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Volume 11, Issue 04, January 27, 2011

Association News

 2011 Spring Conference & AGM: "Boom, Bust & Bounce Back"

We are pleased to announce that Frank Turco from The Home Depot Canada will be a speaker at this year’s CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM taking place on Tuesday, April 5 at the International Centre Conference Facility in Mississauga, Ontario.  Frank will talk about the latest in home improvement and design.

We are also delighted to announce that Jim Moore from SkillPath will be presenting at the conference.  Mr. Moore is a successful author, computer executive, corporate trainer and professional coach. Jim will provide a morning keynote address as well as offer two break-out sessions.  Read More >> 

Industry News

Wal-Mart Canada to Open More Supercentres

Wal-Mart Canada announced yesterday that they are planning to roll out their superstore format, even in smaller, non-traditional locations, and will open 40 supercentres in Canada this year. The 40 building projects will cost in the range of $500 million and will include building new stores and expanding, remodelling or relocating existing stores.  Read More >>

Government and Legislative News

Ontario Business Program Guide:
Resource for Government-Funded Programs and Services for Ontario Businesses

Sometimes creativity, innovation, motivation and even decent profits could use a little help. Now help is available from the Ontario Business Program Guide, a free, online directory of Ontario government tax incentives, credits and support programs for business. This Guide, published by the Government of Ontario, will connect you to more than 60 government support programs and services for business.   Read More >>

Best Business Practices

Recessionary thinking: Smart Marketing Tips for Tough Times

Continuing on from the past several issues, here are the ninth and tenth tips (of twelve) for effective marketing in a down economy:
9. Search Engine Optimization and 10. Web Analytics.  Read More >>

Economic News

Inflation Rises in December

Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday that consumer prices rose 2.4% in December, following a 2% increase in November. The 0.4 percentage point gain was mainly a result of higher gasoline prices that were up 13% from last December.  Read More >>

IMF Economic Outlook Update

The International Monetary Fund boosted its growth outlook on Tuesday for the global economy in 2011 due to strengthening U.S. consumer demand and robust emerging markets.  The IMF also revised downward the outlook for Canadian GDP growth in 2011 by 0.40 percentage points to 2.3%.  Read More >>

Retail Sales Increase in November
Statistics Canada reported last Friday that retail sales increased 1.3% to $37.3 billion in November, the sixth straight monthly rise in sales and the largest since March 2010. Sales in volume terms also rose 1.3%.  Read More >>

Composite Leading Indicator Up in December

According to Statistics Canada, the composite leading index rose by 0.5% in December, matching its gains in October and November. Five of ten components advanced, led by stock market prices and household spending.  Most components related to manufacturing softened in December.  Read More >> 

U.S. Housing Market News

On Tuesday, it was reported in a closely watched survey that U.S. single-family home prices fell for a fifth straight month in November. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.5% in November from October on a seasonally adjusted basis. Prices have fallen 1.6% in the past year.  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

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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