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Arthur and District Chamber of Commerce marks 25th year serving local businesses

ARTHUR - The Arthur and District Chamber of Commerce has helped support local business for a quarter century.

The voluntary association of businesses joined together to improve the social, civic and business environment of the area.

As an independent, non-partisan business network, its mission is to support economic growth in Arthur by working with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) advocating for pro-business policies and defending business priorities at Queen’s Park.

Through its network with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) it is part of a voice of 60,000 members that range from small businesses to major corporations and industry associations.

Current chamber president Tish Green who owns Pimps and Pinups Hair Studio, took on the lead role in the chamber in 2017.

Green is devoted to the growing success of Arthur businesses and building a community to work, play, and live in.

She said the chamber’s current focus is the 25th anniversary and following that, work on a Christmas booklet.

The focus over the past couple years included events in the downtown core such as a milk run, having costumed characters and musical performances. She estimates the current membership is around 120, and believes “we have a very strong, focussed chamber board.”

Looking back

Former chamber president Pat Salter said “in reflection, 13 years was a long time ago when I was president. We had some pretty successful years back then. We had a good bunch of directors and that certainly helped.”

Salter said “We were really lucky. At that time there were three Pats at the chamber - herself (Salter), Pat Belding and Pat Palmer, a banking executive.

Salter said Belding was the secretery and good at keeping track of items and Palmer with his business connections in the banking world, knew a lot of people to invite to speak at chamber meetings.

“It was through him, we were able to get Richard Petty (CEO of Maple Leaf Sports), Linda Leatherdale (financial editor of the Toronto Sun) Len Crispino (president of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce), and entertainer Gordie Tapp.

Salter said one of the more effective people during her time on the chamber was the late Mary Schmidt. “She was a real crackerjack at making sure our ideas happened.”

“Just about anything we took to council was approved. It was helpful to have a council which would work with you.”

Over the years, the Arthur chamber has attracted the attention of both local and provincial politicians.

In 2011, the chamber hosted a meeting with then Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak, who spoke on economic issues facing families and businesses.

25th anniversary

Now, as the chamber celebrates 25 years, Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler will headline an Arthur and District Chamber of Commerce 25th anniversary dinner on Oct. 13. Sittler’s 15-year NHL career included a stint as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The event includes a roast beef dinner by the Arthur Agricultural Society and numerous door prizes.  Tickets are $50 and available at Arthur Travel Service, Walsh’s Pharmacy - Arthur, Pimps and Pinups Hair studio and C3 Tech or the chamber office at 519-848-5603.

October 12, 2018


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