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Mind the Gap: Addressing the Mental Health and Addictions Echo Pandemic

Mind the Gap: Addressing the Mental Health and Addictions Echo Pandemic Small and Medium-Size Businesses Face Outsized Challenges Due to Mental Health “Echo Pandemic”   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (Toronto – October 17, 2023) – Ontario’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are facing the negative effects of declining employee and community mental health as a result of…

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Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy

Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy NEWS RELEASE  (Barrie & Simcoe County – October 16, 2023) – Small businesses have always been the backbone of Ontario’s economy, a driving force behind innovation and economic growth in the province. These resilient enterprises generate new ideas,…

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Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Supporting Healthy & Safe Workplaces in Ontario August 2023   Every employer and worker shares responsibility for occupational health and safety. At Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), we’re here to provide you with the information and support you need to work safely. WSPS is a not-for-profit organization offering health…

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BLG • AUGUST 2023

BLG • AUGUST 2023 Updates from the Commissioner for Employers Government Announcements Employment and Social Development Canada August 8, 2023 On August 8th the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, launched the Recognized Employer Pilot (formerly the “trusted employer program”). This three-year pilot is intended to streamline the TFW application…

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Serving Alcohol at your Business Event

Serving Alcohol at your Business Event Want to Host a Business Event that Serves Alcohol in Ontario? Here’s What You Need to Know One of the most common questions that Wine Journeys receives from other small businesses relates to serving wine or liquor at their events. Celebrating a Grand Opening or a significant business anniversary…

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Important Information From Smart Serve Ontario

Important Information From Smart Serve Ontario Recertification 5-Year Requirement AGCO Extends Final Recertification Window to August 31st, 2023 Responding to the high demand for last-minute recertifications, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announces a 60-day extension for final recertifications, now concluding on August 31st, 2023. We encourage certificate holders to take advantage of…

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Phishing Scams

Phishing Scams It’s not us, it’s them! It has come to our attention that an email is being circulated once again, claiming to have our mailing list for sale. The Barrie Chamber of Commerce respects your privacy and does not provide contacts for sale or distribution, such as this email claims. If you get an…

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8 Steps to a Successful Grand Opening or Celebration Event

8 Steps to a Successful Grand Opening or Celebration Event A grand opening or celebration event is a social event to introduce the community to a new business which can also be a “soft opening to attract new customers, generate buzz, gain media attention and to foster goodwill within the business community. Step 1 Date…

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