The Stouffville Chamber of Commerce is a year-round promoter of business in the area bringing networking, information and fun events that benefit businesses of all sizes. As with many communities across the country, the small business enterprise is the backbone of the local economy in many ways and, every October, that fact is promoted and celebrated across North America.

Locally, the B2B Expo and Tradeshow is ready to show off what local small businesses are up to on Oct. 17 at the Spring Lakes Golf Club, 4962 Stouffville Rd. The informal, after-work format allows everyone to drop by on the way home, with the event open from 5-8 p.m. There is a lot of benefit to working with local firms, quality and accountability among them. See what they have to offer and network with like-minded professionals.

Also on tap for October from the Chamber is the highly anticipated debate among Whitchurch-Stouffville mayoral candidates. This should be a barnburner, as supporters and detractors of the contestants get to hear the candidates’ vision for the town presented in a public forum one last time before the Oct. 22 municipal election. It will be held at the Eastside Evangelical Missionary Church, 12485 Tenth Line. The follow-up to the first debate, held Sept. 19, will issue questions from Chamber members but the public will also have a chance to ask questions from the floor. Key issues in this election include Main Street re-construction, Stouffville development, Town Hall issues and relations with York Region.  Each candidate will have a chance to outline their platforms and explain how they plan to tackle the main issues facing the community.

The roster of candidates still in the race includes current mayor, Justin Altmann, who will look to defend his first-term activities. Contesting him will be community activist Anand Date, restaurateur and former pro-hockey star Keith Acton and current Ward 5 Councillor Iain Lovatt, whom all say they have a very different direction they want the town to move in.

The entire event will be broadcast on Whistle Radio and the MC will be Whistle Radio host Patty Tamlin. It is free of charge and open to the public.

The social media battle has been boiling for months now. It should be interesting to see how it all plays out in person so close to voting day.

The event starts at 7 p.m.

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