New Grant Opportunity for Businesses in Parry Sound/Muskoka

Are you an established business looking for assistance in technological implementation? STAMP- Small Business Technology Assessment Monitoring and Planning grant is now available in the Parry Sound Muskoka area. $6250 assessible to help small businesses address information and communication technology (ICT) obstacles.

For more information, eligibility, and the application process
please visit the website: http://www.neonet.on.ca/projects/current-projects/stamp/,
email at info@neonet.on.ca
or call Laura at 705-360-1353 ext. 34

Gravenhurst Steps Up To Help Support BC Wildfire Victims

Earlier this month, on July 7th, the province of British Columbia became engulfed in flames. Over 45,000 people have been displaced from their homes – quickly becoming one of the largest displacement events in the history of the province.

British Columbia remains in a state of emergency while 155 wildfires continue to roar across the province, fifteen of them threatening communities.

Alvin Naicker, founder and owner of Surftek Surfboards, has requested the help of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce to get the community involved to work together to support this worthy cause. At the chamber we are working with The Canadian Red Cross to support those impacted in BC, and in our efforts to do so we have set up an online donation portal for our community. Through this portal you are able to donate to this deserving cause, where proceeds will go towards immediate relief such as cots and blankets, financial assistance for families including food, clothing and other personal needs. As well many donations will go towards long-term recovery needs. Alvin is donating $500 himself and is challenging others to donate what they can.

We are urging individuals and businesses to donate whatever they can – any amount helps.

www.redcross.ca/BCFires/GravenhurstComm

Canada Day Fun In Gravenhurst

Grab your red and white because Canada Day is this weekend! Join us in Gravenhurst for endless opportunities of fun for Canada 150. Gull Lake Rotary Park is holding all day activities, including a free BBQ with birthday cake! As well make sure to stop by the library or Bethune Memorial House for other family fun activities. Check out our events page for details or feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. The Gravenhurst Chamber wishes you a safe and happy Canada Day!

24th Annual Gravenhurst Car Show

 

The 24th Annual Gravenhurst Car Show, the largest car show in Northern Ontario and proudly sponsored by Canadian Tire Gravenhurst and many more, takes place Father’s Day Weekend on Saturday June 17th at Gull Lake Rotary Park. With over 400 vehicles anticipated, a Kidz Zone, unique vendors, and a Food & Music Lounge sponsored by Sawdust City Brewing Company, the day of is definitely going to be a hit.

Come to our information night April 6th! 

Join us on April 6 at the Trillium Court (located inside the Gravenhurst Opera House) for an information session on our upcoming trip to China. Harish from Indus Travel will join us starting at 6:30 Pm to discuss the details of the trip, which is set for departure on Sept. 18.

Harish will outline the itinerary for the 8 day adventure, including the scheduled stops and accommodations. Learn about the culture, food and language of the people you will encounter on your trip. Find out more about destinations on the tour (cost is $2,490 for Chamber members – taxes included) including the 2,000 year old Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Lingering Garden.

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Where to Get Your Maple Fix in Gravenhurst

Baked Goodies & Sweets

 

For the Muskoka Maple Trail, you have to try their maple pecan apple strudel, a homemade pastry with an apple and maple pecan filling, topped with their famous puff pastry and coated in maple frosting. You can also pick up their delicious maple pecan square which starts with their famous butter cookie recipe base, a gooey maple pecan filling and topped with milk chocolate drizzle. Stop in Tuesday – Saturday to try these decadent treats.

 

Maple Brews & Cocktails

Sawdust City Brewing Company has injected some sweetness into their tasting board this season. Visit Sawdust City Brewing Company and sample their limited release beer Eagle’s Tear. Brewed with pure Muskoka water, this Maple Coffee Sour Red Ale is available in The Sawdust City Saloon and for purchase in the Brewery’s retail store. When the sap flows, the Brewery features a variety of maple beer as well as butter tarts, and their own Dark Maple Syrup blend available for purchase. Request a booking for a brewery tour, offered 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Retail Beer Store Hours: 9am – 11pm
Saloon Hours: 11am – 11pm

The Oar & Paddle has long been known for their innovative cocktails, and will be featuring two must-try cocktails on their during the Muskoka Maple Trail.

  • Maple Bacon Caesar, if you love Caesars then this is a must-try
  • Maple Bourbon Manhattan, a sweet twist on one of the classics!

Pancake Breakfast

This family favourite restaurant in downtown Gravenhurst will be serving a Muskoka maple breakfast special featuring their fluffy buttermilk pancakes smothered in local Muskoka maple syrup. Pancake breakfasts are the quintessential way to start your day during the spring maple harvest so stop in for breakfast

 

 

Maple Inspired Cuisine

 

Old Mill Family Restaurant is celebrating the spring harvest with their fresh and delicious Spring Salad served with a beautiful Muskoka Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. Stop in for lunch or dinner to try this delicious and fresh course.

 

The Oar & Paddle will be serving up their famous chicken wings with their own in-house sauce recipe ‘Smokey BBQ Maple Bacon’. It is the perfect blend of smokiness and sweet, and might soon become your favourite wing sauce!

Overnight getaway

Follow the Maple Trail to experience Muskoka’s signature maple syrup and enjoy an overnight stay at the Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf! Explore the Muskoka Maple Trail and try unique experiences such as sugar bush tours and sleigh rides, or taste the delicious maple-inspired menus and maple-flavoured beer!

