The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce
is a voluntary, non-profit association consisting of over 600 members. From this membership a board of fourteen directors is elected, who meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
The City of Orillia & Townships of Ramara, Severn, and Oro-Medonte have the opportunity to be represented by appointees to the Board. To further strengthen communication links with other community groups there are appointees on the Board representing Georgian College, Lakehead University, Casino Rama, Doctor Recruitment and Retention, Community Development Corporation, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Manufacturers' Association, Construction Association and the Downtown Orillia Management Board.
The mandate of the Chamber of Commerce is to provide both tangible and intangible benefits to our members in particular, and our community as a whole.
2016 Chamber of Commerce Special Events:
36th Orillia Perch Festival Saturday, April 16 - Saturday, May 07
Spring Boat, Cottage & Outdoor Show Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12
Christmas in June Saturday, June 25
Orillia Waterfront Festival Friday, August 05 - Sunday, August 07
Orillia Santa Claus Parade Date to be confirmed
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Nominations for 2015 Business Achievement Awards Now Open!
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Its That Time Again!
Time to start thinking of the Orillia Santa Claus Parade!
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto with over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrating the season & Christmas Movies!
Parade Rules and Regulations
Band Sponsorship Benefits
Band Sponsorship Agreement
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Registration Now Open For 2015 Orillia & Lake Country Business Expo
Registration is now open for the fifth annual Orillia & Lake Country Business Expo, taking place in the Casino Rama Ballrooms on Oct. 22, 2015.
“This event has grown to become a tremendous success over the past five years,” said Ken Forbes, Chair of the Expo Organizing Committee. “Last year exhibitor space sold out early and we filled the venue with more than a hundred local businesses; we expect to do so again this year.”
The event is a collaboration of organizations supporting local business. Organizers include representatives from the Business Enterprise Resource Network, Orillia Area CDC, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce, City of Orillia Economic Development Office, Orillia Trim and Door, Township of Oro-Medonte, and the Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce, with the support of a number of other local organizations.
While the show remains one of the largest trade shows held at Casino Rama, space is limited. Vendor booths vary in size and cost, ranging from $150 for a table-top space to $250 for a large corner booth. Exhibitors must have a business location within the Townships of Severn, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Chippewa’s of Rama First Nation, and/or the City of Orillia to be eligible to participate. To accommodate new businesses, shared booth registration is accepted.
“Not only is this a fun event for shoppers, it’s also a great networking opportunity for new entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Laura Thompson, Economic Development Officer for the City of Orillia. “The show offers a lot of visibility for local businesses, but is extremely affordable thanks to the collaboration of the business community.”
The event would not be possible without the support of a number of sponsors, including Casino Rama Cares and the local Scotiabank branch, who will again host the Red Room Exhibitor Lounge this year. A limited number of sponsorships are still available until June 30, 2015.
This year’s Expo will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. in the Casino Rama Ballrooms on Thursday, Oct. 22. For more information about exhibitor registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.orilliabusinessexpo.ca or contact Ken Forbes at 705-329-1084.
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