Our very first Business After Hours event for 2018 was held last Thursday night at the Kennedy Building and co-hosted by the United Way Centraide North East and Ken-Gap Holdings.  Great turnout for a cooler January evening and we’re very pleased to see many of our directors and new members at the event.  We were pleased to welcome Michael Cullen, United Way’s Executive Director, and the senior management team from Sudbury to North Bay for the Chamber event.

The United Way has done a terrific job in North Bay, since opening their office in the City in 2012, after being serviced for many years out of Sudbury.  Erika Lougheed and her staff are doing a terrific job engaging our giving community and providing much needed assistance to many local groups, that do not have the capacity to fund raise on their own.  Many worthwhile projects within our community have been funded and all funds donated local, stays local.

Speaking of local, congratulations are in order for our MPP Vic Fedeli, on being chosen as the Interim Leader for his party last Friday.  No doubt that he deserves it, as he has always been a hard-working individual representing Nipissing issues and concerns.  It is great to see our former Mayor leading his party into the next Provincial election and we all wish him well as he takes on additional duties in this new role.

On Valentines day, February 14th, the Chamber together with IION, Rob Deline and staff, have partnered with presenters Dean Decaire of BDO Canada and Christian Tremblay of Wallace Klein Partners in Law for a breakfast presentation on understanding Bill 148.  This is probably mandatory for all business owners to ensure that they are complying with the new legislation and how this legislation affects their businesses.  It will be taking place on the 14th, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Best Western.  Any business that wishes to attend, please give us a call at the Chamber office to register.

The Ford World Women’s Curling Championships will soon be upon us and excitement is building for this world class event. The City will be showcased during this event and from all reports, ticket sales are strong, and it is shaping up to be a busy month for the volunteers and Curling Canada.  The Chamber is selling “Curling Rocks” t-shirts to show our community support for the event and all will be eligible for great prize packages from Curling Canada for wearing your shirt in the weeks leading up to the event.  Limited numbers of the t-shirts are left, so contact our office if your business or you are interested in supporting this event.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.