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Influence policy that matters. Grow your business.

As we approach the end of another year, I wish you and your family, health, and wellness. On behalf of your Ottawa Board of Trade board of directors, staff, and volunteer team, thank you to our local business and community leaders for your ongoing contributions to our community. Thank you for the care, innovation, and resilience you have demonstrated during this challenging time. Your commitment to health protocols is a game changer for all of us. We are indebted to you.

Hopefully, you are up to date on our work through our new releases, newsletters and website. We have created several supports for your business to be informed, stay safe, save money, and promote your business. In an effort to support businesses through the pandemic, we will extend rapid test distribution and POST Promise through to the end of March 2022. Please engage in our #BuyLocalOttawa campaign, “PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS”. Together, we can make this the best holiday season for our local businesses.

You will know that we have been advocating for business at every level of government for the right programs and policies to support our businesses and plan for a strong recovery. These last twenty-two months have taught us many lessons and we have an opportunity to build forward better, more inclusively and sustainably. We know that everyone has a role to play and that the private sector will drive the right growth so we can compete in the global marketplace.

Our mission is to cultivate a thriving world class business community. And we need every Ottawa business to join us! We recently hosted the President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber, Rocco Rossi, as our keynote at our AGM. He shares a story of why policy matters to each one of us. We are approaching a time of immense opportunity to influence important change and your Board of Trade is at the ready. However, the voice of business is only as strong as its membership. So, this is our opportunity!

If you are not a member, please join us. It is affordable, impactful, and simple. To be a member, means to create an immediate network of support, access to information and inspiration for your team and a way to influence the decision making that directly impacts your business and community. Our goal is to provide our businesses with an exceptional member experience and to foster a competitive, inclusive, and sustainable environment so businesses can grow and drive our economic growth agenda.

If you are a member, please invite one business in your network to be a member today. Invite them to have a say in the future of Ottawa. Send them this membership investment link. In return, we would like to thank you by offering you a 10 per cent referral rebate. That’s it. So simple. We want to grow our membership so that we can increase our impact and make Ottawa the best capital city in the world. The power of one invite can have a significant impact on your future, and the future of Ottawa.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous holiday season. Buy local!

Yours truly,

Sueling Ching
President & CEO | Ottawa Board of Trade

About the Ottawa Board of Trade

The Ottawa Board of Trade is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan member driven business association. We are the voice of business and key advocate for economic growth in our Nation’s Capital. Our mission is to cultivate a thriving world class business community in Ottawa by influencing economic development through leadership and partnerships. We advocate key priorities at all three levels of government and support business growth through relevant benefits and programs. Join us today!