CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

October 2018
Your monthly update from your local Chamber of Commerce!
Celebrating Small Business Week! October 14-20, 2018
BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for almost 40 years.
This year's theme is Digitize now: Transform your business.
In an increasingly connected, automated and data-driven world, businesses need to embrace new technologies or risk falling behind.
The BDC invites entrepreneurs to measure your digital performance and take action to digitize now.

Here at the DDCC we have two great activities scheduled for Small Business Week this year:

Oct. 16- OH&S Updates Lunch & Learn: Are you up to date on changes and updates to Occupational Health & Safety? Join us to learn about Bill 30: An Act To Protect The Health And Well-Being Of Working Albertans . Read more or register.

Oct. 18- 7th Annual Women in Business Mixer: The DDCC's Women in Business Mixer is a great opportunity to mingle with the women of the Drumheller-area business community. Join us for snacks, drinks, and good conversation.
New this year- we are excited to have a presentation by the wonderful and local  Adele Desjardins  at the event! Read more or register here.
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
The Government of Canada has announced the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, effective on October 17, 2018.

We recently held a Cannabis in the Workplace Lunch & Learn Session to help educate members of the business community on this topic. Missed it? You can view the entire recording here .

Also check out the article Marijuana At Work: Six Things Employers Should Know for more helpful information.
Upcoming Member Events:

Now-Oct.20: The Diaries of Adam & Eve @ Rosebud Theatre
Oct. 26 & 27: Haunted Hotel @ Canalta Jurassic Inn
Oct. 26 & 27: Haunted Hallway @ Dry Canyon Collectables & The Faux Den; 10 years and older
Oct. 31: Haunted Hallway @ Dry Canyon Collectables & The Faux Den; all ages
Management Skills for Supervisors Coming to Drumheller
Could you or your employees benefit from some management skills training?
Campus Alberta Central is sponsoring a "Management Skills for Supervisors" course, presented by Red Deer College right here in Drumheller. The course takes place over 4 Fridays this fall (Oct.12,19, 26, and Nov.2) and is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant. Download the flyer or contact Campus Alberta Central at 823-8300.
  • Westview Co-op held their Fuel Good Day on September 18, with proceeds going towards the Lions Youth Campground
  • Western GM held their 10th annual Coats For Kids campaign
  • Scotiabank held a Silent Auction and Bake Sale in support of the Drumheller DinoArts Association
  • CIBC held a bake sale and participated in Run for the Cure read more
  • ATB Financial celebrated 80 years with food and fun on Sept. 28

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

Here we are into October already! October is always a busy month for our Chamber of Commerce, and this year is no exception.

As the Chamber approaches our year-end of November 30, planning for the next fiscal year gets into full swing this month with the drafting of budgets and strategic planning. A reminder to our members….we want to hear from you! If you haven’t done so already, please complete the membership survey by October 5, so we have your input for planning purposes. Completed surveys will be entered in a draw for a free 2019 Chamber membership.

From October 14-20, we will be celebrating Small Business Week . This national event is focused on celebrating Canadian entrepreneurs. Did you know that 99.7% of Canadian businesses are small and medium-sized businesses? That’s definitely worth celebrating!

On Tuesday, October 16 from 11:30am to 1:00pm we will host a Lunch N’ Learn session at the Canalta Cretaceous Centre. Businesses of all sizes are invited to attend this session, which will provide information on the recent changes and updates to Occupational Health & Safety. Pre-registration is required ; .... read more
Membership Satisfaction Survey- You Could Win a Free 2019 Membership!

The DDCC will be undergoing our annual Strategic Planning Session this fall, and we are seeking Support your favorite contestant here! from Chamber members to assist us in evaluating our plans and efforts. The survey is intended for owners and managers. As a thank you for taking the time to provide input we'll be selecting one survey participant at random to receive their 2019 Chamber membership for free!

CLICK HERE to complete the survey, or if you'd like to write on a printed copy of it please let us know and we can send you one. Survey closes on October 5, 2018.
Tourism Growth Innovation Fund

The Tourism Growth Innovation Fund (TGIF) is a project-based grant program that aims to support economic growth and improve quality of life in communities across Alberta.
TGIF has 2 streams:
  • Destination Development Support
  • Product Development Support

The Destination Development Support stream helps tourism organizations and Alberta municipalities create new tourism products and destination development opportunities through research-based studies, surveys and plans.

The Product Development Support stream helps non-profit tourism attraction operators who want to develop projects that grow tourism experiences within Alberta.
Applications accepted every year during the following periods:
  • April 1 – 30
  • October 1 – 31
Drumheller Public Library Releases 2019-23 Plan of Service

The Library has a brand new five year plan, and there are some exciting projects on the horizon. Find the details  here.
DinoArts Fundraiser: The Ultimate Pieing Championship 2
The Drumheller DinoArts Association is bring back a popular fundraiser to support the rebuild of some dinosaurs.

The Ultimate Pieing Championship sees local contestants pitted against each other, and the public is invited to help determine which one gets a pie in the face at centre ice during the October 5th Dragons Game!

2018 FIGHT CARD:
 
* Jamie Worman  (Drum Chrysler) vs.  Mike Bell  (Western GM) (rematch)*
* Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk  (Western Financial) vs.  Jonathan Campbell  (A&W)*
* John Shoff  (Reality Bytes) vs.  Landon Bosch  (Centre Street Insurance)*
* Jason Blanke  (Drum FM) vs.  Addison Reece  (910 CFCW)*
* Joanne Contenti  (Scotiabank) vs.  Chris Sadler  (ATB)
Mayor Heather Colberg vs.  CAO Darryl Drohomerski  (Town of Drumheller)

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.

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

Join the Facebook Event to keep updated.
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