Chamber Member Connections Newsletter Mid-April 2019
Connecting Business - Creating Opportunity
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly email highlights some of the sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, or general awareness of our membership.  
 
If you are a Chamber member and would like to make a submission, please email tom@gpchamber.com  prior to our regular issue dates of the 1st and 15th of each month. There is no cost for this value-added service. Ads may include text up to 300 words, and/or UP TO TWO images in .pdf, .jpg, or .png formats.
The City of Grande Prairie is seeking feedback from the business community in order to establish a new Economic Development Strategy. 

Local businesses are encouraged to participate in a telephone survey from April 8 to 19, 2019. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete over the telephone.

The goal of the survey is to better understand the future plans and current needs of local businesses, as well as gain an understanding of how owners/managers view the community as a place to do business. 

The City has retained IMD Insight, a management consulting firm, to contact up to 500 local businesses to provide verbal responses to a series of questions. 

The information from the survey will be used to support the ongoing Economic Development Strategy development, incorporating the top priorities of local businesses. 

Upon completion of the phone survey, MDB Insight will work with the City’s Economic Development staff to review the completed surveys and identify challenges and opportunities that the local business community is facing. 


CITY ENTRANCE FEATURE

As we continue to grow, the time has come for us to update our “Welcome to Grande Prairie” signs! These signs are significant because they provide the first introduction and impression of our community to visitors, potential investors and future residents. Having an inviting sign boosts civic pride, makes our city more attractive and benefits our local community socially and economically.

Our new signage has the opportunity to visualize our past, present and future. To make it as reflective of our community as possible, we are asking for your input in the design!

Two locations being considered for new entrance features are the North and West gateway entrances to the City, for which there is $150,000 allocated under the City's capital budget. Both entrance features will be situated within the road right of way. Under the jurisdiction of Alberta Transportation, the size of the signs will be limited to 20 square meters and no taller than 4 meters in height.

There is also a request by the DownTown Association to use a portion of these funds to update the preexisting welcome sign leading into the downtown core from 99 Avenue.

HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY BE ENGAGED?
The engagement plan for the City of Grande Prairie's entrance feature consists of two phases:

Survey & Ideas  - We are asking residents to share ideas about what the City means to them and to tell us what they love about our community. We also are looking for feedback on what features our residents would like to see. The feedback we receive will be used to frame the Request for Proposal (RFP) for professional design.

Opinion Survey - Once a successful RFP candidate has been selected and design options have been developed based on the feedback received from the Survey & Ideas tool, we will be presenting the designs in an opinion survey seeking further community feedback.

For more information,
ATTENTION ALL GRANDE PRAIRIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS:
 
You are invited to the launch of our Swan City Rotary Club’s 2019 Cash and Camping SUPER LOTTERY on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the TENT beside the Great Northern Casino !!!!
  • Wine & Cheese with hot finger food from 5PM to 8PM
  • Entertainment provided by Grand Prairie & District Pipe Band
  • 6:30PM – Short program to introduce all of our wonderful SPONSORS, SUPPLIERS and PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS – SCRC LOTTERY Chairman Dave Cook
  • NEW LOOK…NEW PRIZES…LOYALTY DRAW is April 30, 2019 so buy early 
  • Plus 2 EARLY BIRD DRAWS on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
  • DISCOVER ALL THE DETAILS OF OUR EXCITING NEW THIRD LOTTERY – 10 DAYS OF SUMMER
Please RSVP  skinnermr@shaw.ca  (SCRC Lottery Event Coordinator) -   RSVP required to plan for food and beverage sponsor
 
Special thanks to Leanne Brownless – GREAT NORTHERN CASINO – wine sponsor
 
Special thanks to Brent Moon – JOKER’S CAFÉ (casino) – food sponsor  
 
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For more information and / or to Buy tickets: 
We are pleased to confirm the further expansion of our mobile service into Grande Prairie. Our goal continues to be to deliver the best possible experience for our customers by investing in the latest network technology, providing great value for money, and delivering customer service that exceeds our customers’ expectations.

Our “customer-first” approach is what makes us different from our competitors.

·        Every smarpthone is $0 down – with easyTab, all smartphones are $0 down, not just a selection. And when your phone is paid off, your bill goes down!
·        Contract Buyout – we’ll buy out your existing cell contract with your current carrier, up to $200.
·        Worry-Free Data – say goodbye to data overages. With Worry-Free Data, we pause your data so you can’t go over.
 
Visit our store in the Grande Prairie mall today or at eastlink.ca for more details.

Monthly device payment applies when device is purchased on easyTab®; varies by device. Contract buyout offer subject to additional conditions, available at www.eastlink.ca/wireless/switch .
 
Curry’s Jewellers Is leaving for the Diamond capital of the world
Antwerp, Belgium on April 30th 2019.
Order your hand picked diamond today.
Contact The Diamond Guys.
Andre Ouellette or Michael Ouellette 
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

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR OPINION!
 
If you are 15 years or older and live, work or go to school in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, MD of Greenview or the surrounding communities, we want to hear your thoughts!

The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta invites you to participate in our 2019 Northwestern Alberta Vital Signs survey . Vital Signs measures how we are doing in our communities and tells us where our strengths are and where we can improve. It looks at everything from arts and recreation, transportation and housing, to diversity, learning, health and the environment.

The power of Vital Signs comes from citizens like you – people willing to spend a few minutes to tell us what matters to you most about your community. Take the voluntary survey today, and help shape your quality of life! 
 
Click here to take the survey now . Enter to win a $50 gift basket!

Survey results will be released this October as part of our 2019 Northwestern Alberta’s Vital Signs report. The report informs citizens, organizations, community leaders and government on our local quality of life and well-being, and inspires informed decision-making and action to shape more vital, prosperous and welcoming communities
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