• SSCC Business Update and Toolkit

  • During this time, the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Town of Saugeen Shores, Southampton BIA and Port Elgin BIA to keep our community informed on information and changes as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep information updated to the best of our ability.

    The Ontario Provincial Government has ordered the closure of all recreation facilities, libraries, private schools, licensed childcare centres, theatres, concert venues and bars and restaurants, except those providing take-out services. The order is in effect to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the public, particularly our most vulnerable citizens.

    The Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete our COVID-19 Impact Survey. The information collected has been shared with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as part of their provincial advocacy initiatives as well as with the Town of Saugeen Shores as part of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce municipal advocacy initiatives. You can view the results of the survey hereThere is strength in numbers, and we are in this together. 

  • Shop Local - Saugeen Shores Business COVID-19 Updates Shop Local - Saugeen Shores Business COVID-19 Updates

    Many Saugeen Shores businesses have altered their operations due to COVID-19. Find out who is operating and who is closed with the link below.
    Click here for a list of updates.

    The SSCC has worked with the Town of Saugeen Shores and Bruce County to get our local businesses on the Bruce County GIS map.
    Click here for the Open in Bruce map.

    You should also check out GBHStrong to find ways to support your favourite businesses Grey, Bruce and Huron counties. 
    Click here for GBHStrong.

    The Ontario Government has updated their list of non-essential workplaces. By 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 4, 2020 businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations.
    Is your business an essential service? Read it here.

  • Town of Saugeen Shores - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Town of Saugeen Shores - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

    The Town of Saugeen Shores encourages all residents to visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19 for accurate information and resources from our community.

    The Town of Saugeen Shores has also put together some helpful information for local businesses! Visit www.saugeenshores.ca/en/invest-and-plan/saugeen-shores-strong for details and use #SaugeenShoresStrong when you’re updating the public on availability, new practices, and any closures.

    Businesses can also contact:

    Economic Development Officer,
    Heather Hyde 
    heather.hyde@saugeenshores.ca
    519-832-2008 Ext. 106

    Town of Saugeen Shores Issues State of Emergency March 24
    Watch the Mayor's announcement here.
    Read more about what this declaration means for our municipality here.

     

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses

    Businesses must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, & resources to protect public health & ensure continued essential operations.

    The Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Chamber of Commerce & Hicks Morley have created a #COVID19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit to support Ontario businesses.

    Access the toolkit here: http://bit.ly/3a0A3cs

  • Open letter from Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce Open letter from Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce

    March 17, 2020

     

    An open letter to Saugeen Shores Chamber Membership and business community.

     

    The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the way we work, live and our local economic stability. Our friends and business partners will be experiencing unplanned staff shortages, supply uncertainty and financial difficulties. We implore each of you to be patient, be courteous and be supportive. In the coming weeks, we'll need to find new ways to work together and support each other as a community. 

     

    The SSCC is staying abreast of developing provincial and federal government programs that may offset some of the burden placed on businesses. We will continue to work with our partners the Canadian Chamber, Ontario Chamber and our BIAs to develop best practices and brainstorm ideas that will help our Members and business community. What we learn will be shared with you.

     

    What can Chamber Member businesses do right now? Stay up to date with changing Federal and Provincial policies. Where possible, avoid asking for refunds on tickets and sponsorships, allow some forgiveness on payment due dates,  avoid cancelling memberships and subscriptions, continue to donate to charities and sponsor future events, advertise and promote your business as usual, and offer online solutions and home delivery services. Whatever you can do to keep cash flowing through your business and our community.

     

    Although Chamber-branded events have been postponed, the team at the SSCC is committed to supporting the business community and maintaining Saugeen Shores as a great place to do business. We know you'll need the support of your network and your Chamber of Commerce more than ever before;  there really is strength in numbers. That is why we are giving our Members a grace period on their membership and will make arrangements for payment plans upon request. Tell us what you need from your Chamber team and we’ll work with you in order to help your business recover and grow. 

     

    On behalf of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce staff and Board of Directors, please take care of your teams, your volunteers. Take care of yourselves and your families. And please know that the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce is standing right here with you as your biggest champion. We’re in this together!

     

    Kimberley Inniss-Petersen                                                   Steve Harris   

    Executive Director                        President, Board of Directors

  • Message From Bruce County & Resources Message From Bruce County & Resources

    A message to our Bruce County business community.

    These are difficult times and we hope you, your family, your friends, and your staff are safe and well.

    We want you to know Bruce County has the health and safety of all residents at top of mind, but we are also concerned for the challenges you are facing.

    Information is changing rapidly. New benefits, resources, tools, and information is coming in and we’re all learning and trying to keep up.

    You don’t have to do this alone.

    We’re continuing to offer free business consultations - just not in person. Please reach out to us at 1-800-268-3838 or info@businesstobruce.com and we’ll set up a phone call, video or chat, and/or send you the information you need.

    To help guide Provincial funding, please complete the RTO7 survey on how COVID-19 is impacting your business by March 23 at 8am: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXC9Y6

    Also, if you are a business that is able to supply surplus products and/or services in support of Canada’s response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please complete this Public Works and Government Services Canada Submission form.

    Stay safe, stay well, and don’t hesitate to reach out.

     

    The Bruce County Economic Development Team

     

    Online Webinars

     

    Date

    Time

    Topic

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    6:30 - 7:30 pm

    How do I get my business online and sell my products/services?

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    6:30 - 8:30 pm

    How do I REALLY stand out from my competitors? Creating an unfair advantage

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Leading in Uncertain Times

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    6:30 - 7:30 pm

    What do I need to bring my brand online? 

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    6:30 - 7:30 pm

    How do I define my online target market (customers)?

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    6:30 - 7:30 pm

    How do I set up ads on Facebook and Instagram?

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    6:30 - 7:30 pm

    How do I set up Google AdWords and YouTube Ads?

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    6:30 - 8:30 pm

    How do I engage and retain my staff?

    All webinars above are listed on our Events & Webinars page. Registrations and more detailed descriptions are listed on our Eventbrite page. Please feel free to share our recent post on Facebook to advertise the webinars.

    Note: All previously scheduled in-person seminars are canceled for the remainder of March and April.

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