September Newsletter
Go #backtoschool with the kids! Check out two great learning opportunities for East Central Alberta businesses this month.
Marketing Plan Challenge
Marketing Plan Challenge Details and Registration Form
First prize - $5,000
Second prize - $2,000
Third prize - $1,000
YOU ARE INVITED to participate in the Marketing Plan Challenge. This challenge is designed to give you the tools you require to start a new business or increase the growth of your existing business. With the help of a couple training experts, Community Futures East Parkland is offering this opportunity to help you take your business to the next level.
The challenge runs from September 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017.

The MPC is designed to help any small to medium sized business, operating or wanting to operate a business within the Community Futures East Parkland (CFEP) Region, to achieve its marketing goals.
Basic Facilitation Skills Workshop
Basic Facilitation Skills For Not-For-Profit & Government Organizations is offered by professional facilitators from Alberta Culture and Tourism, Community Development team in partnership with community hosts. The three day workshop provides hands-on experiential learning and accessible instruction in the art of group facilitation. This is a practical workshop that provides learning through instruction, discussion, small and large group work, practice, feedback and modeling by training facilitators.
Workshop outcomes include:
  1. Participants understand the basic concepts, approaches, techniques, tools and application of facilitation
  2. Participants demonstrate knowledge and practice skills in facilitation and receive constructive feedback
  3. Participants feel more confident and competent in facilitation and identify opportunities to do so in their work
2017 Awards Gala
An awards gala isn't an awards gala without awards! For that we need the general public and business owners and managers to nominate businesses and individuals deserving of recognition.
Areas of recognition include:
Citizen of the Year (Male and Female)
Youth Citizen of the Year
Business of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Corporate Citizen of the Year
Customer Service
Business Service
Community Service
Stettler Ambassador of the Year
Marketing Award
Product & Innovation Award
Learning in the Workplace
Eco Excellence Award for a Business
´╗┐Heritage Award
Please consider nominating a business or person in the community. Without your contribution to the nomination process we would be unable to continue to recognize those that contribute to Stettler in such a steadfast way.
Become a sponsor of this annual event and get your name out there business to business!
Please tell us the information relevant to your business (choose all that apply):
Social Media
Networking Opportunities
Small Business and Proposed Federal Finance Changes
The proposed changes represent the most significant overhaul of the taxation of private corporations in Canada in approximately 40 years. 
Read up in the link.

Pheasant Festival
Pheasant Festival is here! Have you been putting off signing up for volunteer activities? Do that here !

Looking to sponsor this exceptionally Stettler event?
Find out how here .

Want to participate? We have that here !
Winner of our Boss is Away
This month we asked our Facebook followers to share our Newsletter with their friends. We want to engage as many businesses as possible so they know what the SBOT does, where we are, and how they can get involved. If you know anyone who should be on our list but isn't, forward them this email and tell them to sign up!
Our winner is:
Barb Gano!
Nomination deadline for Stettler Council is September 18, 2017.
Find more info here:
Become a school board trustee!
Nomination deadline for Alberta School Boards is September 18, 2017.
Find more info here:
Stettler Board of Trade | Email Address | 403-742-3181 | Website