Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce launches its fall season

Fore! Chamber Golf Tournament

Adrian Ayotte presents winners trophies to Guido Patrice and his team.

On August 29th, over forty golfers turned out for the Chamber’s annual golf tournament at the Mississippi Golf Club in Appleton.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the golfing and top honours for the afternoon went to Guido Patrice and his team with a sizzling score of 63!  Heather Sorgat and Brad Smithson collected the awards for longest drive while Kathi Norton and Guido Patrice won the closest-to-the-hole contest.  Thanks to Adrian Ayotte of Reliable Heating for both sponsoring and organizing the tournament again this year.

The September Mixer

On Wednesday, September 19th, we kicked off the new mixer season with a terrific talk from Mark Cawley of theOttawa Community Loan Fund.  Mark’s discussion on “Herding Cats”, focused on the challenges of the relationship between the entrepreneur (the cat) and the advisor (the herder) and the need to be aware of the differences in temperament.  “Cat”, Kat Kosk, floral designer and owner of Blumen Studio on Parkdale Avenue in Ottawa, told us how working with Mark helped her to learn the “numbers” side of her business and the value of having a business plan.

   In answer to a question from the floor, Mark gave a quick summary of the key questions a business plan must answer.  A number of people wanted see in written form and you can get a copy here.

Announcements

  • 2012 Chamber Business Awards Gala to be held on Thursday, 8 Nov at the Almonte Old Town Hall.  Plans are underway for a terrific celebration evening and we are seeking nominations for awards. Get your nomination form online or pick one up from the Tin Barn Market on Little Bridge Street in Almonte or at Don’s Meat Market in Pakenham.
  • 2012 United Way Lanark County campaign kick-off breakfast at the Mill Street Crêpe Company on 2 October.  For more info check out lanarkunitedway.com.
  • TYPS Community Cookbook – the TYPS  youth centre is looking for recipes and sponsors for their cookbook project. For more info, contact Amica Hewitt amica.typs@gmail.com or (613) 325-2165.
  • Musicians for Mutts on behalf of LAWS at Perth Studio Theatre, 63 Gore St.E, Perth featuring The Claytones with special guests: Kelly Sloan, Matt Pepin, Johns Dahms, and Ian Clark.  For more info, check outLanarkAnimals.ca

Door Prizes

  • Liz Taylor, Marketing Director at Carleton Place Manor and fundraiser extraordinaire for LAWS won a lovely catch-all handbag donated by Maxine Brown, Makeup by Maxine.
  • Sharon Lazette, from the Dandelion Co-op development team, won a profile ad in theHumm and Marilyn Anderson, long-time town councillor and community activist will be profiled in out next ad in the EMC.
  • Bonnie Wright, Virtual CFO, won a lovely gift basket donated by Liz Taylor.

Thanks

Thanks to Fraser Scantlebury, who handled the registration desks this month and Marilyn Anderson who took care of the door prize tickets. And kudos to Dave Burke and his team at the Barley Mow for hosting us again this month and the excellent complimentary nibblies.

Coming up

   MixMaster Paddye Mann, advises that we should bring our walking shoes to the October Mixer! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, 17 October and stay tuned for details coming soon!