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  • Be Prepared: The Importance of Business Continuity Planning

    According to the Insurance Information Institute, as many as 40 per cent of businesses forced to suspend operations due to a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen their doors. Often a disaster comes quickly and without warning, so having a plan in place beforehand can make a big difference. We normally think about the worst-case […]

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  • How to Support a Small Business Without Spending Any Money

    There are so many amazing businesses in the Waterloo Region, but it can be expensive to try and support all of your favourites. Small businesses are the foundation of an awesome community and there are alternative ways to support them without monetary value. With the help of different strategies, you can seriously boost the success […]

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  • We Are Hiring!

    Account Manager Job Description We are growing our sales team and looking for an Account Manager! The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is a business association of economic development champions. As the voice of business for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo area, the Chamber is a strong advocate for continued development of our community and […]

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  • What Is A Chamber of Commerce, Anyways?

    If your area has a small business community, chances are it also has a Chamber of Commerce. You might recognize the name, but don’t know much more than that. An organization that has been around for over 100 years can seem out of date, and irrelevant to how business is done today. Well, we are […]

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  • Understanding Rising Insurance Rates

    Catastrophic fires, unprecedented flooding, and wild windstorms have captured headlines across the globe. As more and more home and business owners face costly weather events, insurance companies are seeing more claims being filed and paid. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, in 2018, severe weather led to $1.9 billion in insured losses. As insurance […]

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  • 10 Strategies to Encourage Your Customers to Shop Local

    It’s now easier than ever to get the products you need, right away, without even leaving the comfort of your own home. With business giants who offer same-day delivery and online-sales with a loyal customer base, how can small businesses keep up? There is so much value in shopping local, not only for the business […]

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  • Preparing your Business for the Holiday Season

    The holiday season is a hectic time for consumers and businesses alike. While this often means higher profits for a small business, it also means seasonal employees, crowded stores, and more inventory. In fact, during this time, stores face a variety of risks related to theft, workplace safety, and property damage. Depending on your type […]

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  • Year-End Tips for Kitchener-Waterloo Small Businesses

    Carrie Mulrooney of GnarlyBooks.ca, a BBB Accredited Business from K-W, shares how small businesses can get smarter about saving time and money in 2020 with four recommendations to start focusing on growing their business rather than getting lost in the numbers. TRACK HOLIDAY AND YEAR-END BONUSES PROPERLY Many small businesses will be giving their employees a […]

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  • Financial Stress in the Workplace   

    Financial stress can be a significant contributor to reduced productivity in the workplace, and it continues to be a prevalent concern for many employees. Financial stress ranks as the number one source of stress for Canadians, according to the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), and 43% of workers also reported that their work performance had suffered […]

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  • Business Excellence Awards – Service Excellence

    This past February, we were honored to receive the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Service Excellence in Hospitality/Tourism! With this, we were able to attend the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Gala in the spring of this year! Not only was this a fantastic opportunity for a fun night of networking and […]

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