Two local chambers are hoping to come together to provide a Muskoka-focused business experience.

Port Sydney/Utterson Chamber of Commerce members are voting on a proposed merger with the Bracebridge Chamber.  Port Sydney chamber President Kim Dubeau says the two chambers have already been working together closely for the last year and this proposal would make that partnership official.

If the merger is approved the newly formed organization would then look to rebrand to the Central Muskoka Chamber of Commerce. Dubeau says the name change makes sense as Muskoka is a more recognizable name for tourists and cottagers.

Last year, Bracebridge Chamber officials attempted to rebrand to the Muskoka Chamber of Commerce hoping to merge with chambers across the district. However, the move was criticized by other chamber officials. Dubeau says she hopes this new proposed merger revives the discussion about a unified Muskoka chamber.

If approved by Port Sydney/Utterson chamber members, the proposal would still need to be voted on by the Bracebridge chamber members. Dubeau says the office in Port Sydney would still remain open if the merger goes through.

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