King Chamber of Commerce president’s year-end message
By Tom Allen President King Chamber of Commerce
|As we close in on year-end I hope everyone has achieved what they set out to do this year. One of our Chamber objectives was to ensure we are listening to the concerns of local business. Our business forums in the spring were very successful, allowing us a chance to hear from members and non-members. Input from those forums has already influenced our advocacy and will continue to do so in 2017. In particular, look for more to come on signs. We’d like to do similar forums every other year.
I want to congratulate all our winners of the 2016 business awards. It is great to see some new businesses be recognized for their successful starts.
Further, it is wonderful to see the sustainability of many of those winners who have been in business for generations.
|Again this year our Christmas and year-end lunch was very well attended. I appreciate the generosity shown by all with many, many toys under the tree for local families in need – not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.
To our new 2016 members, I hope you have found our networking opportunities and support helpful. To our ongoing members, we appreciate your loyalty to the Chamber as we seek to make King a great place in which to do business.
As we enter the holiday period, I hope everyone gets some down time with family and friends. For those who celebrate Christmas have a very Merry Christmas. And to all, have a very safe, enjoyable holiday season and prosperous 2017
Chamber members donate toys at 2016 Christmas lunch
By Mark Pavilons
As 2016 draws to a close and the holidays approach, King business owners got a chance to spread some holiday cheer. The King Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas lunch and toy drive at The Cardinal last week, helping to make spirits brighter for the less fortunate in our community. The toy drive generated a healthy supply of toys for families supported by the Nobleton Christmas Drive. Now in its 22nd year, the drive is organized by Mimi Buchanan/Lyons, through Nobleton Public School. The drive helps to provide children and their families with everything from clothing and essentials to toys and turkey dinners. King Fire Chief Jim Wall said he and his crew has been involved over the past five years, acting as “Santas” to ensure the toys get to those who need them. “I know where all of these toys are going,” he said. The numbers, he pointed out, are down by roughly 30 per cent this year, which Wall calls “fantastic.” It means that support is strong in the community for those who are struggling. This effort has made a significant difference in the lives of many, Wall pointed out, noting toys are distributed all year long for special occasions. Any leftover toys are held, and some are sent to a women’s shelter outside of King for the holidays, to make bad situations more tolerable for children. Robin Priestly, Chamber treasurer, said the positive business atmosphere in King was evident from the vibrant feeling in the room. The coming year is shaping up to be another banner one for the Chamber, with more seminars, courses and networking events planned. She told members to watch for the weekly newsletter emails and plan accordingly. Mayor Steve Pellegrini praised the local business people and their energetic involvement in the community. He pointed out corporate sponsorships are vital to the countless community events that take place on a weekly basis throughout the municipality. “You help make it happen,” he told the crowd
The Weekly Sentinel -- Thursday November10 2016
King Weekly Sentinel Thursday, February 25, 2016
It won’t be in time for Family Day or Easter weekend but King Township residents could soon be allowed to shop at businesses here every day of the year.
A blanket exemption that businesses be allowed to remain open on statutory holidays has been requested by King Chamber of Commerce to King Township council, which in turn must make the request to York Region council.
In a letter to Township council, Tom Allen, president of the King chamber, says retail businesses in King are “subject to a competitive disadvantage in relation to our closest neighbours,” on stat holidays. He cites Vaughan Mills, the Kleinburg core and the towns of Whitchurch-Stouffville and Georgina, all of which have blanket exemptions on statutory holidays under the Retail Business Holidays Act.
Allen calls on King and the region to “level the playing field with our neighbouring municipalities by providing a more favourable and competitive business environment,” for small businesses.
The nine specific holidays when businesses are not allowed to open are: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Exempt from the Retail Business Holidays Act are August Civic Holiday and Boxing Day when stores can open.
Council is being asked by staff to approve an application to the Region of York for an exemption to the act. The penalty now for non-compliance with the act ranges from $500 to $50,000.
York Region is accepting applications for a bylaw exemption until Tuesday, Feb. 16 and will have a hearing date in April. If a bylaw is enacted, it will come into force on the 31st day after it is passed by regional council provided there are no appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Business leaders in King will gather to discuss business development, in the first forum in Nobleton.
The King Chamber of Commerce and Township have teamed up to present the Nobleton Business Forum Wednesday, Jan. 27. It’s by invitation only and it’s an opportunity for local business owners to share their opinions, ask questions and network, togenerate constructive ideas to boost local busienss vitality.
Tom Allen, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said part of their mandate is to ensure local government is well attuned to the needs of our community’s businesses.
“The Chamber, in cooperation with the Township, is holding three business forums this year to provide an opportunity for local businesses to speak up about issues that will help them be sustainable, continue to provide local jobs, and continue to provide locally based services to the community,” he said. “The input from these forums will form part of the Chamber’s advocacy program for 2016 particularly with the ongoing work on the Township’s Offi cial Plan.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring local business owners together and discuss business vitality in Nobleton,” said Councillor David Boyd “The evening is designed to create area-specific discussions considering both sides of the business equation, challenges to sustaining business in Nobleton and proven methods of success. We have a dynamic business climate in Nobleton. I’m certain the evening will be valuable time well spent for both new and existing business owners.”
“Most important, the forum will provide the ideal setting for council and Township staff members to listen to and garner feedback from our business community as they express their visions, goals and needs critical for continued success in the Nobleton area.”
Boyd added it’s been a pleasure working with Rose Dodaro, the Nobleton representative from the Chamber of Commerce and Jamie Smyth of King’s Economic Development Office to bring this evening together.
As a Chamber of Commerce, our focus is to help businesses be sustainable. As we look back to 2015 it is great to see so many entrepreneurs and corporations have the confidence to start a business here in King.
Magna announcing it would consolidate some head office functions into King made headlines and many, many other smaller businesses started in King this past year. It is wonderful for residents of King to have local choices.
Choice is good for keeping service levels high and costs low as business focus on their best niche. If there is something you need, find the local business that provides that service in the King Business Directory that was distributed to homes in the fall (online version is available at kingchamber.ca).
While is it great to see new businesses arrive it is even better to see businesses thrive on an ongoing basis. We had many significant anniversaries in businesses in 2015 from the early like the Bank of Montreal celebrating a one year anniversary, to the career fulfilling 25th anniversary for Foley Restoration, and to the multigenerational Green Tractors, who celebrated 60 years in business. That is sustainability in action.
Looking forward to 2016 we will continue to connect people so that our local businesses thrive. Part of this support is connecting business with each other. We will have several networking opportunities this year starting with our Member Appreciation and Annual General Meeting in February and ending with our annual Business Awards Gala at the end of the year.
As well, we are looking to continue our work connecting businesses with our local government. Work continues on the Township Official Plan. We have advocated that a complete, functional, sustainable town needs a sustainable business sector to provide local service and especially local jobs. We are working with our local representatives on a series of business forums so the needs of business are well articulated to our local government.
To our local population I urge you to support your local businesses when you are shopping. To the local businesses continue to serve clients wonderfully well – that is the best way to create sustainability