WEEKLY NEWS - OCTOBER 2016
October 12, 2016   


Celebrating Small Business Week!

Wed, Oct 5th
Demystifying Alberta's innovation and export resources to build globally competitive companies

Hosted by Qasim Rasi, Director of Strategic Markets - ATB Financial

Hundreds of programs exist across Alberta to help entrepreneurs transform their companies into innovative and globally diversified ventures. From funding agencies to export mentors, this breakout session is about utilizing Alberta's network support to build lean, innovative, and globally visible companies.

ATB Financial has built a diverse network of partners across the province to help entrepreneurs access innovation and trade funds to support research and development, commercialization, and trade expansion needs. From opportunities to develop free apps and software, to utilizing Alberta's idle capacity to building prototypes, this breakout session will help you tap into opportunities that you never knew existed in Alberta.
UPCOMING EVENTS
9am  Doors
 9:30am  Ribbon Cutting
Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of Muscle Beach Fitness Shop!

Oct 18  
Small Business Week  Luncheon Meeting 2016
11:30am - 1:30pm
Demystifying Alberta's innovation and export resources to build globally competitive companies.
Oct 27
Chamber on Tap Mixer SeriesDarren Hinkel The Black Dirt Co.
4:30pm Doors
  6:00pm Interview
Join us for our monthly business mixer and informal chat on the last Thursday of the month.  
Guests of members are welcome to attend.  $10 Registration includes complimentary appetizers, and your choice of one select beer, house wine, or highballs to enjoy.
You are Invited..
In less than two weeks, we will be celebrating our business community in a grand way. The 2016 Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala is an exciting event that takes many hands to support. We are thrilled to be a part of it, and we would like to invite our members to participate at our Gala Awards Event in celebration of Small Business Week. There are many short, yet important positions available through our sign-up sheet. Simply click on the link below to be a part of the celebration:

We continue to actively seek silent auction items. This is an important part of our non-dues revenue generation and we appreciate your support in submitting exciting items or experiences to add to our Gala. We sincerely thank you for your consideration and we hope you can join us on October 22nd at Horizon Stage!
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
People's Choice Award
FINALISTS ARE ANNOUNCED
The People's Choice Award, voted on by the general public, recognizes a business or individual in our community which has delivered outstanding customer service and actively participates in the support of community events. Here are the finalist:
      • 360 Wellness
      • 780 Kennels
      • Snap Fitness
NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING   Oct 7, 2016 by Alberta Venture Staff
Five tips to tailoring your HR department
Wendy Giuffre tells us what small businesses get wrong about human resources, and what they need to get right

You've heard it all before - "your most valuable resource is your workforce." But what does that mean? How should that change how you treat your employees? We spoke to Wendy Giuffre, president and principal consultant at Calgary HR consultancy Wendy Ellen, to find out what small businesses get wrong about human resources, and what they need to get right.
  1. First and foremost, you need rules "One of the reasons I love providing services to small businesses is the fact that they can be flexible and not have to be as rigid when it comes to how they treat employees," Giuffre says. Read more
Get your ads in!
DEADLINE TO ADVERTISE
OCT 31/16

Factually, 30% of our trade area consumers continue to rely on our printed directory to find you. The chambers community directory is a joint publication of the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain and District Chambers of Commerce. The book is hand delivered door to door in the city and the town and via Canada post to rural Parkland County. An advertisement in the Chambers Community Directory provides you with positioning in 30,000 distributed books, a digitized ad on the chamber website, an enhanced business directory listing on the website (a $260.00 value) and the community will find your business in the NEW COMMUNITY APP! 

  Call Dianne at 780-962-2561 or email  Dianne  for more information.  
Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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