Chamber Chatter - October 1 2019
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
This is our weekly summary of upcoming events and other reminders
to help keep you up to date with what's happening at the
Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce

We remind you about our Connections newsletter on the 1st and 15th of the month and encourage you as a Member of the Chamber to take advantage of that FREE opportunity to promote your business! 
BDC SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

BDC Small Business Week is celebrated across the country every October. This year's theme is Canada: A Nation of Entrepreneurs! 
With the support of our sponsors and partners, the Chamber takes this opportunity to recognize our business community with the following events:
 
ATB Knowledge Exchange Kickoff Lunch
Monday, October 21, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
ATB Entrepreneur Centre (9907 - 106A Street)
"Join us as we Kick Off Small Business Week with our Knowledge Exchange, Tacos in a Bag and the Chamber of Commerce.
Connect and participate in a casual conversation with our visiting experts. Come ready with your business questions, and get ready to network with fellow entrepreneurs in the community."
" Please register so we know how much food to buy!"

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Holiday Inn & Suites Grande Prairie Conference Centre (9816 - 107 Street)
Guest Speaker Panel: TBA
Event Sponsor: MNP
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie (11201 - 100 Avenue)
Guest Speaker: Wendy Bosch, Downtown Association
Event Sponsor: Swan City Rotary Club
 
Thursday, October 24, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Four Points by Sheraton Grande Prairie (6702 - 106 Street)
Guest Speaker: Sheila Musgrove, Author of Hired! and Unexpected Mentors
Reception Sponsor: ATB Financial

TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE NOMINEES, PLEASE CLICK HERE
 
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BDC SMALL BUSINESS WEEK SPONSORS:
National/Award Sponsor - BDC
Award/Event Sponsors - City of Grande Prairie; County of Grande Prairie; Swan City Rotary Club
Event Sponsor - MNP
Award Sponsors - Community Futures Grande Prairie and Region; Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association; Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network; MD of Greenview
Reception Sponsor - ATB Financial
Women's Lunch Prize Sponsor - AFSC

For complete Small Business Week information, bookmark this page: http://www.grandeprairiechamber.com/small-business-week

If you are interested in Small Business Week sponsorship, please contact Chamber Events Manager Cindy Simigan by phone 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites our members and the community to the following Ribbon Cuttings:

October 1 - 12:00 PM
Swan City Rotary Club
Cars for Christmas Lottery Kickoff - Prairie Mall

October 1 - 2:15 PM
STOR-X Organizing Systems
Centre 2000 - Al Robertson Room

October 3 - 5:30 PM
Windsor Ford

October 4 - 8:00 PM
Shark Club

October 5 - 11:00 AM
Enter Site Safety Inc.
4 Sight Safety Training Centre

More details available on our website and facebook!
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting an All-Candidates Federal Election Forum on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 PM at Grande Prairie Regional College. All confirmed candidates for the riding of Grande Prairie-Mackenzie will be invited to participate. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the candidates in the foyer outside the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre beginning at 5:30 PM, and again following the forum.

Questions will be accepted from the floor in the form of written submissions which will be asked via our forum moderator. Some of the questions will be predetermined from our Board of Directors and our members. If you would like to submit a question for the forum, please email news@gpchamber.com.
FIRST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 
2020 CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce 2019 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: We are changing the format this year, as well as the name! This will now be an evening event called the Chamber AGM and Chair Salute . The agenda features dinner beginning at 5:45 PM, AGM at 6:30 PM, and presentations at 7:30 PM including Farewell to Past Chairs, Welcome to the NEW Chair, our traditional Chamber Awards, and door prize draws. Watch for more information including registration in the coming weeks.

The meeting is open to all Chamber Members and will include a review of our activities over the past year as well as the election of our 2020 Board of Directors.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR THE CHAMBER BOARD: 
Please contact our 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 22, 2019 to be considered by the Nomination Committee.

CHAMBER MEMBERS DIGITAL SIGN

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce offers the opportunity for our Members to advertise themselves, their events and promotions on our  digital sign at Centre 2000 . Not-for-Profit Member Rates also available. Now taking yearly, monthly, and weekly/bi-weekly bookings.

For rate information, contract terms, and design guidelines please contact Leah Fujarczuk, Membership Sales & Services Manager, email  leah@gpchamber.com , or phone at 780-532-5340.
For Chamber Member to Member Discounts , please click here .

To offer your own M2M Discount, contact Membership Services Manager Leah Fujarczuk by email leah@gpchamber.com or by phone 780-532-5340.
For Chamber Value Added Benefits , please click here .
To place a job posting, email tom@gpchamber.com.
Email info@gpchamber.com|Phone 780-532-5340 | Fax 780-532-2926