From the Ground Up – June 2nd – Chamber Newsletter

Good Afternoon,
It is wonderful to see the hub of activity that is taking place around town.

First we would like to send a nice big shout out of congratulations to the Team at the Gravenhurst Opera House. We attended the Summer Season Gala on May 27th and share the enthusiasm for the upcoming season.  Keep an eye out in the mail for the Opera House’s direct mail brochure which includes a 2-for-1 coupon to attend a summer season performance that is available only for local residents.

The weather has been a wonderful indication of the summer momentum.  Yesterday we joined the Heritage Committee as they honoured A.P. Cockburn with a naming tribute at the Wharf Gazebo. The celebration also aligned with the 150th anniversary of the first steamship launched into Lake Muskoka.  The Steamships are ready to set sail this weekend marking yet another annual milestone.

Included below is information on a complimentary Steamship Cruise taking place this Saturday.  Have you taken a steamship cruise recently, how about your staff?  The 1-hour complimentary cruise is a great way to familiarize yourself, or remember why the Steamships attract thousands of visitors to Gravenhurst each year.

Keep an eye out for our first weekly Calendar of Events to be distributed next week, keeping you up-to-date with activities, concerts and all the things to see & do in Gravenhurst.

Have a great week –
Danielle

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In this edition you will find:

  • Meet our Summer Students
  • Call for Car Show Volunteers
  • Blue Willow Tea Shop Hosts Indonesian Feast
  • Register for the South Muskoka Chambers Golf Tournament
  • Muskoka Futures Schedule of Education Events
  • AMA Trip Advisor Opportunity
  • Steamships offer 1-hour complimentary cruise
  • Employment North offers funding for student hiring
  • Morrison Meadows Accessible Playground Grand Opening
  • Spring Into Summer Art Crawl Schedule
  • Frosty Pint Musicfest
  • Totem Juice Now Available in Gravenhurst at Sawdust City
  • and your complete events listing for experiencegravenhurst.com & gravenhurstchamber.com

 

 

 

From the Ground Up – May The 4th Be With You

Good Afternoon Chamber Members –
We have our Gravenhurst BIA ‘Fresh” Fashion & Lifestyle Show tickets, will we see you tonight?

Earlier this week we announced our participation in the South Muskoka Chambers Golf Tournament, this year it will be hosted at Muskoka Bay Club in Gravenhurst on June 23rd. We have included full details below and look forward to sharing more over the coming weeks.

You will notice the events listings continue to grow as the summer approaches and to keep on top of the growing list of things to see & do, we will begin to distribute the “This Week in Gravenhurst” weekly.

Also, this Saturday we are headed on a tour of Southern Ontario distributing Visitor Information promoting Gravenhurst at high-traffic travel centres, attractions and travel planning locations.  We are thrilled at the response from our local partners and look forward to beefing up the RTO12 regional racks with a big Gravenhurst presence.  We look forward to speaking with the Travel Centre staff who will be assisting us build relationships with coordinators around Ontario.

Please Note – The Chamber Office will be closed on Monday, May 9th, and will be operating on limited hours Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th.  Should you need immediate assistance, contact information is posted on the office closure notices.

We look forward to reporting back to members, what we see and hear from communities throughout the province.

Have a great week-
Danielle

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This week’s edition also includes:

  • Residence Inn Marriott Muskoka Wharf hosts Breakfast Fundraiser
  • Invitation to Attend Ahjo Living Open House
  • District of Muskoka Council Highlights Newsletter
  • Updated Events and Business Advancement Opportunities
  • Culture Days – Register Your Event/Venue
  • FunFest, Gravenhurst’s Newest Festival
  • Gravenhurst Opera House Summer Theatre Launch

From the Ground Up Chamber Newsletter – April 5th 2016

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Good Afternoon Chamber Members –
What a week we had last week – on the short list was our AGM, hosting Tony Clement’s Women in Business Roundtable, Hot Off the Press is the Muskoka Visitor Guide, celebrating the Heritage Designation of the Post Office while sending our Gravenhurst Enhanced Map to press.  We have included some pictures below of the various activities.

This week we are looking forward to connecting with members at the Spring Tourism Roundtable Friday, April 8th from 10am – 12 pm at Sawdusty City Brewing Company.  The session will begin with an overview of programs and opportunities from the Chamber, Muskoka Tourism and Explorer’s Edge – the second half of the meeting we will ask operators to share their upcoming promotions, plans and summer activities.  The information poster is included below but in case you are too excited to wait, you can Click Here for more information and to RSVP.  

