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The Open for Business committee is making progress

A ripple or a wave? Arend Kersten Is Hamilton really open for business? For over a decade, the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce (FCC) has been sending a three-part message to Hamilton city hall: Hamilton is facing significant financial pressures. With property taxes doubling in most cases since amalgamation, the residential taxpayer is “maxed out.” The…

Neil

City takes page out of Blue Jays’ winning ways

Neil Everson Economic Director City of Hamilton   But few Hamilton residents know that our city is on its own winning streak and one that this community should be particularly proud of. Atlanta-based Site Selection magazine has been the leading publication providing current and pertinent data to governments, investors and corporations for more than 60…

Keith Hoey

Chamber scholarship promotes business education

Helping tomorrow’s leaders It’s back-to-school time and students (and probably parents even more-so) are thinking not only about education but about the cost of education. Getting a post-secondary education can be expensive, but generally it’s worth it. Plenty of studies have shown that getting a higher education usually results in a higher income and higher…

Keanin Loomis
President & CEO - Hamilton chamber of commerce

Only the best survived this year’s Lion’s Lair

Entrepreneurs rose to the challenge of building and growing the local economy   I say it every year and this time it’s never been more true. This year’s Lion’s Lair finalists are the best yet. Now in its fifth year, Lion’s Lair gives 10 entrepreneurs the opportunity to solicit up to $160,000 in cash and…

Jenn Hudder and Chris Farias

On Happy Meals, being 34 and working smarter

My 11th birthday party was in a caboose at McDonald’s. While my friends downed orange drink and indulged in trays of Happy Meals, I sat content looking over the mountain of gifts. My mom whispered: “So how does it feel to be 11?” “Terrific!” I shouted. “How does it feel to be … how old…

Keith Hoey

Advocating for businesses

We don’t just have input, we have impact Keith Hoey Most people know that Chambers of Commerce advocate on behalf of business — the chamber’s three major activities are networking, education and advocacy — but not everyone knows that this advocacy work happens with all levels of government. When it comes to advocating with the…

Rod Philips, Chair of Postmedia's Board of Directors.

A tale of two chambers, working together

Hamilton, Burlington understand the value of looking at the economy through a regional lens Keith Hoey Much has been written about the Bay Area Economic Summit (BAES) at the Royal Botanical Gardens June 2. From “meet the new economic power kids on the block” to “Hamilton and Burlington: strength in unity,” it was a very…

Jenn Hudder and Chris Farias

Don’t doubt yourself

“Chris, can you start where Mary Beth left off?”   Chris Farias Sitting in a hot portable my first year of high school, my religion teacher Miss Thews asked me this simple question. I wasn’t worried. I was sure I could take the torch from Mary Beth. After all, I had done it a hundred…

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Bylaw threatens businesses

Reducing permitted uses adversely affects financing   Arend Kersten While Hamilton is caught up in the euphoria of the $1-billion LRT announcement, dozens of small businesses in rural Flamborough and Ancaster are fighting for their corporate lives. Thanks to amalgamation, the city is in the final stages of preparing a comprehensive Rural Zoning Bylaw (RZB)…