Chamber Member Connections - May 7 2020
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
Business Resiliency Taskforce Webinar #8
- Grande Prairie Business Ambassador Program

Friday, May 15, 2020
12:00-1:00PM via Zoom Meeting

Join the Business Resiliency Taskforce for a presentation by Chris King on the new Business Ambassador Program.

Since the early stages of the current pandemic the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP) has been working at ensuring that the region remains safe and acts to prevent additional damage or losses occur. As things are changing rapidly everyone has needed to pivot in a number of ways.

GPREP has created a Business Ambassador Program , this group formed early on in the shut down to work with the essential businesses in the region. The goal was to ensure that the open essential businesses were able to operate in the safest way possible and work with them to create a general best practices.

On April 30th the Alberta Government's announced that a phased approach for businesses to re-open starting on May 14th. The group has since added another strategy to help the phase one businesses in accessing the tools and resources that they need to open within the AHS guidelines.

PPE4BIZ Program :

GPREP Business Ambassador Program:

Please join us as Chris explains the program in depth, shares resources, best practices and lessons learned in a crisis.

About Chris King
Chris King started out in the finance world, is a business man, and has been an economic developer for the past 25+ years. He is the Economic Development Manager at the County of Grande Prairie, has extensive knowledge on supply chain management, financial planning and emergency management.

CLICK HERE  for the link to Business Resiliency Taskforce Webinar #7 featuring Kari Speaker Smith and Stephanie Carlisle from Fletcher Mudryk LLP, Navigating Through Information Overload.

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Many businesses still struggling despite government supports

EDMONTON — While the provincial government announced yesterday that Alberta will begin its gradual economic reopening, recent data reveal many businesses are still struggling despite government supports—a likely challenge to moving Alberta's economy into this next phase. The data—collected through a recent business impact survey by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), Community Futures Alberta, and Economic Developers Alberta —show less than 40 per cent of businesses that had received supports of some kind thought the supports would be sufficient to help their business remain viable.

The survey took place online between April 10 and April 26, 2020 and showed a wide range of responses to the various programs available at that time. Survey respondents had most commonly accessed expense deferral programs and working capital loans through primary financial institutions. However, despite the popularity of deferral programs, only 12 per cent of those who had applied believed they could make lump sum payments when due.

"Despite the variety of government programs in place, the survey data show a great number of businesses are still struggling just to survive and have taken on more debt through loans and expense deferrals," says ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly. " This very well may be indicative of what's to continue as Alberta's economy moves into the next phase. That’s why we’re following up with businesses to get their insights with a pulse check survey. Government support measures will need to be more effective for many businesses to remain viable as the economy begins to reopen."

With Alberta's relaunch strategy beginning today, the ACC and its partners have launched a follow up pulse survey to gather updated insights from Alberta business. The survey will be live for 10 days at .

As Canada’s Healthy Choice for Pets it is our goal to ensure that we carry the best quality foods and products for your pets. We are part of the largest Canadian-owned pet specialty retailer. We are very proud to be Canadian, and our store is locally-owned.

Our philosophy is that caring for pets must include these four elements: Mind+Body+Soul+Spirit. By offering a unique and wide selection of wholesome pet food, supplements, accessories, toys and supplies that encompasses these four elements, we are committed to helping pet lovers make informed decisions for the total health and well-being of their companion pets.

You want the best for your pet. We do too. Let us show you how proper nutrition and care can not only improve the overall health of your pets, but extend their lives.

We specialize in natural and holistic pet food, pet treats, and supplements, and also carry a wide selection of Health & Beauty supplies (shampoos, grooming tools, dental products, etc.), toys, carriers and crates, beds, clothing, leashes and collars, training tools. You will find the essential pet products that all pet lovers need in caring for their companion pets, whether they are cats and dogs, birds, fish, or small animals such as hamsters and ferrets.

We know that caring for pets can be challenging when they won't eat or experiencing health issues. Whether they suffer from allergies, dental issues, joint stiffness or a myriad of other health problems, we understand that you just want to help them. We pride ourselves on being pet nutrition and pet care specialists and we will use our knowledge and expertise to help you find the right solutions for your companion pets' needs.

