Chamberlain Seeks Second Term

Jan Chamberlain - Owen Sound Councillor

Jan Chamberlain – Owen Sound Councillor

First of all, tell us a little about your background and overall platform in 100 words or less.

As a business woman, I know the importance of connections – among businesses, municipalities, agencies and individuals. From the Community Foundation to the Healthy Communities Coalition, I will continue my work for you on city commit­tees and boards, bringing innovation and new partnerships to promote our eco­nomic and social well-being.

In Owen Sound, the greatest number of jobs outside health care and education are created by our next door neighbours. Entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses are the heart of our economy. I can help create these opportunities by working with business to develop dynamic city policies. Climate change and energy demands are creating new economic opportunities for those willing to accept them, and the city must be a leader in this innovation.

What do you see as the major issue(s) facing business-owners in Grey-Bruce?

Getting customers into our stores and spending.

3) What strategies do you have in mind to stimulate economic growth in the region?

More promotions, fun contests, activities and events.

4) Do you feel economic growth should focus on:

A) Bringing in new business developments, or

B) Encouraging small businesses presently in operations?


5) Do you think local business taxes are should be:

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Maintained at current levels

The city has a strategy to reduce commercial taxes a bit each year.

6) Should there be any changes in the services offered to local businesses?

We are served by a Chamber, DIA and Business Enterprise Centre and we have a host of small entrepreneurs focused on supporting our businesses with technology, bookkeeping, marketing, etc etc.

The small business showcases and networking events are all well received in our area.




Learn to Network

Business Networking International (BNI) Sound Networking meets Each Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 AM at Frog Ponds Cafe

Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
Visitors are always welcome, just call ahead to let us know you are coming 519-371-2622.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


Phone: 519 371 7464
Fax: 519 371 4043
Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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