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Member Update: April 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Member Update

Your monthly update on Chamber events, activities, input opportunities, and educational seminars - be sure to scroll all the way down so you don't miss anything! Are you missing our regular emails? Please click here to opt in and receive more frequent notices.


THIS JUST IN!! Don't miss your opportunity for this extremely time sensitive chance to have your company branded on a banner throughout the whole directory! First come, first serve. We will be selling up to 4 banners for the 2015 directory, putting your business in front of every reader by placing you every fourth page throughout the entire book! Email for details today!

The Barrie Chamber member directory offers a unique opportunity to keep your name in front of the key decision-makers and new arrivals to the area, at value-priced rates. Every Barrie Chamber member company will receive a copy; the format makes it easy to travel with; and, it is Barrie's premier business reference, for at least an entire year! Prime space limited! Don't be disappointed! Contact our Business Development Team today to find out how your company can be found first in the Chamber Directory. 705-721-5000

Help us to make sure the directory is accurate! Have you moved? Had a change in staffing? Changed phone number? Please check your current listing on our website and let us know if there are any errors or omissions in your listing information. We will make the changes online right away, and will include the current details when we print the directory. Corrections/Additions can be forwarded to or sent by fax to 705-726-0973. We appreciate every opportunity to maintain an accurate database of our members.

Craig BuschCraig Busch named torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Torch Relay for the Pan Am Games

Courtesy of OLG, the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Craig Busch has been nominated to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Torch Relay for the Pan Am Games. A champion in our community, Craig embodies the characteristics of a torchbearer - community, celebration, participation and pride.

As a Pan Am torchbearer, Craig Busch will help spread the excitement of the Pan Am Games throughout Barrie. 

Pass it ONtario

He was selected for exceptional work and outstanding role within the community.

Through OLG's presenting partnership of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay, we are proud to have Craig Busch represent our community as part of the OLG Pass It ONtario Program.

April 2, 2015 · 7:30am · Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club

The Mortgage Wellness GroupGrowing Your Business Has Never Felt Better - Jamie Hall, Stakeholder Relations Manager with Simcoe Community Services, will be speaking about a human resources opportunity that you probably haven't considered yet. Learn about employment support services, what the transition is like, business partnerships, and Ontario Government initiatives to promote workplace integration. Still only $20/person for members, and includes a delicious hot buffet breakfast. Sponsored by The Mortgage Wellness Group.
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GEORGIAN COLLEGE: President's Thought Leadership
April 9, 2015 · 9:30am · Georgian Theatre, Barrie Campus

Georgian College is pleased to offer Barrie Chamber of Commerce members complimentary tickets to hear Gen. (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian military, speak on "Leadership in Tough Times."This event, part of the Georgian College President’s Thought Leadership Series, is on April 9, 2015 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Georgian Theatre on the Barrie campus.
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GEORGIAN COLLEGE: UP - an entrepreneurial evening
April 9, 2015 · 6:00pm· Georgian Theatre, Barrie Campus

Through selected keynote speakers, UP will allow entrepreneurs to hear the anecdotal tales and the hard-learned lessons of some of today’s successful business minds. Sharing their struggles, failures, and successes, these diverse speakers offer accessible and applicable insight and advice for starting and running a new business.
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GEORGIAN COLLEGE: Entrepreneurship Learning Channel
April 14, 2015 · 4:30pm · Barrie Campus, Room K226B

This is a FREE educational learning series OPEN TO EVERYONE (students, youth, community). This session will feature Serial Entrepreneur and handy guy to know, Marc Castel, sharing insights on: How to Build a Winning Business Strategy.
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April 15, 2015 · 5:00pm · Jacuzzi Hot Tubs - Barrie and Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs - Barrie
Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka

Business After 5 is already our most social and relaxed event of the month, just imagine how much more relaxing it will be surrounded by hot tubs at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs - Barrie! The first hydrotherapy pump was invented in 1956, and it changed the way people looked at water forever. Over 50 years later, Jacuzzi is a world-renowned brand, designing luxurious hot tubs and whirlpool baths that melt away stress and fatigue. Partnering to co-host this month's BA5 is Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka. They exist so that no one has to face cancer alone. Their innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, education workshops, lectures and social activities FREE of charge to men, women, teens and children – along with their family and friends.
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April 18, 2015 · 9:00am · Georgian College, M132

This session is designed specifically to help business owners establish a three-year vision. During the session, you will examine your business with a strengths, weaknesses and opportunities model; visualize your business three years from now; formulate an internal planning process to establish interim goals and strategies; identify resources to assist you in reaching business goals; and more!
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April 22, 2015 · noon · OLG Slots at Georgian Downs

NeuroArchitechsSpeakers this month will be Chamber Directors and other volunteers, talking about getting more involved with YOUR Chamber. We will be putting out a call for Board nominations soon, and we want to help interested people understand what is involved, and how they can give back to their fellow members this way. Still only $20/person for members, and includes a hot buffet lunch. Sponsored by NeuroArchitechs.
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