March 2015 - Exploits Regional Chamber of Commerce

MARCH 2015 - VOLUME 11
MHA & Minster Susan Sullivan, Tammy Campbell, & President Kris Spurrell
MHA and Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Susan Sullivan, was the
guest speaker at our 16th Annual Business Excellence Awards and Hall of Fame Induction
on February 26th, 2015.
Minister Sullivan Spoke to a full house of members and nominees. She thanked the Chamber for the opportunity and explained she always felt at ease speaking with our Chamber.
Minister Sullivan spoke of the provincial economy; how belt tightening was needed and
how working together we may achieve this goal.
The Minister invited people to attend the upcoming Budget Consultation, letting their
views on the economy be known.
It was a great evening with many a happy business persons winning, and others elected to
the Hall of Fame.
Small Business of the Year Award -Sponsor: CBDC
Board of Directors
Kris Spurrell
Executive Director
Gerald Thompson
1st Vice President
Ashley MacDonald
1st Year Directors
Robert Sills
Ivan Ball
Aaron Bennett
Tony Martin
2nd Vice President
Peter Morris
Brian Barry
Lou Alteen
Past President
Tom Boone
2nd Year Directors
Brenda Cooper
Brenda Hayter
Michael Strickland
Craig Murray
Rodney Mercer
Mayor Bob Hobbs
Mayor Jerry Dean
Aquamarine Services
The Classic Theater
Sharron Sales & Service
Helping Hands Award - Sponsor: VOCM
Canadian Tire
Reid Construction
Central Pharmacy
Ambassador Award - Sponsor: TECK - Duck Pond Operations
Dockside Restaurant
Hi-Point Industries
Queen Street Dinner Theatre
Customer Service Award - Sponsor: Rogers TV
Precision Collision
The Gazebo
The Paint Shop
Business Growth Award – Sponsor: Grant Thornton
Board Meetings are tentatively the 3rd
Thursday of the Month
Time: 12:00 noon
Place: TBA
The mandate of the Exploits Regional Chamber of
Commerce is to promote and improve trade and
commerce, and the economic, civic, and social welfare of the Exploits Valley Region.
New Town Cleaners & Restoration
D A S I T Recharging
FP Enterprises
Business Woman of the Year Award - Sponsor: NLOWE
Cheryl Hillier
Krista Morgan
Marie Shea
Personal Excellence Award - Sponsor: Bluebird Investments
Art Gill
Chris Clarke
Bruce Hunt
Business of the Year Award – Sponsor: BDC
Exploits Regional Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 272, 2B Mill Road
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2J7
Phone: 709.489.7512
Fax: 709.489.7532
Jeb Enterprises
Exploits Home Hardware Building Centre
Exploits Welding & Machine Shop
The Desmond Kenny Family Award — Sponsor: The Kenny Family
Email: [email protected]
Editor: Gerald Thompson
Assistant: Keisha Rose
Gills Construction
Orham Family
Byrnes Family
Peyton Family (Botwood)
The Peyton name has been associated with the logging industry in Central Newfoundland for 4 generations. The 1 st generation worked in the industry in the early 1930’s. In the forties,
Mac started a family business called Mac Peyton & Sons. After
graduating with a degree in Forest Engineering from University
of New Brunswick, Glenn started a trucking company in 1971,
G.T. Peyton Ltd. Operated at Harpoon River, Millertown, delivering pulp wood to the Mill until it closed in 2009. Sons, Kirk
and Chad both worked in the family business. The family business continues to this day.
Ambrose Hollett(Norris Arm)
Born in Twillingate, he moved to Norris Arm at age 5, went to
Labrador at age 11, and at age 12 he went to work in his father’s Sawmill hauling logs in the winter and doing contracting
for the “Flyer Column”, this led to equipment and general construction and logging for the And Co. He officially retired at age
65, a very successful and hardworking man. He passed away
March 3, 1997 at age 86. Leaving behind a legacy that still lives.
Bond Beverages (Grand Falls-Windsor)
If you grew up in Central Newfoundland you will remember the
big orange crush sign in every store. Owned and operated by
Cecil Bond, Crush became this region’s popular Soda. The
Bonds operated a bottle plant on High Street until its closure in
the early 70’s.
C.T. Yates Store (Millertown)
Carl Yates opened a business in Millertown in 1946 and closed
it in 1978. He started out selling candy and tobacco but quickly
became the center of shopping for that region. This was a general store in every sense, from groceries, furniture, clothing
and even Ford automobiles. Carl was very active within the
community, being a member of the School Board, Boy Scout
Committee, United Church and first Mayor of Millertown.
