In 1893 a group of Thorold businessmen incorporated the Thorold Board of Trade with the Federal Government. This group of twelve men felt a need in the community for business to have a voice, a strong voice that will advocate making Thorold the place to live and do business.
Whether it was commenting on where the Canadian Northern Railway extends itself though Thorold, encourage a local writer to start the Thorold Gazette, impress upon the Seaway the importance of building a new canal or fighting for lower business taxes, this group of men established a business organization that would continue on until 2006. Numerous businessmen have stepped up to serve as Board Chair and board members over the past 113 years. Men such as Oliver Steadman who served as a board member, Edward Henderson who served as Vice Chair and not to mention, James Miller, merchant and tailor who in 1897 served also on the Board. These men took the job seriously when they established the Thorold Board of Trade. They knew the importance of what a Board of Trade stood for and the credibility an organization such as this one had at all levels of government. This Charter these men worked so hard for was given up to St. Catharines in 2006.
In 2012, a group of Thorold business people established the Thorold (COC) Committee of Concern to work together with the business community, to start from square one, where we were in 1893, to re-establish the Thorold Chamber of Commerce and request our Charter back from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
In less than a year the Greater Thorold Business Council (formally known as the Thorold COC) is gaining momentum in the community. We are no different than those men in 1893 that focused to improve trade and commerce within our city. And although we have not received our charter back we are acting and operating like a Chamber of Commerce – committed to bring our members all the benefits that a COC offers.
I applaud your business for joining our organization and I encourage you to tell other businesses in Thorold the value of becoming a member.
I encourage you to join us at a monthly general membership meeting or monthly Business after 5. It is great to see so many former members of the Thorold Chamber of Commerce that have joined us for such great networking opportunities and we look forward to meeting our new members.
Our business organization can only grow and we look forward to a fantastic year of growth and learning opportunities. Joining the Greater Thorold Business Council is a step in the right direction, a step your business will benefit from in many years to come.
- Terry Dow
As the Chair of the Greater Thorold Business Council I am proud to say that the goal of our Council has been and will continue to be one thing: To establish an association of business perople and merchantst who promote the commercial interests of the city of Thorold and our surrounding communities.
We believe that proper representation includes lobbying at a local level for what will best meet our city’s business needs to grow and thrive in our community, within our region and Canada. We are fortunate to have Terry Dow as President of the Greater Thorold Business Council. Members and non-members acknowledge Terry’s efforts and leadership within our community.
The Greater Thorold Business Council will endeavour to collaborate with different organizations to create strategic partnerships to meet the goals of the city of Thorold, to improve the quality of life in our community and to improve the success of members businesses. We look forward to prosperous times ahead!