Our Global Pet Foods Healthy Pet Care Specialists will recommend the best brand of food, supplement, treat, toy, or any other pet product - along with great pet care tips - so that your companion pets can be healthy and happy!
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?
Rentco and Husqvarna are teaming up to give 10% off Husqvarna retail products to our local heroes!

If you are a Health Care Professional, Hospital Clinical Staff, Hospital Administration, Hospital Service Staff, Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, an active or retired firefighter, law enforcement, paramedic or EMT - bring in your ID and instantly save 10%

Stop in to our Toolshed branch on 108 Avenue in Grande Prairie.

*not available with any other offer, subject to change without notice.
Bobcat of the Peace has some great financing options for you! NO PAY FOR 90 DAYS oac - that is ANY 90 days in 2020 or maybe a WORRY FREE LEASE with extended warranty and planned maintenance? Stop by Bobcat of the Peace , your locally owned and operated Bobcat dealership.  
The  Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema  opened May 1 st  with feature-length documentaries that are not available in Canada on any other streaming platform. Two new documentaries are added each Friday. 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.
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, the success of the performances rests squarely on her shoulders. Will 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
Cash flow management in times of uncertainty – WEBINAR
Thursday, May 21 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In today’s challenging and constantly shifting business landscape, many entrepreneurs are feeling overwhelmed and left wondering what more they could be doing to elevate and protect their business during a deeply impacted market. To increase your chances of successfully pulling through the storm, it is paramount to have a full understanding of your current cash flow situation and how you could apply best business practices that not only mitigate cash flow loss, but also provide room for opportunity.
Throughout this discussion, we’ll cover:
  • Strategies on how to pivot your business to generate revenues and minimize expenses.
  • Identify the potential impacts when shifting your cash flow strategies by sharing a specific example.

Presenter Sandi MacGregor
As an Entrepreneur Strategist at ATB’s Calgary Entrepreneur Centre, Sandi provides in-depth business advice and resources and is here to help you navigate the entrepreneurial community. Her education and career background in marketing and management spans across several industries, including food and beverage, public procurement, water management and construction. In today’s digital and data driven economy, Sandi uses her decade of business experience to help you develop sustainable business goals and strong strategies to support them. A wholly committed lifelong learner, she loves challenging herself and is always looking for new ways to add value.

Presenter Ricardo Flores
Ricardo is passionate about assisting entrepreneurs through insights and advice around how to start and grow their business. He started this journey by working as a Business Advisor for the Business Link in Edmonton helping startups to get off on the right foot. He also worked as a contractor writing business plans for entrepreneurs, and later ran a residential painting franchise where he managed up to four employees. In his current role as an Entrepreneur Strategist for ATB based in Grande Prairie, Ricardo assists entrepreneurs mainly with their startup process, business planning, cash flow management and marketing. Ricardo moved to Grande Prairie two years ago. He enjoys everything sports related, reading and getting to know people.
Welcome to the 2020 season at Snipe Lake RV Resort . We just received our approval to open May 8, 2020 and looking forward to a beautiful, fun filled summer out doors and on the lake!

In light of the COVID-19 virus, we at Snipe Lake would prefer to have as many happy families out as possible for the season. We have accordingly released 10 sites for seasonal lease, and are allowing flexible payment terms in light of the economic crunch we all have been under.

Options for purchase include a small down payment and no payments until 2021! We invite everyone interested to come experience what we all love!
May Long weekend will be our first big weekend to have fish frys, explore 83 acres of nature, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings!

We are willing to work with any and all families interested in connecting with nature to support health in our current virus induced slumber. Credit reports and financial statements be damned! Let’s have fun!

We do have a new member of our team available for visits as well 😊
Please check out our facebook page, Snipe Lake RV Resort for more photos. Look forward to hearing from you!
Snipe Lake RV Resort

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
Register Now: GPRC.ME/MEC02

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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