Topics & Insight That Affect Our Members

1310, 2023

Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy 

By |October 13th, 2023|Categories: General|

Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy Small businesses have always been the backbone of Ontario’s economy, a driving force behind innovation and economic growth in the province. These resilient enterprises generate new ideas, create jobs and foster community resilience. In partnership with Desjardins, the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) are delighted to unveil the annual Small Business Week Campaign, Small Business, [...]

1608, 2023

Chamber in the News

By |August 16th, 2023|Categories: General|

Delighted to bring the voice of the business community in the Upper Ottawa Valley to the conversation with our friends at Local Immigration Partnership to address labour shortages in our region through #immigrantsworks. Attracting new Canadians to stay in eastern Ontario | Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan | Live Radio | CBC Listen  

1408, 2023

Chamber Rallies Business Community to Support Local Restaurant

By |August 14th, 2023|Categories: General|

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Rallies the Business Community to Support The Nelson Street Pub Amid Road Construction Challenges  Demonstrating commitment to a stronger and more vibrant regional economy August 14, 2023 (PEMBROKE – August 14, 2023) – Critical infrastructure projects are necessary for economic development, but it seems as if all priority road construction this year has been launched at once with detours and traffic congestion dotting the [...]

308, 2023

Local Immigration Partnerships Team Up to Create an Immigrant Attraction and Retention Strategy for Eastern Ontario

By |August 3rd, 2023|Categories: General|

Skilled and unskilled labour shortages remain a significant concern across Eastern Ontario. Recognizing the pivotal role of immigrant attraction and retention in addressing these shortages, our municipal leaders, economic development partners, and business owners have come together. The Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) - Lanark & Renfrew, in partnership with The Eastern Ontario Training Board (EOTB), Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP), Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone de l'est de l'Ontario [...]

1807, 2023

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Local Businessman’s Lifetime Achievements during Business Excellence Awards Gala

By |July 18th, 2023|Categories: General|

Another glamourous evening is planned for the Annual Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala, the premier business event of the year. As the Chamber celebrates 65 years, it is with pleasure that we announce Jon Pole, President and Co-Founder of mbc Media (My Broadcasting Media Corporation), as the recipient of the annual Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honours outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to [...]

507, 2023

Home Stretched: Tackling Ontario’s Housing Affordability Crisis Through Innovative Solutions and Partners

By |July 5th, 2023|Categories: General|

Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released, Home Stretched: Tackling Ontario's Housing Affordability Crisis Through Innovative Solutions and Partnerships, outlining opportunities for the private, public, and non-profit sectors to explore innovative partnerships and approaches to address housing affordability and supply, and recommendations to build on successful models.   The policy brief provides all levels of government and industry with recommendations under the following themes: Labour and Demographics, the Housing [...]

1606, 2023

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrates 65 years of service with the 2023 Business Excellence Awards Gala

By |June 16th, 2023|Categories: General|

Celebrating 65 years of service, the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce has planned a glamourous evening for Saturday, September 23rd at the Normandy Officers’ Mess, Garrison Petawawa, to recognize the accomplishments of the business community in our region. “This will be a night to remember,” promises Cyndi Mills, president of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “After the spectacular return of our awards ceremonies last year, [...]

906, 2023

Restricted Fire Zone Issued

By |June 9th, 2023|Categories: General|

As of 12:01am June 9th, 2023, the rest of the fire region has fallen under a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ).  This is instituted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry under the Forest Fires Prevention Act.  Below is the official RFZ poster that can be printed and displayed in the window of any willing high-traffic businesses to assist in public awareness. If you [...]

1604, 2023

Diversity in the Valley

By |April 16th, 2023|Categories: General|

The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to host Diversity in the Valley, an expo dedicated to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Business owners and operators will browse our exhibit floor for guidance on the design and execution of an effective diversity policy in the workplace for both their employees and clientele. A panel of experts will share best practices to promote diversity and accessibility.  Topics include service [...]

1404, 2023

Golf Tournament supports Class of ’23 Bursary

By |April 14th, 2023|Categories: General|

We are hosting a golf tournament May 29th to raise funds in support of our Class of ’23 Bursary program providing graduating high school students from this region cash rewards of $250 toward the purchase of educational materials for post-secondary studies. Given we are a membership-driven organization, we rely on the help of the business community to sponsor our efforts. With you by our side at this fun-filled event, we are certain [...]

3103, 2023

Class of ’23 Bursary Program

By |March 31st, 2023|Categories: General|

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce launches Class of ’23 Bursary The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is honoured to offer a bursary program for graduating secondary school students in the region.  Recipients will be rewarded up to $250 toward the purchase of learning materials for post-secondary studies. “The next generation of business leaders for the Ottawa Valley is setting course on their career path, and it is our [...]

