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President’s Message

President’s Message

Bob Chisholm, McDonald’s Restaurants  August 2020  Today we continue to battle with COVID 19 and its effect on the global economy. As Canadians we have a rich...

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CEO’s Message

CEO’s Message

by Krista Ross  September 2020  By the time you read this message, our election will have taken place and your chamber will be busy working with our newly elected...

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Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

By Morgan Peters Canada Business Registries  We wrote to Minister Responsible for Service New Brunswick, Sherry Wilson to request that New Brunswick join the...

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Symplicity Designs

By Maria Cardova  Some companies—like Symplicity Designs—are used to dealing with crisis. They are a company dedicated to teaching, coaching, and...

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The Gaia Project

The Gaia Project

By Maria Cordova  There is no doubt the pandemic was a tough thing to endure for most businesses. However, through hardship sometimes comes innovation and new...

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A Message from the CEO

A Message from the CEO

Krista Ross, CEO With our first ever virtual annual general meeting coming up in late June, it’s going to be an unusual experience for all of us at the chamber. Our AGM is...

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Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

by Morgan Peters The chamber’s advocacy efforts have been mostly focused on COVID-19-related issues over the past few months. The first phase was largely focused on gathering...

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Advocacy Update

by Morgan Peters 2020-21 New Brunswick Pre-Budget Activities The chamber submitted its 2020-21 pre-budget brief to Finance Minister Ernie Steeves late last year. Representatives...

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A Message from the CEO

Krista Ross, CEO Late in January, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce hosted New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs for our 46th annual State of the Province Address.  We were...

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Portage Atlantic

by Carol Tracy, Portage Atlantic For, By and of the Community Portage Atlantic provides bilingual treatment services for young people ages 14 to 21 with serious substance abuse...

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Air Access will be the Foundation of our Economic Recovery

Air Access will be the Foundation of our Economic Recovery

Kate O’Rourke “Unprecedented” may have been the catchphrase for 2020 (closely followed by “you’re on mute”), but it remains true in 2021. These are precarious times for New Brunswick business. We are fortunate to still be seeing lower COVID-19 cases than the rest of...

Commentary: Business Travelers Depend on Flexible Travel Options

Commentary: Business Travelers Depend on Flexible Travel Options

Krista Ross, CEO Fredericton Chamber of Commerce  John Wishart, CEO The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton  David Duplisea, CEO The Chamber, Saint John Region  The world is currently experiencing never-before-seen reductions in...

Commentary: NB’s 2021-22 Budget Must Included Key Investments for Growth

Commentary: Buy Local or Say Goodbye to Local

In January 2019, as a response to a slew of media stories about businesses closing in downtown Fredericton, I wrote about how it’s normal to lose few businesses during that time period. I talked about how it was normal to have turnover, how new...

Episode 9 – COVID-19 Champions

Scott Williams - Taylor Printing GroupJennie Wilson - 11th Mile Food Co.Patrick Whalen - LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBfE-F-iya8

President’s Message

A Message from the President

By Bob Chisholm, President As we get closer to the end of this historic year, I want to look back at the year and share with you my list of heroes who made tough decisions during extremely tough times. Premier Blaine Higgs and Cabinet Ministers Kris Austin David Coon...

CEO’s Message

A Message from the CEO

Krista Ross, CEO Normally in this space, I take the opportunity to share the chamber position on a current issue of concern, a government policy, or a regulation that our members think should be adjusted.  But in this column - the final one for 2020 - I want...

Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

by Morgan Peters GNB Minimum Wage Review In the fall, the Government of New Brunswick conducted its bi-annual review of minimum wage in the province. Currently, the minimum wage is adjusted annually on April 1 based on the Consumer Price Index, rounded to the nearest...

Say Hello To Our Newest Chamber Members

Say Hello To Our Newest Chamber Members

Spurr Creative Inc.#403 – 50 Boyne CourtFredericton, NB E3B 0S5Tel: (506) 262-0533Email: chet@spurrcreative.comWebsite: spurrcreative.comMain Contact: Chet Wesley Lutfi Co.874 Regent StreetFredericton, NB E3B 3Y8Tel: (506) 262-4854Email: mlutfi@m-lutfi.comWebsite:...

NB Airports Key to Economic Recovery

NB Airports Key to Economic Recovery

by Krista Ross With the hit to the airline industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a fresh round of public discourse about the number and location of airports in New Brunswick. This is not a debate that New Brunswick needs right now. The pandemic...

2020 NB Election

2020 NB Election

by Krista Ross With the provincial election behind us, New Brunswick businesses are eager for our elected officials to return their focus to economic recovery. It will be critically important that the government (and all governments) use a business lens when making...