Have you updated your business listing for the gravenhurstchamber.com directory? How does winning tickets to the CJ Chenier Live at Peter’s Players this Friday sound?  Check out the details on the contest and your step-by-step instructions below.

And finally, don’t forget to RSVP for our next After Hours hosted by Muskoka Retro and co-hosted by The Creative Plate Eatery on April 14th, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm – Poster below.

Have a great week-
Danielle

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From The Ground Up – March 17th

Good Afternoon Chamber Members –

We need your help.  Have you had a chance to look atGravenhurstchamber.com?  We recently relaunched our website with a goal of increasing our membership directory and online presence.

We have taken this opportunity to find images and develop descriptions for each member’s business.   We now ask that our members review their listing and let us know what corrections and revisions are required.  We are happy to update the information and/or images to represent your company as you wish.

We have outlined the steps below to review and request updates:
1. Visit gravenhurstchamber.com/directory
2. Search for your business listing
3. Review listing for accuracy, content and image
4. Review the Business Catagory and tags associated with your businesses*Each business member can request up to three categories and tags are unlimited*
5. Request updates and corrections by clicking the link at the bottom of the listing and completing the following form

Once we receive feedback we will then work on developing a downloadable directory featuring our members by membership categories.

We appreciate your feedback and consideration as we aim to expand and ensure the proper representation of our members.

Many Thanks,
Danielle

Save the Date!
We have included information below on our March 31st AGM and After Hours Social as well as a Tourism Round Table on April 8th, allowing partners to connect and discuss the upcoming season’s plans and promotions.

 

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From The Ground Up – Feb 4th 2016

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Good Afternoon Chamber Members –
Many thanks to all who attended our Strategic Planning meeting last week.  We were very happy with the questions and feedback from the meeting and the support for the presented fee increase.  We appreciate the unanimous support to move forward with the fee increase, both at the meeting and through online voting.  We have lots of new information to share with our members and you will see additional information in the coming weeks.  We look forward to discussing the changes and priorities with you.   Some updates include: Volunteers Needed – The success of our strategic plan is based on our ability to work with committed volunteers who wish to contribute to the Chamber’s goals.  Click Here to find out more about the volunteer opportunities at the Chamber.

Gravenhurstchamber.com – Visit our new website and let us know what you think.  Launching a new website is a big project, one area that we cannot afford to discount is our membership directory.  We hope to have our enhanced directory launched by early next week allowing visitors to search by categories, keywords, business and owner information.

Logo – To accompany our fresh new online presence, we have updated our logo to represent the progressive focus of our organization.

Online Marketing – Emphasis will be placed on increasing our online presence ensuring content is originated from our websites gravenhurstchamber.com and experiencegravenhurst.com.  Social media, mail chimp and third party websites will be used to share the information that will start from our home sites.

You will notice that From The Ground Up will be transforming over the next couple of editions, with highlights being featured in the newsletter but gradually encouraging newsletter subscribers to visit gravenhurstchamber.com and experiencegravenhurst.com for your up-to-date source for information. As with most business owners, we are committed to ensuring we have a more robust online appearance but understand the learning curve involved.  Is increasing online presence a priority or goal for your business this year?  We would love to discuss with you and share ideas, resources and options for improvement.  I have learned that growth is gradual and setting up a series of smaller goals and a timeline is often the best way to start a large project.

We look forward to seeing you at all the upcoming Winter Carnival Activities.

Have a great week –
– Danielle

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From The Ground Up

Friends, Gravenhurstians, Community Members,

Lend Me Your Eyes!

I’m not going to write about the upcoming Gravenhurst Car Show. You should already know about the 500 cars in attendance, live entertainment, great vendors, food & music lounge, and so much more happening on the shores of Gull Lake on June 20th. What I am going to write about is our hot-off-the-press Experience Gravenhurst Guide & Map.

We’ve been travelling throughout Gravenhurst and the surrounding area dropping off our Experience Gravenhurst Guides and Maps. These things are packed full of useful details on things to do, what to eat, and where to stay. These publications are not only useful to those making the right choice in visiting our Town, but for temporary and full-time residents as well!

To make sure you get Experience Gravenhurst copies delivered to your business, click here! You can also use this form to order more should you run out.

That’s all from me. Until Next Time,
Jacob