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Volume 11, Issue 05, February 03, 2011

Association News

 “Mastering the Art of Negotiating” Seminar – Delta, BC

On Friday, March 11, 2011, CHHMA members will have an opportunity to attend a seminar on the art of negotiating in Delta, BC.
The seminar will be conducted by Don Carmont, a training and development specialist from SkillPath. Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
The cost is $300.  Normally a session such as this would cost between $600 -$700 per person. It will be approximately 4 to 5 hours.  Register by telephone – 416-282-0022 ext. 21 or 1-800-488-4792.  Read More >> 

2011 Spring Conference & AGM: “Boom, Bust & Bounce Back”
We are pleased to announce that Mike Morley, Author, Speaker & Consultant will be conducting a break-out session titled Financial Management for Non-Financial Executives during the CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM taking place on Tuesday, April 5 at the International Centre Conference Facility in Mississauga, Ontario.  Read More >>
Industry News

2011 International Home+Housewares Show

The 2011 International Home+Housewares Show, March 6-8, McCormick Place, Chicago is fast approaching. In addition to the show itself, registration is underway for the 62nd Canada Night taking place at the Chicago InterContinental Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom, Sunday, March 6, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. This event is open to all Canadian vendors, agents and suppliers to the industry as well as Canadian retailers in town for the show. All international attendees to the show are also invited to attend an International Reception/Networking Party put on by the Housewares Export Council (HECNA) on Monday, March 7, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at McCormick Place, South Building Level, Level 4, Room S406a/Vista Ballroom. International attendees are invited to step off the show floor and right into the reception where they can enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music while continuing to network.  Read More >>

RONA Acquires Quebec Plumbing Retailer

RONA inc. announced on Monday that they have acquired the assets of La Boutique Plomberie Décoration 25 Inc. through its Noble subsidiary. La Boutique de Plomberie Décoration 25 specializes in the retail sales of plumbing products and fixtures with one retail store and one parts outlet located in St-Eustache, Quebec.  Read More >> 

Marketplace Trends

Canadian Consumers Changing Habits

Canadian consumers are “radically reassessing how they spend their money,” according to a study released last Thursday by American Express. The credit card company said Canadians are becoming more particular about getting value for their money, and there is more awareness of the ethical implications of their purchasing decisions. That’s based on a study of 1,000 Canadians, carried out in August by international research group, The Future Laboratory.  Read More >>

Best Business Practices

Recessionary thinking: Smart Marketing Tips for Tough Times

Here are the final two tips of twelve for effective marketing in a down economy: 11. Utilize E-newsletters and 12. Measure Return on Investment.  Read More >>

Economic News

Canadian Economic Growth in November Quickest in 8 Months

Statistics Canada reported on Monday that the Canadian economy grew 0.4% in November from October, the fastest pace in eight months. Growth was led by expansion in the oil and gas, retail, real estate and financial sectors.  Read More >>

Canadian Job Recovery Data Revised Downward

Canada’s economy has not yet recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, according to data revisions that show a slightly less positive picture of the jobs market than did original estimates.  Statistics Canada released revisions to employment figures last Friday. The new data shows bigger gains in December than previously reported, but fewer jobs created overall during the recovery.  Read More >>

U.S. Economy Gathers Speed

The U.S. economy gathered speed in the fourth quarter with a big gain in consumer spending and strong exports pushing demand ahead at the fastest rate since the second quarter of 1984. The Commerce Department reported last Friday that the U.S. economy grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the final three months of 2010, and could have risen 7.1% if businesses had not put the brakes on rising inventories.  Read More >>

 CHHMA Events For 2011

Canada Night
Sunday, March 6
InterContinental Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Spring Conference & Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, April 5
International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Maple Leaf Night
Tuesday, May 10
The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada

Quebec Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 17
Le Fontainebleau Golf Club, Blainville, Quebec

Ontario Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 25
Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, Ontario

Night at the Races
Wednesday, June 15
Woodbine Race Track, Toronto, Ontario

Industry Memorial Golf Classic
Tuesday, September 27
Blue Springs Golf Club, Acton, Ontario

To register for all events visit our website at or call Pam Winter at (416) 282-0022 ext.21.


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