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Discover Ability Op-Ed 2: Benefits of Hiring PWD

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a stand-still. In Ontario, this resulted in numerous lock downs and restrictive measures that heavily impacted businesses. The pandemic’s lasting effect is still being felt by businesses, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. The OCC (Ontario Chambers of Commerce) and the Discover Ability Network believe that one answer to this widespread issue is through utilizing an untapped talent pool of people who self-identify with a disability (PwD).

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce & Mohawk College Launch “Now Hiring Hamilton”, a new initiative to support SMEs with workforce development and retention strategies

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

January 25, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce together with Mohawk College have launched an initiative under an Ontario Labour Market Partnership (OLMP) to support local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with workforce development and retention strategies.

The project aims to generate a workforce development and onboarding strategy along with a community asset map scanning the Hamilton SME landscape, their needs, existing resources, and gaps in resources to support SMEs and job seekers alike in a COVID-19 recovery context.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Opens Applications for Annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards & Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

January 14, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the call is now open for nominations for its annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) & Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award, presented by RBC Royal Bank.

To submit an application for your business – or nominate a business – visit obaahcc.ca

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Nomination Committee Proposes Five New Board Members

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Nominating & Governance Committee has made its recommendations for candidates to fill five upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors. Meet them below!

Our new Directors will be sworn in at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Event details will be posted soon on our website.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce brings back “Hamilton Day” on Saturday, November 20 – A one-day celebration to support local

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

October 20, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: On Saturday, November 20, 2021, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is bringing back Hamilton Day. The organization first held the event in 1931 during the depths of the Great Depression to boost spirits and the local economy. While it was only one day in an economic downturn that carried on for years, Hamilton Day was symbolic of a rallying spirit in the face of adversity.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Releases 2021 Federal Election Priorities

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce submitted our 2021 Federal Election Priorities to candidates across Hamilton’s five federal electoral ridings.

As Hamilton’s oldest institution at 176 years old, we have the privilege of speaking for our 1,000+ members that employ over 75,000 people in our community. On behalf of our membership, the Chamber presented a suite of policy recommendations to further support and strengthen our local economy for candidates’ consideration.

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Hamilton Chamber Launches Report “Women out of Work: Assessing Hamilton’s Employment Disparities During COVID-19”

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

AUGUST 11, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: At a virtual launch event on Wednesday, August 11, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce released “Women out of Work: Assessing Hamilton’s Employment Disparities During COVID-19”. This report heard from nearly 1,600 self-identified women over the course of 2020-2021 and highlights the local impact of COVID-19 on women’s careers and livelihood.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Launches “Hamilton Rapid Testing” Program

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

JUNE 9, 2021 – HAMILTON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide small- and medium-sized businesses in Hamilton with COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Testing Kits for their workplace. This benefit for businesses is made possible through the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative – an initiative with the Ontario Chamber Network.

The rapid testing kits are free and are available for SMEs with fewer than 150 employees.

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Federal & Provincial Investment Confirm Hamilton is LRT Ready

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce congratulates the federal and provincial governments for working together to fund an unprecedented investment in transit across our region, including the Hamilton City Council-approved B-Line LRT project that will run from McMaster University to Centennial Parkway.

This announcement comes after a decade of collective community advocacy from the Chamber and countless Hamilton organizations and citizens who believe in the transformative economic and social benefits this once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure investment will generate for our entire city.

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Hamilton Chamber to Roll-Out Free Rapid Tests to SMEs in Hamilton

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

MAY 7, 2021 – HAMILTON: Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario and Canadian governments, launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative. Through this initiative, test kits will be distributed through participating local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in Ontario – including the Hamilton Chamber – to small- to medium-sized employers (SMEs).

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