Save the Date
Feb.15: Festival of Lights Committee- Community Planning Cafe
Feb.27: DinoArts Annual General Meeting
Apr.20-22: 4th annual Spring Expo trade show
Other Member Events
Feb. 7: Winter Walk Day
Feb.9: Tim Hus Celebrates Stompin Tom's Birthday @ Last Chance Saloon
Feb.10: Spay-ghetti Luncheon to support the Drumheller Humane Society

*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
Carbon Fire Department operation status on hold 
Farmers tired of wading through red tape
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Hire a Student This Summer
STEP is a 4 - 16 week wage subsidy program that provides funding to eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August. 
A standardized wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants.  Read more
8th Annual Canadian Badlands Tourism Development Conferece
March 13-15. 
Theme: THE FUTURE IS TOURISM. Read more
Alberta Government Accepting Applications For the Third Intake of the Capital Investment Tax Credit
The Alberta government has invested $70 million in a Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC) for manufacturing, processing and tourism infrastructure that will spur economic diversification and job creation. Read more 
Alberta Service Dog Act
Did you know businesses that discriminate against qualified service dog teams can be fined?  Find more on business responsibilities regarding service dogs  here , or watch the webinar here
Radon Workplace Challenge
Health Canada is seeking workplaces to participate in the Radon Workplace Challenge. All participating businesses will receive 2 free radon testing kits. Read more
Chamber Memberships Are Due
If you didn't receive your 2018 membership invoice, please contact us! Memberships must be  in good standing to vote at our AGM on March 22.
Member Monday 
This newsletter is for Chamber members to help  share their information about upcoming events, promotions, and other news.  Email your news to Marley ; the next issue will be sent out Feb.12.
Feb.14 is Valentine's Day!
Did you know- the chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years?
The first Valentine's Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.

Thank you to our corporate members:
We've had a very busy start to 2018!
A great variety of Lunch & Learn topics have been coming our way, along with other fantastic educational opportunities, and opportunities for people to connect, engage and get involved in the business community. 
Survey for Employers Who Hire Seasonal Workers in Drumheller

The Town of Drumheller's Economic Task Force has formed a Housing Subcommittee. They have prepared a short survey to get your feedback, which will help them offer recommendations that not only support what you are currently doing, but also provide insight into where you experience challenges and what you feel the Town and the community can do to provide further support to your business.
Your answers will be held in confidence and please feel free to be as detailed as you would like. If a plan or program results from this exercise, the Housing Subcommittee will contact you if you have indicated a desire to be informed.
Please participate and be a part of making Drumheller a better place to do business! Your time and input is greatly appreciated.  Download the survey in Word here, and PDF here
Lunch & Learn- Recruit, Retain, and Strengthen Your Workforce
Tuesday, February 20. 11:30-1:00 at the Canalta Jurassic Inn.

Do you want to talk to someone about your workforce needs?
Join us at the next Lunch & Learn to hear from Jeff Cowling, Workforce Consultant from Alberta Labour.
Jeff will be providing information on Labour Market Partnerships, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, and other tools and resources that can help you recruit, retain and strengthen your workforce. He can also answer questions about grant funding opportunities, employment standards information, and labour market information to help you prepare for the future.

We'll also hear from Campus Alberta Central on an exciting program they'll be offering this fall for management staff. 
If you have employees, you don't want to miss this Lunch & Learn!

11:30-12:00- Check in, grab your lunch and network
12:00- Jeff Cowling, Workforce Consultant
12:50- Campus Alberta Central

As with all Lunch & Learns, pre-registration is REQUIRED, we cannot take registrations at the door. Tickets are $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Register here
 
Did you miss our January Lunch & Learn on How to Find & Apply For Bid Opportunities with the Town of Drumheller and BeyondYou can access the presentation slides here.  In addition, Business Link is holding a free webinar on How to Sell to the Alberta Government on February 9. Register for that here.
FREE Tourism Entrepreneurship Startup Seminar
March 19, Badlands Community Facility

The Tourism Entrepreneurship Start-up Seminar (TESS) is a one-day free seminar taking place in various municipalities across Alberta. TESS is designed to assist start-up tourism entrepreneurs and businesses (from concept to about two years in business) access information and resources to help increase the likelihood of a successful start-up tourism business. TESS teaches key industry concepts for new t ourism companies and also includes a take-home workbook for self-work and an "expert café" of short meetings with tourism specialists in finance, marketing, and labour.  Read more
Counterfeit Currency
The Drumheller RCMP will be hosting a Lunch & Learn on Counterfeit Currency soon.  Counterfeit Currency is becoming increasingly common;  this Lunch & Learn will be led by a Bank of Canada affiliate and will be great for employers, employees, and the general public.  Stay tuned for more details; if you want to make sure you don't miss it call the Chamber or email Marley and we'll add you to an email list to get the invite directly. 
New Employment Standards Resources Now Available

New Employment standards  resources are now available on the Government of Alberta website. These include posters, an  employer toolkit and brochures. A comprehensive list of all the standards and regulations is also available for both workers and employers. In addition there are educational tools that can be used by employers such as  webinars, a  self assessment tool, and  interactive on-demand videos. See them here.

4th Annual Spring Expo Trade Show

Booths are 60% sold!
We had our best attendance yet at the 2017 Spring Expo, and are looking forward to another great year. 

Booths start at just $350 for all three days of the show. 

New in 2018, we will be adding a Taste of Drumheller area inside the Expo for local food and beverage companies. 

Visit our website for more info on the Spring Expo, or to download the Exhibitor application, the Taste of Drumheller application, or the Sponsorship Package

Sixth Round of NAFTA Negotiations Wraps Up

Modernization and inclusion were two prevalent themes this past Friday during a breakfast surrounding the NAFTA negotiations organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with AmCham Canada.
On January 26th, in the midst of the 6th round of negotiations, over 160 business leaders and government officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico gathered in Montréal for a breakfast meeting surrounding the importance of NAFTA to the North American business community.  Read more
Festival of Lights Committee- Community Planning Cafe

The Festival of Lights Committee will be hosting a Community Planning Café for the 2018 Festival of Lights on February 15th, 5:30-7pm at Café Ole.
 
After a very successful event in November 2017, the Committee is already planning for this year.  The Community Café has 2 key aims:
1 - Gain community input to select between 4 potential dates for the event.
2 - Encourage those community members to share their ideas and suggestions for 2018 and for those that feel able to join the planning Committee (or one of the Subcommittees).  See more here or contact April Harrison, 823-1315 for more details.
Changes to WLD Legacy Fund Guidelines & Application Process

Effective January 2018, a total of $20,000 will be dispersed annually  from the WLD Legacy Fund. A maximum of two (2) $2,500 project   s will be funded each quarter. Also, applications will now be accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year with applications remaining in the queue until the end of each calendar year.
Not-for-profit groups and other formally organized groups are encouraged to apply. 
Funding is available for capital projects that benefit the community, but cannot be used to supplement operating revenue or for deferred maintenance projects.   Read more
Member Benefit Program of the Month

Credit card processing to help drive business success!

Let First Data analyse your last statement; if they cannot beat your current processing fees they'll give you a $1,000 Mastercard gift card! Visit their  website, email  chambermember@firstdata.com or call 1-888-265-4117.