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Iconic Global Business Leader to Address Guelph Community at CEO Dinner

Guelph, October 27, 2017: On December 5th, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host a CEO Dinner, presented in partnership with Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Brokerage Ltd. The event will feature John Sleeman, Founder and Chairman of Sleeman Breweries Ltd., in a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation with Ward 1 Studios’ Sandy Clipsham about John’s trajectory to influence and leadership.

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Mayor's Dialogue on Poverty

The first-ever Mayor's Dialogue on Poverty will feature Guelph-Wellington Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health nurse Elaine Weir. Elaine's eye-opening presentation has helped dozens of organizations and hundreds of people change how they think and act about poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty, under the umbrella of Circles Guelph Wellington, is an innovative local program that educates individuals from the middle or upper class on what it means to live in poverty.

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Guelph Businesses Spoke & The Federal Government Listened

Guelph, October 18, 2017: As Canadians celebrate Small Business Week, the Guelph Chamber congratulates the thousands of business people who made their voices heard on an important issue affecting Canadian workers and employers. The Guelph Chamber of Commerce welcomed the federal government’s decision to lower the small business tax rate to 9% by 2019, as well as revise its current tax proposals. The Chamber applauded the government for listening to the concerns of small business owners, entrepreneurs and caucus members like Member of Parliament for Guelph, Lloyd Longfield. The new measures proposed, while not perfect, are more balanced.  

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Guelph Chamber Hosts Federal Economic Roundtable on New Tax Proposals

Guelph, September 13, 2017: Today, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosted a federal roundtable on the proposed tax changes with Member of Parliament for Guelph, Lloyd Longfield. The roundtable was an opportunity for businesses to voice their concerns as well as provide solutions.  The proposals as they stand will restrict SME owners from sharing income with family members; limit certain forms of saving in the business, making the firm more vulnerable in bad economic times and less able to innovate and grow; and change capital gains rules which could make it more difficult for business owners to transfer their business to the next generation.

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Guelph Chamber to Federal Government: New Tax Proposals Will Hurt Businesses & Communities

Guelph, September 6, 2017: The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is urging the federal government to put their proposed tax changes on hold to avoid hurting thousands of small-and-medium sized incorporated businesses in Guelph and across the country.  If implemented, the proposals will restrict SME owners from sharing income with family members; limit certain forms of saving in the business, making the firm more vulnerable in bad economic times and less able to innovate and grow; and change capital gains rules which could make it more difficult for business owners to transfer their business to the next generation.

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Join a Dynamic Board of Directors Making a Difference in the Community

As an organization with almost 900 Members representing more than 30,000 employees, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce (GCC) has over188years of servingthe localcommunity. We have been recognized by the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada (CACC) with its highest level of distinction. 

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Guelph Chamber Hosts Ontario’s President of the Treasury Board at Economic Roundtable

Guelph, August 10, 2017: Today, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosted the Hon. Liz Sandals, Ontario President of the Treasury Board & Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph for a roundtable discussion with the business community and key stakeholders. A number of key issues were raised around:

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Local Businesses to Government of Ontario: Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan is Too Much Too Fast

Elora, August 2, 2017: The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted an advocacy information session for businesses in the region in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Guelph Chamber of Commerce and other local Chambers, Beyond Rewards Inc. and Nelson Watson LLP. The information session provided the opportunity for local businesses to be fully informed on the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan and how they could voice their concerns and share with government the challenges that the pace of implementation would have on them. The plan commits to unproven sweeping reforms without ensuring protection against unintended economic consequences, including job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship. Local businesses through the Chamber Network also raised their concern about the extremely fast pace of the implementation of the plan and noted the need to review the pace and intensity of the implementation. Implementing a plan this comprehensive, as quickly as is being proposed, without an economic impact analysis could have significant impacts on local businesses, the local economy and Ontario’s competitiveness.

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Guelph Chamber Advocates for Economic Impact Analysis on the Implementation of Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan

Guelph, July 21, 2017: Today, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce made its submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. In its submission, the Chamber called on the Government of Ontario to take an evidence-based approach as it considers the implementation of the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan. The plan commits to unproven sweeping reforms without ensuring protection against unintended economic consequences, including job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship. The Guelph Chamber also raised its concern about the extremely fast pace of the implementation of the plan and noted the need to review the pace and intensity of the implementation. Implementing a plan this comprehensive, as quickly as is being proposed, without an economic impact analysis could have significant impacts on local businesses, the local economy and Ontario’s competitiveness. 

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Guelph Chamber Highlight’s Importance of Canada – U.S. Trade to Agri-Food Industry

Guelph, July 20, 2017: The Guelph Chamber of Commerce made its submission to inform the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process. Canada, Mexico and the United States of America are currently preparing to renegotiate and modernize NAFTA. The Government of Canada sought the views of individuals and businesses on the renegotiation and modernization of the existing Agreement with the United States and Mexico. Given that NAFTA has been in force for over 20 years, the Government of Canada also sought information on the areas that have proved the most beneficial to Canadian exporters. As part of the modernization, it remains vitally important that the Government of Canada recommit to the principles of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) in its initiative to harmonize regulatory requirements and practices.

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