President’s Message

Hello everyone. With the Christmas season fast approaching and the gift shopping that goes with it, I’d like  to showcase the be.local our annual “shop-at-home” campaign. Our local businesses employ local people, pay local taxes and contribute to the success of our community. The best way for the people of Cornwall to say thanks is to support our local merchants by shopping in their stores.

Our merchants know the community, they know their customers, and they go out of their way to provide the best possible service and will search out wanted products for you. When you think about it, why would you waste time and gas to go somewhere else when you have the best in your own back yard?

Here’s a thought for you. The Chamber has be.local ‘Tshirts available for sale. Why not surprise your staff by giving them a be.local ‘T’ shirt they can wear to show that they support the customers who shop at their establishment.

Our community is about to welcome a group of officials from the Republic of Korea. Its embassy had approached the City to inquire about a cultural exchange as part of its outreach program. Embassy officials met with the Mayor and the Chamber and as a result, a South Korean delegation will visit the City on December 1.

I’m pleased the Chamber will be joining with the Mayor and officials from the Republic during their visit. We’re hoping the Ambassador, once he has had a chance to visit us, may view our City as a potential centre for economic development opportunities.

Business Excellence Awards. While most of you know it is the Chamber’s most distinguished affair, what you may not know is 2018 will mark a special year for the Awards. Next February 24, the Chambers will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the event, one that recognizes outstanding achievements by businesses and individuals from across our community.

Planning is already underway for the Awards Banquet and Executive Manager Strasser and Awards Chair and Chamber Director, Lynn Chauvin advise me that guests will be in for a very special evening.

As a final note– the Chamber’s popular PubNite for November will be held on the 28th and this month, Au Vieux Duluth and Manager Alex Paradis will be our host. Last year, Chef Paradis  hors d’oeuvres were outstanding and no doubt we’ll enjoy more of the same. PubNites are a great ‘business-after-hours’  networking affairs and I hope to see many of you there.

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