Chamber Chatter - August 11 2020
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
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 during these unprecedented times. Many businesses may be experiencing difficult choices or financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis and on our website is a list of resources to help you navigate the various levels of support.
 
Our latest initiative is a Digital Marketing Training program for eligible businesses in the region offered in partnership with Community Future Grande Prairie & Region and nine10 Inc. Submissions are now closed and the successful applicants will be contacted shortly.
THANK YOU TO MNP Partners Heather Hilhorst and Tracy Leishman for presenting information on what we need to know to navigate the most recent Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy updates, and thanks to everyone who attended the Zoom webinar.

A ink to the recording has been uploaded here along with past webinars. For the power point presentation, please CLICK HERE.
2020 CANWEST CHAMBER MEMBER GOLF CLASSIC

WE ARE SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!

REMINDERS FOR GOLFERS, SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS:

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Bear Creek Golf Club

  • Registration and Sponsor Set-up 8:00-9:30 AM
  • Shotgun Start 10:00 AM
  • Buffet Dinner following the round either served by course staff or able to be taken home

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

TITLE SPONSOR:
CANWEST GROUP BENEFIT CONSULTANTS
 
TEAM CART SPONSORS
Alliance Disposal
County of Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie Regional College

WATERING HOLE SPONSOR
MNP

HOLE IN ONE SPONSORS
Barda Equipment
Canwest Group Benefit Consultants
CMB Insurance Brokers
Paradise Inn & Conference Centre
Roger Arcand Professional Corp.

HOLE SPONSORS
Buck Wild
City of Grande Prairie
Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
County of Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association
Northern Doors
Sherry Drysdale, Mortgage Associate, DLCMM
Speedpro Signs
The Glass Shop

Grand Prize:
2 VIP passes for Buck Wild on October 2nd
$500 Chamber Cheque

Mulligan Draws: 
Set of golf discs
Cooler with refreshments
Coca-cola cooler with snacks
Chamber swag

Proxie Prizes:
Gift Certificates from Bear Creek Golf Club

Prize donations from:
Buck Wild
Fletcher Mudryk
Gig IT Up
Switchback Energy Services
The Headroom

COVID protocols including social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing are in place.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our members and guests at a Ribbon Cutting for MYST Gastro Lounge on Monday, August 17 at 4:00 PM. (Event runs from 3:00-5:00 PM).

MYST Gastro Lounge is located at 10011 - 101 Avenue, Grande Prairie in the Acropolis Restaurant.
UPDATE YOUR CHAMBER INFORMATION

Thank you to our 13 hundred 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. This includes your business name, mailing address, physical address if different, your contact information including phone, email, website, and fax number if in use, number of employees, and the categories in which you are listed. We also ask you to review your web page with us to ensure you are making the most of your membership and look your best to users searching for your info!

Please contact Leah Fujarczuk, Member Relations and Engagement, at 780-532-5340 or leah@gpchamber.com for more information.
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, please contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email leah@gpchamber.com.
By joining the Alberta Perspectives insight community, you'll hear first about new Alberta Chambers of Commerce surveys and research.

Log into Alberta Perspectives anytime to access survey results (results we share directly with government), participate in quick polls, and catch media coverage of community insights.

Government of Canada launches updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator to support employers

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) helps employers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to keep workers on their payroll or bring back previously laid-off employees. To ensure that Canadian workers and businesses are in a better position as our economy safely re-opens, the Government has recently implemented changes to the CEWS that broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support.

Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, launched an updated and improved Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy online calculator. It will help small and large employers alike prepare to apply for the next period of the CEWS program, which will open for applications on August 17, 2020.

The CEWS calculator can be found on the CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy web page, which includes detailed information to help employers understand how the CEWS can support their employees and operations, who is eligible to apply, and how claim periods are structured. The calculator uses a step-by-step approach to get employers to enter information about their business situation to provide an estimate of the subsidy they can expect to receive.

The calculator also includes printable spreadsheet and statement features that employers can use to view their claim at a glance and enter required information into the CEWS application form quickly and easily.

By providing employers with detailed information about their subsidy claim, the CEWS calculator can assist them in making informed decisions about retaining or re-hiring workers. The CRA will conduct a series of information sessions in the coming weeks for eligible employers and stakeholder organizations.

The CRA will open applications for CEWS Period 5 on August 17, 2020. Enhancements to the program, which are being introduced in Period 5, will include expanding eligibility criteria, introducing a sliding revenue-decline test to determine the subsidy amount, and providing a top-up subsidy for the most impacted employers. Employers can expect to receive their payment within 3-5 business days after applying if they are registered with direct deposit on their payroll account.

The CEWS exists to help workers transition back to their jobs and to support employers as they increase their revenues. The CRA is committed to providing employers – including newly eligible employers as a result of the enhanced CEWS – with the information and resources they need to apply and benefit from this important economic measure.  

Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch

The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Check for new and updated guidance documents.
The City of Grande Prairie is proposing changes to the Business License Bylaw to support business retention, investment attraction, and overall economic growth by providing the City and industry with an understanding of the local business landscape.

Learn about the proposed changes by taking the online survey by August 19.

Details about the Business License Bylaw, information session, and survey are on the City’s Engagement website: https://bit.ly/30dkR9f
Or, read the full news release here: https://bit.ly/3hSZfW0
WEBINAR: August 12, 1:00 p.m. ET | Getting Back To Business: Adapting Your Marketing Message For The New "Business As Usual", With Canada Post 

As the retail landscape has dramatically changed over the last few months, small businesses have had to navigate challenges they may not have anticipated. Regardless of the scenario, companies had to adapt their business models at the onset of the pandemic and are now faced with the next phase, transitioning into “business as usual.” 

In this webinar, Mamta Dogra, Senior Manager, Small Business Marketing at Canada Post, will share tips and resources on how to get your message in-market as you adapt your business, generate renewed brand awareness and find the right customers. 
 
LOCAL BUSINESSES NEED YOUR BUSINESS
Canada United™ is a movement that brings fellow Canadians together to show their support for local businesses. Essential to our economy and communities, these businesses need our help now more than ever. So, join the movement and show local some love.

SMALL ACTIONS HAVE A BIG IMPACT
1. Watch our videos online
2. Like our posts on social media
3. Use #CanadaUnited on Twitter

Every time you do, RBC will contribute 5¢ to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund.