Arnprior Business to Business

"Every business has a story worth telling"
March 3, 2020

The B2B, our newsletter, for which, you, our valued member can communicate what’s new and what you want to get out to the wider business community. It could be an open house you are hosting, extended hours, charity function, new services/ products, etc.

Please share information for the newsletter no later than the 26th of each month by emailing Documents sent must be in word or jpeg format. The newsletter will be sent out on the first Tuesday of each month.

Awards Season is Upon Us!
The Grammy’s, Oscars, Golden Globes all recognize the best of the best in movies, music and television. Most of these awards are given as a form of peer recognition. For example, the Oscars are voted by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In other words, awards are voted on by people within the industry. Actors, actresses, producers, directors all vote for awards in their particular field. They love patting each other on the back!
We  have the same opportunities to recognize our favourites in different areas within the business opportunity right here in our backyard. Through this we can promote our own community businesses which helps everyone. The annual Reader’s Choice Awards organized through the Arnprior Chronicle – Guide allows readers to vote for their favourites. This includes favourites in grocery stores, veterinarians, opticians, drywallers, gift baskets, snow removal, pool services, dentists and everything in between. What better way to find out who the customers feel is doing a really great job in any given service/ retail in Arnprior? The best form of advertising/ promotion is word of mouth and this is a fun opportunity to spread the love for your favourites in our community!
The Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce is coming upon its awards season and we at the Chamber couldn’t be more excited about it. Anyone can vote; you don’t have to be a member of the Chamber to participate. We want to know who you think is the best of the best in the following categories:
- Not for Profit Excellence Award
- Best Storefront (Physical and/or Digital) 
- Business/ Business person of the Year Award
- Skilled Trade Business of the Year Award
- New Business Award

Shout out to last year's winners:

PJ’s Restaurant (President’s Award), 
Alex Simek – Tropicana Pools & Spas (Young Entrepreneur), 
The Downtown Spa (Innovation Award),
Nev’s Heating and Cooling (Business of the Year Award), 
M. Sullivan & Son Ltd. – Sullivan Restoration Division (Skilled Trade Business Award),
Country Town Auto Centre (New Business Award)

Go to to cast your vote.
Please invite others to do the same!
Forms will also be located at Ontrac, the Library, the Nick Smith Centre and Town Hall. 

Lets’ promote each other within the Arnprior and area business community.
Don't forget to renew your membership!  
Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber!
I became an entrepreneur because I wanted to have a career that included my passion – dogs. I was lucky enough in 2001 to have the opportunity to open my first business and I thought I knew what I was doing.  Hindsight is 20/20!  I had no idea what I didn’t know. My learning curve was huge! Here are a few of the lessons I learned in the last 19 years through owning 3 businesses.
  1. Even if you are a small business, act like a big business. This will give a completely different impression to those wanting your services.
  2. Hire people how have skills in areas that you either aren’t good at, or don’t enjoy. This will allow those tasks to get done well and in a more timely manner (as you won’t be procrastinating) and will give you the time to focus on the things you enjoy and do best.
  3. Work ON your business, not IN it. This will take some time as usually when you open a business, you do everything. But as your business becomes successful, you need to focus on the bigger picture and hire others to be more hands on. If you don’t give yourself the time to work on the bigger picture, you’ll never have time to grow your business.
  4. Be innovative. Find your niche and competitive advantage and focus on those things. Don’t just copy the business down the road.  Be original. What makes you different?
  5. Take time for yourself.  You can’t work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week without eventually burning out. When you burn out, you are no good to anyone, especially your clients and staff. Make sure you carve out some personal time each day to enjoy family, friends and pets. It is important for your mental health.
As an entrepreneur, you must have a high risk tolerance, innovative mind, flexibility, and desire to succeed.  And you must never stop learning.

                                                                            - Cheryl Caswell
                                                                              Dogs at Camp Ottawa

Chamber Update

On February 5th the GACC hosted its annual Mayor & CEO Breakfast at the Arnprior Legion. Special thanks to Mayor Peckett, Eric Hanna of Arnprior Regional Health and Mayor Stack for taking the time to recap 2019 and let us know what is in store for 2020! They are pictured below with GACC President, Christine Jarrett.
Thank you to all those who attended!
We had a great turn out with 34 plates served.


Join us at PJs restaurant March 5th, for our Web Marketing Fundamentals Lunch & Learn.
Please RSVP to
Thank you to those who've already registered. We look forward to seeing you all there! 
Future Dates

March lunch and learn - Thursday, March 5th

*NEW DATE* Awards Gala - Thursday, April 23rd

Business Case Competition - Thursday, May 14th

Golf Tournament - Friday, June 19th

Summer Social Lunch and Learn -  Late August

Small Business Week - Various activities including Fall Fest - October, 12th - 16th

November Social - Mid November 

AGM & Christmas Social - Early December


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Congratulations to Dentistry@Arnprior on their expansion!!

Check out the full article by the Arnprior Chronicle Guide written and photographed by the talented Derek Dunn/Torstar

Celebrating the much anticipated Dentistry@Arnprior expansion at the shopping centre is, from left, Ashley Curran, Trisha Stoddart, Glenda Reid, client Vern Seligy with scissors in hand, Ceallaigh Shaw, and Dr. Neeraj Bansal. 
Member News & Coming Events
Over 30 Employers have registered for our 5th annual Job Fair, and we still have some FREE booths available!
Job Seekers, are you ready for next week?
If you're feeling unprepared, come to our Job Fair Success workshops (Tuesday March 3 9:30-11:00 or Monday March 9 1:30-3:00) or our Resume Clinic on Tuesday March 10th.
We have lists of the available positions and attending Employers in our Resource Centre (Kenwood Centre Suite 120, 16 Edward St. S.).
Call 613-623-4680, email or drop in for more information!
Attention music lovers and trivia buffs! Join us for the BEST Music Trivia Night in the Ottawa Valley! Test your knowledge with Quizmaster Jason Marshall of Valley Heritage Radio. Winning team gets bragging right and a prestigious place on our Music Trivia plaque. RORO's Café will be open during the event with a delicious menu of foods available for purchase.

Doors open at 6pm with trivia starting at 7pm.
$100/ for a table of 8 players.
Register your team of 8 by calling 613.623.7981 or email

Event sponsored by Paula Hartwick and Danielle Oakley, Your Valley Life Realty Team. All proceeds in support of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home Program Inc. and Arnprior Regional Health Foundation.
A social afternoon, for those 55 and over, or with special needs of any age, for Chili and Dessert and entertainment featuring Karl and Linda Dregischan.
Tickets $10, available at agency office until noon Tuesday March 17.
A social morning, for those 55 and over, or with special needs of any age, for a full breakfast, and a presentation by Pilon Family Funeral Home on Aquamation-an alternative to cremation.
Tickets $6, available at agency office until Monday March 23.
The Men's Shed is Celebrating their 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Please JOIN US !

When: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 10:30am to 2:00pm
Where: 328 Nieman Drive
March Break is right around the corner and the town of Arnprior has some fun camps planned for the week!
Register now at
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