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The Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting Fiona Crean, the Hydro One Ombudsman, on the evening of Tuesday, September 13th, 2016.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) recently released a report identifying "the rising cost of doing business" as one of the Top 3 Obstacles to Business Success. The report identifies that hydro costs have risen 383 per cent since 2004 and survey results indicated that one in twenty businesses in the province expect to close their doors in the next five years because of rising electricity prices.

Fiona will explain her role at Hydro One and what the Office of the Ombudsman can and can’t do for businesses and individuals.

After the public meeting, she will take comments and discuss individual situations from our Chamber members and from members of the community.

Mark your calendars. The date is September 13th, 2016. The location and cost are to be determined.

Please watch your inbox for Chamber emails and the Chamber Facebook page for more details coming soon.

Questions? Feel free to call the Chamber office at 613-283-1334 or email

Meet & Greet with Treats, the Evening Edition Tuesday, August 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m

Drop in to see the new office and visitor centre layout, and meet the new Chamber President, Barbara Black (RBC), and Chamber staff.  Two Guys for Lunch will be catering the event! 
Please RSVP to or call 613-283-1334

Chamber Golf Tournament
Early Bird Pricing Ends July 27th!

Smiths Falls & District Chamber Golf Tournament happens Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.

Register now for the Annual Chamber Golf Tournament to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing!
You won't want to miss the new elements we're adding to our tournament this year. It is shaping up to be a fun day on the links!
Our most recent Platinum sponsor is Tim Hortons, Beckwith Street in downtown Smiths Falls! They join Wills Transport! Our most recent Gold Sponsor is All Ways Moving & Delivering!

We are also happy to welcome Hugh Colton of Town and Country Chrysler. He's agreed to Emcee the day! 

Sincere thanks to everyone supporting this signature Chamber event!

For an up-to-date list of sponsors and information on how you can participate, visit the Golf Tournament Page on the Chamber website

Or call the Chamber office to register with your credit card at 613-283-1334 or email 

Annual Victoria Park BBQ

Mark your calendars for our annual BBQ down at Victoria Park Campground! Friday, August 19th from 5-7 p.m.
Open to all Chamber members,
we hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water.
Please RSVP to 

September General Meeting

Please note, the September monthly Director's meeting will be held as a general meeting, open to the membership.

All members are invited to participate and share your comments. It is a good opportunity to see how the board functions and to offer your input about Chamber business.

It will be held Wednesday, September, 14th 2016 in the Smiths Falls Town Council Chambers from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Please call the Chamber offices if you require more information. 613-283-1334
You may wish to RSVP to 

Exclusive to Members - Advertising Opportunity at Victoria Park Campground

Advertise your business to all the boaters, campers and townspeople at Victoria Park! Claim your square on the sign! We are offering the advertising with printing included for $50 for the remainder of this year, and $100 for next year OR $125 for both seasons. The adverts will stay up over the winter also to be seen by those coming to the Celebration of Lights at Victoria Park. Push people out of the park and in to your business!

Membership Renewals - Debit or Credit?

The membership renewals went out this month. Please note that you can now pay for your membership with a credit card or debit. Why waste a cheque?
Call the Chamber offices to find out how. 613-283-1334

Member Opportunity 

With permission from the family and with help from Chamber member, Impression Printing, the Chamber has produced original postcards of Brittany and Brooke Henderson!

Members can purchase bundles of 25 for a cost of .75 cents each. (18.75 per bundle). If you choose to sell them, we ask that you put a price of $1 each for them so that everyone is selling for the same amount. (The Chamber offices are also selling them for $1 individually.)

What a great way to show our Smiths Falls pride and how proud we are of Brooke's incredible accomplishments this year! They are already proving very popular!

To order call the Chamber office (613) 283-1334 or email

Partner News

News from various Chamber partners that will benefit you as a chamber member or that may be of interest.

Carleton Place Chamber Invites Smiths Falls Chamber and Perth Chamber members to Business Breakfast

The Smiths Falls, Perth, and Carleton Place Chambers of Commerce are looking for opportunities to expand our networks and work together to strengthen business throughout the region. So this coming Wednesday, July 27th, the Carleton Place Chamber has invited Smiths Falls and Perth members to a breakfast info session about leveraging TripAdvisor for your business.

Smiths Falls Chamber Members can attend for CP Chamber member prices. Details below.

WHEN: Wednesday July 27 - How important it is for travel brands to manage their presence on social media and especially on "review sites" where online reputations can be made… and broken.  

  • 50 % "usually" or "always" reference TripAdvisor reviews before selecting a restaurant.
  • 44 % "usually" or "always" reference TripAdvisor reviews before selecting an attraction.

SPEAKER: Andrew Donaldson from Lanark County Tourism

WHERE: Glen Mar Golf and Country Club, 7967 Fernbank Road, Ashton  

Of Note: Glen Mar is also offering a FREE golf clinic after the breakfast with their Head Professional Jason McGrath.  He will be teaching the Physics of the setup, grip, stance, posture and baland.  Glen Mar is also offering a deep discount if you would like to stay to play a round of golf.  Just $35 for 18 holes with a cart.

All businesses welcome who wish to come out! 

Members: $20 (including members of the Smiths Falls and Perth Chambers)
Non Members: $35

(Price includes the cost of the meal.)

Register Now!  or call the CP Chamber offices at 613-257-1976


Town Re-branding Meeting - Evening Edition

The Town of Smiths Falls is inviting you to participate in a public consultation on Wednesday, July 27 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. upstairs at the Memorial Centre.

At the session you'll be asked to help identify Smiths Falls strengths and how you feel the town would be best represented going forward. They will also ask you what functionality you'd like to see on the town website. It's an easy way to have your voice heard while hearing all the great things others have to say about our town.

"You're invited to the Tweed Front Yard Shindig! We’re hosting the ultimate summer concert on August 13, right here on the front yard of the Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario. This free concert will feature Ottawa's The Balconies and hip-hop duo Philly Moves plus East Coast indie rockers Joel Plaskett Emergency, along with food trucks and plenty of family fun for your whole brood. 

We love being a part of the Smiths Falls community, who has welcomed us with open arms. Well now, it's our turn! We're inviting you and your friends, family and co-workers to enjoy the Shindig. This is a family event and there will be food, kids activities, and of course, a great show. 

Tickets are absolutely free!

The Chamber of Commerce is joining up with the Tweed team to drop off invitations with instructions on how to register for tickets online to Smiths Falls businesses. They're great to hand out to customers or friends! Please let Heather know if you would like to receive a stack! You can also reserve tickets directly by visiting here:"
Members Note: The Chamber will be distributing promotional cards for this event to area businesses. Please contact the office if you want to ensure you have some at your location. Call the office at 613-283-1334 or email

Ontrac Workshops

"The Power of Networking" & the St. John's Ambulance CPR courses look particularly helpful.
Two large construction projects are set to begin soon in Smiths Falls which will continue for several weeks throughout the summer.

Work will begin on the Stone Arch Bridge on Beckwith Street on August 2nd and will continue through till November. 

The repair and resurfacing on Lombard Street will also commence August 2nd and continue through to September. 

The Town of Smiths Falls regrets any inconvenience these necessary repairs may cause to travelers and residents. 
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