Minutes of the March 20, 2018 Paisley & District Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Venue: Legion/Town Hall Time: 7:30 pm
In attendance: Mary- Gail Johnston, Candace Connor, Karen Kimpel, Paul Crysler, Alicia Mariano, Dale Buhr, Jo-Anne Buhr, Sandra Howe, Ken Cormack, Jennifer Harris, Melissa Kanmacher, Sally Kidson, Paul McGrath
Sally Kidson from Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation outlined the Gran Fondo (Big Ride) cycling event/fundraiser coming through Paisley on August 19. Up to 1500 cyclists are expected to participate, with 900-1000 expected in Paisley. There are 4 distances, 30k, 70k, 110k and 160k, and all but the 30k will come through the village. They will be in town from 10AM (ish) – 1PM, with a rest station at the arena.
Businesses are encouraged to decorate with a bike theme. If you interested in becoming a sponsor, providing entertainment, or have a special, discount or promotion that you would like to do for participants in the event, contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org ,and they will promote it to riders.
The foundation is fundraising for a new MRI.
The event is being promoted throughout SW Ontario and into the US. They have created a Facebook page and everyone should share it.
The finish line is the big flag in Southampton, and there will be a picnic from 11AM – 4PM. There is a call for artists and craftspeople to set up tents and provide some entertainment there.
In Paisley, we should try to set up a farmers market for the day, and should promote local businesses, events, have entertainment, etc. – there are going to be a lot of people around!
Aug. 19 is Heritage Steam Show weekend, so tractors meet bicycles, should be fun, pray for sun.
Ken Cormack – spoke with council about infrastructure plans and $$$. This year the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail will be expanding up the peninsula to Manitoulin Island. They will be creating a network for cyclists and hikers with warm showers and amenities. We should work on providing some services for this market.
Paul McGrath – from Spruce the Bruce announced that the painting of the bridge grant is being approved!
He outlined a number of grants that we can qualify for, and encouraged collaborations within the village and the county. “Paddles + pedals + food” could make a Gran Fondo collaboration. RT07 has a marketing grant that will match $ for $. There is grant money to attract visitors from >40km away. The “War on the Shore” is the following weekend, so trying to create a week of activities to connect the events was discussed.
Solutions to vacant stores were discussed. The vacant tax rebate could be modified. There are Trillium grants under the Renew program. Business to Bruce is the county program to help with start-ups.
The marketing plan (as developed by the county) for Paisley will be coming this year.
The county is expecting to purchase around 30 of the Roger Brooks webinars, beginning in June. We are all encouraged to develop experiences. There will be an Experience Development 101 full day workshop, cost will be around $30, on June 7 (date to be confirmed) in Southampton. We need to work on destination development to support TTC ads appearing from April – June. Paisley will be featured! Ads included “1000 Zigs, one zag,” and “150 billion stars – one brilliant weekend.”
One of the county passport stops will be at Elora Soap Company this season.
Businesses are encouraged to share social media with the county, and they will share…
We discussed doing something like the “paddle find” we did a few years ago, successfully. There might be a collaborative grant for that.
Facade/storefront grants are available again for individual businesses.
Trails & Tunes, pig roast and music happening at Saugeen Bluffs on June 22,23 – again, collaborative marketing is something we have to work on. Pass the word along…
Chess Boards – Max Johnston has made 6 colourful and weatherproof chessboards. We have to decide where they go, and how to turn them into tables with seats. And where the men will be kept. They are really great, thank you Max!
Dale moved to accept the minutes of Sept. 2017, Oct. 2017, and Jan. 2018. Paul 2nd, carried.
Bank balances – General account: $5061.43, Advocate: $3591.12, Total: $8652.55
Alicia Marinaro – has been attending workshops and events for tourism businesses, and reported that the special dinners at the Queen’s with Pierre in Pt. Elgin were great. They have created a great off-season event that has given their business new vitality.
We need to replace Paul Crysler as our Paisley representative with the Lake Huron Shoreline Tourism Partners. We should continue to be a part of this group. They have been very effective at promoting local tourism, especially with www.sunsets.com . They meet the morning of the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Anyone interested, please contact Paul, and a big thank you to him for representing us in this role for many years.
Motion to adjourn by Dale.