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Chamber Chatter

Fall 2017

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."


- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America

While 2017 has been a challenging year for some Canadian Chambers, our Chamber has been thriving with 22 new Members so far this year.  Our events have been quite popular, with a very successful golf tournament and joint trade show, as well as record numbers at our Business After 5 events. The Fall has us gearing up for fantastic guest speakers at our Board Meetings, amazing networking at our Business After 5 events, and fun community events like the Paris Santa Claus Parade. We also invite everyone to our Annual General Meeting coming up in December, where we will share our exciting vision for a complete re-brand of our Chamber in 2018! 

- Joanne Forrest, President

October Events

Board Meeting

Tuesday October 3, 2017
12pm - 2pm

Location: The Cedar House Grill & Martini Bar
Guest Speaker: Leigh Sherry, LJS & Associates Consulting Inc.

Business After 5

Wednesday October 18, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Host: BScene
Venue: The Oakhill Urban Market
RSVP for this event!
November Events

Board Meeting

Tuesday November 7, 2017
12pm - 2pm

Location: Telfer Place 
Guest Speaker: Joanne Forrest, Lifestyle Consultant, Telfer Place
RSVP for this event!

Business After 5

Wednesday November 15, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Host:   Paris Jewellers
RSVP for this event!
December Events

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday December 5, 2017
12pm - 2pm

Location: The Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre
We are thrilled to invite you our Annual General Meeting! Our AGM is an opportunity to network, reminisce about the year, and most importantly look forward to the amazing events and initiatives coming in 2018!

Pricing and guest speaker to be announced shortly.

RSVP for this event!

12th Annual Golf Tournament

A huge thank you to every golfer, sponsor, prize donor, and volunteer who made our 12th Annual Golf Tournament the massive success that it was! The day was amazing, in spite of spotty weather, and everyone enjoyed great networking opportunities and a fantastic game of golf. 


Our Sponsors: 


Prize Donations: 


Ad Plus Promotions

Ahh...The Spahh

Beat Box DJ Entertainment & Event Planning

Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre

Blue Dog Coffee Roasters

Brant United Way

Brantford Tourism 

Bunnell Hitchon

BWC Excavation

Chocolate Sensations

Cindy Hiscock


Dairee Delite

Dragonfly Landscape & Design

Edward Jones - Brad Hunter

Edward Jones - Zachary Vlaar

Essentials & Elements Boutique & Aesthetics 

GP Wealth Management

Home Hardware Paris

Millennium Security Services

Mother's Pizza Brantford

My Koi Water Gardens

Pressmens Printing

Silo Wireless Inc.

Stillwaters Plate & Pour

Strategic Wealth Counsel (Roger S. Mann)

Sunlife Financial

Susan Morton, Mortgage Intelligence

The Oaks of St. George

The Other Bird

Tim Hortons Paris

Tradebank Brant-Norfolk-Oxford

Walter's Greenhouse 

Committee & Volunteers: 


Cindy Hiscock
Jeannette LeBlanc
Michael Harrington
Ray Petro
Wesley Mik
Leigha Oakes
Heather deJong
Kristan Gray
Marie Dennison
Heather Masters
Emilie Vlaar
Andrew Pilkington
Shirley Simmons





Upcoming Member Events

Edward Jones


You're invited to join Edward Jones Investments for their next Coffee Club!

To help jump-start your day, join us for a cup of coffee and a conversation. It is an informal gathering to share ideas about current events, the economy and investing, along with a few cups of coffee and a lot of fun. 

When:   The first Tuesday every month from 8:45am to 9:30am
Where:  Blue Dog Coffee Roasters, 31 Mechanic Street, Paris ON (Wincey Mills)
RSVP not required, but if you have any questions, please contact Zachary Vlaar at 519-513-4131


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie


Bike Nights in Paris!

When:   October 17th will be the final Bike Night of the season!

Where:  The Wincey Mills (31 Mechanic Street, Paris)

Please visit the below link for more information



Member to Member Incentives

Just one of the perks of being a Member!

