From The Ground Up May 20, 2016 edition
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Good Afternoon, 
It is wonderful to see the hub of activity that is taking place around town.  

First we would like to send a nice big shout out of congratulations to the Team at the Gravenhurst Opera House. We attended the Summer Season Gala on May 27th and share the enthusiasm for the upcoming season.  Keep an eye out in the mail for the Opera House's direct mail brochure which includes a 2-for-1 coupon to attend a summer season performance that is available only for local residents.  

The weather has been a wonderful indication of the summer momentum.  Yesterday we joined the Heritage Committee as they honoured A.P. Cockburn with a naming tribute at the Wharf Gazebo. The celebration also aligned with the 150th anniversary of the first steamship launched into Lake Muskoka.  The Steamships are ready to set sail this weekend marking yet another annual milestone. 

Included below is information on a complimentary Steamship Cruise taking place this Saturday.  Have you taken a steamship cruise recently, how about your staff?  The 1-hour complimentary cruise is a great way to familiarize yourself, or remember why the Steamships attract thousands of visitors to Gravenhurst each year.  

Keep an eye out for our first weekly Calendar of Events to be distributed next week, keeping you up-to-date with activities, concerts and all the things to see & do in Gravenhurst. 

Have a great week - 
Car Show Volunteers Wanted!
The Gravenhurst Car Show is taking place Saturday, June 18, 2016.  
The Chamber calls for volunteers who will be available for 2-3 hours to assist with staffing the event.  

From Gate staff, to lounge monitors, raffles and prizing coordination we depend on volunteers to assist in hosting the over 5,000 guests who visit Gravenhurst to attend the Car Show.

We also ask for volunteers to assist us in the office on June 15 & 16th helping us coordinate, welcome packages and the administration details for the event. 

Have some time? Wish to volunteer?

Call Tara 705-687-4432/

Read All About It
Check out the following newsletters

Muskoka Futures - June Newsletter
The Donald Cooper Straight Talk Newsletter - May
Welcome the 2016 Gravenhurst Chamber Summer Students
Pictured Left:  Brandon Little joins the Chamber for the summer before he returns for his final year of studies at Wilfred Laurier University to complete his degree.  Brandon calls Bracebridge home and comes from a family of entrepreneurs.  

Pictured Right: Sydney Young returns to the Chamber for a second summer.  Sydney will return to Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in late August to complete her third year.  Although she is loving life on the east coast, she is thrilled to be home in Muskoka for another summer. 
Upcoming Ask Me Anything Session
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Ask Me Anything Sessions

An opportunity to ask an expert about issues impacting your tourism business.

ASK ME ANYTHING about TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's International DMO Manager Andrew Weins
to answer YOUR questions!

In the digital age, TripAdvisor is one of the most important platforms travellers use to plan their next getaway.  With user-to-user critiques influencing travel selection, it has become THE trusted resource for the consumer when researching a travel destination, and the reviews that you receive on TripAdvisor can have a huge impact on your bottom line.  If you have questions about how to make the most of this important tool, be sure to participate in RTO12's upcoming  "Ask Me Anything"session, where one of the managers at TripAdvisor will answer all your questions.

The process is simple: post your questions in the "Ask Me Anything" - TripAdvisor forum on anytime before 3:00PM on June 6th.  Andrew Wiens, International DMO Manager at TripAdvisor, will post answers to all of your questions after this time and then you can revisit the forum at your convenience to read the answers to all of the posted questions.  

Don't miss your chance to make sure you are getting the most out of your TripAdvisor account.  Click here to post your question for TripAdvisor.

If you have any questions about posting a question in the Ask Me Anything forum, contact Tyler Francis, Tourism Operator Relations -

Only a Few Teams Remain

Register Today - Click on the poster above for additional details on registering your team.  

Sponsors Wanted

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:  Your business name and/or logo on signage at the tee deck and your business logo in the program An opportunity to greet the golfers as they come to the hole and hand out your business swag and/or do a contest at your hole. 1 ticket to dinner with the golfers

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:  Your business name and logo on Golf program. Your business name displayed on the bar and on the complimentary drink ticket given to each golfer. 1 Email broadcast


Support the Chamber & Donate a Prize
GOLF DAY / GALA SILENT AUCTION: In-kind donation of prizes worth $50 or more to be Auctioned off at

the Golf Day and/or the Gala

Muskoka Pride Festival
Muskoka Pride is calling out to all businesses in Muskoka to decorate their windows in rainbows to help celebrate the Muskoka Pride Festival Week taking place from July 15th â€“ 24th. In 2015 Muskoka Pride Festival had over 800 participants and they are expecting an increase for 2016!

