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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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  • 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 An organization that has been around for over 100 years can seem out of date, and irrelevant to how business is done today.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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  • 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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  • Thinking Beyond the Raise

    It can be difficult as a small business to recruit and retain the right people. The war for talent is real, and it’s increasingly challenging to compete with both the total compensation packages offered by large companies and the flexibility afforded by the gig economy. As the nature of work and employer/employee relationships changes, one […]

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  • Succeed In International Markets with the TAP Program

      The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is proud to host KW’s first Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), facilitated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade and the World Trade Centre Toronto.  This dynamic, hands-on workshop is geared to provide companies with access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to […]

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  • Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

    The recruitment and retention of talent is one of the top challenges that businesses face on their path to success and growth. The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (GKWCC) consistently hears this feedback from our members. In fact, the theme of the 2019 Manufacturing Summit that we hosted this past May was “Fuelling Your […]

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  • Chamber Plus Network (CPN)

    Chamber membership has its perks, that is, if they are used. One of these perks is the Chamber Plus Networks – or CPN for short. These groups meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for breakfast or lunch, with a brief presentation and an opportunity to introduce yourself and your business to the group each […]

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