Anne Sheppard, Re/Max Twin City

Anne Sheppard offers Members a FREE home evaluation, with a FREE staging consultation. Please visit Anne's website www.parisontariorealestate.com for more information.


BScene offers Members the ability to advertise events in one of the most comprehensive event guides that the region has to offer. Contact events@bscene.ca for more information.

Beatbox DJ Entertainment & Event Planning


Beatbox DJ offers Chamber Members their 'family and friends' discount which is $100 off of services! Please contact Andrew at 519-754-2108 for more information.

Digital Contractor


Digital Contractor offers Members free phone & email consultations and 10% off of services for the first year. Please contact Brad at brad@digitalcontractor.ca.

GP Wealth

Linda Stripe and Marilyn McIIveen offer Members a complimentary financial review or second opinion of existing plans with no certificate required. Please contact Linda at lstripe@gpwealth.ca or 519-751-1537.

Lucid Digital Media

Lucid Digital Media offers Members a 10% intial project discount. Please contact LDM at tim@ldm.ca.

Millennium Security Services

Millennium Security Services offers Members a no-charge basic alarm system with optional Smart Home or Smart Business features. They also offer a $100 gift card for sold referrals. Please see flyer included in your Membership folder for details.

Sanderson Centre

The Sanderson Centre offers Members 15 % off of 'Sanderson Centre Presents' performances. Some restrictions apply. 

Silo Wireless Inc.

Silo Wireless offers Members their first month of service FREE* on all new nextPath business Internet sign ups.  Please email business@silowireless.com or call 1-866-727-4138 ext. 800 for more information.
*up to $100 maximum

Susan Morton, Mortgage Intelligence

Sue Morton offers members a complimentary mortgage review/debt consolidation and second opinion on renewal options.  If a member arranges a mortgage through her that requires an appraisal of their property, Sue will cover the appraisal cost (limit of $500.00).  Contact Sue on her cell phone at 519-222-9917 or by email at sue.morton@migroup.ca.

Telfer Place

Telfer Place offers Members a complimentary luncheon tour.  In addition, Legion Members earn a 10% accommodation discount. Please contact Joanne Forrest at 519-442-4411 for more information.

Welcome to our Newest Members

We're so excited to do business with you!

Welcome Send Out Cards!

We help small businesses stay in contact with their customers and prospects by appreciating them through greeting cards and gifts.  Our motto is "We Change Lives One Card at a Time".  We have a proven system and many testimonials from business owners talking about ways that showing gratitude has increased their bottom line. 
Welcome BDO!

For over 95 years, BDO has advised clients on their assurance, accounting, tax and business advisory needs, building a reputation for being one of the leading professional service providers in Canada. Nationally, BDO serves over 50,000 clients from over 100 offices, from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NL, with some customer relationships spanning over 50 years. BDO is placed in a strong competitive position relative to other larger and mid-market firms by offering our clients the best of both worlds - the size and strength to provide our clients with a full range of comprehensive accounting, tax and business advisory services, while retaining the local flexibility and personal attention needed to focus on individual client needs. 
Welcome Digital Contractor!
Unreturned phone calls. Weeks lost in ticketing systems. Call trees designed to lose you. Smug and unhelpful IT staff. It's no wonder most people hate tech support.

But not us. Our clients love us. Because we know that while technology is core to every business, it’s only a means to an end. You just need your systems to work. We make that happen. Seamlessly, gracefully, and with minimal intrusion.

We Communicate. And We’re Nice. We return phone calls. Emails are answered. You can text us. Problems are not only solved - they're explained. Politely and with minimal tech-babble. We always recommend solutions that reduce costs, streamline processes, and help your business grow. We never implement complex or expensive solutions to pad our bottom line or lock you in.

Your data is yours. Always. All the passwords, access codes, and license keys we manage? You always have them too. We love our clients, but if you ever need to move on, we make sure the transition is graceful and painless. We’ll never keep your data locked away and use it to hold you hostage.

