Celebrating Halton Region’s local business community

On August 7, I had the pleasure of joining with Oakville Regional Councillor Alan Johnston and Milton Regional Councillor Colin Best in attending the Annual Joint Chambers of Commerce Business After 5 networking event at the Halton Regional Centre in Oakville. Organized by Halton Region’s four Chambers of Commerce together with Halton Region’s Small Business Centre, the event brings together chamber members and guests for networking with members of other Halton Chambers of Commerce.114

This well attended networking event is combined with a Business Showcase that serves as a mini-tradeshow.  Local companies, including some former Small Business Centre clients and this year’s Summer Company participants, have the opportunity to showcase their products and services and share stories with other members of the small business community.

There is always an incredible buzz in the room and a genuine feeling of goodwill.  It is one of my favourite networking events.  Where else could you chat with the heads of all four Chambers of Commerce, have a free caricature drawn while you wait, sample roasted chickpeas, and consult with a business coach for 5 cents?

I am incredibly proud of Halton Region’s local business community.  It is thriving and diverse, thanks to the efforts of the Chambers, our Local and Regional Councils and the individuals who work so hard each day to bring their new ideas to market.145

More and more small business are opening here in Halton, joining larger businesses such as Siemens, Toronto Premium Outlets, Lowes Canada and Gyptech Technologies. They are locating here because of our quality of life, our solid infrastructure and because of the very talented people who live and work in this community.

American industrialist Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Meetings such as the annual Chamber event help ensure we continue to come together, stay together and enjoy success together.175

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