CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

December 2018
Your monthly update from your local Chamber of Commerce!
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Message from the Executive Director

Happy Holidays from the Board of Directors and staff of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce! Wishing you the joy of family, the gift of friends and the best of everything in 2019!

Please note the Chamber of Commerce office will be closed over the holidays from December 24 to January 1, reopening Wednesday, January 2 for regular business from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The World’s Largest Dinosaur Giftshop and Visitor Information Centre will be open regular hours (10am to 5:30pm daily) with the exception of December 24 and 25, as well as January 1.

As we round out 2018, I would like to say thank you to our Chamber of Commerce members, Board of Directors and staff who have contributed to the achievements of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce in the past year! We have had a successful year and I look forward to what 2019 will bring.

Respectfully submitted,
Heather Bitz
Executive Director
Upcoming Chamber Events:

Dec.24-Jan.1: Chamber Office CLOSED
April 26 & 27: Spring Expo Trade Show
HR In a Box Recap

On Thursday, November 22 the Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of partnering with Talent Pool to host an HR in a Box session.
Guest speaker, Landis Jackson, a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, had an ab undance of practical and useful information to share with employers.
Ms. Jackson discussed employee attraction, recruitment and selection in the first part of the session. Here’s a short summary of the information presented:
  • Consider workforce planning – be able to justify the hire, the number of hires and the type of employment (full-time, part-time, casual)
  • Think about where you are recruiting – post job in at least 3 different ways (ex. Website, job agency, print)
  • Process for selection – short list to three people, review job posting in comparison to the candidates’ cover letter and resume
  • Interviewing – have two people conduct the interview (if possible), ask behavioural and situational questions read more
2018 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS RECAP
A big thank you to everyone that came out, and to all of the sponsors, volunteers and FOL Committee members!

Fireworks Sponsors:
Canalta Hotels and the Drumheller Kinsmen

Official Sponsors:
Hi-Way 9 * Town of Drumheller Heritage Arts & Culture Committee * Atlas Coal Mine * Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce * Drumheller Valley FCSS * Canalta Hotels * RBC & the Drumheller Dragons

Festival Friends:
Allied Distributors *The Royal Den of Hair Connoisseurs * Traders Furniture * Century 21 * CitiZEN Yoga * R & J Flowers & Gifts * Al Kendrick * Cindy Bagley * Pioneer Trail Seniors Centre * Rose Poulson *Bill Wulff & the fireworks team * Rare Rides * Whispering Spirit Performance Horses * Jason Blanke * MarketingHits.com

Fire Pit Sponsors:
Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society * Chinook Financial * Western GM * Big Country Anti-Violence Association * Fellowship Baptist Church * For Sight Vision Centre * Drumheller Rotary * Drumheller Lions Club * Pizza Hut * Reality Bytes * TELUS * Big Country Victim Services * Drumheller RCMP * Drumheller McDonalds * Drumheller Chrysler * ATCO * Nathan Horner * The Drumheller Mail * Badland Bud * Boston Pizza *

Tree donated by Darcy Mandziaks
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: The Barbara Shop

Barb offers colors, perms and haircuts for men, ladies and children.

Call 403-334-0394 to make an appointment!
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Done Deal Deliveries

At Done Deal Deliveries, we pride ourselves in being fast, efficient and courteous.
We specialise in express delivery and messenger services, couriering your goods or documents on time.
Whether you’re sending a letter or a parcel, we’ve got you covered!

P: 403-830-8600 (dispatch); 403-836-0323 (office)
Get to Know the Board of Directors

Name: Roger Stevenson
Current Occupation: Financial Advisor/Owner, ProPlan Financial Group
On the Board since: 2018
I joined the Board to: Make a positive impact on our business community.

Hometown: Mount Forest, Ontario
Last movie I saw: A Star is Born
Favorite dessert: Pumpkin Pie or Banana bread – without nuts, yuck.
Book I am currently reading: Fox and O’hare mystery series
Favorite sports team : Calgary Flames
Favorite quote: "You can learn something from everyone."
My favorite Chamber event: the Awards Gala; it's good to celebrate others' success.
Employment Resources from MH Enterprises

They offer employers the following:
  • Access to their job board both in the office and on the website
  • Job maintenance and mediation
  • Assisting with and developing recruitment and retention plans
  • Office space to conduct interviews
  • Access to qualified candidates
  • Connecting you with valuable community resources

For example, the Opportunities Now program provides people with disabilities the opportunity to gain skills while employed and offsets the costs of training for employers.

The new Paid Work Experience Program is a Government funded program that provides a 3 week work experience opportunity that can assist Albertans to gain employment quickly.

For information on all the programs and resources offered by MH Enterprises, visit https://www.drumhellerjobs.com/services-programs .
The Future Of Work Is the Future of Everything: What Does It Mean for HR Leaders, Employees and Your Organization

FREE webinar- Wednesday, December 5. 9:00 am-12:30 pm.

Studies indicate that almost 40% of today's jobs in Canada can be partially or fully automated, surpassing 60% by next decade. Digital disruption and artificial intelligence are the new normal, and change is affecting businesses, jobs and people across all industries. Organizational leaders and workers must redefine the definition of work and workers in the era of autonomous systems and robotics.

Attend an exciting session of HR in a Box to discuss which skills and competencies will thrive in the era of artificial intelligence, with specific examples of how these innovations will affect organizations, employees and communities. Register here
The Five Employees Every Small Business Needs

Make sure your small business workforce includes these five types of employees.

Small businesses play a critical role in the health of many economies, as they provide jobs for roughly half of certain nations’ private workforce. Since the recession, however, many small business owners have been forced to do more with less, making it essential to get the most out of every dollar, every resource, and, perhaps most importantly, every employee.

In fact, each individual employee within a small business — particularly those with 50 employees or less — can help shape the fate of the overall organization. After all, while larger companies can overcome a lack of productivity or recover from a bad hire, for a small business, having the wrong employee in the wrong role can literally mean the difference between staying in business and closing shop for good. In order to keep small business growing, even the best small business management strategy in the world does not mean anything without the right mix of people to execute against it.

1. The Mentor
Many small businesses do not offer the same formal training and development programs provided by larger companies, but that does not mean that your junior employees shouldn’t have an opportunity to learn on the job.  Read more
Putting power in the hands of communities
The province is making it easier for communities to develop their own renewable energy projects.

In response to the growing demand for renewable energy, the Government of Alberta is investing $200 million in Climate Leadership Plan funds over 20 years to launch a new Community Generation Program. The initiative will support the installation of locally generated electricity projects. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, spur investment, diversify local economies and support local jobs.

Community generation enables neighbours, community groups, municipalities, agricultural societies, rural and urban co-ops, universities, schools, Indigenous communities and other groups to partner on small-scale renewable energy projects such a wind, biomass, hydro or solar that provide community benefits. Read more
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.
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