Chamber Chatter - October 13 2020
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This WEEKLY email highlights information and updates from our Chamber, the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, and our municipal, provincial, and federal government partners.  
 
Be sure to watch for our weekly Chamber Member Connections newsletter on Thursdays featuring sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership. Email tom@gpchamber.com for info. 
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is inviting input from local job seekers, employees, and businesses asking for their insights about strengths and challenges in the local labour force as well as their priorities for workforce skills and training. Residents and businesses in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, MD of Greenview, Hythe, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley, Fox Creek, Valleyview, Horse Lake First Nation, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, and Grande Cache Co-ops and Enterprises are invited to participate.

Two surveys will run until October 31, 2020. They are part of a Labour Market Needs Assessment led by the Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the three municipalities and Alberta Labour and Immigration.

The Job Seeker & Employee Survey is gathering critical information from local employees and job seekers, including factors making it difficult to find work; reasons for leaving or staying in a job; and factors that help gain and maintain meaningful employment. The Employer Survey seeks to better understand local labour force strengths and gaps, and also identify gaps and opportunities in skills, training, and workforce services.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our members and guests at a Ribbon Cutting for Ballad Consulting Group THIS FRIDAY, October 16 at 11:45 AM. (Event runs from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM).

Ballad Consulting Group is located in Unit 101, 9817 - 101 Avenue, Grande Prairie.
Join us for a lunch-time virtual event on Thursday, October 22 during 

Hear stories of resilience and innovation from local businesses as well as our special guest speakers:

Linda Edgecombe, an award-winning celebrity humorist speaker, trainer and consultant whose mission is to get people Fired up and Ready to Shift or Get off the Pot!

and

Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC, who leads a team of 2,300 people across Canada who work every day to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing the guidance and financial support they need to build resilient, growing businesses.

The cost is $20 per person which includes:
- Charcuterie for one and a coupon for pumpkin cheesecake from Jeffrey's Mill District
- Chocolate from Shade Tree Chocolate Studio
- A $30 gift card from the Grande Prairie Downtown Association
- Sparkling soda and swag from the Chamber

Pick up or have it delivered so you can watch with your cohorts in your office. PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 16 TO ENSURE YOUR PACKAGE, 

THANK YOU TO OUR OTHER GENEROUS SPONSORS:
City of Grande Prairie; County of Grande Prairie; GetInTheLoop; Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network; ATB; Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region; Eastlink TV; MD of Greenview; and Swan City Rotary Club!
The Offers Platform Made For You.

GetintheLoop for Business puts your brand and promotions in front of consumers who opt-in to discover great local businesses.

Attract new customers, drive revenue, and build loyalty with trackable mobile marketing with GetintheLoop!

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Grande Prairie are supporting local businesses on the road to recovery:
• Sign-up and receive the rest of 2020 at no cost
• Gain full access to the GetintheLoop platform
• Have 5 offers and or experiences live at any time
• Full dashboard analytics + demographics
• Special pricing will be available going into 2021


For more information, contact Leah Fujarczuk | connectgp@getintheloop.ca | 780-831-0362

FIND US THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 at the Prairie Mall from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM!
NOTICE OF 2020 CHAMBER AGM AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce 2020 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 3. (Format TBD)

The meeting will include a review of our activities in 2020 and election of our 2021 Board of Directors.
 
* If you are interested in running for the Board:
Contact the Chamber Office to request a Nomination Package
Call 780-532-5340 or Email tanya@gpchamber.com 

Completed nomination forms must be received by the Chamber office prior to 12:00 PM on Friday, November 20 to be considered by the Nomination Committee.
The Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie Economic Development Departments are working together to provide a unified approach to supporting local businesses. On our website is a list of resources to help you navigate the various levels of support for business.
KEEP YOUR CHAMBER INFORMATION UP TO DATE!

Thank you to the 1,300 member businesses for supporting our Chamber! In our efforts to best promote your services, we need your help. Please take a few moments to check your information with us including your contact information, categories in which you are listed, and your web page to ensure you are making the most of your membership and look your best to users searching for your info!

Contact Leah Fujarczuk, Member Relations and Engagement, at 780-532-5340 or leah@gpchamber.com for more information on using your Info Hub with us!
PUT YOUR NAME UP IN LIGHTS!

Let us help you spread the word about your business! Send us an ad for our our Digital Sign outside Centre 2000 on 116 Avenue!

For more information on Digital Sign advertising with EXCLUSIVE RATES FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS, contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email leah@gpchamber.com.
Thank you for your continued participation in the Alberta Chambers of Commerce network second annual municipal red tape and business supports surveys.

