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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft First of all, thank you to those who have responded to our survey request.  While we can always hope for more feedback, we did get about a 10% response rate - which in survey circles - is predictable and acceptable.  If you do have further or additional feedback you'd like to offer, please feel free to contact me directly.  We are using this information to develop a platform we will share with candidates (and you).  We will also be using your answers to develop the questions for the Mayoral debate on October 3.  If you have a specific question you'd like us to include for the debate
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5 Minutes for Business In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, our Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, Ryan Greer, examines how the federal government will handle the battle between a newly regulated cannabis industry and the existing illegal market once recreational cannabis becomes legal on October 17.   Some of the factors that will influence how effective Canada’s legal cannabis market is at reducing illegal sales include safety, quality, access, supply and branding. But as we approach legalization, it is quickly becoming clear that this sector will face the same competitiveness
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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft As the summer season closes, the energy around reconnecting and getting back into routine is clear to me – there is something going on every night this month and well into next! Of course, part of this is due to the municipal elections and I would appreciate your help!  While we are always looking for your input, what you want to see from our City’s leaders is most important to the Chamber.  Our Government Affairs committee will be working on the questions for our traditional Mayoral debate (being held Wednesday, October 3 at the Empire) as well as developing a platform we
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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft At the Member Appreciation Mingle, I had mentioned how excited I was about some of our newest members and their ability to make the concept of social enterprise come alive for me...  having been academically trained in business (I get that true entrepreneurs scoff at those three little letters), we learned about Corporate Social Responsibility and the Triple Bottom Line - but these members are making it real (and I hope with our help and yours, profitable!)  Please read on for some incredible stories of resourcefulness, collaboration, product differentiation in the context of a collective and
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6 Reasons Why a Facebook Group Can't Replace Chamber Membership Some people think a chamber membership is all about networking and because of that they see it as obsolete. After all, you can just meet other business people online, right? Search on Facebook and a number of business groups will come up, many geared to a certain profession or business size. Some of these groups are private so you have to apply to get in. A few even require you to answer questions and promise to play nicely with others. Upon acceptance, you can spend all day chatting it up with other like-minded business owners (for free!). No need to join the chamber, right? Wrong.
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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft
From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft
From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft
From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft