November 28, 2012

Chamber of Commerce seeks a fresh start

As published in The Erin Advocate

As part of an effort to spark new interest in the East Wellington Chamber of Commerce (EWCC), business people in Erin are invited to an early morning meeting to learn about the proposed Solmar subdivision.

Maurizio Rogato, Director of Planning and Development at Solmar Development Corp. will speak about the impact of the project on local business. The free event is at 7:30 am on Tuesday, December 4, at David's Restaurant, 20 Shamrock Road.

"We want people to get excited about this chamber – it represents the voice of business in the community," said restaurant owner David Netherton, the new chairperson.

"We need a strong, credible group that will influence decision makers. If you want to have any kind of a say, you have to step up to the plate."

Joining Netherton on the new board are Vice-Chair Dave Doan from Septech Waste Water Systems, Secretary Mary Shields, a former town councillor who initiated the Chamber in 2010, Chris Bailey of Brighten Up, Janet Hern of FitYou, Rob Smith of Erin Auto Recyclers, Steve Storey of Erin Wine Makers and Brian Travis of Forks Bicycle Shop.

EWCC is a non-profit group of business owners and professionals representing both Erin and the Rockwood-Eramosa area. They emphasize economic development, promote local business, lobby governments and hold informative events.

They have the support of MP Michael Chong, who says they will be "a much needed voice of business, creating a network for business and community which advocates a healthy community economy."

Membership can help build a series of business contacts and education resources, and provides access to group medical and dental insurance and other member discounts. The cost to join is currently $130, which is $100 off the regular fee.

Enter your business card at the door on Dec. 4, to enter a draw for a free membership. If you are planning to attend, or have questions, contact Mary Shields at 519-217-1630. More information is available at