Directors to streamline the Chamber's finances and put your Chamber on a strengthened financial footing for the future;
  • enhancing our services for members, including providing information expertise and skills building opportunities in the form our Stewart Morrison Insurance Brokers sponsored Welcoming Diversity workshops and Master Class Morning Coffee series, both in responses to requests from member businesses;
  • increased collaboration with the Bobcaygeon, Coboconk and Norland, and Fenelon Falls Chambers of Commerce, the Lindsay Downtown Business Improvement Association, and the Economic Development Department of the City of Kawartha Lakes;
  • leading a delegation of member businesses and local community leaders to meeting with the Vice-President of Business Development of Magna International Ltd. in Newmarket to learn more about the manufacturing sector and what they need when looking for communities to open new factories; and
  • hosting the annual Small Business Week Breakfast - in conjunction with Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation - featuring local media personality Michelle Ferrari (CHEX-TV and Loomex Group business development);
The Chamber also began to review its Strategic Plan which sets out the Chamber's priorities with concrete action, measurable results and set timelines. Members will have the opportunity to review and comment on the final draft in the coming weeks.

In the coming year - in addition to our annual signature networking events and the Master Class Morning Coffee series now sponsored by Cable Cable, returning by popular demand - your Chamber is continuing to provide information and support in areas important to your business, including:
  • bringing back - in response to member input - the Member2Member meetings where members can present their businesses and learn more about local goods and services;
  • presenting Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College, to talk about local skills and workforce development;
  • hosting a workshop on government funding programs available to help small businesses reduce their hydro bills;
  • enabling a more formal network for collaboration and referrals for local professionals (including young professionals) and older workers looking to remain active in our business community; and
  • providing expert advice for options on how best to implement Ontario's new minimum wage and workplace policies for business owners and employees;
It's going to be a busy year! It's a great time to be a member of your Lindsay Chamber.
 
I am pleased to report that new membership was up this fall 25% from last year and is at a five year high!
 
Tell your friends. "Together we're stronger." 

We continue to listen to - and engage - our members and their businesses as our top priority.
 
Please reach out to me (705) 934-2704 or Colleen Collins at the Chamber office with any questions you may have or to learn how to get involved.
 
Colleen is celebrating her first year formally in the position of Executive Director of the Chamber so please be sure to congratulate Colleen when you see her next.
 
Here's to a great business year and much success as we continue to build our business community and local economy together.
 
Engage your Chamber!

Mike
Mike Perry, President



A delegation of area Chambers, business owners and City officials, organized by the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, discuss the manufacturing sector and local issues at Magna's head office in Newmarket. (L-R) Paul Pirri (Business Development Officer, City of Kawartha Lakes); Rebecca Mustard (Manager of Economic Development, City of Kawartha Lakes); Dave Tomlinson (Owner, St. Dave's Diner & Business Leader of the Year); Marlene Morrison Nicholls (President, Stewart Morrison Insurance Brokers Ltd.); Bill Snider (Vice-President (Business Development, Magna); Grant Allman (Past-President, Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce); Brian Rump (Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce); Mike Perry (President, Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce); and Scott Robertson (Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes).