Chamber Member Connections - May 2019
Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly email highlights sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership.  
Chamber Member submissions should be emailed  prior to our regular issue dates of the 1st and 15th of the month. Ads may include text up to 300 words, and/or UP TO TWO images in pdf, jpg, or png formats.
Below is a picture that speaks to criminals volumes. It sends a message even before they try to interrupt your day with some crazy theft attempt. 

Now that  Lightcatch  is available on  Android  and  iPhones  here in Grande Prairie Alberta people in the City are telling bad actors ‘watch out’ in a language anyone can understand.  We have launched, very quietly, our service in the Grande Prairie area.   

Besides our closed Facebook group you are the first to know our service is now live. We haven’t told the press, our board of advisors or even our shareholders before sending this email.  

So Surprise😊! The service is launched and it is way more deadly in helping the police than the manned Facebook group. Even better, we’re already warning EVERY thief around GP there could be 5, 10, or 20 people watching you the minute your face is posted doing a crime. Tough day to be a thief, good day for people who don’t want criminals to come near their stuff. 

Download the app if your in Grande Prairie  Android  or  iPhone . If you live outside the area we're coming your way soon....
Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce Partnership with County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network (BSN)

As the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to support this initiative to help address workforce challenges in the region. It was discovered through a business visitation study done by the County that connection around this common challenge is needed. While it has been started by the County of Grande Prairie, all businesses in the area are invited to take part in the Roundtable Luncheons and Speaker events.

A Business Support Network (BSN) is an ongoing group of businesses, business organizations and government who identify and work together to address business and workforce challenges in the region.

BSN events are intended to be an open and positive venue for business groups and individuals to collaborate, exchange ideas, and information on current labour market trends and to address workforce development, attraction and retention challenges.

Roundtable Luncheons
  • Identify common workforce challenges and current labour market trends
  • Address identified trends and challenges, as a group, by exchanging ideas and building partnerships, as an open, respectful and positive business network
  • Our goal is to create a safe environment to collaborate ways to address common workplace challenges through building partnerships

Business Support Network Speaker Events (Breakfasts)
  • Speakers will be based on the needs of the community
  • Address labour market and workforce issues

If you would like more information about the Business Support Network and upcoming events, please contact our office.

We have included an invitation to the next breakfast event coming up on May 7th, it will be a panel to discuss best practices for utilizing government hiring programs; see poster above for more details and a link to register.

OMG Cupcakes is bringing cupcakes and Ole' Smokes will have the coffee on.
Join us on May 2nd as we celebrate our 1st birthday at the
ATB Entrepreneur Centre .

Connect with our entrepreneur pop up tables as they set up shop for the day. Sample some snacks and enjoy some treats, while you meet service provider experts and learn how they can help you in your business.

Win Prizes - Play our trivia game at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Be sure to register so to get your ticket for discounts with our food vendors!

Get a special rate on a head shot with Chic Perspective photography

Support the  Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation   - visit their table and learn about the new equipment they are hoping to purchase.

Who else is coming?
  • Off the Wheaten Path
  • nine10 Incorporated
  • Business Innovation Group
  • Grant Berg Gallery
  • Sheshu's
  • Broken Oak Distilling Co
  • Community Futures
  • Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce
  • Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network
Where: ATB Entrepreneur Centre - 9907 106A Street
Date: May 2, 2019 
Time: 10am - 4pm  

Have you built your business on hard work and handshakes? Do you need to expand your current client base, or are you looking for ways to keep your existing customers engaged with all that you offer? To harness the power of branding and marketing, you have to have a plan. Random initiatives can sometimes lead to one hit wonders, but strategically addressing your brand and marketing can provoke curiosity, inspire action, and ultimately ensure long-term success. Join me for an hour and half session on how we built the WJ brand and how you can build your own brand and marketing plan that drives results. No charge to attend. Session idea for business owners. 

Economic Development Strategic Planning Workshop Invitation

Dear Chamber Members,

The City of Grande Prairie has initiated a strategic planning process to develop a Long-Term Economic Development Strategic Plan. The plan will help to inform City decision making and provide direction to staff in terms of future economic development initiatives that will support the City’s economic base.

The City recognizes community engagement as an important aspect to the success of this plan. MDB Insight, an economic development research firm, will be hosting a series of focus groups on May 14 th and 15 th with each session focused on different industry sectors. We are looking for business representatives and stakeholders in each sector to participate in a topic discussion regarding your industry’s role in economic development in the City of Grande Prairie.

The two hour sessions will be geared towards members of the business community directly engaged with each of the industries below, who can help us better understand these sectors and the challenges and opportunities that they face. This includes business owners, professionals in the space, support associations and organizations and managers of key facilities. We would also like to engage individuals working at different segments of the major local supply chains including primary producers and secondary processors

  1. Heavy Industry, Oil & Gas, Construction and Housing (Tuesday May 14th – 2 pm to 4 pm)
  2. Tourism, Arts, Culture, Chamber, Education, Health and Retail (Tuesday May 14th – 6 pm-8 pm)
  3. Forestry, Ag, Manufacturing (Wednesday May 15th 8 am-10 am )

We thank you in advance for your participation. Please reply to Rebecca Leigh, to RSVP by Friday, May 10 th.

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As early as next year, you will be able to attend a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Grande Prairie Regional College. GPRC and the University of Northern British Columbia’s MBA Department are in collaboration to bring an MBA program to Grande Prairie in 2020.

To learn more about this partnership and the opportunities the MBA program can offer you, there is an open house May 2 at GPRC, with free sessions held at noon and 6pm. Attendees can meet personally with UNBC’s MBA Director Cheryl Wallace and will discover how this MBA helps learners balance their work-life schedule while completing their Master’s degree.

You will also learn about:
·         How this program can prepare you to be a successful manager, or build your own business
·         Applied learning methods 
·         Skills and knowledge you can immediately apply to your profession or field
·         Expert instructors and professional cohort
·         Small class sizes and convenient scheduling
·         Exceptional admission options for learners who do not have a bachelor’s degree

Full Details:
What:  MBA Open House
When:  May 2, 
Afternoon session: 12pm to 1pm
Evening session: 6pm to 7pm 

Where:  Grande Prairie Regional College, Room L106
For more information, call 780-539-2986

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