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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Partners with Ford City Business Improvement Association

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Ford City Business Improvement Association. These two organizations represent hundreds of local businesses and are working together with the goal of providing even more savings and benefits to their respective members. “This is an exciting opportunity for Ford City BIA members to experience some of the benefits of Chamber membership” said Chamber CEO Rakesh Naidu. “It’s a great way for our organization to reach out to so many unique local businesses and introduce them to what the Chamber does, and how it can benefit our local small & medium sized businesses.”

“Ford City is a truly unique area of our city which is part of what makes our BIA so special.” said Ford City BIA Chair Shane Potvin. “By partnering with the Chamber, we will make our BIA an even better place to invest and grow a business while supporting the great businesses that already call our area home.”

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Post-Pandemic Business Confidence Continues to Decline: Chamber Report

High inflation, interest rates and housing costs continue to drive pessimism in Ontario’s economic outlook, according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) eighth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER). Despite this, many businesses surveyed remain confident in their own outlooks, with 53 percent expecting to grow.

“Business confidence in the economy has plunged from 29 percent at the height of the pandemic to just 13 percent two years later – driven by the rising costs of living and of doing business,” said Daniel Tisch, President and CEO of the OCC. “There are bright spots – particularly in growth sectors such as mining – thanks to strategic investments, population growth and improved labour market resilience. In 2024 and beyond, productivity must be our priority.”

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2023 Business Excellence Awards Winners Announced

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce honoured the area’s top local companies, individuals, and organizations on Wednesday May 17th at the Sold Out 2023 Business Excellence Awards, presented by Windsor Star.

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Business Confidence Hits Record Low, Chamber Report

“Ontario business confidence has dropped to a record low in 2023. Labour shortages, inflation, health care system vulnerabilities, and forecasts of an economic contraction are dampening confidence in the province’s economic outlook,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, OCC. “Only 16 percent of organizations surveyed have confidence in the economy. This is down 29 percent from last year. Promisingly, most businesses feel confident they can withstand these headwinds and continue to grow in the year ahead.”

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