The Meaford Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) has been the voice of business since 1897. It is the catalyst through which business, professional people, and community groups work together for the common good and economic prosperity of Meaford.
Over the years, the area has seen a lot of change. Beginning as a humble settlement on the banks of Nottawasaga Bay, a sub-basin of Georgian Bay, Meaford soon became an important industrial hub with a wide range of mills, factories, stores and tradesmen.
Later, Meaford carved out a name for itself as a prime apple-growing region and today, the area, which includes other adjacent Southern Georgian Bay communities, produces approximately 25% of Ontario’s annual apple crop with more than 15 varieties available.
With a population of approximately 11,000 people, the Municipality of Meaford is a diverse mixture of recreational activities, cultural amenities, vibrant boutiques, delicious eateries, rolling countryside and natural, unspoiled waterfront. Its beautiful harbour and campground provide the perfect starting point for endless adventures.
Meaford Hall. Photo: Municipality of Meaford
Meaford Hall is a lovingly restored 330-seat theatre, concert and cinema venue in the centre of town. This century-old landmark hosts many professional theatre shows and concert events throughout the year and has an art gallery presenting original art exhibits. The venue is also available for private functions.
A new library, museum, parks and trails complete the long list of reasons to visit this growing community and make it your own. Increased economic and property development continues to entice new residents and businesses alike, providing an outstanding quality of life for all.
Beautiful Joe Park. Photo: Municipality of Meaford
Meaford is an affordable place to live in comparison to many other communities in southern Ontario. It has also quickly become a destination for those looking to retire and move out of more urban centres to the south. It is equally attractive to young families because of the unmatched amenities within the region.
Membership in the MCOC brings real concrete benefits too. From low-cost group insurance to new ways to market your business, it pays to be part of the Chamber. Networking events like after-fives and breakfast meetings as well as the Chamber Chat newsletter are all ways in which people stay connected to the business community. The MCOC also provides a place to advertise employment and volunteer opportunities through its online Job Bank.
Meaford Apple information booth. Photo: Meaford Chamber of Commerce
Furthermore, the MCOC operates the famous Meaford Apple. Located in the heart of the BIA, the Apple has been a landmark for almost 50 years and is the primary point of delivery for tourism and business information, engaging with over 8,600 visitors alone between June and October of this year.
The Meaford Dragons Event is an annual contest where local entrepreneurs make their pitches to established business owners, asking for financial support to bring their ideas and aspirations to the next level. Modelled after the popular CBC television program, the MCOC version has kick-started more than 55 start-ups and expansions – injecting over $230,000 in cash and prizes into the local economy since 2009.
The Meaford Chamber Member Directory (https://meafordchamber.ca/news/covid-19-updates/meaford-open-for-business/) is a comprehensive list of local businesses — a valuable resource for customers and a necessary tool for our local economy, especially during these times.
For beauty, charm and a well-balanced lifestyle, Meaford is here waiting for you. To learn more about the MCOC, email email@example.com.
JD Moffat, Morning Show Host and Marketing Director for Jewel 99.3 in Meaford, will advocate for The Company We Keep by Francis Itani. He has almost 25 years experience in radio and digital broadcasting. Previously, Network Sales and Digital Promotions Director with Bayshore Broadcasting in Owen Sound, JD joined Jewel 99.3, a radio property of Evanov Radio Group in the summer of 2020.
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