CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

February 2019
Your monthly update from your local Chamber of Commerce!
Message from the Executive Director

Here we are already one month into 2019! Soon our chilly winter days will be a thing of the past and we will be welcoming those warm sunny days in our beautiful valley.

Looking forward to the next few months we have many events to make note of. Our 2 nd Lunch N’ Learn session of 2019 will be on February 26 at the Canalta Creteaceous Conference Centre. In partnership with the Atlas Coal Mine, we are pleased to bring international speaker and author of The Wealthy Buddhist , Rod Burylo to Drumheller to speak about relationship building for business. Please call the Chamber office or register online if you would like to attend this session.

Mark Wednesday, March 27 on your calendar as it will be the date for the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting . Join us at the Badlands Community Facility for networking at 6:30pm followed by the meeting at 7:00pm. Watch for further details to be announced later this month!

The Chamber is patiently waiting on the announcement of the spring provincial election. As always, we will host an election forum for the candidates running in the Drumheller-Stettler constituency. In preparation for the election, our colleagues at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce have compiled the Vote Prosperity campaign, which outlines the Alberta business community’s priorities for the provincial election. Vote Prosperity provide a series of proactive recommendations that all Alberta political parties should implement to ensure positive economic growth for Alberta.

Best wishes to the Drumheller Branch of Chinook Financial, who is nominated for the Customer Service Award of Distinction ! The recipient of this award will be announced on March 1 in Edmonton at the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction. Other finalists in the category include Peavy Mart (Red Deer), Heibert Cabinets and Fine Woodwork (Bow Island) and Silver Lake Sod Farm (Seven Persons). Good luck Chinook Financial!

Respectfully submitted,
Heather Bitz
Executive Director
Upcoming Chamber Events:

Feb.18- Family Day (DDCC Closed)
Mar.27: DDCC Annual General Meeting
Apr.26 & 27: Spring Expo Trade Show
Jun.13: Celebration of Excellence
Best of HR In a Box Workshop Series

TalentPool is re-broadcasting their most popular sessions from 2018! Start time to watch all sessions is 12:00pm; all are free to watch.

February 6: Workplace Investigations & Terminations
March 6: Policies & Procedures
March 27: HR's Strategic Role During Times of Challenge

Register for one or all sessions here.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Wanderlust Boutique & General Store

A great selection of ladies clothing, home decor, gifts, old fashioned candy, and more!
You can also get some fantastic hot beverages.

Find them on Facebook and Instagram, or stop by in person to see all the new items coming in.
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February Lunch & Learn- Relationship Building for Business

Join us on February 26 for a thought-provoking session on relationship building!

Rod Burylo, CIM, FCSI will be discussing the impact of technology on the delivery of professional and small business services, and the threat to human distribution models. He will present the business case for more classic, authentic relationship building strategies and describe the opportunity for differentiation in our evolving business and economic environment. 

When: Tuesday, February 26. 12:00pm sharp (check in and network from 11:30-12:00).
Where: Canalta Jurassic Inn; Cretaceous Conference Centre.

REGISTER HERE or contact the Chamber at 823-8100. Registration is REQUIRED; please do so by February 22 as lunch is included.

Thanks to our Speaker Sponsor for this session:
ATLAS COAL MINE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Annual General Meeting- March 27. Save the date!

The Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting is held each year in the first quarter. At the Chamber AGM the membership nominates and elects its Board of Directors to represent the Chamber membership.
The AGM is a great opportunity to hear about what the Chamber is up to and to network as well. Registration will open at the beginning of March.
When: Wednesday, March 27 at the Badlands Community Facility. The wine and cheese networking reception begins at 6:30pm, and the meeting begins at 7:00pm. 
A Practical Toolkit to Help Employers Build an Inclusive Workforce

On January 28, 2019, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) launched the  Practical Toolkit for Employers to Build an Inclusive Workplace  at the  Conference Board of Canada Corporate Culture Conference .
The toolkit outlines strategies and actions any organization can take to make their workplace more inclusive and welcoming to people living with a mental health problem or illness — known as aspiring workers. These individuals are as qualified, reliable, and high-performing as any other worker. They often bring a unique perspective and problem-solving ability that can contribute to an organization’s accomplishments and culture. Read more
New Location and Other Changes to the 5th Annual Spring Expo Trade Show!

Venue: Badlands Community Facility Field House
Dates: April 26 & 27, 2019 (Friday and Saturday only)
Basic power now included with all booths!

Booths are already 40% sold! Find out more here.
Concerned about rising group insurance premiums?

Then you need a pooled program from the Chambers Plan . Rates are based on the average of claims from thousands of similar firms, keeping premiums manageable and predictable and providing stability year after year.

The Chambers Plan was specifically designed with the products, services and administration tools to match the needs of today’s small businesses. With more than 30,000 firms insured under the Plan, it is the most popular employee benefits program in Canada for small to midsize businesses. Find out more at www.chamberplan.ca or call our advisor, Terry Blocksom, at 403-854-2136.
Membership Benefit of the Month: ATB Financial Merchant Discounts
Until March 31st, 2019 when you sign up for ATB Merchant Solutions, they''ll help you amplify your business with special pricing on the Business Banking Package :
• Device rental waived for the first 6 months
• No setup or cancellation fees for your merchant account
• Unlimited Business Banking Account for $30/month when you open a Merchant Account (Regular $60/month)*
• Preferred Alberta Chamber of Commerce member merchant rates and up to $300 worth of cancellation fee coverage
• 0% interest for 90 days (based on the first 3 months of purchases) on an Alberta BusinessCard® or a $150 welcome bonus on an Alberta Rewards BusinessCard®
• Pay no annual fee, for the first year, on an Alberta BusinessCard® or Alberta Rewards BusinessCard®

Interested? Contact our Merchant Solutions rep, Jenny Smith, at 403-771-9794 or  jsmith7@atb.com .
Exclusive Chamber Partner:
The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan has been protecting Canadian firms for over 40 years. More than 30,000 small to midsize businesses choose the Chambers Plan to protect their employees with comprehensive group benefits, including Health and Dental insurance, making it Canada’s #1 employee benefits plan for small business.
The Chambers Plan is the simple, stable, smart choice for business; combining accessibility, flexibility and the stability of pooled benefits.
The Chambers Plan – it’s for your benefit.

Find out why 30% of our Chamber members are on it! Get a free quote online here or call our advisor, Terry Blocksom at 403-854-2136.
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