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The 2014 Potato Festival is taking place August 8, 9, & 10th. Visit www.allistonpotatofestival.com for more information.

Chamber Forum 2011 Edition 5

   1.) It is that time of year again, when we are starting to quickly fill up for the Alliston & District Chamber of Commerce 2011 South Simcoe Home Show.  The dates for this years show are April 8-10, 2011.  We are now accepting bookings for booths.  Book your spot early to avoid disappointment.  Visit http://www.adcc.ca/latest-events-and-news/south-simcoe-home-show.html for a vendor package and floor plan.  On Saturday April 9, 2011 Janette Ewen will be the featured speaker at the South Simcoe Home Show. As a decor and lifestyle expert, Janette Ewen, has been reporting on the hottest design trends for style publications and television for over 10 years. Currently the co-host of Inside the Box with Ty Pennington (seen on the W network)

2.) Spring Passport Clinics are being held in New Tecumseth.  All clinics will run from 2-7 pm, hosted by a representative from the office of Helena Guergis.  Please see attached for more information.

3.) Free safety resources are available online at www.healthandsafetysolutions.ca  to small business owners and agricultural operations.  Soon many employers will be hiring students for summer work.  Does your orientation for students and young workers meet current safety standards?  Health and Safety Solutions specialize in meeting the needs of small business, commercial, industrial, farming operations and contractors. We work to help identify your hazards and implement an organized workplace prevention program specific to your needs.  WHMIS Training for 10 employees starts at $250.00.

4.) Greetings to all customers, acquaintances and friends!  As you might have heard, big changes have taken place at Lloyd's Gallery!  Outi and Kevin have recently sold the operation to Heidi Mackenzie, who has been part of the company already for ten years! Heidi is a Certified Picture Framer and will bring vibrant new energy to Papermoon!  We would like to invite you all to our open house on Sat, March 5th from 10 am to 5pm!  Come and meet Heidi and say "Good Bye" to Outi and Kevin!  There will be goodies: coffee, tea and tasty morsels served all day!  And a free draw for a hand-crafted Italian mirror!  Come and see the new, exciting moulding lines and the latest trends in decorator art!  we would love to see you all!  If you have a chance to R.S.V.P at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that would be great, -then we can make sure that we'll have enough cups and cookies for everyone! If not, drop by anyways!  Thank you all for your patronage throughout the years.

5.) Now is your chance to share your talent.  The Talent & Variety Showcase Benefit will be held March 11th at the Gibson Centre, proceeds to be donated to Matthews House.   Each participant will have roughly 10 to 20 minutes to perform whatever feat or creative expression they wish.  Comedy, theatre, recitations, musical ballads, songs, instrumental, dance, and mime!!  To sign up for the talent show, just call and pre – register at 705-435-9753 or 705-435-7218.  Time slots will be assigned once you pre-register.  The talent show starts at 7pm on Mar. 11.  Hurry up and call, time slots are running out.  Tickets can be picked up at Music Mania, Modern Conservatory, The Gibson Centre, Matthews House, and Guardian Drugs.  Tickets are $15 for 16 and up or $5 for 15 and under.

6.) Advertise your business to a captured and unique market!  The Briar Crier, a community news magazine, is published monthly and delivered to the residents of two adult communities situated alongside the Nottawasaga Inn & (golf) Resort in Alliston.  The Briar Crier is distributed to 1294 residences, as well as many local organizations and several businesses (total circulation = 1498).  The Briar Crier is published by Margravine Media.  For information, please contact Marie Fischer at 705-434-4569 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit the Briar Crier's website at www.briarcrier.ca.

7.) CONTACT is offering free KICK (Kids in the Community Kitchen) Sessions for March Break and Spring 2011.  KICK is a free program that provides children aged 8 to 13 years a fun and interactive way to learn about healthy eating, cooking skills, meal preparation and physical activity in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.  The KICK Program will be offering free March Break Day Camps on March 15 and March 17 and a free after-school spring program starting May 3, 2011.  Each session includes tasty meals, fun games and activities about food, nutrition and being active.  Registration is required.  Registration packages are available online at www.contactsouthsimcoe.ca or by contacting Melissa Medaglia at 705-435-4900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8.) MMEA is offering an all you can eat authentic Italian Buffet every Sunday 12pm to 3pm for only $16.95.  MMEA is located at 19 Church St. N., Alliston 705-435-2525.

9.) Here are a couple of links for small & medium sized businesses.  http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/services/ntrprss-bsnsss-eng.html

This link is for "Information For Businesses" on the Public Works and Government Services Canada website.

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ontario/bpme-osme/index-eng.html This link is the Ontario "The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises".

Please note the index (tools/seminars/events/contact...etc) on the left below "The Small and Medium Enterprises".

10.) Canadian Blood Services - Residents are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood at one of our upcoming clinics. If you already have an appointment to give¾ thank you, and please honour it or call to rebook so another donor may give.  The need for blood remains constant throughout the year due to the shelf life of blood and blood components. Blood donations made at these clinics will help ensure patient needs continue to be met.  Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) to make an appointment, or visit blood.ca for more information.  Upcoming Alliston Clinics:  St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church – Thurs March 17th from 2:30 – 7:30pm and Nottawasaga Inn – Friday March 25th from 4:30 – 7:30pm.

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