• Valued Members –

    May the fourth be with you.

    Below is your St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce update for Monday, May 4th.

    Business Updates

    ·       Starting today, the Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.

    ·       On Friday, the Ontario government released safety guidelines that will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector. These measures build on more than 60 guidelines developed by Ontario's health and safety associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees.

    Business Resources

    ·       On May 12th, SBEC and the Chamber are partnering on the delivery of Building Online: Expanding Brick & Mortar with Amanda DeVries.  This workshop is intended for businesses that sell products or services wanting to move some or all of their inventory online.  Click here to register.

    ·       On May 13th, the Chamber is hosting a Coffee Talk with ARC Benefits Planning.  Jeff Crossett will offer a view of the current investment landscape.  Moreover, Tatjana Burcul will highlight relevant employee benefit solutions for your business during this difficult time.  Email Christy Hunking to register.

    Finally, check out our partners at Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Thomas-Elgin.  This Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m., they are hosting an Online Gala Event - Big Night In Spring Fashion Show.  Get dressed up, order in a gourmet meal from Salt & Pepper Meals, and enjoy the beautiful spring fashions from Mugford's Shoes & Clothing.  Click here to learn more.

    Stay healthy and safe.


    Paul Jenkins
    St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce