Chamber Member Connections - November 5 2020
Thank you for supporting the 
Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce
This WEEKLY email highlights our membership
(as well as a few reminders from our Chamber). 

To make a submission for Chamber Member Connections,
please email tom@gpchamber.com.

(For information from the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce,
and our municipal, provincial, and federal government partners,
watch for our weekly Chamber Chatter newsletter on Tuesdays.)
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce 2020 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 3.

The meeting will include a review of our activities in 2020 and election of our 2021 Board of Directors.
 
* If you are interested in running for the Board:
Contact the Chamber Office to request a Nomination Package
Call 780-532-5340 or Email tanya@gpchamber.com 

Completed nomination forms must be received by the Chamber office prior to 12:00 PM on Friday, November 20 to be considered by the Nomination Committee.
GetintheLoop is the fastest growing Franchise in Canada and has the largest network of local merchant offers in the Country; a professional platform serving hundreds of thousands of members, all while empowering small business owners with simple and affordable tools to make their local marketing efforts easier and more effective.

Our Chamber was awarded an Economic Recovery Grant from the City of Grande Prairie, and thanks to the City's generosity we are offering the remainder of 2020 FREE for all businesses in our area to become partners and test drive the platform as a part of your recovery efforts and experience firsthand how it can work for you. Chamber Members will receive preferred pricing on the monthly subscription rate beginning in January 2021. Join as a partner and start creating your offers now!  https://www.grandeprairiechamber.com/getintheloop/

We encourage everyone to download the free app to start accessing our offers on GetintheLoop and we look forward to working with our Member businesses who will benefit from this platform. 
The Business Resiliency Taskforce (Chamber of Commerce, City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie No. 1), in partnership with Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region and nine10 Incorporated is excited to offer a SECOND ROUND of Digital Marketing Training for eligible local businesses in the region. The training sessions will be focused on empowering local businesses with knowledge and skills to develop a brand and navigate the digital realm of Websites, Social Media and Search.

With support from the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, which is administered in Alberta by Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), CFGPR is pleased to announce a second intake to the Digital Marketing Training program. Funding from WD will enable an additional 20 businesses and up to 40 people access to the program through early 2021.


Due to the experiential and hands on format of the training, space is limited. Applications for the program will be accepted until November 6. Successful applicants will be notified by November 13 with digital onboarding beginning at the end of November. COVID-19 risk mitigation and physical distancing measures will be acknowledged during in-person training with a contingency plan in place for a digital delivery model.
Upcoming County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network Roundtable – November 10 9:00 am – FREE zoom roundtable
 
Join us on November 10th at 9 am to discuss current sector issues, industry trends, available supports, requests, and network with several other business leaders and business resources and supports.

We are still holding our bi-monthly round table meetings via zoom until we can safely resume in person. So please take advantage of the free information and networking opportunities until then.

Follow the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network to watch for upcoming events and register on our Eventbrite page
 
Save the Date County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network Session– December 8, 2020
 
We are working on our December presentation on mental wellness resources. Stay tuned for more information.
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You asked and we listened! The County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network (BSN) is excited to launch the Blue Pin – Customer Service Excellence certification program for Managers and Front-Line Workers.
 
In an effort to ensure the training covers Employers’ needs, we wanted to get your input into the course offerings. At this time, we have two streams – Management and Front Line Worker.
 
For Blue Pin Certification, Managers will be required to compete 5 Core Courses and 3 Options; Front Line Workers would complete 3 Core Courses and 3 Options. A couple of exclusive offerings will also be available once or twice throughout the year to elevate our Customer Service brand in the region.
 
We have created a survey to find out more about your needs so we can cater our program for you.
 
Follow this link to tell us more.
 
The first exhibition at our new home in 214 Place features new works by Suzanne Sandboe. Suzanne is an award winning artist from the Peace County with many pieces featuring beautiful, Canadian landscapes. Her many awards include a recent first place for "Sundown" at the Peace River Chapter FCA Show, titled A World of Contrast Show, in November 2019. 

The exhibition is scheduled for November 12 through November 28, 2020. 

We look forward to welcoming you into the gallery. To ensure compliance with current health guidelines, and to best manage traffic flow through the gallery, we are unfortunately not hosting an opening event for this exhibition.
 
All Artists Christmas Exhibition

Mark your calendars for the All Artists Christmas Exhibition, December 1 to December 24. During this annual, holiday exhibition, we aim to get as much artwork up as possible for your viewing and shopping convenience.

We are excited to host Robbie Craig’s Northern Projects Grande Prairie Show at the Grant Berg Gallery.

Show Dates & Hours:
Saturday, November 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, November 22 from 11 AM to 5 PM

Robbie will be featuring a variety of prints, canvas prints, printed scarves, limited Holiday ornaments, photography prints, calendars, face masks and more.

Social distancing measures are being put in place with lineups in the 214 Place lobby. As per City of Grande Prairie Bylaw C-1426, masks are required while in the building.


Now through Christmas we are inviting you to bring your "bubble" to our galleries. Whether it’s your friend bubble or work bubble, we can provide your cohort with a safe evening out in a beautiful space. We welcome you to have food or appetizers brought in to complete your experience out. Please call the gallery to discuss.
 
We still offer exclusive appointments after hours and on weekends for those who are more comfortable browsing and shopping privately as we navigate through these times. 

As 2020 comes to a close, we’d like to remind you that an Art Lease can be a valuable write-off for your business. Ask your employer if you are working from home or consult an accountant to see if you are eligible.

We would also like to thank Indigenous Tourism Alberta and Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada for their support in helping us navigate through the pandemic with guidance and financial supports. It truly is appreciated. 

Bus Stop Philosophy (BS Philosophy) has been a project 7+ years in the conception and making is now ready to launch. The series of three books are filled with quotes and sayings collected over the years by myself, Grant Berg. Content covers topics such as art, politics, social media, life, death and random and pure BS. 

A limited number of 100 copies of each book are being printed for the launch and will be available to purchase at the Grant Berg Gallery. Half of all the books are numbered, personally signed and packaged as a complete set. The remaining 50 from the initial print are being sold individually. 

Follow Bus Stop Philosophy on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay connected.
The highly anticipated, annual Vegas Night is being extended this year. The revised Vegas Days takes place over three days to make it safer and less crowded for shoppers in Downtown Grande Prairie.

Vegas Days Dates & Hours:
Thursday, November 12, from 10 AM to 6 PM
Friday, November 13, from 10 AM to 11 PM
Saturday, November 14, from 10 AM to 5 PM

We welcome you down to gamble for sale prices during the event. 

For more information, visit the Grande Prairie Downtown Association’s website
Save over 20% on your 2021 Membership by Bringing a Buddy to Bear Creek!

Because Everything is Better When Shared with a Friend!
Bring in a friend to purchase a new Single or Husband and Wife membership (not a member for the past 3 years) at Bear Creek when you purchase your membership, and you EACH receive 20% OFF the 2020 rate for your 2021 Membership.
Valid November 1st – 7th/2020.
 
Enjoy all the perks of being a member at Bear Creek including…
  • 15% OFF Pro Shop Soft Goods (regular price only)
  • 10% discount on regular priced food items
  • Happy Hour pricing on beverages
  • 10% discount on hourly rate for playing in our NEW simulator
  • · 20% off for 2021 Memberships at 2020 pricing
  • 20% discount on regular green fee and cart rates to play at Morningview Park Golf Course
  • 10% discount for Event Centre room rental for a private event or holiday party
 
PLUS, Join today and enjoy these complimentary gifts:
  • 25-bucket driving Range punch card ($300 value)
  • 4 guest green fee passes ($200 value)
  • 4 free power cart rentals ($180 value)
  • Special order golf clubs at cost plus 10% plus shipping
  • A 60-minute Full swing Clinic with LPGA pro Rhona Law
  • Entered into a draw for a 2021 Power Cart Membership ($840.00 Value)
 
A GREAT year of Golf, Fun, and Friendship!
As an added bonus, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 3 day, 2 night trip to Las Vegas including 2 for 1 airfare and $500 in casino benefits!

Don’t forget, Bear Creek is the first to open, and the last to close.
That means, more golf for less!

ONLY 2 Days LEFT!! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to save big!
To purchase your membership now, call 780-538-3393

*Buddy must NOT have been a member at Bear Creek in the last 3 years*
*Offer not valid with Student, Junior or Corporate Memberships*
Rentco's Toolshed is your local Husqvarna dealer. If you are looking for a Christmas gift that will last, check out some of these great deals!
NOW is the time to buy Bobcat! There are some amazing new innovations and options you need to check out. Visit your LOCALLY owned and operated Bobcat dealer, Bobcat of the Peace.
Rentco is proud to be locally owned and operated since 1963. If you are looking equipment to rent or buy, consider shopping at the only local rental shop in Grande Prairie.
Call Mr Mikes Steakhouse for more details at 780-538-9378 or email grandeprairie@mikes.ca.
Stompede Annual General Meeting Is scheduled to take place Wednesday, November 25th 7:00 pm at the Jackpot Grill.

The Grande Prairie Stompede is proud to announce we are moving forward with our 2020 Grande Prairie Stompede, Annual General Meeting on November 25th, 7pm. Held at the Jackpot Grill & Events Centre. 10904 92 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB

Memberships available at the door for a $25 fee. Membership is required to Vote. Limited number of seating available. We have worked diligently to ensure the comfort, health and safety of our guests and volunteers. Masks are mandatory for attendees. You are welcome to wear your own mask. However, we will also provide disposable masks.

This year’s AGM will review the 2019 event, and hold a vote for the 2020/2021 Board of Directors. Interested In Becoming A Board Member? Visit https://gpstompede.com/ for more information & application form. Applications Must be sent to secretary@gpstompede.com by Nov.23rd.

Thank you to our members, supporters, friends and family of the GP Stompede! Visit https://gpstompede.com/about/gp-stompede-association/ for more details.
Last Chance to Book Your Table!
 
Join us for an intimate gathering on
Saturday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.
to enjoy a decadent meal of steak and lobster
with lemon meringue squares for dessert.
 
Tickets $75 each.
Call 780-532-0340 ext. 3 to book yours today!


NOW OPEN:
Legends Restaurant is now open to the public this winter!
 
Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
We're looking forward to seeing you this winter!
The Swan City Rotary Club is proud to announce the 21st annual Cars for Christmas Lottery. Win cars, trucks, ATV’s, renew your room packages, Gift certificates, cash and more! There are 3 ways to WIN BIG! Proceeds support 13 non-profit groups and 8 regional food banks. Order tickets and see the prizes at www.carsforchristmas.com
Opportunities to Support the Festival 
 
Volunteer 
Please consider giving your time to work a few shifts throughout the week in the area of your choice. 
Email volunteer@gphospitalfoundation.ca to sign up today! 
 
Consider purchasing an item or event ticket 
Take our virtual tour, purchase items in the store, buy some raffle tickets or host an event party. 

Do not forget to check out our online auction; You could be the owner of a new tree or creation for your home or purchase a relaxing spa package and even take home a She-Shed for your yard! 
 
Purchase your tickets at www.festivaloftreesgp.ca - Stay tuned for the opening of the store, auction and raffle! 
 
Get the word out!  
Share our social media posts, encourage friends to participate in any way they can.   
Website: www.grandeprairiechamber.com
Email info@gpchamber.com | Phone 780-532-5340 | Fax 780-532-2926