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Sweep Away the Winter Chil(i)!
ChiliSpiel Curling AND Chili Cookoff Event!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Noon - 3:30

Hurry Hard to the Chamber ChiliSpiel!
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Chili Cookoff Judging and Lunch at noon.
Curling at 1 p.m. – games last about 1.5 hours
The lounge bar will be open the full day.

Curling - Not a curler? No worries! Experts will be on hand to teach us how to push the rock in the right direction!  Prizes for team spirit! 

Chili Cookoff - Sign up to compete and bring in your chili. Or just come eat lunch and hang with us! 

Contact the Chamber offices! 283-1334. or email!
Golf Tournament Date Set for June 28th, 2017
Mark Your Calendars! Our Chamber golf tournament is moving back to June and we're planning the biggest and best event yet! 
Contact the Chamber offices to find out how you can get involved! 613-283-1334.
VIA RAIL CEO Coming to Smiths Falls Feb 23
In partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls, the SF Chamber of Commerce is hosting Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, of VIA Rail, for a presentation for business stakeholders. If you have an interest in attending this event, please contact info@smithsfallschamber.ca
Chamber News
New Executive
Please welcome our new Executive elected at our January meeting.

President, Barbara Black, RBC,
Vice President, Sean Lawrence, Certika Financial,
Treasurer, Mike Fletcher, High Spin Consulting
Past President, Chris Saumure
Holiday Celebration Photos
We had a wonderful turn out for the 
You can see all the photos on our website! 
Member 2 Member Benefits
Chamber staff is updating all of our Member 2 Member offers. If you would like to offer a deal to your fellow Chamber members, please call the office at 613-283-1334 or email us. 

We will start spotlighting our M2M offers soon! 
Member Renewals
January renewals have all been distributed. (Renewals happen in January and June of each year.) If you haven't connected with Chamber staff for a while give us a call to make sure you're getting of all of the benefits your Chamber has to offer. We're growing every day!
Are You Ready for the 2017 Tourism Season?
Parks Canada is anticipating up to twice the boat traffic next year!

Are we businesses prepared to capture these tourists & entice them to spend in our town?

Let us know what you're doing to prepare.
(Coupons, Packages with other businesses etc?) 
Talk to us about your ideas. We're here to help!
Member News
ontrac hosts its 3rd annual Job Fair
Wednesday March 8th, 2017 at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre.
Each year ontrac hosts over 30 employers at this respected and well publicized event.   ontrac invites employers who are hiring the opportunity to connect with over 200 job seekers by registering for their job fair.
To find out more information or how you can register for this event, contact Joanne Watson at jwatson@getontrac.ca
A Change of Shoes Can Change a Life
Support mentoring in Lanark County. ALL funds raised through pledges go into programming! 

To register, call the BBBS office - 613-283-0570.
To Pledge Online, visit
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/big-brothers-big-sisters-of-lanark-county/bowlforlanarkkids/  
The Chamber is Selling Dance Tickets
The Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for the upcoming Smiths Falls Crime Stoppers dance happening Saturday, January 28th.

Featuring the Doherty Brothers Band, this fundraiser includes both a live and silent auction.

Drop in to the Chamber offices or call 613-283-1334 to get yours!
Station Theatre - 2017 Season Announced
You'll find the full season on the Station Theatre website at http://smithsfallstheatre.com/2017-season-announced

You may want to buy a Six Pack Flex Pak to see six productions and save almost 20% off regular adult ticket prices
Emerald Gala The Railway Museum is hosting its Gala on March 18th at Hanley Hall. 

In celebration of our Irish heritage and the twinning of Smiths Falls with Carnew, County Wicklow, this year’s event will be themed ‘The Emerald Gala!’

You can find more information about the event on the website: http://rmeo.org/emerald-gala/
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (613) 283-5696 or at C'est Bakery, 14 Beckwith St. S. Smiths Falls.
Have you Advertised with Welcome Wagon?
Welcome Wagon visits new residents and new parents in our community.
Call Pauline to talk about how you can advertise directly to this unique audience. (And call when someone new has moved to Smiths Falls or if they've had a new baby.) 613-283-7655
Specialty  Boutique
Michele's Doorway To Splendour is hosting a boutique on January 30th. This is for women who have had breast cancer surgery. Call Toll Free 1-866-535-5972 for an appointment.
Perth Outfitters creates skating trails
With the help of Valley Heartland and the EODP, member, Perth Outfitters has purchased a Zamboni and are grooming trails though the woods.
Watch their website for news on its opening.
Member Opportunities
Canada Summer Jobs - up to 50% of student salary for private businesses
Canada Summer Jobs Applications Open Now - DEADLINE JAN 20!
LOOKING FOR HELP THIS SUMMER? WHY NOT HIRE A STUDENT?
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR WAGES IS AVAILABLE!

The 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open. (Apply before January 20, 2017!)

The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available online. You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

For a better understanding of the Canada Summer Jobs program including key tips to apply, please watch this YouTube video: https://youtube/SfMoLhkgjU8

For more information:
Click: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job.html
Call: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS: 1-800-926-9105)
Visit: a Service Canada Centre
CSJ presentation: https://youtube/SfMoLhkgjU8
Leeds And Grenville Workshops and Seminars
Jan 25, 2017 -- Social Media Marketing Seminar
Grenville Mutual Insurance Community Room, 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville 6 - 8 pm (networking 6-6:30) For Info on more workshops, visit the webpage
Passport 2017 Website - Promote your event
Help drive visitors in to Smiths Falls.
Please enter your events for free at: passport2017.ca.

The Federal Government has launched this app to direct Canadians and international travellers to events around the country.
Small Business Advisory Centre Workshops
Find business workshops like Website SEO: Get Found on Google and others for February at http://smallbizcentre.ca/events-and-seminars/
Check back regulary as more are added. 
ontrac Workshops
Ontrac is hosting several workshops in February.
You can find them all listed on the website. http://getontrac.ca/events/
 
Community News & Events
Volunteer in 2017!

The Smiths Falls Canada 150 Working Group is seeking community members to help with the 150 community celebrations this year!

Interested? Contact: Ingrid Bron
at 283-4124 x 1127 or email ibron@smithsfalls.ca
For more info, visit http://www.smithsfalls.ca

Smiths Falls Student Choir - Grades 6-12!

The Student Choir will sing are a variety of Canada 150 observances and events throughout the year.

Auditions are happening Jan. 24th & 25th, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at SFDCI

Contact: Kristine MacLaren for more information.
kristine.maclaren@ucdsb.on.ca
 

Ongoing Interests
What's your news?
It's hard to be everywhere and know all things. You can help! Please tag the Chamber on Facebook and other social media platforms so we can see what you're up to and support you.
Or call or email the marketing coordinator anytime!
Heather.Whiting@SmithsFallsChamber.ca
Who else needs to see this newsletter?
Several people contacted us asking to join our mailing list for the Chamber Communicator!

Is there anyone else in your organization who would like to participate in Chamber events or get our emails? Contact info@smithsfallschamber.ca or call 613-283-1334
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