The four Chambers of Commerce in Halton Region held their annual joint networking event on Aug. 11 at the Regional offices in Oakville. Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville Chambers hosted a tradeshow with free finger food, wine, beer and other beverages. Some individual companies and groups had display tables of information, including Halton-Peel Communications Association, whose members talked to visitors and took business cards for a draw for a gift card for office supplies — a good promotional idea and way to build a contact list.
Mike and I cruised around meeting people and learning about new community efforts and business ventures. My name was then called as the winner of a door-prize gift basket given by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce! The Regional Chair of Halton, Gary Carr, shook my hand, then Sonny Jelinek of Oakville’s The Cork House presented me with the prize, a large, heavy basket of wine and chocolate, possibly the best combination in the world. Enclosed was a box of fine chocolates from Bernard Callebaut of Oakville, plus a 2009 Trius Cabernet Franc, and Peller Estates 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Riesling, 2007 Cabernet Franc Icewine, and Ice Cuvee, which is a sparkling wine “enhanced with a dosage of icewine.”
Wow. We’ve already sampled the chocolates — excellent and delicious. The icewine and Ice Cuvee will keep for special occasions.
Thanks to those who contributed to the Oakville Chamber of Commerce gift basket. Tradeshows like these are great opportunities to discover some of the special organizations and offerings available nearby.
Are you taking advantage of promotional opportunities in your community?