Welcome to the oldest and largest business organization in Saugeen Shores! If you're business is a Member of Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, then you are one of approximately 400 members in Saugeen Shores, 60,000 across Ontario and 200,000 across Canada. Because the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce is a member of both the Ontario Chamber and Canadian Chamber, your business automatically becomes a part of this extensive Chamber network! The Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce has letters patent that trace back to 1982.
Who is the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce? We are a non-profit business association governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and lead by an Executive Director.
As an active chamber, we look to advance our members’ growth and prosperity, and provide increased opportunities and value for membership. The Chamber advocates for and unites the business community, conveys business interests to policy-makers and advances the region’s economic health. To carry out this mission, the Chamber serves as the voice of business and involves the public sector in community leadership. We accomplish this through work in 4 key areas: advocacy, community engagement, membership services and membership development.
The Chamber plays a critical role in the tourism of our community. Our staff support various tourism related and community events designed to attract visitors and boost the economy.
As part of our tourism mandate, we operate 2 tourism drop in centres; one in Port Elgin and the other in Southampton, where we provide maps and related information but also friendly tourism advice! We maintain 4 self-service kiosks and produce 2 key print material: Experience Saugeen Shores and the Live & Work Guide. While both of these guides are printed and distributed by the Chamber of Commerce, our Live & Work Guide exclusively prints Chamber of Commerce member businesses only and is considered a Chamber publication. Both are available online as well.
The Chamber owns and operates the trolley as part of our tourism initiative. Because approximately 80% of our membership benefits from or contributes to tourism, the Chamber provides economies of scope making it an efficient and cost savings measure for the Town of Saugeen Shores to collaborate with the Chamber for this service. Many Chambers offer tourism services, especially in communities that are not large enough for sole municipal or county support or where businesses rely heavily on revenue generated from tourism activities.
Finally, we provide valuable community services through our Service Ontario private issuing office. Here staff complete driver, vehicle and health card transactions according to the standards of practice set out by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.