Ernst Becker: Becker’s Jewellers (Grand Falls-Windsor)
Ernst Becker came to Canada from Germany in 1951, he began
working with S.E. Tuma in Corner Brook. After the great Broadway fire he moved to Grand Falls-Windsor and worked for
Alteen & Sons. In the 1960’s he built his own shop in Windsor,
it was only 8X32 in size but he operated from that premises
until he retired in the 80’s. He married Delores McCarthy in
1956 and they had 3 children. Master Watchmaker and Jeweller Ernst Becker.
The Burge Family (Bishop’s Falls)
Operating from the early 50’s to the 80’s this family operated a
number of operations. School buses with the town of Bishop’s
Falls, a 24/hr Taxi Service and probably the most well known
throughout the region was the Red Wing Bus Line. Operating
between Botwood and Grand Falls-Windsor, many people
travelled in that bus going from Botwood to Grand FallsWindsor to the Theater or Bingo. Red Wing made three trips a
day, driver Ray Mills knew his passengers and made sure he
never left them behind.
Dicks & Co. Basics celebrating 175 years.
Not many Company’s in Newfoundland can boast of
being in business for 175 years. Dicks and Company
Basics located in Grand Falls-Windsor, St. John’s and
Carbonnear is such a company. I was employed with
the company for 15 years, manager at the local store
here in Grand Falls-Windsor which is now managed
by Paul Luff. I may be perceived as biased, but I can
say owners/operators, Jim Austin and Barry Tilley are
what we Newfoundlanders call “Salt of the Earth”.
The management team leaders and directors David
Read and Robert Larder are experts in office product
knowledge. This team, unphased by the Big Box
Stores continue to offer their customers quality
products with competitive prices and good service.
Our bi-weekly Coffee News have completed its first
year. Many of the same sponsors continued with their
Executive Director, Gerald Thompson, said he is pleased
with the support from not-for-profit organizations.
Churches and Communities who have all availed of us
to get their messages or fund raisers known to the general public.
You are invited to pass on any information, comments,
or events to our office. Let us never forget that the intent of the Chamber Pot is to provide facts, fun, history,
humor and rumors.
Thank you for your continued support.
22nd Annual Trade &
Retail Expo Show
From Start-up, Growth, and Beyond: Our Business
Advisors are here for you!
Entrepreneurs and business owners often ask
us, “How can NLOWE help me?” We offer an array of
programs and services, no matter what stage of business
ownership you are in; we can help, from start-up, to
growth, and beyond (and everywhere in between!). We
are the only provincial organization dedicated exclusively to women in business. Our business advising services are confidential and free.
Are you interested in starting a business? Do
you have a business idea but don’t know where to begin? NLOWE’s Central Business Start-up Advisor
Lindsay Mercer will travel to you to assist one-on-one
with you business concept, business plan counselling,
provide advice on conducting market research, and help
identify sources of financing. In addition, Lindsay will
assist with the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program application for those who qualify for the program.
Are you interested in selling your products or
services business-to business? Are you considering
growing your business through supplier diversity initiatives or by entering the global supply chain? Maybe our
Business Connections program is for you. This training
program can help you explore difference avenues by
which to grow your business. Workshop sessions are
delivered on topics including: identifying your target
market, personal branding and perfecting your pitch,
creating a capability statement, preparing for procurement, entering the global supply chain, social media,
and strategic planning. Visit our website at for more information or contact one of
the Business Advisor in your region today.
Friday, May 8th:
Saturday, May 9th:
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$1,000.00 Chamber Bucks redeemable at
any Retail Exhibitor
$500.00 Mad Dash for Cash
$500.00 Mother’s Day Basket
Tailgate Party Pack (BBQ, Steaks, Wine,
Beer & Refreshments)
Treasure Hunt
Exhibitors prizes and tickets from The
Classic Theater
Children under 12 FREE
Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election of
offices of the Exploits Regional Chamber of
Commerce will be held at the Royal Canadian
Legion, Grand Falls-Windsor on April 16, 2015 at
7:00 p.m.
This year’s guest speaker will be Mr. Larry Bartlett, Manager of Teck-Duck Pond Operations.
Teck is scheduled to phase out their operation
this year and Mr. Bartlett will give the Business
Community final details on their operations.
For registration to this event, please contact our