The second survey is now live and will focus on municipal business supports, including:
  • Business assistance and funding
  • Sustaining and growing businesses

Last year’s municipal red tape and business supports survey received over 1000 responses. The goal is to get 1200 total responses this year.


Respondents who join the Alberta Perspectives insight community after completing any of the three surveys will be entered to WIN one of three Apple Watch prize giveaways.

Part three will be launched during BDC Small Business Week October 19-25 (Business Opportunities questionnaire).
And the winner of the Mentorship Award is… Aztec Engineering Inc! Your dedication to mentoring and empowering your employees at every stage of their career path is truly remarkable! Congratulations to Aztec Engineering on being the recipient and congrats to Made By Africans Inc. on being a well-deserving finalist in the same category of Mentorship!
Setting the stage for clean geothermal development

Using emerging made-in-Alberta technology and decades of drilling expertise, the government is taking steps to create the conditions for industry to safely and successfully harness clean energy from the earth.
Building a bold and diverse natural gas industry

The Natural Gas Vision and Strategy is a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and shares the actions Alberta’s government will take to grow the sector and seize emerging opportunities for clean hydrogen, petrochemical manufacturing, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and plastics recycling.
Growing Alberta’s forest industry

Alberta’s government is implementing the Forest Jobs Action Plan, helping to create opportunities for more investment and jobs in our forest industry.
Keeping up momentum against mountain pine beetle

The Government of Canada has announced $60 million in funding for Alberta over the next three years to support ongoing work to fight the mountain pine beetle.

Legislation to support new recovery benefits and extend funding for COVID-19 measures receives Royal Assent

The COVID-19 Response Measures Act (formerly Bill C-4) received Royal Assent. This legislation creates three new temporary recovery benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These benefits will be in place for one year beginning September 27, 2020.


Government of Canada expands Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to provide further support for businesses

The Government of Canada will provide an additional $600 million to support workers and businesses through RRRF. This additional investment brings the total RRRF support to over $1.5 billion, helping businesses and organizations weather the impact of COVID-19.
Government of Canada Launches the Canadian Centre for Energy Information Website

Statistics Canada launched the Canadian Centre for Energy Information (CCEI)’s website, which will provide a modernized, independent, energy information system by giving Canadians access to timely data on the use of energy in order to inform our transition to a low-carbon energy future.
Emergency On-Farm Support Fund

The Emergency On-Farm Support Fund provides a 35 million investment to improve health and safety on farms and in employee living quarters to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19. 
CCC webinar: Business planning in this period of uncertainty with TD (October 14)

In these extraordinary times, business owners are faced with significant challenges. Learn what many owner/managers are doing now to increase their corporate and personal cash flows through income tax planning.

CCC webinar: Business during a pandemic: A discussion on sales development and the small business trends report (October 15)

Join Laura Norman, Senior Director of Marketing for Essentials and SMB, and Adam Kirsh, AVP SMB Commercial Sales Canada at Salesforce as they discuss and examine key insights into how SMBs are navigating business during the pandemic.

CCC webinar: Harnessing Canada's tax system for inclusive recovery and growth (October 15)

Join the Canadian Chamber for a practical online discussion on how Canada's economic recovery can be supportive through a more competitive, simple and equitable tax system. This is one additional conversation to ensure no idea is overlooked.

CCC Webinar: A Vision For A Thriving Canada In 2030 (October 20)

Join Deloitte Canada’s Anthony Viel, Managing Partner and Chief Executive and Georgina Black, Managing Partner, Government and Public Sector to discuss the actions Canada must take to stop our economy from settling back into its pre-pandemic path and, instead, create a better Canadian society for all by 2030.

CCC Webinar: Strengthening Trade And Transportation Networks For Long-Term Prosperity (October 22)

Please join us for an exclusive discussion with Gordon McKenzie, President and CEO of Canpotex, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Keenan, Deputy Minister of Transport Canada (invited), as they discuss what Canada can do to rise above the challenges facing Canada’s competitiveness and identify ways to mitigate the economic impact of events like COVID-19 in the future. 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executive Summit Series 

Our Executive Summit Series brings together senior executives and thought leaders for a dialogue on top issues affecting Canadian business. 

Our Eastern event, taking place online on November 3, features a discussion with former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and panels on the post-COVID-19 economy and the impact of the pandemic on the future of talent. 

Our Western event, taking place on November 24 will feature the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, and panel discussions surrounding Canadian transportation and trade. 
Applications for the City's COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program are still open, apply for a Beautification & Patio Grant or a Local Marketing Grant today!

Get all the details at cityofgp.com/economicrecoveryprogram.
A friendly reminder to downtown businesses that applications are open for the Downtown Incentives Program. Visit cityofgp.com/downtownincentives for application details.