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March 19th, 2021




The to do list never seems to end and the work keeps piling up. How can you make adjustments to your weekly routine and daily workflow so that you can end the week feeling more focused and productive? The staff from The Hub in Dauphin will be sharing some of their top planning and prioritizing tips for busy entrepreneurs. The session will start with a few minutes of networking.

Start your day off right!
Thursday, March 25th
7:30-8:30am with networking at the beginning
This event is held online on a very fun video game type platform!


First Data provides simple, affordable, and transparent pricing. If they cannot beat your current processing fees, you will earn a $1,000 Visa® gift card1.  This is for members only.

For a limited time, we are offering members a $300 rebate to switch their payment processing to First Data1
Let us know if you'd like more information on how First Data can help your business and we can get you connected with our direct Fist Data contact.


Provided by MB Chamber of Commerce

A Year in the Life: Message from MCC President & CEO Chuck Davidson

In the one whole year since the World Health Organization's declaration of the pandemic, we have learned so much. We've learned about SARS-CoV-2, about workplace protocols to keep us safe and healthy, about the importance of investing in community and spending our money in local businesses, and about the impact of kindness, patience, and relationships. But, as we've talked about before in this newsletter, it is hard to know how to measure the past year.

Do we measure it in total COVID-19 case numbers, test positivity rates, or ICU beds occupied by patients? Do we measure it in news conferences, articles, changes in public health orders, or emergency relief dollars? Do we measure it in days, which can feel so long, or in months? (I can hardly believe 12 months have passed since the world as we know it changed.) Do we measure it in missed days of school and work due to illness and testing self-isolation, in lost productivity and job losses, in Zoom calls, decreased revenues, cancelled flights and dinner reservations, or the total number of days our hairstylist or gym was closed to in-person transactions and patrons?

Or, should we be measuring it in total number of people recovered, variety of vaccine formulations, and ever-increasing vaccination rates?

In spite of all the metrics, scientific data, rates, and ratios, this past year -- and our immediate future -- still feel foggy, unclear, and immeasurable is so many ways. We want to move forward into social and economic recovery, and return to some sense of normalcy, but do we even know what that is anymore? And for that matter, are we "returning" to anything, or should we actually forging a new path?

Last week, on March 11, Statistics Canada released its COVID-19 one-year retrospective, full of interesting tables, measurements, and insights:
  • "Our economy was 3.3% smaller at year end. Millions of Canadians were temporarily underemployed or out of work at some point last year. This was also a downturn like no other, with sectors of the economy thriving, such as online sales, housing, forestry and crop farming."
  • "While businesses that provide accommodation and food services remained severely impacted, the number of active businesses has declined substantially in most sectors, largely reflecting closures among small firms."
  • "During the fall of 2020, almost 20% of businesses reported that they would be able to operate for less than six months at current revenue and expenditure levels, and 30% more were uncertain as to how long they could continue to operate."
As we move through 2021, here are some of the changes and commitments for which the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and our local chambers will be pushing locally, as well as working alongside our Canadian Chamber of Commerce colleagues to champion at the national level:

Manitobans need a better understanding of what will happen after mass vaccination. "Focusing on the fundamentals" is the new mantra, and excellent hygiene will likely always have to be a cornerstone of health practices, even though it's easy to get lazy and careless. And what about vaccine hesitancy and the possible need for regular immunizations? How do we overcome these obstacles? What about masks and social distancing? Are we to expect these recommended behaviours to stick around long-term or even permanently?

Manitoba's Public Health team should consider a regional approach to applying and lifting prevention orders. With our province's vast geographic footprint and low population density, we should be assessing risk by health region, and acting based on clearly-defined thresholds aligned to each level of the Pandemic Response System.

The Government of Canada and all provincial levels of government still have much to do to support the hardest-hit sectors, including hospitality and hotels, travel/tourism, airlines/airports, as well as overall SMEs. The on-ramp to the digital economy is a traffic jam, and even though Statistics Canada's Survey on Business Conditions shows a strong percentage of SMEs developing their online presence, we're not all there yet. And since we know that online commerce can be as border-free as we want it to be, SMEs need access to the technology, tools & training to expand into new and exciting markets.

To ensure a strong, representative recovery, governments MUST focus on the most marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC & LGBTQ+ communities, young Canadians, as well as the lowest-earning Canadians, all of whom have been disproportionately and most severely affected by the pandemic. We need to include all Canadians as we rebuild, and ensure access to reskilling and upskilling.

