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Chamber Member News & Updates
August 2014
Win a Hyundai Veloster at the Golf Tournament

Be sure to dust off your golfing skills this month in anticipation of win ning a new car at our upcoming golf tournament on Wednesday, September 17!
 
We have fabulous prizes that include a brand new Hyundai Veloster, Panasonic 50-inch TV, weekend for two in Las Vegas, set of Calloway Razr Irons, 3-month memberships to Rock Glen's fitness centre, two Apple iPads, tickets to Drayton Entertainment, a 7-foot palm tree with lights, several patio umbrellas and a plethora of prize table items just waiting for YOU. Don't forget that everyone who participates in the tournament receives a golfer gift and this year gets to take home a bottle of wine.

The golf tournament is our largest fundraising event of the year and it's open to EVERYONE - member and non-member businesses, employees, family, friends, neighbours and cottagers - anyone and everyone - so pass the word along.

For just $95 per person (taxes included), golfers enjoy 18-holes of golf, golfer's gifts, power cart and BBQ chicken dinner.

Register online at www.grandbendtourism.com/golf or call Susan Mills at 519-238-2001.
  • Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
  • Time: 1pm shotgun start
  • Format: 4-person scramble, mixed or same gender team
  • Cost: $95 per person
New Affinity Programs Help Save You Money
Through our Chamber's Membership in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and their Membership in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, there are affinity programs to which YOU now have access.

You'll recall we remit $10 from your Chamber membership payment to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

By signing up with affinity programs offered through the Chamber network, our Chamber receives referral fees - so by helping your business save money you also help the Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce with a small revenue stream!

First Data
First Data offers you exclusive rates and an easy sign-up process by phone or email. They also offer merchant educational tools, so you can learn to take full advantage of point-of-sale processing tools.

First Data Canada is a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing and will offer you preferred rates on electronic payment processing services, including credit, debit,  eCommerce, mCommerce, cheque guarantee and gift cards

Visa and MasterCard Pricing
Discount Rate / Transaction Fees
Visa 1.55%
MasterCard 1.6%
Discover 1.6%
Card Brand 0.12%
NQA 0.25%
Interac Debit $0.05/transaction
Amex 0.15/transaction
Monthly Account Fee
$5

How To Sign Up & Get More Information

Purolator

Access Purolator's network that delivers to more points across Ca nada than any other parcel and freight solutions provider. Through this program, you will be able to access the full range of their services: Purolator Express, Ground, Freight and International.

The Chamber member program discount starts at 25% on Purolator Express and Ground suite of services.

To get started, use the "Chamber" campaign page to create an account. Your discount will be applied to your account once setup. Their website also has a Live Chat if you need any help.

Sign up at:  http://www.purolator.com/en/campaigns/occ/index.page
New Website for Chamber Members
GrandBendChamber.ca launched this month.

A long time coming, the new website is focused on Member information and service needs. Simple design, simple navigation and more direct access to the information Members seek, the new website will improve chamber-to-member and member-to-member communication and features a direct call-to-action for potential new Chamber members, making the act of joining much simpler.

All Members information located on GrandBendTourism.com has now been moved to GrandBendChamber.ca, and a button added to GrandBendTourism.com linking the two websites.  

Special Features Include:
  • Member Login: Each Chamber Member has been setup in the system with an account. This enables Members to update directory listings and access the Members Only Forum. Your account information is included with the Membership Renewal Package mailed August 22.
  • Member Directory: A Membership directory focused on conveying business information that is searchable. The new directory has two additional areas that give Members additional space to communicate more information without clogging up the directory's front-end display. Be sure to send us as much information as possible so we can help promote your business or update your listing yourself!
  • Members Only Area: Includes publication of Chamber produced documents, such as Minutes from AGMs, Directors' meetings, reports from public meetings, tourism services reports, annual reports, survey and poll results and an area where Members can post announcements, news and inquiries for sharing with fellow Members.
  • Community Profile: Coming soon! This section includes demographic and key data about Lambton Shores to help new businesses connect with key business-services in the area as well as handy hyperlinks to organizations that assist local business.

 

Tourism & Visitor Services

We send out a monthly e-newsletter to 1,210 recipients who expressed an interest in receiving news about the Grand Bend Area. Very event-based, the e-newsletter gives quick hits of information about events and area attractions.

Click to view September's edition.

 
 


Stats & Facts
 
 
GrandBendTourism.com 
Since April 25, 2014, the website has had 32,336 visits and 70,099 individual pageviews. Annually we average about 1.5 million pageviews.

Top-viewed pages were (1) Huron Country Playhouse, (2) Motels, Hotels & Inns, (3) Festivals & Events, (4) Campgrounds & RV Parks.

Social Media 
Facebook.com/grandbendtourism has 680 page likes and routinely has a "reach" of about 300 people, referring to the number of people who see each post. This summer our most popular post reached 9,186 people.

Requests for Information 
Since April 29, 2014, we've had 54 requests for packages of area information to be mailed out as far away as Virginia, Quebec and Oregon.

Welcome Centre 
From May to August this year we handled 1,416 in-person visits and 716 phone calls. In previous years during the same time period we handled 2,527 in-person visits and 2,235 phone calls in 2013, 2823 in-person visits and 1680 phone calls in 2012, and 2661 in-person visits and 1330 phone calls in 2011. 
In This Issue
Fall Classic Golf Tournament
New Affinity Programs
GrandBendChamber.ca Launched
Tourism Services Stats
Upcoming Member Events
Horizon Check
Volunteers Needed
Communities in Bloom
Upcoming Member Events

September 
17th: Fall Classic Golf Tournament 

October 
9th: Fall Members Mixer: We're looking for a sponsor for this event. 

November  
20th: Celebrate the Season Gala Dinner & Awards: We're looking for a sponsor for this event. 

 

Watch For

2015 Membership Renewal Packages

- mailed August 22, 2014

 

2015 Visitor Guide Advertising Packages

- will be emailed and mailed end of August 

 

Volunteers Needed
The Chamber is looking for a few volunteers to help out on several initiatives, such as:
  • Member Recruitment & Discount Program
  • General office assistance

519-238-2001 / info@grandbendtourism.com 

News Sharing
September 17: Communities in Bloom Provincial Awards Symposium
Legacy Recreation Centre
16 Allen Street, Thedford

Sessions: Economic Impact of CiB in Your Communicty; Mentoring to Success.

www.cibontario.ca
www.lambtonshores.ca