Chamber Chatter - July 9 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! 
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce welcome our Members and invited guests to a Business After 5 Mixer hosted by Rocky Mountain Equipment on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

The location is 15709 - 101 Street, Grande Prairie.

Join us for an evening of networking, refreshments, and door prizes while finding out more about our host, Rocky Mountain Equipment .

Rocky Mountain Equipment is a consolidator of agriculture and construction equipment dealerships, primarily focused around the CNH brands. They are the largest independent dealer of Case IH and Case Construction equipment in Canada, and the second largest in the world. RME’s business employs nearly 1000 people directly, and serves tens of thousands more customers and their employees. Operating 37 dealerships across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as customers radiating beyond those three provinces, RME’s goal is to bring professional, stable, and dependable equipment partnerships to its customers. 

There's no cost to attend and no registration required!
Our next roundtable event for the Grande Prairie Business Support Network will be August 13, 2019 at the Alliance Church in Clairmont. 

If your business is impacted by the new Mandatory Entry Level Training for trucking and bussing then this is the session to attend.

We are bringing in Andrew Barnes from the Alberta Motor Transport Association to present how these laws impact the industry and answer any questions you may have.
RIBBON CUTTING

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites our members and the community to a Ribbon Cutting for Cree8iv Ink Training on Thursday, August 15.

Cree8iv Ink Training is celebrating their Provincial Licensing with a Ribbon Cutting and Fundraiser as per the poster above.

The Ribbon Cutting is scheduled for 1:00 PM.

Watch our website and social media for updated information on this and other events.
GRANDE PRAIRIE CHAMBER AWARDS OF DISTINCTION

Nominations are now open for the Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction! Please click on the image below for printable .pdf nomination form or CLICK HERE for a fillable form for email and tell us why you or another business deserves to be considered in one of this year's categories. Nominations will be accepted until August 23, 2019. Nominees will be revealed at our Small Business Week Proclamation Breakfast in September, and recipients will be announced in October during Small Business Week. For award criteria, please CLICK HERE.

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 welcome our Members and invited guests to a Business After 5 Mixer hosted by Oliver's Funeral Home on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

The location is 10005 - 107 Avenue, Grande Prairie.

Join us for an evening of networking, refreshments, and door prizes while finding out more about our host, Oliver's Funeral Home .

For 100 years, Oliver’s Funeral Home has been committed to compassionately serving the families who trust their loved ones to their care. They are known for their compassionate professionalism while listening to families and providing customized services to fulfill their specific needs.

There's no cost to attend and no registration required!
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 .
New Alberta Chambers of Commerce research shows Jobs, Economy and Fiscal Competitiveness top priorities for business and public 

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce recently launched a market research program on business and public priorities for the province following the 2019 Alberta election. 

The first  Alberta Perspectives  online survey garnered over 714 business responses in the province from all sectors and business sizes. A public sample of 834 Albertans were surveyed through an online panel. Surveys were conducted between late May and early June with the help of  The Strategic Counsel , a market research firm with offices in Alberta.

Key findings from the first survey in the ACC research program include: 
Respondents firmly expect that oil and gas will continue to be important for the province's economy:
Respondents were also strongly supportive of using "Turn of the Taps" legislation to restrict oil and gas exports to BC in an effort to get the federal and BC governments to cooperate in building pipelines to the West Coast:
When asked to describe the province's financial situation, respondents were overwhelmingly concerned: 
Respondents also did not find continued provincial deficits acceptable:
The executive summary of the  Alberta Perspectives  research report will be available on the ACC website in mid-July. The next survey will be conducted in the Fall of 2019.
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