Manitoba employers need to understand the trajectory of proposed recovery plans and expected outcomes. We urge the Province to outline a future-looking readiness plan to enable Manitoba’s employers to plan and prepare.

As we trudge through the fog into Year 2, let's remember to be kind and tolerant, to think LOCAL in everything we do, and to remain optimistic about our future.

We will recover successfully, but we must come together as a community to achieve that goal.
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The Manitoba government is seeking feedback from Manitobans on plans to move to the ‘restricted’ (orange) level on the Pandemic Response System and continue to restore safely services and activities while balancing the needs of the health-care system, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today.


The province has launched a survey on and invites Manitobans to share feedback on their priorities for potential easing of the current level ‘red’ or ‘critical’ COVID-19 restrictions. The survey asks questions about Manitobans’ perspectives on the risk of the virus and their comfort levels with different activities. In addition, people will be asked their thoughts on the timing, such as if changes should happen sooner, or wait until after the Easter and Passover holidays.


Possible changes to the public health orders include:

  • increasing gathering limits at an outdoor public places to 25 people;
  • increasing gathering limits at weddings, funerals and other gatherings to 25 people;
  • expanding capacity at religious services to a 25 per cent or a 250-person capacity, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect;
  • expanding the capacity limits for retail stores to 50 per cent or a 500-person capacity, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect;
  • allowing people to eat at the same table with other people in the indoor area of a restaurant, as long as everyone seated at a table has designated those individuals to visit them in their home;
  • allowing organized team games at indoor sporting facilities;
  • allowing youth to not wear a mask while taking part in an indoor sporting activities, but requiring mask use in other areas of the facility;
  • enabling indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casinos and gaming centres to open at 25 per cent or a 250-person capacity, whichever is lower, with other public health measures

·       still in effect; and

  • removing the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days for interprovincial/domestic travellers

·       who travel for business reasons and do not have symptoms.

We were asked if our president would make a virtual appearance on a panel discussion for a new Expo debuting on April 9th and 10th. 

Our new president Gabe Mercier will be joined by Brandon Chamber's president Spencer Day and Chuck Davidson, President & CEO for the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce to discuss the issues and outlooks for economic growth in a post-pandemic environment. 

To find out more and to register for this FREE event, follow this link. 


If it's just you at your business or you're managing a team, the Chambers Plan has options for any scenario. Employee benefits packages from Chambers Plan have all the essentials, plus so much more. With stable rates and ultra-flexible support services, it’s clear to see why it’s Canada’s #1 Plan. To see why, CLICK HERE




Are you ready? We have a few to introduce!!! 


We're thrilled to announce that Chicken Chef Ste. Rose, Syrnyks HD Serivce, and Fudd's Corner Store are our newest members to join the network! 

We highly recommend grabbing a meal or two this weekend at Chicken Chef in Ste. Rose. Perhaps grab an ice cream or other treat since it will be so nice out at Fudd's Corner Store as well. And next time you need any work done on your vehicle or a piece of machinery, give Matt and his team a try at Syrnyks HD Service. 

Signup for a free trial membership here and see what it's all about. Over 280 other businesses are keeping their membership active and reaping the benefits. 

Your Chamber is the LEAST EXPENSIVE and MOST EFFECTIVE "employee" your company can have.



Can you boost your sales with a little subtle up-selling? 

Here are some things to avoid when designing an upsell funnel:

  • Requiring a customer to purchase an upsell or additional product(s) in order to get the full benefits out of the core product.
  • Not delivering on what was promised or being mis-leading in your sales copy for the initial product, only to sell to them again.
  • Offering too many upsells immediately after purchase (I’d recommend no more than 2, however there are many variables at play).
  • Trying to sell additional products that are not related or do not provide additional value to the customer.

The goals for any upsell should always be to continue to provide value to the customer.

  • Offering complimentary products/services that will enhance the use of their initial investment.
  • Solving additional pains, problems and/or challenges that your customers and target audience face.

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Lot's of announcements by Parkland businesses in the Facebook group we created a year ago to help during these times of COVID. If you're from the region and have something you want to share with the area, it's open for all businesses from the Parkland. 
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Does your business or organization have something to share? Let us know. It most likely will show up here in a future issue of Chamber Matters.
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