Chamber Member Connections - June 11 2020
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
Another  Chamber Virtual Business Showcase  is set for Thursday, June 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM on Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to "bring their own snacks and beverages" and will be able to ask questions of the exhibitors about their businesses. Members will be able to book a "booth", or in this case a chance to promote their operations, services, and products. To register please CLICK HERE and for more information, contact Cindy in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com .
ARE YOU REOPENING?

Let us help you spread the word! Send us an ad for our Connections newsletter, get us to re-share your posts on social media, or put your name up in lights aka our Digital Sign outside Centre 2000 on 116 Avenue!

For more information on Digital Sign reopening advertising, please contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email leah@gpchamber.com.
Show us on Facebook what you’re doing to  #LoveLocalGP  and you could win up to $1,500 in Chamber Cheques! Support of any business in the Grande Prairie & District area including the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Sexsmith, Beaverlodge, Wembley, or Hythe will qualify you to enter.

Entering is easy:
1) use  #LoveLocalGP  in your post
2)  make your post public
3) tag the business you are supporting if possible and share a photo when you can
4) tag the Chamber, City and County to draw even more attention to the post

All rewards will be in the form of a Chamber Cheque redeemable at any of the 13 hundred members of our Chamber .

There are 4 draws/week of $100 through the end of June;
plus BONUS draws of $500, $750 and $1500!
What are your priorities for an economic recovery?

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce network is asking business leaders to share their insights by taking a short survey to help us advocate your priorities to support job creators and communities.

Please take the survey: 

The survey––which is designed for business representatives who operate in Alberta––will be open until June 30, 2020.
#ShopLocal This June!

Our family has owned a small business for over 20 years. It is not for the faint of heart.

We prefer to make lemonade with our lemons. Just like our province, we will grow, learn, and discover new ways of surviving.

It's never been more important than now to support those mom and pop stores. Everyone is hurting. The mom and pop businesses are in a battle unlike the ones they've fought before.

Support them. Choose them.
Support your favourite local businesses with their one-of-a-kind, made with love items, their friendly service, and their hometown values that can never be mass-produced. We can help them to keep fighting! 
Thanks to everyone in our Bear Creek Family #AlbertaCares

If you plan to play at Bear Creek this season, consider purchasing a gift card! Gift cards are good toward any purchase at Bear Creek including Golf, Range, Golf Shop Merchandise, Food & Beverage, Lessons, Clinics & More! To purchase a gift card now,  click here .

Twilight Savings Time is Back!
Get the Best Twilight Rates at Bear Creek!

Playing Bear Creek just keeps getting better and better and better! Now through the end of the summer, enjoy fantastic unlimited weekend twilight rates!

DON'T WAIT... TEE TIMES WILL FILL UP FAST WITH THIS SPECIAL AND ALL THE NEW COVID RULES!! 

Play for only $25 after 4 PM Saturday and Sunday!
Great golf...at great Twilight rates, so come and get more golf for your buck all summer long at Bear Creek
 
Early Morning Weekday Special

Play Anytime Before 10 AM Monday – Thursday at Bear Creek for JUST $25!

As they say timing is everything in life! This offer won't last! Waste no time and contact the golf shop to get the tee time of your choice!

Couldn't We All Use a Little Help From Our Friends? 
The more the merrier, so share this with your golfing buddies to have them join you!
 
Click here  now to book your tee time! 

See you on the course!

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Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Launches New Brand and Website

The Grande Prairie Hospital Foundation is proud to introduce their new brand and website, built to better communicate about how donations from the community take our hospitals from good to great.

“This project has been underway for a quite some time, going back prior to COVID-19. We wanted to take our time and ensure the site is built in a way that anyone wanting to engage with us or just learn more about the Foundation can easily do so.” explained Keith Curtis, GPRH Foundation Executive Director.

“To us we are simply the conduit that connects people’s donations to their hospital. The website focuses on how the community’s donations have historically impacted their hospital, as well as how they can have long term impacts into the future.” added Curtis.

To celebrate the launch the Foundation has included a Pediatric Penguin Scavenger Hunt. Participants will need to visit the new site at www.gphospitalfoundation.ca. Using HINT 1 below they then must explore the site to find the Pediatric Penguin Characters hidden in different locations.

They must then note the location of each of the 5 Pediatric Penguin Characters, then direct message us on Facebook with all the locations. Participants will then be entered into a draw for a gift basket…if they make it to the end they can learn....how to enter the bonus draw for a gorgeous garden planter. Entries will be accepted until July 5th. The draw will happen July 6th.

Pediatric Penguin HINT 1 : The month of May has many important days and weeks, such as Nurses Week. What Program did the Foundation ask you to start a conversation on for the month? Extra getting started tip – check out our social media pages…but be careful those links may not work now.
Postmedia Marketing Grant Program

Reopening Canada Editorial Series
Our editorial team focuses on how businesses across the country plan to reopen. A special edition in print and a similar section online will include an overview from our experts at the Financial Post about the reawakening economy, along with local stories that spotlight the recovery in sectors like the hospitality industry, retail, real estate, tourism, the arts and finance. As the country reopens, we’ll add progress reports and capture local success stories.

