Chamber Member Connections - May 21 2020
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
Business Resiliency Taskforce Webinar #9
- New Federal Funding Programs

Please join us this Friday, May 22, 2020 at noon for information on two Federal funding programs.

Holly Sorgen with Community Futures will be on hand to discuss, and answer your questions, on the recent launch of Regional Relief Recovery Fund and the pending launch of the Community Futures Emergency Loan Fund .
· The Regional Relief Recovery Fund is intended to fill the gaps in the expanded the Canada Emergency Business Account program.
· The pending Community Futures Emergency Loan Fund will focus on rural businesses and programs for higher lending limits.
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CLICK HERE  for the link to Business Resiliency Taskforce Webinar #8 featuring Chris King from the County of Grande Prairie on the GPREP Business Ambassador Program

For more business support, please visit our website:

The Chamber Virtual Business Showcase follows our goal of Connecting Business and Creating Opportunity . As in our annual Business Showcase, businesses will be able to book a "booth", or in this case a chance to promote their operations, services, and products in this Zoom meeting. Each Exhibitor will have up to 3 minutes to speak to attendees and other exhibitors. The event will have an MC who will randomly draw for presenter order from the exhibitor list. There's no cost for a "booth", but exhibitors are required to provide a gift certificate or door prize to be given away during the event, preferably something promoting their business if possible. All attendees and exhibitors will be eligible for any draws. The Chamber will also provide a pair of $25 Chamber Cheques to be used at any of our Members, as well as one month advertising on our digital sign at Centre 2000.

The next Virtual Business Showcase is set for Thursday, May 28 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. Please note on the registration form that interested exhibitors are asked to leave their contact information and someone from the Chamber will follow up for more details. We are limiting the number of exhibitors to 15 to allow for questions and in respect of people's time. We are also preferably looking for businesses who did not exhibit at last month's Virtual Business Showcase although everyone is welcome to attend and find out more about some of our valued members.

ACC pulse check survey

The  Alberta Chambers of Commerce, Economic Developers Alberta, and Community Futures Alberta  have launched a short  pulse check survey  as Alberta begins the process of relaunching its economy. The survey will help our network gather insights on the barriers businesses face reopening in phase one of Alberta's relaunch as well as ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices.
Please  take the survey  and share your insights. The survey will be open through Friday, May 22. To share the survey with other job creators, please copy and paste the link  rather than sharing your unique URL.

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. 

If for whatever reason, you are not able to print but would like to put a poster up, please let us know by May 25 th , 2020 and we can arrange to have some printed for you and dropped off. 

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

Stay Safe

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
June 3, from 9am to Noon MST
Price is $195.00 + GST
A workshop designed to provide sales professionals with a systematic approach to digital prospecting and selling using non-traditional techniques
Leverage the latest technology, information, and social networks

If you're looking to build relationships and start sales conversations, then this workshop is for you.  Most importantly, you won't just have the tools to use but also the knowledge to evaluate which method(s) make the most sense, given your unique situation.
About This Event
Tools you'll be introduced to include:
  • An Understanding of a Prospecting Mindset
  • Email Templates / Follow-Up Scripts
  • LinkedIn Connection Request / Introduction Scripts
  • Are you having more trouble now than ever making contact with prospects?
  • Are you finding yourself stuck in "Voicemail Jail" and unable to get any response from your cold calls?
  • Are you trying to figure out how to get your emails opened, read, and responded to?
The  Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema  has 6 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.
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 .

Financial and Risk Management
Mon & Wed | May 25 - Jun 17 | 6 - 9 PM
Register Now: GPRC.ME/ENT05

HR for the Non-HR Manager
Mon & Wed | May 26 - 27 | 9AM - 4PM
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To view our complete list of videoconference courses via Zoom, visit  GPRC.ME/CEZoom
We have a wide variety of online safety training which includes TDG, WHMIS, Provincial Hours of Service (Alberta), Daily Pre-Trip Inspection and more.
For a full list of our online safety training offerings, visit:  GPRC.ME/ONLINESAFETYTRAINING
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