CHAMBER CONNECTIONS
December 2019
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We've been busy!

For the 5th consecutive year, the DDCC partnered with the Grade 11 Career and Life Management (CALM) class at St. Anthony’s School for the You’re Hired Interview Competition . The program gives students the opportunity to apply for fictitious jobs and interview for these jobs with real employers in the community. Read more
On Tuesday, November 26, Executive Director Heather Bitz had the pleasure of attending the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Fall Board meeting and Deputy Ministers’ Dinner in Edmonton. The sessions during the day were very timely and informative, followed by an evening Q & A with the Deputy Ministers.

Initial results from the Alberta Perspectives Survey, which focused on red tape reduction, were shared. Across the province, the top three barriers to business identified at a municipal level included municipal franchise fees, mill rates and permitting fees. The survey also showed that business confidence has decreased 20% since the first survey was conducted in June. Please stay tuned for full survey results to be released. Read more
Upcoming Chamber Events:

Dec.3: Jingle Mingle Member Appreciation Mixer (members and staff only)
Jan.9: Trade Show Committee Meeting
April 24 & 25, 2020: 6th annual Spring Expo Trade Show
Upcoming Member Events:

Dec.7: Santa Paws
Jan.25: Highland Gala @ the BCF
  • Western Financial Group applied for and received a $7500 grant to donate to the Badlands Youth Centre
  • Westergard Motors Gives Back This Christmas Season with Angel Tree
  • Many local volunteers helped out with the Red Bag Food Drive once again
  • Another successful Festival of Lights kicked off the festive season in the valley
  • Drumheller Chrysler celebrated their Grand Opening with a week full of deals, prizes, food and fun.

Is your organization doing something great to help the community, or celebrating a milestone? Let us know!
From the Desk of the Executive Director

Happy Holidays from the Board of Directors and staff of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce!
Wishing you the joy of family, the gift of friends and the best of everything in 2020.
Please note the Chamber of Commerce office will be closed over the holidays from December 24 to January 1, reopening Wednesday, January 2 for regular business from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The World’s Largest Dinosaur Giftshop and Visitor Information Centre will be open regular hours (10am to 5:30pm daily) with the exception of December 24, 25 and 31, as well as January 1.
As we round out 2019, I would like to say thank you to our Chamber of Commerce members, Board of Directors and staff who have contributed to the achievements of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce in the past year! We have had a successful year and I look forward to what 2020 will bring.

Respectfully submitted,
Heather Bitz
Executive Director
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Artisan Health & Wellness

Artisan Health & Wellness is a health food store in downtown Drumheller. See us for supplementation, wellness, workshops, energy work & healing, and even art.
We also carry Thai Manna kits and you can order from the Totally Gluten Free Bakery at Artisan!

Visit our Facebook page for more information, or stop in and visit us downtown at 88 3rd Ave W.
Christmas in the Coulee- Nov.30, Dec. 6 & 7

Start at the Atlas Coal Mine to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, kids activities, Santa Claus, eggnog tasting, the Polar Express train, sleigh rides and live music while you admire thousands of lights strung throughout site.
Then warm up at the East Coulee School Museum across the river! The School will dazzle you by candlelight. Enjoy kids crafts, live music and festive treats.

All proceeds go towards helping preserve the rich history of East Coulee and the Drumheller Valley.
Cost: $10/person (Atlas members are free!) Buy tickets in advance or at the door. Find out more here
Planning a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting, Open House, or anniversary event for your business?

We can help with that! Check out our handy guide on how the Chamber can assist with these events, and some helpful tips.
Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local by 'The Local Good'

1. Local Economic Stimulus
When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base. Read more
Psst- Chamber membership renewals will be coming out soon!
It's that time of year- the DDCC will begin sending out invoices for 2020 Chamber memberships in mid-December.


*As per our bylaws, memberships must be paid by January 31, 2020 to be considered in good standing, and members must be in good standing to be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors and to vote at the 2020 Annual General Meeting. Please let us know if you have not received your invoice by January 4, 2020.
Radon Workplace Challenge
 
The Radon Workplace Challenge is an opportunity for employers to take a leadership role in protecting the health of their employees and their families. Interested organizations across Canada are invited to take the pledge and participate in the Challenge by sharing information about radon and encouraging their employees and networks to test for it. All participating workplaces receive educational materials and support — and each year, the first 200 to register will receive two free test kits . Find out more
Employment Standards Webinars

Changes to general holiday pay and overtime banking that were passed as part of  Bill 2: An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business  took effect September 1. Are you up to date?

Find recordings of previous webinars here ; there are also 2 more webinars coming up:
Membership Benefit of the Month: Save on Shipping with UPS!
Chamber Members can take advantage of exclusive discounts on UPS Small Package shipments, Brokerage and Freight shipments. Save 40% on shipments, and more.
Whether you send one package a week or 50, you save right from the start. No minimums. No hassle.
For more info: CALL 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST or visit the website .
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Find out why 30% of our Chamber members are on it! Get a free, no pressure quote online here or call our advisor, Terry Blocksom at 403-854-2136.
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