Chamber News - January 5 2021
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This WEEKLY email highlights information and updates from our Chamber, the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, and our municipal, provincial, and federal government partners. 

PLEASE NOTE: Chamber News now replaces Chamber Chatter 
 
Be sure to watch for our weekly Member Marketplace newsletter on Thursdays featuring sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership. Email tom@gpchamber.com for info. 
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Board of Directors, Ambassadors and Staff of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! We thank our members for their ongoing and continuing support and salute the following businesses who are achieving Milestones of membership with our organization this month:

5 Years
Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
Northwest Wellness Centre
Ultimate Productions

10 Years
Edward Jones-Leonard Scharbach, CFP
Prestige Appliances
Town of Wembley
Tradesmen Enterprises Limited Partnership
Valerio and Associates

15 Years
Hartman Electric
KDR Oilfield o/a 1184950 Alberta Inc.
Wapiti Road Shell

20 years
J. Davis Engineering Ltd.
Rocky Mountain Equipment

25 Years
BearCom Canada Corp dba Vector Communications
Costco Wholesale
Morris Financial Group/Manulife
Norbord Inc.
PL Hospitality LP o/a Grande Prairie Liquor
Vic Costley Trucking

30 Years
Erco Worldwide

35 Years
Dunvegan Gardens Ltd
Terel Electric Ltd. 

40 Years
ATCO Gas
Big Country 93.1 XX FM
Canadian Tire
Concetto Interior Design Ltd.
LSM Service Division Ltd.
Prairie Transmissions
Westburne Electric

45 Years
Prairie Villa Insurance
Towne Centre Mall

50 Years
Rentco Equipment Ltd.
Rentco's Tool Shed
Weyerhaeuser

60 Years
Royal Bank Financial Group
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Our Chamber invites all businesses in our area to become partners as a part of your recovery efforts and experience firsthand how it can work for you. Chamber Members receive preferred pricing on the monthly subscription rate. Join as a partner and start creating your offers now! https://www.grandeprairiechamber.com/getintheloop/

We encourage everyone to download the free app to start accessing our offers on GetintheLoop and we look forward to working with our Member businesses who will benefit from this platform. 
Want to win $2,000 to spend local? #LoveLocalGP

Show us on Facebook how you are supporting local during these challenging times and you will be entered. It is always important to shop local but now, more than ever, we need to show our local business community some love. Of course, we want you to continue practicing safe social distancing so think of creative ways to show your support.

A total of $9,500 to spend local has been up for grabs! Ending this weekend, you can still enter to win one of three grand prizes of $2,000, $1,000, and $500, plus 5 weekly prizes of $200 each week. Final winners will be announced next week.

How do you win? Use #LoveLocalGP in your Facebook post, tag the business in the County or City you are supporting when possible and tag each partner in the Business Resiliency Taskforce (County of Grande Prairie No. 1, City of Grande Prairie, and Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce) and you will be entered into our weekly draws for $200 gift cards to a local business of your choice.

Posts MUST be public so we see it for you to be entered.
EXPLORE INNOVATE GROW

Join Growing the North's VIRTUAL Economic Development Conference
February 16, 17, 18, 2021
For more information, visit https://growingthenorth.com or contact the Chamber of Commerce by phone 780-532-5340 or email info@gpchamber.com

The Growing the North Conference is an annual event organized and hosted by the following partners:

  • City of Grande Prairie
  • County of Grande Prairie
  • Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network
  • Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association
  • Municipal District of Greenview
Mandatory, province-wide restrictions are in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Our Economic Development team is available at ecdevinfo@cityofgp.com for local businesses who would like assistance navigating these changes. For more information, visit https://www.cityofgp.com/business-services/covid-19-information-businesses.
The Beautification and Patio Grant acts as an immediate economic driver by providing local employment and business for local trades and suppliers, as well as enhance building aesthetics contributing to the beautification and vibrancy of the city.

The grant will pay up to 50% of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $15,000 for any façade improvement, landscaping or patio project that improves aesthetic appeal, pedestrian access and safety according to the Program Guidelines.

The Local Marketing Grant as part of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program is available to assist local businesses and organizations with their marketing efforts.

Pass this information on to a local business owner today! For more information, please visit: cityofgp.com/economicrecoveryprogram
County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network presents Disney's Approach to Business Excellence
 
The County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network is pleased to announce that Disney Institute will be offering an exclusive 5-hour Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence online live course on February 3 for our members. Please reach out to our Business Support Network for the special booking code to register: https://bit.ly/3hgYJle. Visit this Facebook event link for more details.
Are recreation and sports important to you? Here’s your chance to play a role in how they are developed in the County of Grande Prairie.

Recreation Board members are needed in all communities to review and make recommendations to Council on community group and organization grant applications. Visit www.countygp.ab.ca/boards by Jan. 11 to learn more information and apply.
The County needs three public members to serve on a new committee reviewing Council and Board representative compensation. Can you devote time over the next eight months to make policy recommendations to Council?
Candidates should understand Council and local government operations, have a background in business, finance and accounting, possess previous committee experience and skilled in research and analysis.
Apply by Jan. 18 to https://bit.ly/3r0TaMw.
Home office expenses question and answer sessions

As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many Canadian employees working from home to help minimize the spread of the virus. This has raised legitimate questions about how eligible employees can claim supplies and work-space-in-the-home expenses.

The Government of Canada is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits, and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On December 15, 2020 the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) made an announcement of changes to simplify the home office expense deduction as a follow up the Fall Economic Statement 2020: Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19.

We are pleased to offer two new question and answer sessions designed to provide an opportunity for employers and employer-focused organizations to have their questions answered about these changes.
You can register at the following two links:
Please register soon, as space is limited.

Additional information