CARLETON PLACE & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Chamber would like to
Message from the President
welcome our newest Holiday greetings everyone! Factors that are likely trig-
members: There’s an old Chinese prov- gers for a positive turn-
erb that says “may you live in around include:
∗ Walk N Paws—Jane interesting times.” 2008 cer- —the price of housing in
Cuthbert tainly qualifies as an interest- the US; Tal expects prices
ing time! As we put this year to bottom out in the next
∗ St. James Anglican to bed, let’s take a brief eco- six months with a further
Church—Father nomic reality check. drop of 5 to 10% by April or
David Andrew May of 2009. At that point,
Even as a banker there are the market can attach a
∗ The Brick—Rob times when I’m overwhelmed value to sub-prime proper-
Melnychuk with the sheer volume of infor- ties and prices will begin to
mation available, but how rise.
∗ Carleton Trailers— much of it is valid? How much —The price of oil; when it
Dave Cousineau of it only contributes to volatil- stabilizes somewhere be-
ity and panic? tween $40 to $50/barrel
∗ Sandy’s Burgers & The Chamber would
Caribbean Delight— The clearest explanation I’ve this will spark a recovery
driven by the emerging like to wish everyone
Sandy & Jay heard on current economic a Merry Christmas
trends comes from Benjamin markets of India and
China; Tal states that com- and a festive Holiday
Tal, a Senior Economist for
CIBC World Markets. Here’s a modity prices are likely to
brief summary of what he had remain low for the next 8 In lieu of sending our
to say to a room full of small to 12 months, and when
they begin to rise, the members traditional
business owners from across Christmas cards, the
Click on me! Ottawa and the Valley on No- TSX—which is heavy on board has decided the
vember 25th. commodities—will follow.
—a reduction in de- Chamber would sup-
Prior to every recession leveraging by strapped port those less fortu-
there is a spike in oil hedge funds; again, Tal nate than ourselves
prices. While the credit crisis emphasizes that we’re in and are making a do-
and sub-prime lending prob- the 7th or 8th inning of the nation to the Lanark
lems in the US have greatly sell-off. County Food Bank on
contributed to the recession, —a return to realistic mar- our members behalf!
true to past patterns, a spike ket expectations, including
in oil prices led the way. In the assignment of appropri- Best Wishes for a safe
fact, the US has been in a re- ate levels of risk to invest- and prosperous new
cession for the past 12 ments (sub-prime lending year!
months—in Tal’s words, “we’re in the US was the antithe-
in the 7th inning” of the decline sis of this.)...continued pg2
Chamber Office Report
Please join me in welcoming Chris- We all lead busy lives, and committee
tine Lafrance as our new Grant Re- work does take a little time, but it also
searcher. So far we’ve kept Chris- presents a fantastic opportunity to
tine busy getting acquainted with meet other business members and get
our database and looking up funding involved with your community. So if
sources for non-profits but that will you have the inclination to devote
change quickly as she investigates some time and effort to a good cause
where the money is to support busi- please give me a call!
ness initiatives during these trying
times! Looking forward, I’m pleased to an-
nounce that our Christmas Wine and
As I gradually catch up on member- Cheese Mixer will be held on Decem-
ship and admin work it’s come to my ber 18th, 5 to 7pm at the Leather-
attention that growing our commit- works. Cost is $20.00. Please call the THE CHAMBER
tees needs to be a priority. Specifi- office to let us know if you’re attend- OFFICE WILL BE
cally we need help with our Golf ing—cancellations will be accepted up
Tournament, Event Planning and to Dec. 17th, otherwise you’ll be in- CLOSED
Membership Committees. It’s our voiced! (And speaking of invoices—if
intention to expand our trade show any of yours are outstanding, we ac- DECEMBER 24TH
in March from a 3 hour to a two day cept payment any time!)
event, and we need to beef up the
Event Planning Committee to real- Happy Holidays and hope to see you 5TH FOR
ize that goal! soon!
