Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly newsletter highlights some of the promotions, accomplishments, and general information about some of our valued members.  
If you are a member and would like to make a submission for 'Connections', please email your advertisement (with up to 2 .pdf, .jpg, or .png images) to at least 2 days prior to our issue dates of the 1st and 15th of the month. There is no cost for this service which is included with your membership. For archived editions, click here.

Shine Your Light on Suicide Prevention Update
Please shine your light on suicide prevention and help prevent suicide. Grande Prairie Suicide Prevention Resource Centre created an upbeat music video with local volunteers to "This Little Light of Mine" in order to raise awareness and increase funding for our programming. We know that when suicidal behaviours are detected early, lives can be saved.  A small gift of $10 per month-or a one-time donation--will, for example, help a youth from this area attend a retreat or workshop, or help us take presentations (How to Help a Friend or Tough Enough to Talk about It) to schools or workplaces. SPRC is a registered charity and can provide tax deductible receipts. 

Watch & Listen * Share * Donate

With every reported suicide there is between 5% - 25% unreported suicides. 
People with suicidal behaviours are 40 - 100 times greater than the number of suicides. Using just 5% of the 2017 population which was 4, 286000, the amount of Albertans having suicidal thoughts is around 214,300 people.

ATB BoostR Crowdfunding challenge aims to Build Her Business.

On November 19, 2018, in celebration of Women's Entrepreneurship Day, ATB announced the Build Her Business competition, a unique crowdfunding campaign designed to encourage more women to use crowdfunding as a way to start and grow their business.

On February 1, 2019, 22 women from across Alberta launched their crowdfunding campaigns on  ATB's crowdfunding platform, ATB BoostR . The competition runs from February 1- 28, 2019 and the winner will be announced on March 8, 2019,  International Women's Day.

The key to success in rewards-based crowdfunding is through consumers investing small amounts of money into businesses and ideas in return for a reward. The size of the reward is a reflection of the amount contributed. If campaigns don't meet their funding goal, there is no exchange of money or rewards.

While all businesses that meet their funding goal will receive the funds pledged by the crowd, an exciting component of the Build Her Business program is the judging portion for the best overall campaign. The winning campaign will determined by some of today's biggest names in business, including Manjit Minhas, Entrepreneur and Dragon on CBC's Dragon's Den, Angela Brown, CEO of Moneris, Marcela Mandeville, CEO Alberta Women Entrepreneurs and ATB's Vice President of Strategic Business Solutions, Ed Straw.

In addition to the funds raised by the crowd, the overall winner will receive:
- Personal mentorship session with Manjit Minhas
- $5,000 MasterCard from Moneris and ATB
- A 3-month coaching program with Anita Kemp, of 'The Purposeful Entrepreneur" valued at $1,500 ( )

There are two women-led companies from Grande Prairie in the campaign:

Awaken Your Glow Events - lifestyle + wellness retreats, 
currently at 57% of their goal

Amos Smith Clothing - currently at 55% of their goal

As well, the women have been mentored by BoostR Alumni, Tracy Persson who has been named the keynote speaker for the annual Women of Influence Awards in Grande Prairie this March.

Join 20 local vendors at Bear Creek Golf Club this Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM at our first Home Based Business Trade Show, showcasing local artists, and home businesses. Get to know and help support all the local talent around us!

CPHR Alberta 2019 Conference: HR Undefined

April 10 & 11 | Edmonton, Alberta
HR Undefined is CPHR Alberta's largest annual event. It provides an environment where you can learn solutions to HR challenges through professional development and networking with Alberta's HR pros. In April 2019, Human Resources and business professionals will meet in Edmonton, Alberta for over 40 professional development sessions, tradeshow, networking and community building at the CPHR Alberta 2019 Conference: HR Undefined: Explore +Innovate
What Does HR Undefined Mean?
More and more we see disruptors make huge waves in the business world - there's no reason HR shouldn't be right there with the other innovators. HR Undefined captures where our profession is today and anticipates how it's evolving. Join us April 10 & 11, 2019 at the Edmonton Convention Centre in Edmonton to learn new skills and tools for today's challenges, and insights to prepare your business for tomorrow's disruptions.
Until February 28, save $150 off the price of full registration.
Don't miss out! Register Today! Click on the above image for the link.

The Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens believes that when supported by community pregnant and parenting youth make choices that build positive futures. If you looking for a way to give back to the community, and help build a stronger Grande Prairie, we have a great opportunity for you!

We are looking for 2-3 diverse and skilled board members who have previous board experience and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: law or risk management, financial or accounting, and IT or marketing.

The position is to be filled by our AGM on February 21st, which is open to the community and held at the Lions Learning Centre starting at 6:30 PM. 

Inquiries can be made to:
Executive Director- Melodie McCracken
Phone: (780) 538-3854
Board Chair - Dalene Pilat
Phone: (780) 832-7096

  • The awards recognize local women who have made a strong impact as leaders, innovators and change-makers in the community.
  • Our region is known for its vibrancy, entrepreneurship and continuous growth and these awards are a way to show appreciation for the many ways that women are making significant contributions to our social and economic development.
  • Awards were created to commemorate International Women's Day in Grande Prairie. The 2019 theme "Balance for Better" calls for collective action and shared responsibility to create a gender-balanced world at every level.
  • Ticket purchase deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Event details: Friday, March 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Teresa Sargent Hall, Montrose Cultural Centre
  • Tickets available through the Revolution Place box office.


Email | Phone 780-532-5340 | Fax 780-532-2926