Membership 2017-10-29T21:57:45+00:00

Membership

 Be seen. Be informed. Save money. Be supported while helping your community.

The Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce is ready to welcome you and start promoting your business through its network of Chamber members and beyond. We’re all about supporting local business and helping our communities thrive. Discover the benefits of membership.

Benefits

We highlight your business.

VIA NETWORKING

You’ll make great connections, earn valuable referrals and more by taking part in Chamber initiatives. We offer lots of networking opportunities with other Chamber members, business representatives and government officials. Make sure to save the date for our Business After Hours events.

VIA MARKETING

Your business will also be listed on our website with live links to your own business site and social media channels. And yes, we’re super social. We share your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts and your events through regular eblasts. Want your own eblast to hundreds of subscribers? We can arrange that, too, along with other advertising opportunities, such as our yearly Muskoka Lakes guide and directory (every member also gets a listing in our annual guide). You can also put your ad on our website. Plus, we partner with our local Regional Tourism Organization (RTO12) and Muskoka Tourism, among others, to promote you in digital content marketing campaigns.

VIA INFORMATION CENTRES

And there’s no better way to market than through word of mouth and direct referrals. People stop in our visitor information centres asking about everything from attractions to where to find a good roofer.

We give you group benefits.

The Chambers plan is the simple, stable and smart choice for your group health benefit program. No matter how big or small your organization, did you know that you can get group health and dental insurance for yourself and/or your employees? There’s even a seasonal option. A good benefits plan is a great way to attract and keep quality employees. Email the Chamber today to connect you with our benefits plan representative. Our plan is part of Canada’s largest group benefit program for small business, serving over 25,000 firms. To learn more, visit chamberplan.ca

We save you money.

Get 40% off shipping. Know when your package is on the way – UPS My Choice™ | Visit and save at www.membersbenefitprogram.com/MLCC No minimum shipping requirements

Use debit or credit card transactions with your business? You can earn a $1,000 MasterCard gift card if First Data cannot beat your current payment processing fees, and it takes very little effort to find out.  To get started, all that’s needed is 1 copy of your merchant statement and 5 minutes of your time. To learn more, call 1 888 265-4117 or email First Data at chambermember@firstdata.com. If you prefer, you can Email your Muskoka Lakes Chamber today to be introduced to a First Data Business Consultant.

Your Chamber offers members reduction on fuel with every fill up. Get a 3.5% discount when you buy gas, no matter how much you buy. It’s a convenient and secure way to control and manage fuel expenses for your company vehicles, whether you have 1 or hundreds. To learn more about the Esso Chambers program, visit http://www.essobusinesscards.ca/a/index.php?org=chamber

Chamber members save up to 30% on Lenovo products. To learn more, visit www.lenovo.com/chambers

Member FCA Insurance has special group rates for Chamber members for Commercial and General Liability Insurance.

MEMBER to MEMBER DISCOUNTS

Can you provide a member to member discount? Talk to us as we grow savings for our members.

EXPORT DOCUMENT CERTIFICATION

Did you know we have the certification stamp you need for exports in our office? Just call us to let us know when you want to come in for this service.

We keep you informed.

Whether it’s new rules for dock building, or local construction that might have an impact on your business, or information about what’s hot in local entertainment, we keep you in the know. We also give you and your staff opportunities to sharpen your skills and knowledge through regular workshops and with free business consultations in Bala and Port Carling.

We advocate for your interests.

A membership with the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce includes membership in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which advocate on a wide range of business interests. They stick up for the little guy – with campaigns such as Small business: Too big to ignore that your Chamber takes part in. We share information from these organizations regularly on social media and in member e-blasts.

We also have the municipality’s ear and support. We meet monthly with the members of the Township of Muskoka Lakes Council and staff to raise – and get action on – member concerns and advance mutual economic development interests.

Business After Hours

Tuesday, November 14, Business After Hours, Bala Pines Plaza – all member tenants – 5:30-7:30pm.

Our hosts for this multi chamber member event are Linda Cryderman of BreezeMax Web and Kristen Sykoluk of Client First Web Design. Go from place to place in the Bala Pines Plaza as all chamber members are opening their doors for a unique networking experience, including The Hook and Ladder, Revive Salon and Spa, the Chamber office, Cottage Cravings and Treating Muskoka Well. Drinks and hors d’ouevres included, plus door prizes. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE: We are starting our networking events now at 5:30pm to help more people join us after work hours. Your $5 donation is welcomed and appreciated. Please RSVP so we know how much food and drink to have on hand!

RSVP

Tuesday, December 5, Business After Hours, Clear Lake Brewing Co, 5:30-7:30pm
Come see Muskoka’s newest brewery as Clear Lake Brewing Co hosts our December Business After Hours.

RSVP

June 2018 Business After Hours at The Muskokan Resort, 5-7pm

Your hosts: The Muskokan Resort and the Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club.

Summer 2018 (Date TBD), Business After Hours at Camp Oochigeas, 5-7pm

Good to Know; Business After Hours events happen on one Tuesday of every month except July and August.

What is Business After Hours? The Business After Hours (BAH) is our premier monthly networking event. It gives you the chance to meet, exchange ideas, and build long-lasting relationships with other Chamber members in an easy-going setting. It gives the sponsor business an opportunity to showcase their workplace, services and to gain valuable exposure. Chamber members often gain business referrals by attending. Chamber members and their guests are invited to come out, share some nibbles and drinks, and get to know each other better. To sponsor a Business After Hours, you must be a Chamber member in good standing.

Ask us how you can sponsor a Business After Hours.

September or October 2018, Business After Hours at Port Carling Dental

Past Events

Resources

Beyond your Chamber, there are many local business resources we partner with to ensure you get the answers or support you need.

MUSKOKA SMALL BUSINESS CENTRE

(does Walk in Tuesday private and free business consultations in Muskoka Lakes)

MUSKOKA FUTURES

JOB CENTRAL

AGILEC EMPLOYMENT CENTRE

Chamber Events

Your Chamber operates or supports fun annual public events that aim to bring more visitors to our region all year round.

Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market, Port Carling
the first Saturday in November

Showcase your business at this popular craft and gift fair, one of the first holiday shows in the region.

Vendors Reserve Your Spot Now

Bala Santa Claus Parade
always the first Santa parade in Muskoka

Join in the fun and bring joy to hundreds of people at our annual Santa Claus Parade.

Register Your Float

Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Trail – all through harvest season

Bala Cranberry Festivalalways the weekend after Thanksgiving

Annual Bala Tree Lighting – late November

Port Carling Winterfestfirst weekend in February

Muskoka Lakes Maple Trail – all through sap season

Muskoka Lakes Chamber Annual Meeting – April

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

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