Our outsourced model brings years of technical experience at a fraction of the cost of even junior IT staff. We’re huge nerds and can pull in network, development, or software specialists as needed. We regularly implement new tools, software, and hardware. If it makes your business better, we make it happen.


Welcome Smashing Pixels!

Smashing Pixels is a full-service web-design & graphic design agency headquartered in Brantford, Ontario, with clients throughout Canada & North America.

We create innovative design, experiences, products and content for the ultimate reward of maximum growth for our clients’ brands. We help shape their future.

We believe websites can change the world. Is that mad?

We don’t think so.

Welcome Lucid Digital Media!

Lucid Digital Media is a full service creative production house serving Southern Ontario and beyond. We offer our clients hand-built digital media solutions and a lasting relationship rooted in integrity. Our professional services include: graphic design, illustration/animation, photography, video, web design and development.
Welcome Tech Barista!

Tech Barista offers over 30 years of computer knowledge, with expertise in home, small business, and enterprise environments. Tech Barista takes the time to brew an individualized solution just for you!

If you are considering becoming a Member, there is no better time! We believe that the Paris & District Chamber of Commerce plays a significant role in our community and can help to promote your business, while at the same time introducing you to other businesses in our area. Your membership in the Paris and District Chamber of Commerce adds your voice to help improve the quality of life in our community. Join us! Together we can make business stronger in Paris and the County of Brant.  Contact Hayley at info@pariscoc.ca

Get ready to pack your bags!

We have a big announcement...

...stay tuned and join us at our Annual General Meeting on December 5th to find out more!

We were thrilled to once again partner with the Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce to bring you our 9th Annual Joint Trade Show!  This year's event saw great diversity of exhibitors and was an outstanding networking opportunity for all of our Members. Thank you to the exhibitors and attendees! 

Business After 5

Each and every month a Chamber Member hosts a ‘Business After 5’ meeting at their business location.  Our routine Business After 5 meetings serve as amazing networking opportunities for our Members. The event lasts for 1.5 hours and typically has a very loose agenda, thereby allowing tonnes of time for chatting and exploring the venue. The host of each meeting is welcome to speak to the crowd, offer a tour of the facilities, give a sneak peek into the inner workings of the business, or use the time in whatever way best suits them.

Come on out and make some connections!

For each Business After Hours event your company attends, you will be entered into our bi-annual membership giveaway draw! Not a Member?  At our AGM, we will be drawing for a non-Member as well and they will enjoy their first year of Membership free! So bring a guest and come on out! Attendance is free. 

 Meet your fellow Chamber members and help grow your business in a casual, social atmosphere. If you have any questions about these events, please contact Hayley Williams at 226.208.1159 or email info@pariscoc.ca We encourage you to come out to our next Business to Business After Five event and take advantage of this valuable membership benefit. Reminders will be sent out to members via email or you can check our website at www.pariscoc.ca for event details.

If you are interested in hosting a Business After 5 event, please contact Hayley at info@pariscoc.ca.

Business After 5 - September

Hosted by Dal's Home Furnishings, Pamela deVries Designs, and Tradebank Brant-Norfolk-Oxford

What a well attended networking event! Thank you to Dal's Home Furnishings, Pamela deVries Designs, and Tradebank Brant-Norfolk-Oxford for hosting an outstanding event and thank you to those who joined us!

Community Events


Our thanks to the County of Brant for having us as exhibitors at the 2017 Salute to Brant Awards. The turnout at this event was more than we anticipated and we ended up meeting a number of prospective Members.

Congratulations to the winners as follows: winners as follows: Company of the Year - Davis Fuels, Innovation - BeautiTone Paint & Home Products, Small Business - Triggers & Bows, Agriculture/Agri-Business - Brantview Apples & Cider, Sustainability - Tigercat.

Please be sure to visit us at the Paris Santa Claus Parade on December 2nd from 6-8pm! We will have a float in the parade and will be handing out hot chocolate. We can't wait to see everyone there!

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