Chamber of Commerce post-secondary scholarship recipients

by Dana MacDonald Earlier this year, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce announced its annual post-secondary scholarship recipients: Regan Barry, Alexander Comfort, and Katelyn Horsman. The recipients are all currently enrolled in undergraduate studies in the...

Untangling the Web: CIRA and Beauceron Security

Untangling the Web: CIRA and Beauceron Security

by Dana MacDonald What images come to mind when you think of cybersecurity? Maybe you picture wall-to-wall columns of monitoring equipment, firewalls, or endless strings of code. Unless you’ve worked in the IT sector, your concept of what cybersecurity entails is...

7 Tips to be Energy Efficient this Holiday Season

7 Tips to be Energy Efficient this Holiday Season

by Sarah Arsenault, Naveco Power Inc. Renewable energy is good for our wallets and the environment. With the Christmas holidays here, our wallets may be stretched farther than we’d like. How can we get energy savings over the holidays and still enjoy our time with...

Follow the Bouncing Ball

Follow the Bouncing Ball

By Eric Fry, Sandler Training In the world of sales, this term refers to adapting to the client, making adjustments to our sales strategy to fit the client’s needs. The same can be said for running a business; however, that bouncing ball seems to keep ricocheting just...

Organizational Stress and Resilience During COVID-19 – Next Steps

By Barb Fletcher Barb Fletcher None of this will come as a surprise to you, my guess is that you are living the stress daily. You will find August data collected related to the COVID-19 impact paints a picture with some shocking findings. We know that the time since...

Farewell Tanya!

By Morgan Peters The chamber board of directors and staff are saying goodbye to Event Manager Tanya Senechal this month after nearly four years of planning and delivering high-quality and well-attended events for our members! Tanya has been a wonderful colleague and...

Chamber of Commerce CEO Krista Ross

Chamber of Commerce CEO Krista Ross

by Morgan Peters Congratulations to Fredericton Chamber of Commerce CEO Krista Ross, who has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs for 2020 by Atlantic Business Magazine. Krista was “presented” with the honour at a virtual awards gala in September.  “It...

A New Way of Doing Things

A New Way of Doing Things

By Wendy Morrell We’ve all heard the phrase and we’re doing our best to adjust to “the new normal” but sometimes a new way of doing things isn’t so bad…it’s just different. Some of us are pretty set in our ways and we get comfortable in doing things the same way...

President’s Message

President’s Message

Bob Chisholm, McDonald’s Restaurants  August 2020  Today we continue to battle with COVID 19 and its effect on the global economy. As Canadians we have a rich history of taking care of each other during tough times and this has been the top...

CEO’s Message

CEO’s Message

by Krista Ross  September 2020  By the time you read this message, our election will have taken place and your chamber will be busy working with our newly elected officials in the province’s 60th legislature - ensuring that they...

Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

By Morgan Peters Canada Business Registries  We wrote to Minister Responsible for Service New Brunswick, Sherry Wilson to request that New Brunswick join the federal-provincial open digital business registration service, “Canada’s Business Registries” that was...

Say Hello To Our Newest Chamber Members

Say Hello To Our Newest Chamber Members

Spurr Creative Inc.  #403 – 50 Boyne Court  Fredericton, NB E3B 0S5  Tel: (506) 262-0533  Email: chet@spurrcreative.com  Main Contact: Chet Wesley  Phonics VR Ltd.  50 Crowther Lane, #140  Fredericton, NB E3C 0J1  Tel:...

Stingray Helps Take the Sting out of the Covid-19 Lockdown

Stingray Helps Take the Sting out of the Covid-19 Lockdown

 By Heather Ibbetson Few could have anticipated the widespread effects that COVID-19 would have on businesses across the country. Minimized staffing and customers followed by lockdowns strained both large and small businesses alike. Many local businesses searched for...

Limited Contact, Maximized Flavor: RustiCo. and King West Brewing Company

Limited Contact, Maximized Flavor: RustiCo. and King West Brewing Company

By Dana MacDonald  Known for their woodfired pizzas, RustiCo. has been providing downtown Fredericton with flavorful Mediterranean-inspired dishes and ice-cold local brews since 2018. Flash forward two years and one global health crisis, and RustiCo. is still...

Ciao Bella!: MoCo Downtown and Bella MoCo To Go

Ciao Bella!: MoCo Downtown and Bella MoCo To Go

By Dana MacDonald    First opening their Regent Street location in 2016, MoCo offers Italian food made lovingly from scratch and their latest venture, Bella MoCo To Go, is no exception. Billed as Fredericton’s first walk-up takeout window, Head Chef and...

Grounds for Resilience: Rôticana Coffee Company

Grounds for Resilience: Rôticana Coffee Company

By Dana MacDonald  Rôticana is a unique company, not only in their approach to production, but in their emphasis on coffee as part of a social landscape. Supplying small-batch blends and equipment to local businesses like Cafe Loka, Rôticana has directed their passion...

Heads, Tails, and Hearts: Devil’s Keep Distillery

Heads, Tails, and Hearts: Devil’s Keep Distillery

By Dana MacDonald  Resilience isn’t about getting to the end of the struggle as quickly as possible, because sometimes this simply can’t be done. Rather, resilience is dependent on an individual or group’s ability to take the difficult situation at hand and...

The Flava of Kindness: Caribbean Flavas

The Flava of Kindness: Caribbean Flavas

By Dana MacDonald  While the demand for brick-and-mortar dining may have declined during the pandemic, many local restaurants have evolved by offering takeout and delivery. For Caribbean Flavas, delivering flavor-packed dishes...

Symplicity Designs

By Maria Cardova  Some companies—like Symplicity Designs—are used to dealing with crisis. They are a company dedicated to teaching, coaching, and training organizations how to improve, innovate, and grow faster. They are often...

The Gaia Project

The Gaia Project

By Maria Cordova  There is no doubt the pandemic was a tough thing to endure for most businesses. However, through hardship sometimes comes innovation and new opportunities, and that is the case of the Gaia Project. As a non-profit whose goals...

Solar Energy in a Virtual World

Solar Energy in a Virtual World

By Ori Cordido, Business Development Manager  Example of building’s monthly energy use vs solar generation  Like many other Fredericton businesses, our team had to make a quick change to the virtual world. Our previous solar assessments would include...

Innovative Business During COVID-19

Innovative Business During COVID-19

It is an understatement to say that local businesses have been deeply affected by the pandemic, so it’s more important than ever to continue to #SupportFredLocal.  We would like to take this opportunity to profile a few businesses that have developed new, innovative...

A Glance Behind the Acrylic Curtain: Taylor Printing Group Inc.

By Dana MacDonald  When the coronavirus first reached North America, Canadians’ idea of “normal” was pulled out from under them. For the first few weeks of the Canadian portion of the pandemic, there was a palpable heaviness that seemed to settle over every individual...

Delta Hotel Resilience

Delta Hotel Resilience

By Maria Cordova  The tourism industry is certainly one of the industries most affected by COVID-19. One of our members, the Fredericton Delta Hotel, experienced extreme hardship when the pandemic hit. Sara Holoyke, the general...

Nobility Clothing Resilience

by Maria Cordova  Businesses in Fredericton have shown resilience in many different ways. Some business show resilience by thinking differently and adapting, others have shown resilience simply by not closing. Then there’s the ones that have shown resilience...

Serenity Wellness Resilience

Serenity Wellness Resilience

by Maria Cordova  The uncertainty when navigating the pandemic was one of the toughest things businesses had to endure. A shutdown like the one caused by COVID-19 is unprecedented, and business owners had no experiences to look back on—an...

A Message from the President

A Message from the President

Karen Grant, President My term as president for 2019-2020 is coming to an end. I was fortunate to have this experience, and to be surrounded by an outstanding, knowledgeable board of directors. Our chamber staff are exceptional, dedicated, hardworking individuals who...

A Message from the CEO

A Message from the CEO

Krista Ross, CEO With our first ever virtual annual general meeting coming up in late June, it’s going to be an unusual experience for all of us at the chamber. Our AGM is normally a chance for new, continuing and outgoing board members to connect and for the chamber...

Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

by Morgan Peters The chamber’s advocacy efforts have been mostly focused on COVID-19-related issues over the past few months. The first phase was largely focused on gathering information, communicating to our members, advocating for government support and answering...

Say Hello To Our Newest Chamber Members

Atlantic Fusion Law Group 105 Prince Edward Street Saint John, NB E2L 3S1 Tel: (506) 640-1343 Email: janet@atlanticfusion.ca Website: atlanticfusion.ca Main Contact: Janet Thompson-Price The Details Design 65 York Street Fredericton, NB E3B 3N4 Tel: (506) 260-9406...

Celebrating a Century of Care

Celebrating a Century of Care

by Jessica Newman, The Word Wiz For 100 years, A.R. Menzies & Sons Ltd. has been helping people navigate the challenges associated with missing limbs and other mobility limitations. The first step is often the hardest, which is why the team at A.R. Menzies always...

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