By: Eddie Matthews
Since becoming the General Manager of the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce in January of this year, I’ve been striving to make sure the Chamber represents all of the wonderful businesses that make up Perth County. The Chamber is proud to be the voice for business, and exists to engage, connect, and promote the colourful range of businesses we have in Perth County, including those in the St Marys area. Our membership is very diverse, ranging from small businesses to large industries which represent the variety of business landscape here in Perth County.
The Chamber’s objectives are to:
• Keep members informed on business news
• Be responsive to our member’s needs
• Help businesses thrive and prosper
• Assist in building a stronger business base encouraging networking with other like-minded business owners
• Be your information resource
Our mandate and goal is to advocate on behalf of our membership on a local, provincial, and federal level. We want to ensure that not only is business represented from a county standpoint, but from a local view that preserves the unique character of the Stonetown.
The Chamber is a non-profit, member-driven organization, and is governed by a 12-Member Board with input from council members from Stratford & St. Marys.
The Chamber offers a variety of opportunities for business to engage in events ranging from workshops to the monthly Business After 5’s, with the most recent being held on August 21st to celebrate ‘20 on the Trestle’. We’ll also be hosting our annual golf tournament at the beautiful St. Marys Golf & Country Club. Launching new this year is the Chamber Young Professionals, which will address the unique challenges faced by young people in business.
The Chamber offers services and products to its members and the broader business community, including:
• Promotion of member businesses
• Informational and networking events
• Member Employee benefits through the Chambers Plan
• Member to member discounts
• Business development workshops
The Chamber is a respected and important voice representing the Stratford & District business community. The networking opportunities provide a way to remain plugged into the business landscape.
For the past 23 years, the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce has recognized business excellence through the Business Excellence Awards. Since its beginning thousands of businesses have stepped into the spotlight and been honoured by their peers in the community.
This past May about 400 business people joined to honour the nominees and award recipients at the gala at the Arden Park Hotel. It was a testament to the business community in St. Marys such as Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters and the St. Marys Independent who were winners but the other business from town who were nominated as well.
If you’re interesting in learning more about what our organization can do to enhance your business, you can find out more about the Chamber at stratforddistrictchamber.com.
21 St. Marys members of the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce
All aboard St. Marys
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
Famme & Co.
Meridian Credit Union
Perth County Ingredients
Solis Mexican Foods
St. Marys Buick GMC
St. Marys Golf
St. Marys Healthcare
St. Marys Home Building Centre
St. Marys Independent Newspaper
Stone Willow Inn
Town of St.Marys
To join the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce, visit stratfordchamber.com/member-services/become-a-member/.