The Milton Chamber of Commerce populates a number of committees that do a variety of tasks, from awards nominations to forming the policies of the Chamber and liaising with levels of government on behalf of the Chamber’s members.
A member of the Milton Chamber Board of Directors traditionally chairs or sits on each committee and the committee membership is made up of volunteers from member businesses. The committees of the Milton Chamber are listed below, with a description. If you are interested in being involved with one or more of these committees or require further information on a committee, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office at 905-878-0581.
- Board of Directors
- Business After Hours
- Escarpment Country™ Tourism
- Milton Farmers’ Market
- Golf Tournament
- Government Relations
- Marketing and Communications
- Meetings and Seminars
- Membership Services
- Milton Young Professionals
- The Incredible Race
- Scholarship Fund Selection
- Special Events
- Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction
- The Incredible Race
The Board of Directors is elected from the membership to represent the interests of the business community across all sectors. The Board is the policy development arm of the Chamber and is responsible for creating the vision of the organization.
The Business After Hours committee is responsible for monthly networking events, held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. These events are hosted by members and provide the opportunity to gather and network with fellow business colleagues in an informal setting.
This committee is a marketing alliance made up of Escarpment Country™ members who rely on tourists and visitors to make their businesses prosper. This partnership allows individual businesses and associations to join forces to intensify their marketing power and increase visitor traffic. Please visit the Escarpment Country™ website for more information.
This committee is responsible for bringing together more than 40 vendors from across southern Ontario for the Farmers’ Market, a popular attraction for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. The Milton Farmers’ Market runs from May through October, every Saturday morning in Downtown Milton. Visit the Milton Farmers’ Market website.
The Golf Tournament Committee meets during the months of April, May and June in preparation for the Annual Chamber Golf Tournament held in June. The committee’s responsibilities include acquiring hole sponsors, golfers and prizes. The tournament is a major fundraiser for the organization and is enjoyed by more than 250 golfers.
The Government Relations committee ensures that the interests of local businesses are in the forefront of municipal government decision-making, which can directly impact business and the community. This committee has addressed issues such as growth, development charges, hydro security deposits and infrastructure development. Association with the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce facilitates the exchange of information and opinions at the provincial and federal government levels. This committee consists of members from all business sectors with a vested interest in the betterment of the community.
The Marketing and Communications Committee is responsible for communication within the membership, the business community at large and the residential community. Communications tools include:
- Milton Chamber of Commerce Business Directory
- Milton Chamber Business News Newsletter (sent out 6 times per year)
- Milton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Farmers’ Market and Escarpment Country™ Tourism websites
- Milton Chamber of Commerce social media platforms and policies
- Monthly centrespread in The Canadian Champion
- Annual Escarpment Country™ Visitors Guide
This committee is responsible for organizing and orchestrating many of our special events under the Chamber umbrella. Partnering with local banquet halls, events can be politically focused including breakfast meetings with the Mayor, our Member of Provincial Parliament and various guest speakers such as our Minister of Finance. Non-politically focused events include Springboard Seminars Series and Small Business Week.
The Membership Services Committee, made up of the committee Chairs, acts as a liaison between the Chamber committees and the Board of Directors.
Milton Young Professionals, is geared to young entrepreneurs, professionals and senior college and university students. It is designed to raise the profile of young professionals and plug them into local business networks. Please join us if you are under the age of 45, running a business or looking for organizational and personal development. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet other young business leaders from the Milton community to share ideas, get to know each other, help each other out and have some fun. Join the Milton Young Professionals Group!
This committee, formed in 2007, was developed to discuss the future of the Chamber Scholarship Fund. Historically, monies raised from the Scholarship Café were used to offer scholarships to local schools in the community. With the introduction of the Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction, raising $10,000 at the inaugural event in 2002, a committee was formed to ensure the continuation, development and again, “smart growth” of the Fund. The committee consists of volunteers, many of whom come from the financial sector, who meet to discuss the possibility of the development of a development fund. A secondary responsibility of this committee is to decide the structure of the Chamber Scholarship Fund. In the past, we have offered scholarships to the schools and the schools have chosen the recipients with very little involvement by the Chamber.
This committee is responsible for organizing the Chamber’s major events:
This committee is responsible for planning the fundraising event including selection of celebrities, organization of the events, sponsorship and ticket sales. The proceeds from this event help fund the Chamber Scholarship Fund.
This committee is responsible for planning The Incredible Race, Milton a Chamber event. The Race will feature teams of 3-4 people racing to local businesses to complete challenges. The last leg of the Race will be held in front of a gathering of Chamber Members where the winning team will be awarded The Incredible Race Trophy.