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. 

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. 
Last week's issue can be accessed here.
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
We've teamed up with the City of Grande Prairie to deliver a series of free instructional workshops to support current business needs.

The goal of each session is to cover a specific topic in detail which will allow businesses to leave with a skillset or ability to action the content covered.

The first sessions in the series are focusing on supporting businesses’ digital goals in marketing, photography, and cyber security and include:

Cyber Security - Tertius Genis and Shanna Utgard, Fusion Business Solutions
Thursday, February 11 – 10:00 a.m.

Learn how cyber security awareness can safeguard your company, preserve business continuity, reputation and save you money. This informational session will provide an overview of basic tactics to safeguard yourself and your company, and what to watch for to prevent threats from happening. 

Facebook Newsfeed Optimization - Marissa Trarback, nine10 Inc.
Thursday, February 25 – 3:00 p.m.
Food Photography 101 - Chris Beauchamp
Thursday, March 4 – 10:00 a.m.


To view last week's session on Google My Business with nine10 Incorporated, CLICK HERE.
Contact our office for more information on the Partnership Plan:
email connectgp@getintheloop.ca or phone 780-831-0362
EXPLORE INNOVATE GROW

Join Growing the North's VIRTUAL Economic Development Conference
February 16, 17, 18, 2021.

For information on registration, sponsorship opportunities, schedule and speakers, visit https://growingthenorth.com or contact the Chamber of Commerce by phone 780-532-5340 or email info@gpchamber.com

The cost this year is $199. The list of keynote speakers includes:
Todd Hirsch - ATB Financial Economist
Dr. Jody Carrington - Psychologist and Author
Leann Hackman-Carty - CEO Economic Developers of Alberta
Alfredo Tan - Rogers Sports and formerly WestJet
Daniel Lerner - Psychologist
The Debaters - Comedic Motivation
 
There are also two breakout sessions on the first and third days giving you a choice of three presentations per session. All sessions will be available to participants for up to thirty days after the conference. The full list can be viewed on the event website. Topics range from retail and leasing, leading through change, opportunities in a low carbon economy, hydrogen opportunities, collaboration and partnerships, supply chain development, future workplace, rural recovery/resilience and tourism, ag tech, and collaborating with Indigenous communities.
 
On Day Two (February 17) the two mid-morning sessions will be devoted to Government of Alberta panels including Premier Jason Kenney, and Ministers Rick McIver (Transportation and Municipal Affairs), Travis Toews (Minister of Finance), Sonya Savage (Energy), Doug Schweitzer (Jobs, Economic Development, and Tourism),and just added Devin Dreeshen (Agriculture and Forestry). 
 
The conference will be accessed through the EventMobi app and is unique to each participant.

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

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS TO DATE:

PLATINUM
Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network

GOLD
Aquatera
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Farm Credit Canada
Grande Prairie Region Destination Marketing Fund
Municipal District of Greenview
Nauticol Energy
Side Group of Companies

GOLD PARTNER
GPRC Alumni Foundation through the Walter Paszkowski Agriculture Legacy Fund

SILVER
International Paper
Seven Generations Energy Ltd.

BRONZE
BDC
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce - Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)
GetintheLoop Grande Prairie
Mackenzie County
Nominations Now Open for 2021 Women of Influence Awards
 
The Women of Influence Awards were created to commemorate International Women’s Day in Grande Prairie. The 2021 theme is #ChooseToChallenge. It is a call-to-action to challenge and call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping and seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. These awards are a way to celebrate women’s achievements and promote equal opportunity for all.
 
To make a nomination, please fill out and submit the nomination form at cityofgp.com/womenofinfluence. Nominations are being accepted until Monday, February 15, 2021.
 
This year's reception will be held virtually via Zoom on March 5, 2021 from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Register for the free event in advance at cityofgp.com/womenofinfluence. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Stay tuned on our social pages for a guest speaker announcement in February!
Join the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network for a Private Online Live Course With Disney Institute – New Date!    
 
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 live online course on April 7th, 2021 at 10 a.m. for our members.    
 
Presented live online by Disney Institute leaders, Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence offers the opportunity to build knowledge and discover proven Disney business insights from our chain of excellence. The presentation will include Disney best practices in leadership excellence, employee engagement and quality service that can be adapted and applied to your own profession, team or organization to achieve greater results.
 
