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.

 

Three Chambers, Three Times the Fun for Annual Golf Day

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For Immediate Release//May 2/16 – The Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce announces the expansion of their Annual Golf Fun Day.  Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event, the Golf Fun Day is growing and partnering with Gravenhurst and Muskoka Lakes Chambers of Commerce.  Taking place June 23rd at Muskoka Bay Club in Gravenhurst, the Chambers will invite members, stakeholders and guests to golf at the event.  

“We are thrilled to grow the golf day to include business leaders throughout South Muskoka,” comments Bracebridge Chamber Executive Director Brenda Rhodes.  “As a community we believe there are overwhelming benefits to partnerships.  It’s good business not only for the Chamber’s but also great value for members allowing them to connect with other businesses throughout the region.”

The Golf Fun Day is a key fundraising event for the organization’s providing funds to assist the Chambers’ with ongoing operations.  With a goal of rotating the golf course and community host each year, the Chamber’s are striving to increase the attendance, sponsorship, and support for the fundraising event.  

“Membership services are only one of many activities Chamber’s tackle,” says Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jane Templeton.  “Our membership fees account for a portion of our revenues but the golf day and other events are crucial to the organizations’ operations.  We are thrilled to be working collaboratively with our neighbouring communities.”

The tournament is a shotgun scramble beginning at 1:00pm.  Team and individual registrations are available for $220 per player.  An early bird price of $200 will be offered to teams who register before May 31st, 2016.  

“Muskoka is home to many marquis golf courses, we are confident that our business community will see this event as a great opportunity to golf while supporting local business organizations,” says Danielle Millar, Executive Director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce. “In the past year, the member events we’ve hosted in partnership have by far been the largest and most engaging.  We anticipate that the Golf day will continue this trend.”

The South Muskoka Chambers Golf Fun Day is currently seeking silent auction donations in addition to a number of sponsorships.  For more information on the day, please visit your local Chamber of Commerce website or contact one of the offices.  

The South Muskoka Chambers operate in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and Muskoka Lakes.  With a goal of supporting and expanding the local business community, the Chambers operate programs and initiatives to strengthen the local community.  Operating in Bracebridge for 64 years, Gravenhurst for 68 years and Muskoka Lakes for 30 years, the Chambers of Commerce represent the largest business associations and community groups in each of their community.

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For Media Inquiries:
Brenda Rhodes
Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce
brenda@bracebridgechamber.com

Click Here for Event Details & Registration

Click Here for Sponsorship Details

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Dockside Festival Welcomes Title Sponsor Veridian Connections

Veridian Connections celebrates 10 years of service in Gravenhurst by supporting local festival

Gravenhurst, ON – The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce confirms that Veridian Connections will be stepping into the Title Sponsorship role for their 25th Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts in a three-year contract.   This new reciprocal partnership commemorates two anniversaries in Gravenhurst, as Dockside Festival celebrates their 25th Anniversary and Veridian Connections celebrates 10 years of service in Gravenhurst.  

The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce has been in search of sponsors for their growing events and has over the past several years worked diligently to build mutually beneficial sponsorship packages to attract partners.  Sponsorships increase brand awareness, create positive public relations for both involved parties while promoting good relations with clients and customers.   

“We are proud to have Veridian as the title Sponsor of Dockside Festival,” commented Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce President Bob Collins.  “Our staff has worked tirelessly to develop value-based sponsorships and have proactively pursued partners that share common goals.  Hard work pays off. Chamber sponsorships deliver great marketing returns in addition to demonstrating community engagement.”

Corporate sponsorships are an integral component of the Chamber’s events and operations.  The Chamber strives to approach each program and event with a multi-funding approach, ensuring that budgets are developed to support sponsorships and grants, while also managing operational expenses.  The Chamber has seen significant growth in the recent years with the Gravenhurst Car Show and Dockside Festival with increased attendance as well as increased sponsorships.

