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  • My Day in the World of a Virtual Office

    According to StatsCan over 1.8 million self-employed Canadians work from their home. Renting or leasing an office space for a finite amount of time is often cost prohibitive for entrepreneurs or small teams that work remotely. At the same time these entrepreneurs often need a physical space to host meetings, create a productive routine, or […]

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  • Thank You Volunteers – National Volunteer Week April 12-18

    It’s National Volunteer Week from April 12-18th and I’d like to thank the nearly 400 volunteers that help the Chamber staff throughout the year. Thank you to our volunteer event committees, advocacy committees, Health Care Resource Council, and all of the other volunteers that help make the Chamber run. Volunteers help build our community up […]

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  • We’re Taking Part in the 30-Day Carbon Cleanse

    The Chamber is excited to be participating in Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 30 Day Carbon Cleanse through its Regional Carbon Initiative. For the next 30 days the Chamber and our staff will be taking part in a series of sustainability challenges to lower our carbon footprint. Each week during the challenge there is a targeted theme. […]

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  • Waterloo Region-Based Startup Beagle Inc. Impresses Microsoft

    Congratulations to locally-based software company Beagle Inc. on becoming the first Canadian startup to join the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program as part of the program’s second cohort of businesses. Beagle is joined in the cohort with 13 other top-level startups out of over 600 companies from across North America who applied to be part of […]

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  • 7 Tips for First Time Networkers

    I’ve been there. Walking into a networking event for the first time and feeling that onslaught of anxiety surge through your body as you walk up to a small group of people chatting whom you’ve never met before. Let’s face it, networking for the first time is tough. But networking is a natural part of […]

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  • Business Books Worth Reading: “The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster”

    We live in an entrepreneurial region. It’s hard to walk around and not walk past someone who has started a business. They’ve taken the plunge into entrepreneurship for their own reasons and they have had unique experiences along the way, but they all go through nearly the same type of emotional journey along the way. […]

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  • Intense Pension Debate Continues

    The dominant current provincial issue for Ontario business is the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. My column on Dec. 16 of last year discussed Bill 56, the legislation tabled by Assoc. Finance Minister Mitzi Hunter. Opposition from business has been growing, primarily in relation to the potential cost of a pension plan and its impact […]

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  • Survey Reveals Optimistic Outlook for Waterloo Region Businesses

    For Immediate Release February 25, 2015 Press Release Survey Reveals Optimistic Outlook for Waterloo Region Businesses Kitchener, ON – In a recent survey, a majority of Chamber members felt that 2014 was a positive year for their business. There was also an overwhelmingly positive outlook for business growth for 2015. As 2015 begins with lower […]

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  • Does Your Business Have Equipment Breakdown Protection? – Guest Post

    By: Albert Schmidt, Partner & Sales and Marketing Manager, Erb & Erb Insurance Brokers A commercial building has a lot of working parts and is usually more complex than a simple home. A standard commercial or business property policy will cover your business property, equipment and inventory against fire or theft or whole range of […]

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  • 2015 Business Excellence Award Recipients Highlight Region’s Business Community’s Strength

    Kitchener, ON – On Thursday, February 19th, 2015 the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo Region business community came together to honour the extraordinary contributions of the organizations and volunteers who were nominated for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards at its annual Gala. Host, CTV’s Meghan Furman acted as host and Master […]

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