Save the Date
Mar.13: Festival of Lights Committee Meeting- 5:30 at the BCF
Mar.30 & Apr. 2- DDCC Closed
Apr.20-22: 4th annual Spring Expo trade show
Aug.17- 23rd Annual Jurassic Classic Chamber Golf Tournament
Member Events
Mar.12: Let's Talk Skin
Mar.15: Samantha Martin @ the Last Chance Saloon
Mar.17: Meet & Greet + Marketing Opportunities Info at Trekcetera Museum
April 11: Open House at Campus Alberta Central
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!
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News We're Following
The Salvation Army's new building breaking ground
Chamber hosts panel on marijuana legalization and business
Huge RV resort proposed for Buffalo Lake
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8th Annual Canadian Badlands Tourism Development Conference
March 13-15. 
Theme: THE FUTURE IS TOURISM. Read more
POLL: Help us pick this year's Canada Day Parade Theme!

Survey here. Voting closes March 16. heart_glossy_canada.jpg
Save the Date:  Meet and Greet + Marketing Opportunities  Info at Trekcetera Museum

Local business owners and managers are invited to attend.  Read the invite
Budget 2018:  Long on Spending, Short on Growth

Read the press release and analysis from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce here.
FREE Tourism Entrepreneurship Startup Seminar
March 19
A FREE one-day seminar  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.   Read more
Does Your Business Need Certificates of Origin?
We are investigating a potential new benefit to offer our Chamber members. Any input or feedback you have is appreciated!

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.
4th Annual Spring Expo- 70% Sold Out!
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
Scotiabank Report "Pipeline Approval Delays: The Cost Of Inaction"
February 20, 2018 - Pipeline bottlenecks and insufficient transportation infrastructure are long-running themes in the Canadian oil industry. Canada is blessed with the world's third-largest proven oil reserves behind only Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, but the relatively isolated nature of Canadian energy resources...comes at a cost..
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.

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

Attention Chamber of Commerce members! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 22 at the Badlands Community Facility. The evening will begin with a Wine & Cheese networking reception at 6:30pm followed by the meeting at 7:00pm. 

The agenda will include reports from Chamber President, Brock Harrington and myself, in addition to the presentation of our 2016-17 audited financial statements, election of Directors and an open forum.
At this years' AGM, there will be  five (5) Director positions up for election - 4 three-year terms and 1 two-year term. Members are requested to review the link for information regarding Board of Director requirements and to submit an expression of interest. Please note, all nominations for the Board of Directors will be received from the floor during the AGM. For more information about serving on the Board, please contact President Brock Harrington at 403-823-7703 ext.3 or myself at 403-823-8100.

As announced earlier this year, the Chamber of Commerce has made changes to the World's Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund guidelines and application process. A total of $20,000 will be distributed in 2018, with a maximum of two $2,500 projects being funded each quarter. Applications are now also being 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 for capital projects that benefit the community. All applications received as of March 31 will be reviewed with funding announcements to follow by April 30. For complete program guidelines and an application form, visit www.drumhellerchamber.com or call the Chamber office.

With spring right around the corner (I hope anyways!), we are approaching our 4th annual Spring Expo tradeshow, which will take place from April 20-22 at the Greentree Mall. We have a great selection of vendors already booked in and are looking for a few more to fill the last booths. Call Marley to secure your space! Again this year, we are going to have a great line up for our entertainment stage. New for this year, come out and sample our Taste of Drumheller food offerings. This event has been steadily growing each year and we look for the community's continued support of this major Chamber event.

Submitted by

Heather Bitz
Executive Director
2018 Annual General Meeting and 
Wine & Cheese Mixer
Thursday, March 22. Badlands Community Facility - McDougald Room
6:30pm ~ Wine & Cheese networking reception
7:00pm ~ Annual General Meeting
 
Agenda
*President & Executive Director Reports
*2016-17 Audited Financial Statements
*Election of Board of Directors ~ 4 three-year terms & 1 two-year term
*Open Forum
 
$20 members ~ $25 prospective members
Register by Monday, March 19. Register online or call 403-823-8100

In preparation for the AGM, the DDCC is seeking members interested in serving on the Board of Directors. In 2018, there will be 4 three-year terms open for election, in addition to 1 two-year term. Members are requested to review the information regarding Board of Director expectations and to submit the application for consideration. For more information on serving on the Board of Directors, please contact Chamber President, Brock Harrington at 403-823-7703 ext  .  3 or Executive Director, Heather Bitz at 403-823-8100. 

