Save the Date
Apr.10: Festival of Lights Committee Meeting- 5:30 at the BCF
Apr.20-22: 4th annual Spring Expo trade show
July 1: Canada Day Parade
Aug.17- 23rd Annual Jurassic Classic Chamber Golf Tournament
Member Events
Apr.6-May 19: Driving Miss Daisy at Rosebud Theatre
Apr. 17: Drumheller FCSS Volunteer Appreciation Event
Aug.31-Sep.3: WayneStock

*Looking for more info on events in and around the Valley? Check out the event 
calendars at
Travel Drumheller  and  the Drumheller Mail!
News We're Following
Farmers dismayed as government to begin unannounced temporary foreign worker checks
Kneehill County receives grant for Horseshoe Canyon master plan
Retail Cannabis-ness Webinar
Alberta Transportation Launches Pilot Project 
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Campus Alberta: Open House and Info Session

Wednesday, April 11
Open House- 4:00pm. 
Explore the learning space and discover our programs.
Heavy Equipment Operator Information Session- 6:00pm. Program-specific information presented by Olds College
Drumheller Learning Centre
250 Centre Street, Drumheller
RSVP by April 6 | 403.823.8300 ext.106
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The 2018 Canada Day Parade Theme:

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Thanks to everyone that voted! Registration for the parade will open in May.
Ladies Night Golf @ Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club
All skill levels welcome.  Tuesday evenings starting in May. More info here.
Do you love Christmas or other festive holidays?
Committee members are needed to help plan and organize the annual Festival of Lights in Drumheller. The next meeting is April 10, 5:30pm at the BCF. Email or call April Harrison (823-1315) or Marley Henneigh (823-8100) for more info. 
Policing Survey
Have your say in policing priorities for the Drumheller RCMP. Survey available at the Town of Drumheller website.
Tourism Industry Update 
Join Royce Chwin, CEO of Travel Alberta and the Tourism Division for an industry update. They will share insights on a broad range of travel and tourism information, including Travel Alberta 2018/19 strategic priorities, destination development, marketing efforts and news impacting the industry today and going forward. April 5, 10:00am; register here.
Does Your Business Need Certificates of Origin?
A Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document attesting that goods exported in a shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. COs may be requested by customs administrations, importers, freight forwarders or banks for clearance of letters of credit. 

We have the opportunity to get our members a reduced rate on COs; if you currently require them or may in the future please let us know.

Thank you to our corporate members:
From the Desk of the Executive Director

Thank you to all who attended our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 22 at the Badlands Community Facility. Congratulations to our newly elected directors - Joanne Contenti of Scotiabank, Barry Fullerton, Joanne Hodgson of Fountain Tire and Roger Stevenson of ProPlan Financial Group/The Co-operators. Welcome back also to Brock Harrington of Community Futures Big Country, who was re-elected for a second term. For a complete copy of the AGM report package, visit our website.
Also on March 22, the provincial government released Budget 2018-19. Our counterparts at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) had much to say about the budget. For comments from Ken Kobly, President and CEO of the ACC, check out his YouTube video. The Alberta Chamber also released a business alert regarding the budget, which highlights many red flags with the budget.
On March 19, we were pleased to host an Employment Standards Information Session in partnership with Alberta Labour. Representatives from the government provided a great overview of the changes to the Employment Standards Code, as a result of the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act which came into effect January 1, 2018. For more information, here are a few resources:
Spring is upon us! Well at least that's what the calendar says! Here at the Chamber, we are finalizing details for the 4th Annual Spring Expo tradeshow. Plan to join us the weekend of April 20-22 at the Greentree Mall to check out the wonderful variety of vendors and entertainment we have booked this year. We look forward to seeing you there!

Also with the arrival of spring, it is time to start thinking about spring cleaning. The Town of Drumheller will be having its annual Spring Clean-up from April 30 - May 10. For more information, contact the landfill at 403-823-1345 or public works at 403-823-1330. Let's do our part to keep Drumheller clean! By keeping our storefronts, parking lots, parks, yards and walking trails free of dirt and debris, we can ensure a beautiful community for all to enjoy.