So what does this mean for Canadi- Tal says the Canadian dollar will I am Christine Lafrance and I joined
ans? Expect an upturn by mid to late remain down for the next six months the Chamber on November 10 as the
2009 or early 2010 as oil and housing and then recover as people realize Grant Researcher. I am becoming
prices stabilize and then expect the the US needs to finance their debt- acquainted with the research pro-
market to level off for a number of load. In fact, Tal stated that he’s
years. grams and the routine of the Cham-
bullish on the Canadian dollar and
ber. I look forward to meeting the
bearish on the US.
On the plus side governments around members of the Chamber.
the world have acted quickly by re- As for the Canadian housing market,
ducing interest rates to introduce li- while prices are starting to fall here, My background includes a B.A. in
quidity and the financial bail-out is a he doesn’t foresee a freefall. Areas
valid response to the crisis. According Law from Carleton University and a
where real estate speculation is
to Tal “if you don’t bail out Wall diploma from Algonquin College for
higher will realize greater devalua-
Street, you kill Main Street.” tion—primarily out west. Office Administration. I have worked
in law firms and in office environ-
In the same vein, Tal expects the US Finally, while the Canadian small ments.
to provide some sort of auto industry business sector typically underper-
bailout as a means for creating stabil- forms during a weak economy the I am the mother of three children, two
ity and reducing panic. opposite is true today, thanks to Ca- girls and one boy. They are ages 8, 3,
nadian consumers. and 1 and keep me very busy. We live
Canada is poised to announce large
outside the village of Lanark with our
government spending on public infra- Please join us for festivities at the
dog and our donkeys. I enjoy reading
structure, which is a realistic way to Leatherworks on December 18th, 5 to
and spending time with my family.
create jobs and stimulate the econ- 8 pm. Please call the office to reserve
omy. Expect infrastructure invest- your spot by December 15th—price is
You can reach me at
ment to rise from 3% to 10% of pen- $20/person. (Cancel by the 17th or
sion funding expenditure in the next 5 an invoice will be issued.) Cheers!
CARLETON PLACE &
DISTRICT CHAMBER OF Upcoming Events:
December 18th - Annual Wine and Cheese - This year’s event
175 Bridge St.
Carleton Place ON K7C 2V8 will be held at the Leatherworks.
Phone: 613– 257– 1976 Time: 5pm to 8pm Cost: $20.00
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please RSVP to the office, 257-1976 before December 15th!
January 14th - Networking Event at Staples! Come learn about
our Grant Writing/Research service!
Time: 7pm to 9pm Cost-Free!
Please RSVP to the office, 257-1976 before January 12th!
February - Networking Event—Our guest speaker will be a
specialist in the area of Accessibility and they will be informing us
about Ontario’s new Accessibility Legislation and how it will effect
We are on the web! every business! Watch the Chamber’s next newsletter and website
www.cpchamber.com for details.
March - AGM & More - watch for details.
53 Colours — Signs & Digital Imaging
53 Colours is dedicated to “making Valley, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. town you’ll know another strong cor-
your business look sharp!” How dedi- Whether you’re a new company look- porate specialty is vehicle graphics.
cated? After 28 years you might say ing for a logo, cards and letterhead to Lesley’s car is bright yellow with
it’s a family tradition…with an edge. build your corporate brand or a con- giant daisies and the 53 Colours logo
Apparently the family that drives struction company in need of outdoor emblazoned across it.
together thrives together. If you’re signage someone from their team will
work with you to get it right. Lesley acknowledges that they are
into stock car racing you might rec-
awarded many contracts for entire
ognize the 53 Colours Racing Team
As leaders in the outdoor signage fleets of vehicles, from passenger
in the winner’s circle at Capital City
niche market the people at 53 Colours vehicles, to transports, to airplanes.
work to stay in step with emerging Knowing Lesley’s car, one can only
A team approach on and off the track technologies. From initial design and imagine the kind of bold visuals that
is key to their success in racing, busi- production through to site installation an airplane might inspire!
ness and life. Founder Carl Musker, their unspoken motto is “any sign, any
size, anywhere.” Billboards and build- For more information on 53 Colours’
son Todd (Production Manager) and
ing signage whether electrical, LED or range of services visit
daughter Lesley Musker (the “Sign-
digital, along with location, display www.53colours.com, or give them a
tist”) have all raced competitively at
and material recommendations are all call 613-253-5324.
Capital City Speedway and at tracks
across Ontario, with Todd placing part of the service.
third overall in 2008 in the Thunder
Lesley Musker, (the Sign-tist), volun- Have a success story you’d like to
teers with the Chamber’s Event Plan- share? Just give us a call!
53 Colours specializes in creating ning Committee and acted as the vis-
bold, visual branding and identity ual eye behind the amazing room dé-
development for clients all across the cor at our recent “FunRaiser.” If
you’ve seen Lesley driving around
CP Chamber of Commerce Grand
Mark your calendars: for next year! Salmon, Eggplant or Prime Rib the
This year’s Grand Ol’ Fun Raiser meal was excellent—thanks again to
was a tremendous success raising the Heritage Inn, who went out of their
$6270 towards the purchase of a way to get in the spirit of the evening
portable ECG Machine for the by having the servers dressed in coun-
Carleton Place & Memorial Hospi- try-western style.
tal in memory of Randy Slater!
Radio personality Mark Papousek
The evening began with the most acted as master of ceremonies and af-
spectacular sunset and unseasona- ter dinner the crowd was entertained
bly warm, beautiful weather! The by impersonator James Kirkham!
room was filled and everyone en- Something of a quick-change artist,
joyed the cocktail hour—all the James involved the crowd in his act as
profits from any Caesars sold he mimicked everyone from former
(Randy’s favourite drink) went to Prime Minister Chretien to Bill Clin-
the Lanark County Food Bank, ton to Tina Turner, Michael Jackson,
courtesy of the Heritage Inn. Elvis and the Phantom of the Opera.
The dinner was exceptional Thank you all for participating and
whether you had Chicken & Ribs, making the evening a success!
MEMBER 2 MEMBER BENEFITS Writer’s Corner…& the Winner is...
The team at Tomahawk Tech- To roll-out our proposal/research for research and proposal writing.
nologies is pleased to offer $40 in service we invited some local chari- Christine Lafrance, our new Grant
Tomahawk Bucks as part of the ties and non-profits to enter a Researcher has been busy getting
Chamber’s Member-to-Member “contest” to win an initial consulta- familiar with the funding database
Benefit Program. tion and ten free hours of research/ and non-profit resources. She’s
Apply your bucks to Tomahawk’s writing assistance. We’re pleased to starting to focus on business re-
web development and technical announce that we’ll be working with sources to build our expertise in
support service. Send an email Alwood Treatment Centre and that area
to email@example.com to receive Arts Carleton Place—the first
your Tomahawk Bucks two viable submissions received. Stay tuned as we roll-out this ser-
($40 per member). vice in more detail at our network-
In these days of dwindling resources ing event at Staples, January 14th,
Enter a draw for free hockey we’ve noticed potential funders do- 7pm to 9pm.
tickets—including the Ottawa ing some necessary belt-tightening.
Senators—visit From a proposal writing perspec- In the meantime, why not approach
http://www.tomahawk.ca tive, this means paying close atten- the holiday season by putting to-
& fill out a survey on the home tion to the details. Our recent sub- gether your very own “funding
page. missions to a provincial government wish-list”? If you had the money,
department have been given the how would you apply it to benefit
“fine toothcomb” treatment, and I your business or social service
spent a good part of the past week agency? Would your priorities be on
If you are willing to participate re-evaluating and fine-tuning our training, hiring, research and devel-
in our Member 2 Member bene- initial requests. We hope to have a opment, infrastructure, capital as-
fit program, please contact the definite answer in early December. sets, equipment purchase or a spe-
office! cific program or project?
The Grant Committee is meeting
December 4th to discuss priorities Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org