“Over the years we’ve been successful in receiving event enhancement grants which have assisted us in growing our Chamber events, but they have also put pressure on our financials and are not a reliable revenue source,” says Collins.  “Building festival attendance and awareness are our priority and we invest heavily to accomplish these goals.  Moving forward we have stronger events, and our sponsorships provide a stable revenue source for continued growth. We believe that events assist in raising awareness and interest of our community, resulting in increased visitation and visitor spending.”

The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce coordinates the 23rd Annual Gravenhurst Car Show taking place June 18, 2016, and the 25th Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts taking place August 19th-21st, 2016.  Sponsorships are also available to support the Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade and the organization’s Annual Winter Gala.  Recently the Chamber also  launched a Patron’s, Pillars and Partners program aligning opportunities for businesses wishing to increase awareness with other local business owners.  

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For More Information Contact

Danielle Millar, Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

705-687-4432 / manager@gravenhurstchamber.com

Other Related News Releases

Veridian President and CEO presents Gravenhurst Mayor and Council with cheque and makes special announcement

Gravenhurst, ON – A delegation from Veridian attended today’s Town Council meeting to deliver both a cheque and a special announcement. Led by Veridian’s President and CEO Michael Angemeer, the group congratulated and thanked Council for the Town’s recent energy-efficient LED streetlight conversion, and then announced a three-year lead sponsorship commitment for the Dockside Festival of the Arts.

“We’re very pleased to be here in Gravenhurst to celebrate two important milestones,” said Angemeer. “First, we want to recognize and congratulate you on your investment in energy efficiency through the recent completion of your LED streetlight upgrade project. Second, we’re very pleased to mark our first ten years of service to your community with a sponsorship commitment to the Dockside Festival of the Arts which, as you know, is celebrating a milestone of its own this year.”  Click Here for Full Press Release

 

Members Meeting

Members Meeting

Join us for a Members meeting taking place January 27th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at the Gravenhurst Opera House, Trillium Court.

The meeting will present the Chamber’s Strategic Plan, outline the organization’s priorities and present the financial forecast to support the plan. In support of the Strategic Plan, the Gravenhurst Chamber Board of Directors will present a motion to increase membership fees aligning the Chamber’s fees with other regional Chambers and supporting the growth outlined in the Strategic Plan.

Agenda
5:00 pm – 5:05 pm Welcome and Introductions
5:05 pm – 5:25 pm Strategic Plan Overview
5:25 pm – 5:35 pm Membership Fee Increase Presentation
5:35 pm – 5:50 pm Questions
5:50 pm – 6:00 pm Vote on Membership Fee Increase
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Social Reception

Details & Resources
In Spring 2015, the Chamber surveyed members and stakeholders, over 70 guests took part in a Chamber Service Review at the AGM, 120 responses were collected from an online survey and over 20 individual interviews were conducted to obtain information on member priorities.  Click Here to view the Chamber Service Review Survey Results.

Through the summer the Chamber staff, drafted a Strategic Plan which was discussed and reviewed by the Chamber Board of Directors at three planning sessions.  In November, the Chamber of Commerce’s Strategic Plan was approved by the board and outlines the priorities, goals and initiatives for the next five years.  Click Here to view the Strategic Plan.

Proposed Fee Increase
The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to present a motion to increase Chamber Membership fees in 2016.  The support for the fee increase will allow the Chamber to secure funds to support the expanded location, implement the strategic plan and align the membership rates with neighbouring communities.

The Proposed 2016 Membership Rates:
– $100 Independent Citizen Member
– $130 Not for Profit Member
– $180 Sole Proprietorship Member
– $230 3+ Employees Business Member
– $100 Secondary Business, Same Owner Member

Voting: Each business will receive one vote.  Organizations will need to designate a voting representative.

For members unable to attend the meeting, proxy voting will be accepted.  The Proposed Fee Increase presentation will be distributed by email to members at least 24 Hours prior to the meeting.  Proxy voting will be available via online form from January 27th at 9:00am to January 28th at 5:00pm.

For questions or comments, please contact Executive Director Danielle Millar,705-687-4432 x105 or manager@gravenhurstchamber.com.