Memorial Wreaths

Chamber of Commerce representatives placed wreaths on the Flesherton and Markdale war memorials this past Monday. We should never forget those who have given so much for us.

Next Chamber Mixer

Watch for it! The Chamber will be hosting one more mixer in 2019, this one in December. Details will be announced shortly.

Digital Main Street

The Municipality of Grey Highlands recently launched its participation in a provincial initiative called Digital Main Street, which offers training, one-on-one support, and money to help downtown businesses growing their business with the use of digital technologies.

Trained specialist Gillian Griffin will visit small businesses in downtowns across Grey Highlands at no cost to help them set up a Google Business Profile, conduct a digital-readiness assessment, and develop a personalized digital transformation plan. Eligible businesses can apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant to help implement their plan.

A free event will be offered Nov. 20 at one of our local libraries at which you can find out more about how you can use today’s technologies. Be sure to bring your laptop or tablet to make immediate changes to strengthen your digital presence.

Email digitalmainstreet@greyhighlands.ca for information on the program or the information session.

We’re Just Too Excited About Christmas

Revise your calendar – we had the wrong information! Markdale’s Moonlight Madness and tree lighting will take place Nov. 29 at 7pm; the tree will be in place shortly. Gather for a fun and festive night with carollers, late-night shopping, and free giftwrapping at Pennywise.

Santa is coming to Markdale on Nov. 30. The parade theme is “Christmas in the country.”

We’re thrilled with the parade sponsorships that are coming in, and remind you that no amount is too little if you can help us carry on this special local tradition. Please contact the Office at 519-986-4612 if you want to help with funding.

Shop Local

A quick web search suggests that spending $100 at a local business reportedly results in $68 that stays in the community, compared to $43 for national and franchise businesses. Shopping locally doesn’t just keep more money circulating among other local businesses and on and on, ultimately benefiting those who live here; it also strengthens our community ties, improves service, and increases pride of place.

Did You Know?

In Grey Highlands, you might find that old book Uncle Peter’s been looking for, a designer for your new custom home, a voice actor and a studio for your commercial, equine therapy services, a saucer to match Mom’s great-aunt’s widowed teacup, a great massage, practically anything your pet needs, darn-fine rain boots, a toy that’ll get the kid off their screen, and marvellous bread, cheese, coffee, fruits and vegetables, soups, ready-to-go meals, baking, catering, and much more. Check out the Chamber’s Member Directory on the Chamber website to see how easy it is to do things locally.