February 2021
Directory Categories
The GPRC has streamlined its business directory categories to be more effective for our members and easier for those searching for local businesses and their services. An email was sent earlier this week to primary members to review their listings through their Member Login or on our website. The process was necessary to complete prior to submitting the business directory to our publisher for print in the GPRC Connect magazine, which comes out this Spring.

For the printed business listing in GPRC Connect, the following information will be printed:
  • Company name
  • Primary phone number
  • Physical address

Our Connector and Influence level members receive up to two category listings and Community Builder level members receive up to three category listings.

Please ensure all directory categories are accurate and updated by February 26th. To be listed in the magazine business directory and displayed on our website after February 28, 2021, membership dues must be paid in full.

If you have any questions regarding your listing or would like to move to a different, existing category, please contact Julie Roberts at jroberts@gprchamber.ca.
2021 Membership Renewal Invoices
The Greater Parkland Regional Chamber wants to thank all it's 2021 members for their support, dedication, and commitment during these times of uncertainty. We are grateful to all our nearly 1000 members and look forward to seeing you at any or all of our upcoming events during the next few months.

Invoices have been sent out and to any member who has not yet paid, we encourage you to do so prior to February 26th to ensure your listing in our 2021 Chamber Directory and the inaugural issue of our GPRC Connect Magazine which will be distributed to 30,000 businesses and residences throughout the region this Spring.

Invoices can be paid by credit card, debit, EFT, and cheque. VISA and MasterCard can be accepted by phone at 780-963-4545, or online by logging into your Member Information Centre here: www.business.gprchamber.ca/login. EFTs can be sent to sparry@gprchamber.ca.
How to Enter the Contest
February is coming to a close, so remember to share your photos of your local purchases with #FebruaryFrenzyGPRC and tag @GPRChamber in your posts to be entered to win a $1,000 local gift card prize pack!

  1. Take a picture of your shop local haul
  2. Post your picture to Facebook or Instagram
  3. Tag @GPRChamber and use #FebruaryFrenzyGPRC
Canada United Small Business Grant
Applications have re-opened!

If you are a small business, you may be eligible to receive a relief grant up to $5,000. The grant can be used to reimburse expenses related to COVID-19 recovery efforts, such as purchases of PPE, physical space renovations or developing e-commerce capabilities.
Additional Support for Alberta Small Business
Under the new Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit, up to $30,000 in support will soon be available to small and medium-sized businesses that have been most affected by the pandemic and ongoing health restrictions.

This additional $10,000 payment can be used to offset costs associated with COVID-19, like purchasing personal protective equipment, paying bills or hiring staff.
Working Parents Benefit
Applications open by region, March 1 to 5, 2021

This benefit is to support working parents who need and have paid for child care so they can continue working during the pandemic. The Alberta government is providing the Working Parents Benefit, a one time payment of $561 per child.
GPRC Connect Magazine - Last Call!
For February, we are offering 1/8 Page Ads at the reduced price of $400, a savings of $250!

With the Government's recent announcement easing restrictions for the health/wellness and service industry, we wanted to do our part to support local businesses. Our 1/8 ad size is perfect for businesses that want to take advantage of the publication's reach within the local market and a chance to be a part of the Chamber's exciting new magazine. Let the Tri-Region know who you are!
  • Unprecedented Audience Reach: The GRPC Connect will be delivered to every qualifying home in the Tri-Region area. Your ad will have enormous exposure at a fraction of the cost of a direct mail campaign with similar reach.
  • Chamber Directory: The GPRC Connect Magazine is the new home of the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Listings. This will increase the publication's longevity. Be an advertiser and make sure your listing stands out!

Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to be seen in the Chamber's newest venture. Sales are closing soon. Contact Ashley at 780-405-1192 or email: ashley@hellopublic.ca. 
Chair's Blog
February is HEART month and my heart is filled with contentment and happiness for this organization. It also marks the final month of my one-year term serving as Chair of the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Feb 25 - Chamber in a Bottle with War & Peace Corp.
On the last Thursday of every month, the GPRC brings you Chamber in a Bottle. Join our host Anthony Worbeck of ACKT Industries as he chats with Stuart and Jael of War & Peace Corp. Learn how their vision came to life, how the pandemic has changed their goals, and what the future has in store for them.
Mar 4 - Annual General Meeting
All Chamber members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend the 2021 Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce AGM. The 2021 Board of Directors positions will be announced along with a presentation of financial statements and a Chamber update.
Mar 8 - International Women's Day
International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year around the world. The GPRC is excited to launch our Women of Influence Campaign at this virtual International Women's Day event!

The event will begin with a Keynote Chat by Angela Santiago of The Little Potato Company followed by the announcement and introduction of our 5 Inaugural Women of Influence. We are also working with Parkland School Division and will have questions from students across the division for our entrepreneurs.
Mar 9 - Lunch & Learn with Cheryl Roose
On the second Tuesday of every month, the GPRC brings you a Lunch & Learn presentation. Join the GPRC and Cheryl Roose with Cheryl Roose Coaching and Consulting to learn to manager your energy and achieve your goals.
Mar 11 - State of the Region Address
The Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Mayor Rod Shaigec of Parkland County, Mayor Stuart Houston of City of Spruce Grove, and Mayor William Choy of Town of Stony Plain as guest presenters for the Annual State of the Region Address, Thursday, March 11th. A professional production crew will live-stream this event through Livestream.com and the Chamber's Facebook account. Our Mayor's are the highlight of the evening as they share with our guests the future focused developments and plans for the region. For this year, this is a non-ticketed event.
Mar 18 - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Webinar #1
Join us in one of our six webinars this year starting with "Inclusive Leadership Starts with Building Foundations".

Is your organization positively positioning itself with leadership commitment, systems, budgets, and culture that enables an engaged and productive workplace? Join us to learn the first steps you can take to do this.
Mar 25 - Chamber in a Bottle with Hourglass Games
On the last Thursday of every month, the GPRC brings you Chamber in a Bottle. Join our host Anthony Worbeck of ACKT Industries as he chats with Brandon Kessir of Hourglass Games. Kessir opened his business in Stony Plain in December and while their physical escape room is closed, they offer virtual escape rooms and so much more.
Check the Chamber's website for
our full events calendar!
Feature Member - Majestic Flooring & Design Centre
Founded in 1976 in downtown Stony Plain by Allan Howlett, Majestic Flooring & Design Centre has been a family run enterprise ever since. Roles have changed and our business has grown dramatically but our dedication to those core values of integrity and quality, that our business was founded on remain steadfastly in place. We have always strived to work with the client to achieve the unique, high design look that our customers want in order to “Live in Luxury”.

Our main focus has been retail flooring for homeowners looking to renovate their current homes. However our business has steadily grown so that we now encompass New Housing, Insurance Replacement Work, Commercial Flooring Work, Cash and Carry of in stock flooring items for the DIY crowd, and of course Renovation and Retail Flooring.
Follow Majestic Flooring & Design Centre on social media
This e-Blast is from: Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Name: Kendra Wambold
Title: Communications & Media Specialist
Company: Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Contact: 780-963-4545