Chamber Member Connections - October 1 2020
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This WEEKLY email highlights sales, promotions, accomplishments, events and general awareness of our membership (as well as reminders from our Chamber). 

To make a submission for Chamber Member Connections, please email

(For information and updates from the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, our municipal, provincial, and federal government partners, and our Chamber, be sure to watch for our weekly Chamber Chatter newsletter on Tuesdays.)
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 PrairieCounty of Grande PrairieMD 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 study is being guided by McSweeney & Associates.

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 on 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.
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The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Grande Prairie are supporting local businesses on the road to recovery:
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BDC Small Business Week 2020 is set for October 18-24. This year's theme is "Forging the Way Forward".

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce will host an informative, entertaining and interactive virtual event on Thursday, October 22 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Join us as we recognize entrepreneurial resilience and forge a way forward in uncertain times. The event will include speaker presentations as well as local businesses sharing their stories of entrepreneurial resilience and innovation.

The cost is $20 + GST per person. Participants are urged to watch in their cohort groups while enjoying complimentary snacks either picked up from our office or delivered to YOUR office! If you are interested in sponsorship contact Cindy Simigan in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email

If you would like to share your story of adapting to the pandemic; employee resiliency; or what you've learned about your industry moving forward, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM. Select businesses will be scheduled for interview with Eastlink TV on October 13-14. 

Our first keynote speaker at 11:30 AM will be Linda Edgecombe, CSP, HoF, an award-winning celebrity humorist speaker, trainer and consultant.

Our second keynote speaker at 12:30 PM will be Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC.

National Sponsor - BDC
Gold Sponsors - City of Grande Prairie; County of Grande Prairie; GetInTheLoop; Grande Prairie Downtown Association; Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network
Silver Sponsors - ATB Entrepreneur Centre; Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
Event Sponsors - Eastlink TV; Jeffrey's Mill District; MD of Greenview; Shade Tree Chocolate Studio; Swan City Rotary Club
3 ratios to monitor the long-term financial health of your business after COVID-19

Companies that have taken on an additional debt-load need to watch these ratios.

Over the last three months, we have heard from many business owners telling us about the disruption in their business operations.

Managing cash has been key source of anxiety. Coupled with the introduction of new safety precautions and the importance of maintaining transparent, open communications with both employees and customers, this has put a lot of pressure on entrepreneurs.

Restart your marketing as the economy reopens

Here’s a statement of the obvious: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted virtually every aspect of our lives both personally and professionally.

As a result, businesses and brands have not only seen reductions in sales and operations but also their presence reduced in their markets.

Whether in good times or bad, marketing budgets are one of the easiest expenses that entrepreneurs tend to cut for cashflow purposes. In many cases, it’s the line item on the balance sheet to reduce for some business owners who don’t see marketing as the lifeblood it should be for their companies.

Please consider attending the Wolverines’ Adapted Sports Association virtual Annual General Meeting. For the date, time, link and more information, phone 780-402-3331 or email

We are looking for dedicated volunteers interested in strengthening the Board of Directors of an organization that's been rolling around for almost 30 years.

Athletes from our programs have moved on to provincial, national and world class teams and recently. 

In recent years, Sledge Hockey and Power Soccer players participated in tournaments in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge and we'd like to continue in this tradition!

Wolverines Adapted Sports Association works in partnership with local, regional and provincial organizations to provide a fun, all-inclusive, and integrated recreational sport setting for participation by persons with all abilities and all ages. 
To enhance the well-being of all persons through inclusive, accessible and adapted sports, fitness, recreation and education.
Attend Sandler's Virtual Workshop.

This session is intended for business owners, sales managers, outside and inside sales representatives. This workshop is your opportunity to learn, practice, and implement the negotiating strategies and a system that will help you close more business, gain the upper hand and win more than your fair share of negotiating outcomes!
October 14th, 9 am - 12 pm MT
Click to register:

Sandler Training by Ayon Sales & Consulting Services Inc.
Phone 780.449.4906
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#GrandePrairie businesses and organizations: we understand that the last few months have been rocky for many of you.
To do our part, we’re joining the City of Grande Prairie in offering a marketing grant to support the financial recovery of your business and the local economy.
Eligible Grande Prairie businesses can apply for the City’s Local Marketing Grant and receive up to $2,500 in funding towards the creation of a marketing plan. If you’re a successful recipient of the grant, William Joseph Communications will match that, offering an additional $2,500 in #marketing services from our agency to the first 10 businesses to contact us and qualify for the grant.
Strong branding, compelling story-telling, and dynamic advertising are more necessary than ever. Let’s work together to bring your vision to life and in turn, support local economic recovery.
To get started today, simply send a brief email to!

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