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FREE Lunch & Learn- Counterfeit Currency
Brought to you by the Drumheller RCMP and ProPlan Financial Group

Monday, March 12. 11:00am-1:00pm at the Badlands Community Facility

Do you know how to recognize counterfeit money, or what to do if you encounter it? Counterfeit Currency is becoming increasingly common. This FREE Lunch & Learn will be led by a Bank of Canada affiliate and will be great for employers, employees, and the general public.

Lunch is included at no cost but we do require you to register to ensure a sufficient amount of food is ordered.  Register online or call the Chamber at 403-823-8100 no later than March 8. 

 SPONSORED BY

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. 

The semi-formal evening will feature cocktails and dinner with  musical  entertainment followed by the awards presentation emceed by Jason Blanke. Tickets on sale May 1. 
 

HOW TO NOMINATE:

Rotary Awards- visit their website
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.


*Only 3 spaces remain!
Welcome New Member: Badlands Elder Care & REALfood Diner

REALfood- We have a passion for food! We have a passion for service!
Small farm raised produce and meats, traditionally prepared for an authentic home cooked meal.  With combined experience in the food industry of over 60 years we understand what is important for our customers.  Great food and exceptional service.  We offer our REALfood Meal Program, Catering and our new Diner. Check out our website and Facebook page
 
Badlands ElderCare  strives to maintain and improve the quality of life of our clients.  For every client this means something different; physical, social and environmental factors all play a role.  Success is found in the details of life, our clients  have peace of mind that we will take care of those detail.   Badlands ElderCare  
provides a comprehensive set of services which are flexible based on the changing needs of our client and their families.  Check out our website and Facebook page for more  details. 
Get to Know the Board of Directors
Name: Vanessa Page
Current Occupation: News/sports Reporter at DrumFM
On the Board since: October 2017
I joined the Board to: Help out the community

Hometown: Montreal, QC
In 2018 I plan to: Visit China, run the Dinosaur Valley half-marathon, achieve Spanish level B1
Favorite dessert: My mother-in-law's chocolate chip cookies
Book I am currently reading: Fire and Fury: inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
Most people would never know that I:  Hate potlucks
Tourism Industry Business Retention and Expansion (TIBRE) Survey

Travel Drumheller is supporting the Town of Drumheller and the Province of Alberta's Department of Tourism and Culture in conducting the first-ever Tourism Industry Business Retention and Expansion (TIBRE) survey this spring.

Drumheller is the pilot community for this survey, which will then be implemented in various communities throughout Alberta. The TIBRE survey is designed to discover the economic impact of tourism, discuss what challenges local tourism businesses face, and what is working well. Furthermore, this survey is one of the most important parts of economic development and capacity building for a community. 

We have identified local businesses that will be surveyed in March as part of this program. Volunteers from the Town, Travel Drumheller, Chamber of Commerce, and the province will conduct the confidential surveys. This valuable information will then be used as a key component of economic impact data.

For more information on the TIBRE program, please contact Julia Fielding, Economic Development and Communications Officer with the Town of Drumheller.
 
Update From Riverside Medical

*Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Danielsen is starting on March 7, 2018; please see the brochure for more info on Jennifer. 

**You are invited to the Riverside Medical Information Night and New Patient Intake, March 20th.  We will talk about same day/walk-in appointments, team approach to chronic diseases including mental health, urgent verses emergency care, use of technology to get you your results faster, and how we are taking steps to ensure you and your family gets the best care possible. And, we will discuss Care Planning and the Pa CT Initiative... giving EVERY PATIENT a chance to be heard. Discussing all things Riverside Medical and what makes us the leaders of our Health Care in Drumheller, March 20th at 6:00 pm at 180 Riverside Dr E, 3rd Floor. 

Limited space is available, check out the website for more information or call Riverside Medical at 403-823-5000 to book your spot.
Member Benefit Program of the Month

The  Online Safety Training Network  is Canada's largest Online Safety and Soft Skill training provider, with over 500 online courses. 

Courses are provided through the network by top safety and soft skill training companies. Chamber members receive a 20% discount on all courses, and access to a free basic Learning Management System which allows you to store certificates online, manage teams and locations, receive automated course renewal reminders, and track course completions for employees. 
View the course list  here , or call 1-855-315-0555 or email 
info@esafetynet.ca  for more details.