For more information and examples of décor from previous years, please click here.

If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions, please
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BDO Offers Tax Seminar 

Join us in our regular series of webinars that focuses on tax issues of interest to private corporations and their owners.

Shareholder agreements and related tax issues – Where shares of a private corporation are held by more than one shareholder, it is important to use a shareholder agreement to set key rules for share ownership. In addition, there are a number of common shareholder agreement provisions that have specific tax implications. In this portion of the webinar, we will review common shareholder agreement provisions and their impact on the tax position of the corporation and its shareholders. 

Implications of separation and divorce for the owner-manager 
An unfortunate fact of life is that many marriages will end in divorce. Based on 2008 information, the Canadian government estimated that approximately 40% of marriages will end in divorce before the 30th wedding anniversary. For owners of a private company, there are specific tax issues that need to be reviewed and specific tax planning may help to make a difficult issue less costly. We will review both in this portion of the webinar. 
Wednesday June 8, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET / 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM PT


A Message From Snowcrest Riders -  AGM June 4, 2016 
Snowcrest has always been a fantastic club and will continue to be but we need our membership's help and support to survive and be successful in the coming years.  With over 1100 members we have huge potential for strong volunteer ship and an activate sledder community. There is so much more to a successful club than paying for a permit- more hands make lighter work.  Your club has overcome adversity and come back stronger while winning provincial, national and international acclaim within the last five years! Over the last few seasons we have been moving forward with new trail projects, advocating for the sport and club and ensuring the best trails possible within our community while growing winter tourism substantially.  There are many changes coming in the next few years that will greatly impact snowmobiling across the province and that includes here in Snowcrest country- we need dedicated snowmobilers to ensure our success moving forward.

Our Annual General Meeting is Saturday, June 4 at the Residence Inn Muskoka Wharf (285 Steamship Bay Rd) starting at 11am and we ask you to attend. It is important and we will be reviewing upcoming items related to:
*             Election of the Board
*             Bill 100 related to landowners and snowmobile clubs
*             Season review
*             Club collaboration within District 7 and the new provincial More On The Snow
*             Growing our volunteer list including Club Volunteer Co-coordinator, Social Events Co-coordinator - Social Events Committee, Signage Co-coordinator  - Signage Committee, Golf Tourney Committee and Poker Run Committee
The current Snowcrest Board has been working together for multiple seasons now to be as successful as possible but we are running with a small crew Volunteers who live over a large distance and we need help to continue.
Snowcrest needs Board Members to join that can assist with or lead committees related to:
*             Events and fundraising for up to 5 events per year
*             Operations- trail maintenance and signage
*             Coordinating and growing our volunteer base
*             Communication on social media to keep our membership engaged
 If this seems like a lot and is stopping you from considering, imagine what the work ends up like without any support, please consider giving some of your time this year to support the sport you love.  If you would like to earn more about a Board position please contact us at<>  prior to May 25.
We only need a few Board members but an army of Volunteers. We are the life blood of any club and it is a great way to get out and have fun with other club members, any amount of time offered is worthwhile!  If you'd like to volunteer email<> or Personal Message us on Facebook with your first/ last name, phone and email.

Planning to hire students this summer?


Youth Job Connection Summer

  • Requires students to participate in 20 hours of pre-employment workshops before being placed at an 8-week summer job placement

  • Eligible students will be 15-18 years old, facing barriers to employment and returning to school after the summer

  • Employers may be eligible for a financial incentive up to $1,300.00 to offset some of the wages associated with providing on-the-job training and work experience

Youth Job Link

  • Requires an employer to hire a student with no previous work experience between 15- 29 years of age

  • Employers may be eligible for  approximately $300.00

Please have your students contact our office to see if they are eligible!

Contact our job developers Judy Blake or Sherri Scarr at 705-687-6350 (ext.205) if you have any further questions regarding these programs and your eligibility to participate.



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TOTEM Juice Now Available in Gravenhurst!
Each THURSDAY throughout the summer Totem Juice will be delivering Muskoka's fresh organic cold-pressed juice to Sawdust City Brewery in GRAVENHURST.

Whether your local or passing thru on the way to the cottage you'll now be able to pick-up delicious and nutritious organic juice to accompany this fine hand-crafted beer and further enhance any scene this summer...

We press 2.5 lbs of raw, organic nutrients into each bottle to support detoxification, balance the body and aid recovery. Boost your energy naturally on the dock this summer.  We can never forget our non-drinkers, designated drivers, pregnant momma's and the kids.. they absolutely deserve their own treat while socialize too!
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