Chamber Member Connections - June 25 2020
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
The Chamber Virtual Business Showcase is set for TONIGHT from 5:00-7:00 PM on Zoom. 

Make sure you have set yourself up with a beverage and some appetizers as we will be virtually visiting businesses for presentations and information.

Each presenter will have up to 3 minutes to showcase their business or product to our attendees and other exhibitors.

As an added bonus,  Eastlink TV  will be recording the event to show on local TV! That’s extra promotion for your business! 

It will be aired on Eastlink Community TV, channel 610 on a program called  Makin’ It Work Alberta , and will be divided into two or three shows which will start airing on Friday, July 3 and Friday, July 17. 

We'd love to see you all!

To register AS AN EXHIBITOR OR ATTENDEE please CLICK HERE, and for more information contact Cindy in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com .
2020 CANWEST CHAMBER MEMBER GOLF CLASSIC

WE ARE EXCITED TO CONFIRM THIS FUN DAY OF NETWORKING (AND OK A LITTLE GOLF TOO) IS SET FOR:

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Bear Creek Golf Club

4-Person Texas Scramble Format
Member Registration: $150+GST/person; ($600+GST/four-person team)
Green Fees, Power Carts, and Served Buffet Supper included

* Please contact Cindy Simigan at  cindy@gpchamber.com  for sponsorship opportunities or visit our website by  CLICKING HERE
HAVE YOU OR ARE YOU REOPENING SOON?

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 EXCLUSIVE RATES FOR MEMBERS, please contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email leah@gpchamber.com.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has been showing us on Facebook what you’re doing to  #LoveLocalGP  and supporting businesses in the City of Grande Prairie , County of Grande Prairie , Sexsmith , Beaverlodge , Wembley , and Hythe .

THE BUSINESS RESILIENCY TASKFORCE INCLUDING THE CHAMBER, CITY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE AND COUNTY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE HAS AWARDED $7700 IN CHAMBER CHEQUES AND OUR GRAND PRIZE DRAW OF A $1500 CHAMBER CHEQUE WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW!

CONGRATULATIONS  TO DANIELLE JONES, our winner of a $750 Chamber Cheque BONUS PRIZE!
What are your priorities for an economic recovery?

What's next for Alberta's economy? What are your priorities for our province going forward? How can we recover from COVID-19 and record-low oil prices?

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce network has launched a short (less than 10 minutes!) survey focused on economic recovery and provincial priorities. Please  take the survey  and share your insights.  We will share your responses directly with provincial and local decision-makers.


To share the survey with other job creators, please copy and paste the link below rather than sharing your unique URL:


For technical questions, please contact  support@albertaperspectives.vision-critical.com

For questions about this survey, please contact Heather Clifford at  hclifford@abchamber.ca .

This is an important initiative for Alberta's businesses and economy. Thank you in advance for your participation!
PBR’s Monster Energy Tour Makes First-Ever Stop in Grande Prairie on October 2-3

Tickets for the Grande Prairie BuckWild on-sale Friday, June 26

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta – For the first time in tour history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada’s elite Monster Energy Tour will travel to Grande Prairie, Alberta, with the “toughest sport on dirt” set to buck into Revolution Place on October 2-3, 2020.

The Monster Energy Tour regularly features Canada’s best riders alongside some of the league’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from across the nation. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous bull-riding athletes face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.

As part of the 2020 Grande Prairie BuckWild , new health and safety measures will be instituted. The new fan safety protocols for the event include:
· Mobile ticketing options and waiving of online ticket purchase fees.
· POD seating, which increases distancing and minimizes fan crossover when entering and exiting their seats.
· More efficient arena exit to reduce congregation among fans.
· Increased options for cashless, contactless concessions and merchandise sales.

While the event will mark the first-ever Monster Energy Tour stop in Grande Prairie, the Swan City is no stranger to the edge-of-the seat adrenaline experienced at a professional bull riding event.