2903, 2023

Township of Laurentian Valley Mayor’s Breakfast brings the business community to the conversation

By |March 29th, 2023|Categories: General|

It was a full house today at the Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre where Township of Laurentian Valley and the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the Mayor's Breakfast for the business community. An informative discussion with Mayor Bennett and a chance to build and grow our relationships while we work toward common goals for our little corner of the world.

2702, 2023

International Women’s Day Lunch adds chamber membership door prizes

By |February 27th, 2023|Categories: General|

Great news! You can still get your tickets for our International Women's Day lunch hosted by Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce and enter to win a door prize annual membership with the chamber! This event is powered by the Startup Women's Fund. We'd like to thank Startup Canada, Scotiabank and UPS for their support. Hear from women entrepreneurs from Little Things Canning Company Starz In Motion Dance Studio and [...]

802, 2023

Ontario Economic Report 2023

By |February 8th, 2023|Categories: General|

The flagship report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce was released February 7, 2023.  Thank you to our more than 50 chamber businesses who completed the survey that fed the data for this report.  Next year, let's reach our target of 75 member businesses so that we can receive a customized report for our region! Read the report here: OER

2511, 2022

Manufacture and Import of Single-Use Plastic Items

By |November 25th, 2022|Categories: General|

Did you know? The ban on the manufacture and import of certain single-use plastic items begins in December 2022 Environment and Climate Change Canada is sharing some information to help you and your members understand how you may be impacted by the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations. As of December 20, 2022, the manufacture and import for sale in Canada of single-use plastic checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks and [...]

1611, 2022

2023 Membership Packages

By |November 16th, 2022|Categories: General|

2023 Membership The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce will be migrating its member businesses to our new packages that provide much more value and benefits under a revised framework built with feedback and input from the business community.  Moving from relevant to becoming an essential partner in your business!

1611, 2022

Request for Proposal: Auditor

By |November 16th, 2022|Categories: General|

UOVCC Auditor RFP 11-16=22 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce (Contractor) invites proposals for the 2022 annual financial audit of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce financial records for approval by the Board of Directors and ultimately the members of the corporation at the Annual General Meeting.  The Chamber requires an audit conducted in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles to include a Statement [...]

1511, 2022

Digital Service Squad is Here to Help!

By |November 15th, 2022|Categories: General|

Looking to Upgrade Your Website? Improve Your Social Media Presence? Expand Your Marketing Reach? Contact Your Digital Service Squad Today! ABOUT UPPER OTTAWA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The voice of the business community in the Upper Ottawa Valley, the Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses and business leaders across much of Renfrew County from Whitewater region to Pembroke and Petawawa, Madawaska and Bonnechere to Deep River. As a [...]

1507, 2022

Digital Service Squad for the Upper Ottawa Valley

By |July 15th, 2022|Categories: General|

$95k Investment in Digital Service Squad to help transform the Upper Ottawa Valley business community through online technologies Media Release July 15, 2022 The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Petawawa, the City of Pembroke and the Pembroke Business Improvement Area (PBIA), has received a $95,650.00 grant from Digital Main Street for a two-year Digital Service Squad (DSS) program to help small businesses [...]

204, 2022

Annual General Meeting: The Path Forward

By |April 2nd, 2022|Categories: Event, Meeting, Strategic Plan|

Big thank you to all our members who joined us for our virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Feb. 23, 2022. We are happy to share that the winner of our impressive prize pack is Chamber member, Cindy Sell, ReMax Pembroke Realty Ltd. Thanks to our generous members, Cindy can #shoplocal with these amazing items: 2 x $25 gift cards plus pickled goods [...]

104, 2022

International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias Event a Success

By |April 1st, 2022|Categories: Event, Meeting, Professional Development|

Words like inspiring, insightful, and empowering were used to describe our #IWD2022 event. Presented by Meridian Credit Union Pembroke, our keynote presentation from the County of Renfrew Warden & Township of Laurentian Valley Reeve Debbie Robinson shared these inspiring words, "Have a vision, set a goal, find the path forward." Robinson's story was followed by a special Chamber panel with, Dr. Keltie Jones, Algonquin College Waterfront Campus, Heather Jobe, [...]

104, 2022

UOVCC Re-Launches Startup Ottawa Valley

By |April 1st, 2022|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Startup, Tool Kit|

The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce (UOVCC) has partnered with Startup Canada to relaunch a Startup Ottawa Valley community. As a Startup community, the UOVCC can share opportunities and resources with our local businesses and we can also access funding supports through Startup Canada partners to facilitate local workshops, events and programs. Please like our social pages so your business can stay informed of all these great opportunities and [...]

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