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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Partners with Elavon to Provide Members with Merchant Services Savings

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Elavon to provide Chamber members with discounts for merchant Services. Elavon is an industry leader used by major retailers such as Costco Canada to provide payment and other merchant services to businesses and organizations.

“As more and more business is dependent upon the convenience of the cards in our wallets, this is an essential need for any small business that serve the public” said Chamber CEO Rakesh Naidu. “The Chamber is always looking for ways to provide members with great value for their membership and this new partnership will support our member businesses with greater savings on enhanced merchant services.”

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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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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Launches First Annual Business Confidence Survey

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce its inaugural Business Confidence Survey. It is reaching out to businesses throughout the region because for their insights on economic and policy matters. This survey is open to all businesses, regardless of Chamber membership status, and its primary objective is to pinpoint and give priority to the challenges the Windsor-Essex business community faces.

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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Successfully Advocates for Businesses at Canadian Chamber AGM

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is delighted to have the support of Chamber network partners across Canada for its policy resolutions submitted for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s (CCC) 2023-2026 Policy Compendium. These resolutions are aimed at streamlining the immigration to workforce pipeline and updating tax provisions for commercial vehicles.

“After reaching out to our Chamber partners locally and across Southern Ontario, we are pleased to see support for our policy resolutions at the national level,” said Chamber CEO Rakesh Naidu. “The resolutions we put forward are designed to help bolster the Canadian workforce and address with the challenges businesses across the country are facing.”

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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Responds to Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Announcement

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased by the announcement that the Federal Government is giving businesses an extra year to repay their Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loans.

“While these loans were a lifeline for businesses during the pandemic, many are still recovering from its effects,” said Chamber CEO Rakesh Naidu. “In the wake of COVID-19, many businesses are still dealing with high inflation, labour shortages, and supply chain challenges. The CEBA loan repayment at the end of the year was a challenge that many businesses might not have been able to handle.”

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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Appoints New Members to the Board of Directors for 2023-2024 Year

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year. The following individuals have been selected from among the many applicants to join the Chamber’s Board of Directors: Angela Scott of Enbridge, Bill Marra of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Brad Smith of Felix Culpa Architecture, and David Mady of Rosati Group.

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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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