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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft At the end of the year, everyone is so busy with holiday commitments that we held off on pushing out 2018 events - but all of a sudden, we're just a couple weeks away from our first breakfast of the year and less than a month away from our Annual President's Dinner. Please see the links below for these two upcoming events!   Representing the business community is a principle mandate of the Chamber's work.  The provincial government and media haven't hesitated to shame business owners on how they are reacting to the implementation of Bill 148 and it makes "politics" a
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Business Owners Working Through Bill 148 - Release from Belleville & Quinte West Chambers The start of 2018 brought with it changes for employers in Ontario with the implementation of Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act).  For many businesses in the province, this legislation is going to have minimum impact on their operations but for some sectors, especially those that rely on a workforce of entry-level employees the impact is going to create new challenges for them.  This is especially true if the business is in a sector that has small profit margins such as restaurants, fast food outlets, grocery stores, agriculture, construction, continuing care and assisted living
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10 Stats That Prove Why Your Business Should Be on Instagram First, a moment of honesty so you don’t think I’m just pushing my favorite site. I don’t like Instagram. I think in words, not pictures. Alas, I am not your customer. Your customer (statistically speaking) likes images and video. While that’s reason alone you should be on the popular site, if you’re still in denial, here are ten stats that will help you understand it’s one of the most important things you can be doing for your marketing and your business’ growth. 10 Instagram Stats That Prove Why Your Business Should Be on Instagram
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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft For those dreaming of a white Christmas, our Canadian winter has performed its magic - giving kids an early vacation and the rest of us a crazy mess to plow through as we try and finish up that last minute shopping!  Please, do drive carefully and if you're traveling over the holidays - stay safe. Enjoy your time with family and friends, celebrate each other and we will remain hopeful for great things happening in 2018!
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5 Minutes for Business In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Jayson Myers, our Senior Vice President of Policy, examines the role profit plays in driving growth and assuring economic prosperity for Canadians. This role should be a fundamental tenet of all government decision-making. Our governments must at least be aware of the negative impact higher taxes and regulatory compliance costs have on profits, job creation and business investment. It’s an important message for all of us to convey. This holiday season, let’s celebrate profit! Let’s create jobs, incent investment and ensure
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