I'm also proud to let you know that we have created a Postmedia Support Advertising Grant Program . Details & application process for the Marketing Grant Program are here:   http://www.postmediasolutions.com/grant/

These programs are the latest step in our ongoing commitment to supporting our communities as we weather the COVID-19 crisis together. Leveraging our platforms and reach, Postmedia is uniquely positioned to support the economic reopening of our country, help the hardest-hit industries get back on their feet, and tell the stories of Canada’s economic recovery. 

These grants are available for Grande Prairie businesses. For more information, contact Fern Hickson, Multi-Media Sales Consultant, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune, Peace Country Sun, Alberta Communities
T: 780.513.3985
C: 780.876.1865

We Are Adapting & Surviving

We certainly live in interesting times. In these interesting times we have to adapt to survive. While the gallery was closed for 2 months we did solid business. We tried an auction and daily posts. We also did our first sale event on our fourth anniversary. We are humbled by the outpouring of support, each month wondering how we be able to generate any kind of revenue. Each month we managed to do, what we consider, very well despite being closed.
Thank you. 

Three things we discovered over these three months:

1. People's Time At Home
People are spending more time at home, evaluating what is important and looking for something with soul. Many people are finding that connection in the original artwork we represent. Cycling out the mass-produced box store decor and replacing with original Canadian art that truest represents them.

2. Supporting Local
People want to support local and do their part in seeing valued small business make it through to the other side. I had one gentleman in to buy a painting for his wife on their anniversary. He specifically said he was in a box store and felt dirty and wanted to support a local artist. Again, thank you. 

3. Art Fulfills
People are redirecting spending dollars. Knowing that a summer holiday in the US or Europe isn’t happening but want to add something beautiful, a Canadian experience to their home, where they now work or isolate.  Art is a wonderful escape , can change the mood and feeling of a room. It’s a vacation 365 to those that can get lost in it. 

So, to everyone that holds their breath when they ask “how are we doing?”. Thanks to wonderful people supporting us, we are doing OK. Each month presents a new challenge and we can’t rest for a moment, but for the past three months, I humbly thank you.  
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s  COVID-19 Economic Response Plan  to support Canadians and protect jobs during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to better position them for a strong recovery.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) protects jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off. As of June 8, more than 340,000 applications have been approved providing $10.5 billion in support. Applications for CEWS period 3 are being accepted now.

The Government  announced on May 15, 2020  that the CEWS would be extended by an additional 12 weeks, to August 29, 2020, to give workers greater confidence that they will continue to get the support they need during these difficult times, and better position businesses to bounce back following the crisis.

The Government is introducing regulations to maintain the same eligibility criteria. The Government of Canada has recently completed consultations with business and labour representatives on potential adjustments to the CEWS program to continue to protect jobs and promote growth, including the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold. The key objectives of any potential changes will be to maximize employment, to ensure that the CEWS reflects the immediate needs of businesses, and to support the post-crisis economic recovery.

Any potential changes would commence as of periods 5 (July 5 to August 1) and/or 6 (August 2 to August 29). Further details on this will be forthcoming.

Resources for the CEWS and COVID-19 fiscal measures

The Protective and Social Services team is pleased to offer a grant application for residents, businesses, not for profits, associations, and charities who have a substantiated reason to believe that crime or social disorder has occurred at their sites. The grant application is designed to help offset project costs that has a likely chance of mitigating concerns related to crime or social disorder. Each applicant can apply for up to $10,000 for their single application. The application and criteria can be found by visiting  www.cityofgp.com/crimemitigation or CLICKING HERE
Application deadline is July 1, 2020.
 
Please email your completed Crime Reduction Grant application to:
 
 
Or by mail :
Protective & Social Services ,
City Hall, Bag 4000, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6V3
Attention:
Wendy Hughes
Senior Executive Advisor
The Curve  is a multi-disciplinary community art installation, exhibited through the summer of 2020 at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie . It will honour those in the Peace Region who passed, who served, and who lived through the largest public health pandemic in generations.

Share your voice and your experience over this unprecedented time in this unique community art exhibition. By inviting all residents of the Peace Region to share their unique creative responses to the COVID-19 public health pandemic,  The Curve  has the power to echo and connect all human experiences. It will continue to grow and evolve as more pieces are contributed to the overall exhibition.

NOTE: There are no restrictions on age or artistic ability. We want the whole community involved in this exhibition!

For more information visit our website: 
Greenview Golf Master 2020 – June 1 to September 18, 2020

Calling all Golfers! To be crowned the 2020 Greenview Golf Master , just golf all 6 golf courses within Greenview between June 1 to September 18, 2020, get some Greenview swag, have bragging rights, and be entered to win a $300 gift certificate. 

It is really easy to win, just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Call and book a tee time at each golf course from the list below (no specific order),
  2. Golf each of the listed golf courses from June 1 to September 18, 2020
  3. Take a selfie somewhere on the course with your score card. Be creative, have some fun!

