Building a ‘Community’ for our Business Community

Building a “Community” for Our Business Community

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts the Ottawa Valley Business Summit

On February 22nd at the Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre, the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the business community of this region and the eleven municipalities in its chamber catchment area for its first annual Ottawa Valley Business Summit.

“We are excited to expand our annual general meeting event into a full-sized conference to serve the businesses of the region that together form the backbone of our local economy and the communities in which we work, live and play,” said Kelly Hollihan, Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.  “Our region has a unique character and heritage of fellowship, and we aim to provide a forum at which our business leaders, owners and operators can connect, collaborate, learn and grow together.”

The Ottawa Valley Business Summit is a conference for learning, networking, and inspiration in an entertaining and informative professional symposium to build broader, more reliable, and effective relationships among businesses with common goals to strengthen our local economy.

A half-day of programming that is open to the public begins at 1pm and includes guest speakers, a small expo display floor and break-out presentation rooms dedicated to matters that the chamber’s network identified as top priorities for business in 2024.  Topics will include attracting and retaining talent, marketing and advertising through modern and traditional channels, and grants and funding opportunities to grow your business.

“We are delighted to host special guest speakers including Sueling Ching, CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade; Daniel Safayeni, Vice President Policy and Claudia Dessanti, Senior Manager Policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; and Stephen Tapp, Chief Economist from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  They bring expertise and insights to inspire the collaborations that will help us to build a ‘community’ for our business community,” added Hollihan.  “With these experts and the addition of elected leaders including Warden Peter Emon, Member of Provincial Parliament John Yakabuski, and mayors from around our region, we aim to offer a conference for business big and small, across sectors and from every corner of the Upper Ottawa Valley.”

This event also marks the inaugural meeting of the chamber’s Regional Prosperity Council, bringing together the public sector Economic Development Officers in the catchment area with private sector and not-for-profit business leaders in the spirit of teamwork, collaboration, and open communication channels to partner on efforts that support business.

Guests are invited to purchase an expanded conference package that includes a buffet VIP Round Table dinner with the special guests and speakers.

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Members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce enjoy a member discount $40 for the conference passport and $60 for the VIP Round Table dinner.  Public conference tickets are available for $50 each and $75 for the VIP Round Table dinner.