Submitted by
Heather Bitz,   Executive Director
Celebration of Excellence Nominations Open

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, Drumheller Rotary Club and Town of Drumheller are pleased be joining forces on Friday, June 15, 2018 to co-host the Celebration of Excellence at the Badlands Community Facility. The celebration will honor individuals and businesses for their achievements and contributions to the community. Together the group will present a total of twelve awards, including:
 
Rotary Awards: Most Courteous Employee, Citizen of the Year, and Male and Female Athlete of the Year;
Town of Drumheller Youth Leaders of Tomorrow:  one  award for students in grades 7-9 and one for students in grades 10-12.; and 
Chamber  Business Excellence Awards- Small and Large Business of the Year, Most Promising New Business, Arts, Culture and Community Award, Diversity Leadership Award, and Business Professional of the Year Award. 

HOW TO NOMINATE:

Rotary Awards- pick up a form from SJ Fashions or Centre Street Insurance
Town Awards-  Call 823-1324 or email Lana and ask for the  Leaders of Tomorrow Application Form.
Chamber Awards-   download the form;  printed copies also available at the Chamber of Commerce.

Calling all Drumheller-area restaurants, caterers, bakers, and cafes- join us for the Taste of Drumheller at the Spring Expo Trade Show!

 April 20-22 at the Greentree Mall. Anticipated attendance- 1500.   Advertise your business and services and try out some tasty   creations  on hungry Expo-goers at this new feature in the trade   show. 

   More info here; you MUST be registered by Friday, April 6 so we can arrange for your electrical needs.
***Only 3 spaces remain!


4th Annual Spring Expo- Over 70% Sold Out!
 A limited number of 8x8, 10x10 and 10x20 booths are available. 

Exhibitors must be booked in no later than Thursday, April 12 in order to be included in the Show Guide.

The Expo takes place April 20-22 in the Greentree Mall. More details and Exhibitor application can be found here.


Welcome New Member: Memory Keepers

What began as a simple volunteer effort has blossomed into a full-fledged business for Eric Dahl! Memory Keepers Memorial Aesthetics is  a cleaning company of a different kind. Catering specifically to grave site and monument cleaning. Time is rolled back and people learn more about their families.
Check out the Facebook page or contact Eric Dahl at 403-820-5667 for more info on his services.

 
Before
  
After
Get to Know the Board of Directors
Name: Darryl Reid
Current Occupation: Owner of Natural Light Images and Pro-Active Building Maintenance
On the Board since: October 2017
I joined the Board to: Be more engaged with our community's future.

Hometown: RCAF Base - Cold Lake AB
In 2018 I plan to: Move our business downtown
Last movie I saw: Alice In Wonderland
Book I am currently reading: The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking
Favorite quote:  Of all the people I've ever met, I like my dog the best. - Twain
Welcome New Board Members
Our Annual General Meeting took place Thursday, March 22 at the Badlands Community Facility. 5 positions on the Board of Directors were available, and 5 nominations were made at the meeting.

Welcome to our new Board members: Joanne Hodgson, Joanne Contenti, Roger Stevenson and Barry Fullerton. We also welcome current President, Brock Harrington, to serve another term on the Board.
Employment Services from MH Enterprises

MH Enterprises Employment Services has  a brand new program, and has extended contracts for some existing programs, that offer wage reimbursement to employers.  

The Opportunities Now Program  provides employers with the opportunity to gain productive, skilled, long term employees while offsetting the cost of the initial training period.  Employers are reimbursed for employee wages at $13.60 per hour for up to 20 hours of work per week for up to 12 weeks. 

Find more details on all their programs and services, for both employers and job seekers,  here.
NEW Member Benefit Program of the Month
 
Pragmatic is your one-stop shop for all things business-collaboration, including audio, video, and web conferencing, and hardware. We are conferencing experts here to simplify, educate and save you money!

Our Chamber members can enjoy:
*24/7 customer support (live answer times of 20 seconds or less)
*Dedicated Account Executive
*Customer care self-serve web portal
*Customizable billing
*Per second billing
*Integrated audio/web conferencing
*Free recordings and emailed invoices
*No contracts, commitments or monthly minimums!
View the flyer for more details, or contact Mike Sanders: