Latest Issue: March 17, 2020

Businesses To Continue To Operate During COVID-19

Ontario government promotes teleworking and more

March 24, 2020 – The Ontario government has released a list of essential services to operate during COVID-19. They have also indicated that “this does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery. Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.” List of Essential Workplaces PDF and Ontario Government Website

Managing Employees Working From Home

Some tips to help you stay productive and connected

If your workplace is changing and more employees are working from home, being able to manage your staff could become more challenging. Christian Kaiser is the president of enodat consulting, a Deep River-based business that helps companies operate more effectively. Kaiser offers some thoughts on managing remote workers while they are working from home, and so the transition back to their traditional work environment is also smooth. Download the latest issue.

How To Work From Home: Employee Help

Some ideas to make the workplace-to-home employment transition

If you will be someone who is working from home in the next few weeks, here is some advice on how to give yourself the best chance of success in making that adjustment. Download the latest issue.

Tribunal Supports Wellness Group Home

McNab Braeside municipality gains support of Blue Skies amendment

A zoning bylaw amendment (ZBA) to support a wellness group home in the Township of McNab Braeside has been supported by the Land Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). Andrea McCormick appealed the amendment that would allow the group home on a four-acre rural lot and dwelling along the Madawaska River. Download the latest issue.

Coronavirus Information Made Simple

Basic information and reliable contacts

As information about coronavirus and procedures to follow is changing regularly, Ottawa Valley Business is providing basic information for the current situation as well as resources that can be relied upon even as things change. This information is from Public Health Ontario. Download the latest issue.

COVID-19 and Anxious Employees

Tips on how to do what you can for staff

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has provided a list of tips to respond to employee anxiety about COVID-19. Download the latest issue.

Mississippi, Carp River Watersheds

Conservation authority report on spring melt

Water content in the snow pack remains well above average for this time of year across the Mississippi Valley watershed. Although the recent sunny weather has consolidated the snow pack, very little runoff has been observed to this point. Download the latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

Getting Perspective: Recognize what you can control and do your best
This column was written about how to communicate with employees and customers during the difficult times we are currently facing. It was spell-checked and finalized and in the issue. At 7:00pm last night, I decided that someone else had a better message to communicate than I did. I have a friend who had a daughter that has been fighting cancer for four years. My friend lives in Ottawa and I haven’t seen her in a while, but we have kept in touch through mutual friends. Her daughter is in her 30s. Download the latest issue.


Book Club | John C. Maxwell

Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace
Internationally-recognized leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, teaches readers how to shift their leadership to keep innovating, improving, and influencing others in today’s fast-paced world. Change is so rapid today that leaders must do much more than stay the course to be successful. If they aren’t nimble and ready to adapt, they won’t survive. The key is to learn how to leader-shift. Download the latest issue.

  • Events Calendar: Business and related events in the region
  • Business News Around The Valley: Briefs on local news and information
  • People On The Move: Local promotions, new hires and retirements
  • It’s A Fact: Interesting facts connected to business
  • Biz Quiz: A quick 10-question quiz on recent news headlines
  • Tenders: Current tender postings and results