Register today with special booking code CGP22 Visit Disney Institute for more details, then find our event listed in the course schedule to enroll.
Step 1 of Alberta’s four-step framework to ease restrictions is underway as pressure eases on the health system and hospitalizations remain below 600

Indoor and outdoor children’s sport and performance
  • K-12 schools and post-secondary children’s sport and performance activities, such as physical education classes, can now use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.
  • Lessons, practices and conditioning activities, but not games, may occur for indoor team-based minor sports/activities and school athletics.
  • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, excluding coaches or trainers.
  • Maximum of 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants.
  • Participants must stay physically distanced from each other at all times.
Indoor fitness
  • One-on-one individual and one-on-one household training is now permitted for indoor fitness activities (e.g., fitness in dance studios, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons). 
  • People in one-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of three metres between sessions in the same facility.
  • Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
  • Sessions have to be scheduled or by appointment.
  • No drop-in for individuals or groups is allowed.
  • No sports games, competitions, team practice, league play or group exercise of any kind is currently permitted.
  • Trainers should remain masked during the session; clients are not required to wear a mask while exercising.
  • More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc., as long as:
  • Each trainer and client stays three metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
  • Each trainer only interacts with their assigned client, and each client only interacts with their assigned trainer.
  • No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.
  • No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers, as in circuit training.
Restaurants, cafés and pubs
  • Restaurants, cafés and pubs can now reopen for dine-in services.
  • Establishments must collect the contact information of one person from the dining party.
  • Up to a maximum of six people per table is allowed; individuals must be from the same household or the two close contacts for people living alone.
  • Liquor service ends at 10 p.m.
  • In-person dining must close by 11 p.m.
  • Entertainment is not permitted (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music).
A decision on Step 2 will be made if, on Feb. 28, there are 450 or fewer hospitalizations and the number is declining.
Related information
Government of Canada addresses CERB repayments for self-employed individuals and announces interest relief on 2020 income tax debt due to COVID-19 related income support

ACC letter to Minister Champagne

The ACC sent a letter to federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne in support of the Canadian Chamber's Workforce Supply and Demand Matchup (WSDM) proposal. 
Applications open for new business relief

Expansions to the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant program announced in January are now included on the Government of Alberta’s application portal. New businesses that began operating between March and October 2020, as well as unregistered sole proprietors, can now apply for COVID relief funding.
New online service makes trades verification easier

The Tradesperson Credential Verification Service is part of the Government of Alberta’s commitment to reducing red tape. The service gives employers streamlined, online access to verify the credentials of a skilled tradesperson or apprentice.
Government launches budget consultations to hear from Canadians

On behalf of Finance Canada, we would like to share with you the link to the Government of Canada’s Let's talk Budget 2021 Pre-Budget Consultations and encourage you to participate.

These discussions allow the government to hear the best ideas from Canadians and experts across the country about how Budget 2021 can support Canadians through the pandemic and help us build back better.

Over the coming weeks, the Government of Canada will hold virtual roundtables with diverse groups of people from a range of regions, sectors and industries, including those hardest hit by the pandemic. These roundtables are an opportunity to discuss the very real challenges Canadians are facing and listen to ways that the government can ensure a robust recovery that leaves no one behind.

Most importantly, all Canadians are invited to share their ideas through an online questionnaire at LetsTalkBudget2021.ca, which will be available until February 19, 2021.
Resources to Help Your Small Business Navigate COVID-19 

We recognize SMEs have been especially hard hit by the global pandemic. We have dedicated a page on CBRN.ca to make it easier for you to find financial support, plan your operations and support the health and well-being of your employees. 

Canada 360° Economic Summit Announces Hardest-hit Sectors Panel 
February 17 | 6:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. MT | Online  

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an uneven impact on different sectors of the economy. Some industries have adapted seamlessly to working remotely and in a virtual world. However, other sectors of the economy that rely much more on a physical presence have been hit hardest by the restrictions put in place. 

This panel will discuss how these hard-hit sectors are managing the pandemic, how they are adapting and what targeted supports and policies they need in order to play a leading role in Canada’s economic recovery. 

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