CHAMBER CONNECTIONS
February 2020
Highlights from the first month of 2020

We're officially through January and we already have so much to share with you! Here are some highlights from your local Chamber of Commerce:
  • Partnership with Community Futures on an Instagram Workshop
  • Hosted Drumheller-Stettler MLA Nate Horner for a Lunch & Learn
  • Executive Director Heather Bitz volunteered with Junior Achievement
  • 2 weddings are already booked for this summer in the Little Church
  • 5 new Chamber members have joined
From the Desk of the Executive Director

Save the date! Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00pm in the Badlands Community Facility – McDougald Room. Election of directors will take place at this meeting, as well as presentation of our audited financial statements. This year, there will be four 3-year terms and one 1-year term open for election on our Board of Directors. If you have an interest in serving on the Board, please review our Board of Director application package , which includes a list of expectations and an application form. For additional information about serving on the Board of Directors, please reach out to our Chamber President, Jeff Hall at jeff.hall@mnp.ca or contact myself at the Chamber office, h.bitz@drumhellerchamber.com or 403-823-8100. 

On January 22, I had the pleasure of presenting my first Junior Achievement program. Twenty-two eager and engaged students in Mrs. Walker’s grade 4/5 class at Greentree School were participants in the More than Money program.  Read more
Upcoming Chamber Events:

Feb.14: Nominations open for the 2020 Celebration of Excellence
Feb.17: Family Day- Chamber Closed
Feb.27 : DinoArts AGM
Mar: 24: CHAMBER AGM
April 24 & 25, 2020: 6th annual Spring Expo Trade Show
Member 2 Member Discount:
Experience Essentials Workshop with Travel Alberta
This is an introductory session that explores the fundamental elements of experience development and shows tourism partners where opportunities exist to grow their business, enhance competitive appeal and respond to what travellers are looking for.
The cost is $35.00 + GST and includes lunch .

March 25 at the Badlands Community Facility. Deadline to register is march 11. Find out more and register here .

**ALSO- remember to register for your free space at the upcoming Tourism Job Fair in Drumheller on February 18!***
Survey finds Alberta business confidence continues to decline
~From the Alberta Chambers of Commerce~

More than half of businesses report feeling negative about the long-term future of Alberta—a 20-point decline in overall confidence since July.

According to Alberta Chambers of Commerce market research, 33 per cent of businesses reported feeling negative about our province's future in July. By the end of 2019, that number had increased to a staggering 54 per cent, with two in ten businesses reporting feeling "very negative" about the long-term future of Alberta. 

Canada Summer Jobs Grant Now Open
Employment and Social Development Canada has opened its annual call for applications for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020 and will be accepting applications until February 24. 
CSJ 2020 – Are You Ready?
Are you ready to:
  • create quality work experiences for youth?
  • provide youth with opportunities to develop and improve their skills?
  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers?
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre- Drumheller
Providing compassionate support and education for individuals and families impacted by unexpected pregnancy and related issues. All programs and services are free, confidential, and are offered in a safe and non-judgemental environment regardless of age, gender, race, or religion.

Stay tuned for details on a Drumheller location!
Find them online , and on Facebook.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Jurassic Bark Pet Resort
They care for your pets in a peaceful, rural facility that offers 32 indoor/outdoor dog runs and a separate cat housing section. Located 15 min north of Drumheller.
Scott is a certified dog trainer through Monika Stuehler, of Rainbow Dog Training. They offer private lessons or group training to suit you and your dogs needs.

So Come, Sit, Stay! Find them online , on Facebook , or at 403-772-2207.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Attention 2 Detail
Offering automotive detailing, headlight restoration, paint corrections, ceramic coating, ozone treatment & more.

Serving Kneehill and Wheatland County, including but not limited to Three Hills, Drumheller, Acme, and Linden.

Check out their website and follow them on Facebook !
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Drumheller Window Cleaning Service
Call Robert Dionne for commercial and residential window cleaning and eaves trough cleaning. Senior discounts available. P: 587-917- 0065. 

Find out more on the website or Facebook .
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Performance Steam Ltd.
Since 2006,  Performance Steam Ltd.  has grown into a diverse oilfield company by delivering exceptional steam truck, hot shot, picker truck and providing a variety of rentals in Alberta. 

What Should You Do If Your Business Gets A Bad Review Online?
~ Conscious Commerce Corporation Founder & CEO Brandon Klayman~

Bad reviews are inevitable. You may provide the best products and services, but accidents happen, and a customer may leave your business upset.
It’s important that you learn how to deal with bad reviews, especially in today’s digital age, where everything is online and accessible.
Reviews are permanent, and learning how to handle them is an art form in itself. Entire companies offer reputation management services to help companies navigate this tricky part of online business. Let’s take a look at some reputation management best practices .
Chamber Seeking Board of Directors

Save the date: The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 24 2020 at 7:00pm in the Badlands Community Facility. More details to come.

In preparation for the AGM, the DDCC is seeking members interested in  serving on the Board of Directors.  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 Executive Director, Heather Bitz at 403-823-8100.

**Reminder that 2020 Chamber memberships are due! Please contact Marley as soon as possible if your membership is still unpaid. We can accept cheque, VISA & Mastercard (over the phone or in person) or EFT from some banks.
2020 Growing Kneehill Country Market & Long Table Dinner

August 15, 2020. Registration is open now. Vendors will be able to interact and make meaningful connections with other entrepreneurs in the industry while introducing products and services to thousands of people attending the event. Find out more
PowerUP Entrepreneur Conference in Olds- March 25

This is the conference specially designed for small businesses in small towns and rural areas of Alberta. Hosted by Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development and its sponsoring partners, Power Up! is tailored for the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities for business owners outside the province's large urban centres. Read more
Membership Benefit of the Month: Save on Shipping with Purolator!
Chamber members can receive volume discounts of up to 45% on Purolator Express and Purolator Ground services.

Use the Purolator Mobile App, E-Ship services and online billing options.   Find out more here .
Exclusive Chamber Partner: Chambers Group Insurance
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 over 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.
***Booth Space at the Spring Expo Trade Show is over 55% sold! Find out more ***
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