Offer includes:

  • Suite accommodation (with complimentary upgrade based on availability)
  • Complimentary full hot daily breakfast buffet for two that includes waffles and local maple syrup
  • A bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
  • Maple candies upon arrival

After a fun-filled day of exploring, enjoy stunning views of Lake Muskoka from the comfort of your suite, or unwind in our indoor pool and whirlpool. Book your maple adventure this minute!

Membership matters

As a Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce member, you can connect with other businesses people, engage in the community and raise the exposure of your business.

Members receive promotional perks, exclusive advertising and networking options, and additional exposure for their companies or organizations.

Members can promote their business in a number of ways:

⭑Website, newsletter and social media business promotions

⭑Subscribe to From the Ground Up newsletter and submit information for inclusion

⭑Event sponsorship and advertising opportunities including e-blasts

⭑Printed marketing materials displayed in the Visitor Information lounge

⭑Participate in networking and After hours business socials

⭑Host an after Hours at your business

⭑Share an image on the visitor centre monitor

⭑Make use of the Business Resource Centre room

⭑Take part in the Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plan – even small businesses can find a plan that works. This is a benefit your employees will appreciate

⭑Canadian Chamber of Commerce discounts – see attached flyer

⭑Direct referrals from our staff and members

 

 

The Gravenhurst Chamber Winter Gala is a Chamber fundraising event.  Taking place annually on the third weekend in November, the event celebrates the local business community.  The evening includes dinner, live music, dancing, DJ, silent auction and more.

 

Your Chamber of Commerce hosts two of Gravenhurst’s largest events attracting thousands of tourists to the area. The last Saturday in June is always the Gravenhurst Car Show (June 17, 2017) and Dockside Festival of the Arts, takes place the last weekend in August (Aug. 18, 19 and 20, 2017) at the Muskoka Wharf. The chamber also hosts and coordinates the annual Santa Claus parade.

 

All for members

 

As a chamber member, you gain access to our After Hours Business Socials – members take turns hosting a networking gathering each month that typically offers up a selection of food and drink from Chamber members. After Hours socials are fun. Networking should not be work.  Getting to know your local businesses, finding out what’s new and gaining a better understanding of what’s happening in Gravenhurst is the goal of these events. See the coming events list attached to this email.

 

Chambers of Commerce Insurance plans – As a chamber member, your organization receives exclusive rates on group insurance plans. The Chambers Plan is the largest plan of its kind in Canada covering over 25,000 small businesses from coast to coast.

Visit http://www.chamberplan.ca/ or call 1 877-277-0677 to learn more.

 

2017 Membership Rates

Small Business Member – One to two employees $180+HST

Business Member – 3+ employees $230+HST

Not for Profits & Associations $130+HST

Individual Member & 2nd Business Same Owner $100+HST

Visit  http://gravenhurstchamber.com/membership/join-now/ to sign up!

 

Business After Hours events are a chance to

network and socialize with fellow entrepreneurs.

 

Discounts – As a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we can pass on discounts to our Chamber members. Save 3.5 cents per litre by applying for an Esso credit card, get special rates for other services too. http://www.chamber.ca/membership/member-programs/

 

Directory of members – Listing in both online and printed Gravenhurst directory – printed copy will include name, phone, address and web address (to fill one line) under one category. We are bringing back our membership directory combined with a visitor guide, due to visitor and member requests.

 

Promotion on Visitor Centre monitor – Our Visitor Centre is also home to a Service Ontario office with thousands of visitors. Please submit a high resolution photo and we will add your business name and contact information or you may submit a photo with your information for us to include in rotation on the monitor. A second photo for a three month period (January to  March, April to June, July to September, October to December) is available for $75.

 

Business Resource Centre Room rental – each member gets a free half-day rental in our Business Resource Room which is available for all your small meeting and presentation needs. The Centre is equipped with the technology needed to host seminars, presentations and meetings and includes Wi-Fi, HDMI ports to connect a laptop (not provided), two wall mounted monitors, a kitchenette (no stove) and more. The Business Resource Centre can comfortably seat 12 + presenter, around a one of a kind live-edge executive table, with room for additional chairs if needed. Rates are $30 per hour or $150 for the day (8 hours) plus HST. For weekends or evenings, a higher fee may apply. *All rental fees are due upon confirmation of booking.

 

E- blast – for just $100 per member (and $200 for non members). To directly reach your business to business market, we offer an e-blast. Instead of including your message in The Ground Up Newsletter, you message will be sent as a single item to our almost 600 subscribers.

 

The extremely popular Gravenhurst Car Show in Gull Lake Park

is also organized by the Chamber.

 

Chamber membership is more than discounts, benefits and social events. Membership gives you access to our team and its resources.  Do you have a question? An idea? Need assistance with your business?  Contacting the Chamber should be your first call so we can connect you with local resources and services. We want your business to grow and, in turn, for Gravenhurst to grow.

 

The Chamber can connect you to business resources and community experts who can assist with training, planning and growing your business. Learn about granting and funding bodies and even some free and low cost opportunities that meet your business needs.

 

Membership is one component to a much larger plan that the Chamber leads on behalf of the community.  Your membership dollars are key to ensuring the Chamber continues to draw tourists to the community, operates the Visitor Information Centre, coordinates high-traffic events, provides access to business development opportunities and participates in projects that contributes to the Town’s vitality.

 

Our office, beside the Opera House in the lower level of the Carnegie Building is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please drop by and visit.