CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

November 2018
Your monthly update from your local Chamber of Commerce!
We don't mean to frighten you so soon after Halloween, but there are only 2 months left of 2018! Scroll down for news, events, and resources that can help you make the most of the rest of the year.
HR In a Box Workshop

We continue our mission to bring great educational opportunities to the Drumheller area business community with an upcoming workshop that will be very valuable for any business owners, managers, HR professionals, team leads, or anyone interested in workforce strategies to improve their organization.

WHEN: Thursday, November 22. 8:30am-12:00pm.

HR expert Landis Jackson will present two exciting topics:
  • Attraction/Recruitment and Selection - strategies that deliver the right mix of attraction, selection, recruitment, and onboarding, and
  • Identifying Team Retention & Leadership Strategies- learn to to create an engaged workplace that conjures up positivity and creativity.

Upcoming Chamber Events:

Nov. 29 & 30- WLD Giftshop and VIC Closed For Inventory
  • CIBC celebrated their 100 year anniversary
  • The Badlands Amphitheatre received an Alberta Tourism (ALTO) Award for their DrumBeats show
  • Dry Canyon Collectables also received recognition as a finalist for an ALTO award, for their Dancing with the Dinosaurs Powwow.
  • Valley Plaza merchants, the Mayor and councillors held a wonderful Mayor's Pumpkin Carving Event

Is your organization doing something great to help the community, or celebrating a milestone? Let us know!
Message from the Executive Director

As we turn the page of our calendars, there are a few dates to note for November. The DDCC’s fiscal year end is November 30, and it marks a time to review the past year and begin making plans for 2019 and beyond. The DDCC Board of Directors and staff will be working on our Strategic Plan this week and budgets will be reviewed by the Board later this month.

Also, as part of our year end, the World’s Largest Dinosaur Giftshop and Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be closed on Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 for our annual inventory count. If you require assistance during this time, please call or email our office. Regular hours (10am to 5:30pm daily) for the Giftshop and VIC will resume on Saturday, December 1.

A friendly reminder that the Business Advocacy Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 12pm in the Chamber Board Room. If there are issues affecting your business, we encourage you to bring them forward at our meetings. It is the goal of the committee to work with members to identify issues or barriers to growth and to develop strategies through which to address and resolve the identified issues and barriers. On behalf of the committee, we hope to see you on Wednesday, November 7 at 12pm!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the morning of Thursday, November 22. We are hosting our last educational session of 2018 with the HR in a Box program. Human Resources expert, Landis Jackson will lead a 2-part session with the following topics: “Attraction/Recruitment and Selection” and “Identifying Team Retention and Leadership Strategies.” The session will run from 8:30am-12pm at the Canalta Cretaceous Conference Centre and the cost is only $20 for members. Advance registration is required please.

Respectfully submitted,
Heather Bitz
Executive Director
2018 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
The Festival of Lights is back for another fun-filled, festive kickoff to the holiday season!

Saturday, November 17, 4:00-8:00pm.

Businesses and groups are invited to check out the many ways to get involved with this popular community event; download the sponsorship package for all the info. *Fire Pit Sponsorships are FILLED!

~Cookie Decorating ~ Entertainment Stage ~ Letters to Santa Station ~ Meet The Grinch ~ Photos with Santa & Mrs Claus ~ Wagon Rides ~ Fire Pits ~ S'mores ~ Lighting of the Tree ~ Late night shopping ~ Food trucks~ And more!

Join the Facebook Event to keep updated.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Jon Sheppard Media
A full service media company specialising in:
  • Graphic Design - all media
  • Video Production
  • Event Slideshows
  • Photo Retouching
  • Animation
  • Web Design/Hosting/Domain Services

Connect wit h them on Facebook , at jonsheppardmedia.ca , and Instagram: @motion_jonny
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Central Insurance Group (Rutz Agencies)

Offering insurance for home, auto, tenant, rental, farm, and commercial.
Visit Alison, David and the rest of the team at 273 Centre Street!
P: 403-823-8888
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Traders Furniture
Established in 1939, Traders Furniture continues to serve Kneehill County and the surrounding districts, offering the best in home comfort. With a full range of home furnishings, major appliances and unique home decor and giftware, we take pride in our long tradition of providing exceptional quality and outstanding cu stomer service.
Connect with Traders on Facebook and at tradersltd.ca !
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Historic Graham Ranch
Historic Graham Ranch is a full service motion picture backdrop serving the film industry. Recent productions filmed at the ranch include Lewis and Clark , The Northlander , Don't Walk Among the Dead , and Consume .
Free Webinar: Digitize Your Business and Gain a Competitive Edge 

Digitizing your business is essential to its continuing success, but it can be hard to pinpoint which projects and investments deserve your attention.
Join this webinar to learn a step-by-step process that you can use to digitize your business and gain a competitive edge. Learn more and sign up
New Location and Other Changes to the 5th Annual Spring Expo Trade Show!

Venue: Badlands Community Facility Field House
Dates: April 26 & 27, 2019 (Friday and Saturday only)
Basic power now included with all booths!

Booths are already 25% sold! Find out more here.
Radon Challenge
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the ground. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, and it can enter any home or workplace through openings where the building contacts the ground.
That means the only way to know how much radon is in your home or workplace is to test for it.

The best time to start a radon test is during the colder months of the year when windows and doors are kept shut. And if you find that radon levels are high, don’t panic; it’s easy to fix.
The Radon Workplace Challenge is an opportunity for employers to take a leadership role in protecting the health of their employees and their families. Interested organizations across Canada are invited to take the pledge and participate in the Challenge by sharing information about radon and encouraging their employees and networks to test for it. All participating workplaces will receive educational materials and two radon test kits at no cost !
To find out more information and register your workplace for the Radon Workplace Challenge, please visit www.RadonWorkplaceChallenge.ca .
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