Last season, in 2019, the PBR debuted in Grande Prairie, with the event then part of the developmental Touring Pro Division.

The bull riding action begins at 7:00 p.m. MT on Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3 at Revolution Place. All riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1 on Friday, followed by the 5/5 Bucking Battle. On Saturday, after all entered riders attempt one additional bull each in Round 2, the Top 10 will advance to the championship round later that evening for one more out and a chance at the event title. In addition to competing for points towards the Canadian national standings, riders will also vie for crucial points towards the World Finals.

Tickets for the Grande Prairie BuckWild go on sale Friday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. MT. They range in price from $35 to $90, standard fees may apply, and can be purchased online at RevolutionPlace.com, by phone at (780) 538-0387, or at the Revolution Place box office.

The 2020 slate of events marks the fifth season for the Monster Energy Tour as a unified competitive series traveling across the country. After visiting the likes of Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta, the season is anticipated to culminate in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the 2020 PBR Canada Finals on November 13-14. All future PBR Canada events are subject to change given the evolving regulations regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

For more information on PBR Canada, go to www.pbrcanada.com , or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pbrcanada and Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBRCanada .

TOWNE CENTRE LIQUOR AND WINE STORE

Customer Appreciation and CANADA DAY Mega Sale At TOWNE CENTRE LIQUOR AND WINE STORE.

SUMMER SPECIALS (WINES)

BUY 2          SAVE 15%
BUY 4          SAVE 20%
BUY 6          SAVE 25%

 FOR SELECTED LIQUERS , SCOTCHES , RUMS , VODKAS,TEQUILAS,GIFT PKS.

BUY 2          SAVE 10%
BUY 4          SAVE 15%
BUY 6          SAVE 20%

Come and Take Advantage Of This Opportunity And Enjoy The Savings, Also Support Small and Family Owned Business in The Community.

TOWNE CENTRE LIQUOR AND WINE STORE
9845 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie
in the Towne Centre Mall
Our Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management training program is set to kick off July 26th in Grande Prairie and we are actively recruiting participants to join the program. It is fully funded by the Government of Alberta for clients accessing EI or CERB. 

More information about the program can be found on our website:  https://balladgroup.ca/courses/fundamentals-of-supply-chain-management/
AGM Announcement:
 
Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention will be holding our Annual General Meeting on June 30 th , from 12:00-1:00PM in our office #200, 10014 99 Street Grande Prairie, AB
 
  Looking for 2 new Board Members:
Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention (SPRC) is seeking two Board Members who will serve on our governance board and assist SPRC to achieve its vision of reducing suicide, suicidal behaviour, and their effects.

This is an opportunity to advocate for mental wellness and to make a difference in our community. This role includes:
  • A commitment to a 2-year term
  • 9-10 board meetings per year plus 1 planning meeting and annual general meeting (generally no meetings in July or August)
  • Board meetings at 5.30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

To apply, please reach out to our current board chair, Tracy King, at  TKing@gprc.ab.ca  
 
Great Canadian Giving Challenge:
 
We are now nearing the end of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge through CanadaHelps. 
 
During the entire month of June every dollar donated to us will give us a chance to win an extra $20,000! This is an incredible opportunity to allow us to make up for cancelled events and ensure we can continue our programming.
 
The link to our donation page for this challenge can be found on the Canadahelps page as well as our own website donation page:

Program Highlight 
Men's Support Group
 
"The Men's Support Group is exactly what it says it is: Men supporting Men. There is a lot of experience and advice around the table on any given night.”
 
Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention currently runs the only men’s group in Northern Alberta. It is for men who have experienced loss or change and are struggling to cope. This facilitated program is open to all men, at no charge and runs every Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. There is no commitment or prior sign ups required and you are free to attend once or weekly for as long as you like.
 
If you are interested in either of these programs or would like more information, follow the links below:
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. Entries will be accepted until July 5th. The draw will happen July 6th.
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
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
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:

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 .
Website: www.grandeprairiechamber.com
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