When you have all 6 selfies, email them to  golfgreenview@mdgreenview.ab.ca

Greenview’s Economic Development and Tourism Department will send the first 60 participants a Greenview Mason Jar Mug and a sleeve of Greenview golf balls. All participants’ names will go into a draw for a $300 gift certificate to one of the 6 golf courses. (Winners Choice) Simple as that. 

Get out there, golf and explore Greenview!
Emergency Community Support Fund

Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta is activating Emergency Community Support Fund alongside communities coast to coast to coast.

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.

Launched on May 19, 2020, the  Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations.

The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including  Community Foundations of Canada United Way Centraide Canada  and the  Canadian Red Cross .

We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in the Northwestern Alberta area to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy.

Through the ECSF, we will be investing in local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply by clicking here:

Hello Grande Prairie Businesses and Services,

We wanted to take a moment of your time to ask if you would join us in an initiative that we are putting on across our community, the ‘ No Wrong Door ’ campaign. With increases in domestic violence incidences across the globe expected during and post COVID-19, the domestic and sexual violence sectors are exploring how to create opportunities for safe spaces for those impacted and initiatives to allow individuals to connect with supports and services within their communities through formal and informal services.

The “ No Wrong Door ” campaign is aimed at all Albertans with special emphasis on essential services and those who are accessible within communities currently. This initiative would comprise of putting up a simple poster that has phone numbers linking to 24hr local and regionally specific domestic violence supports and services.

Our goal with this campaign is to inform our community that Odyssey House is still open during this pandemic, and our services are still available to people if they need it. By sharing our poster and placing it in an accessible location to customers and staff, your organization is collectively sharing very important information about a service that someone may need.

Attached is the poster, we ask you print it out, and place around the workplace in areas you think would be appropriate. 

Thank you so much for your time, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Stay Safe

MADI WRZOSEK B.Ed.
Public Education Support Manager
Odyssey House 
Main : 780-538-1332 EXT 141
Cell: 780 - 897 - 8543

Joanne Peckham
Network Coordinator
IMPACT Grande Prairie
Cell: 780-402-5595
The  Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema  has 7 feature-length documentaries that are not available in Canada on any other streaming platform. Half of the net proceeds from the on-demand streaming fee of $9.99/film supports the Reel Shorts Film Festival. Consider giving one as a gift. They can be viewed anywhere in Canada.
 
Chef Flynn  (PG Coarse Language) presented by MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual - a remarkable documentary that portrays a young man’s singular focus and unique path through childhood as Flynn McGarry establishes his own supper club at age 12 and is featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. By the time he graduates from high school and moves to New York City at age 16, he has staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Can he make it on his own in New York?
 
All the Wild Horses  (14+ Coarse Language) presented by High Moon Equine & Canine Sports Therapy – an adventure documentary about the Mongol Derby that takes viewers on a wild ride, from a dramatic start with casualties medivaced off the field to an unexpected, nail-biting finish. Spanning a network of 28 horse stations across 1000 km of Mongolian wilderness over 8 days, Director Ivo Marloh rode the complete race twice in order to film the action first-hand and to find out what compels riders to face such arduous risks on the backs of wild horses in one of the last true wildernesses on Earth.
 
Free Lunch Society  (5+) presented by Pizza Hut – a globe-trotting documentary that looks at the surprising history of a concept that, to some, seems like an idealistic fantasy: "What would you do if your income were taken care of?" Inspired by Star Trek’s utopian vision of a future without need, Austrian Director Christian Tod finds the concept of unconditional basic income to be more reality than science fiction, an idea which has garnered intense discussions in all political and scientific camps. Are we ready for a free lunch society?
 
Ballet Now  (14+ Coarse Language) presented by Beauchamp Photography – an inspiring documentary that follows New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Tiler Beck as she creates a one-of-a-kind dance extravaganza for The Music Center's famed BalletNOW program. As she tries to execute her vision of mashing together the worlds of tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry, Tiler faces the mounting pressures of not only dancing in multiple pieces, but also directing this high profile event. With only a few days of rehearsal, can she pull it off?
 
Beyond Moving  (10+) presented by PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) – an uplifting documentary that follows rising ballet star Siphe (Siphesihle) November on his remarkable journey from his small township in South Africa, where he was discovered as a young boy dancing with his brothers, to his move at age eleven to train at Canada's National Ballet School. As he visits his childhood home after graduating, he reflects on where he came from and what lies ahead as he enters the world of professional ballet.
 
The Booksellers  (rated PG) - presented by Grant Berg Gallery – a captivating documentary about the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it. Featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers, it is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.
 
This Is Not a Movie  (rated 14A) - presented by CW Xteriors – a powerful Canadian documentary that profiles the groundbreaking reporting of legendary foreign correspondent Robert Fisk who has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. In an era of fake news, Fisk’s determination to witness reality on the ground in real time has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.
 
Watch the trailers and find out more at  https://reelshorts.ca/the-festival/schedule/ .
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly email highlights sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership.  
 
For more information on Chamber Member Connections submissions,
please email tom@gpchamber.com .
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