July 2020
Blackfalds & District Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter


HAPPY CANADA DAY!
CHAMBER MEETING INFORMATION
CHAMBER MEETINGS NOTICE
JULY - MEETING DETAILS

Date: July 9th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Legacy Athletix Gym
#225, 6037 Parkwood Rd
Blackfalds

REQUEST:
Please RSVP so we may set up accordingly to allow for social distancing measures by
emailing: yourblackfaldschamber@outlook.com

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COVID-19 Updates
All Provincial Government Programs available to business owners can now be found at BizConnect , including information on relaunch plans.

  • Of particular note is the recently announced Relaunch Funding program, which will assist employers with costs associated with relaunch. The grant is for up to $5000 to cover implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, (such as physical barriers, personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies), rent, employee wages or replacement of inventory. The program’s online application is expected to be available any day now. Program details, including eligibility, are being confirmed
  • Many Alberta businesses are facing challenges paying their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to feel the economic pressure, even as their businesses reopen. To help ease the economic pinch, government is planning further measures including legislation to ensure commercial tenants will not face rent increases or be evicted for non-payment of rent due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new measures will help address shortfalls in the current Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, and will give eligible business owners piece of mind as they reopen and help with the provincial economic recovery. Additional details are expected to be finalized during the current summer session.
 
The Federal Government programs available to business owners can be found at Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Pla n:

  • Of particular note is that the Federal Minister of Finance announced that as of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). This means that owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week. 
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended for an additional two months
 
Considering Joining the Chamber?
TOP 10 Reasons to Join!
  1. Business Presence
  2. Networking & Sharing
  3. Sponsorship & Engagement opportunities
  4. Advocacy
  5. Sense f Community
  6. Build Relationships
  7. Credibility
  8. Have an active voice in your community
  9. Get Featured
  10. Exclusive Member Benefits

Questions?
Contact the Chamber to discuss!
BRAND BLACKFALDS
Project Overview
The Town, led by the Brand Development Committee, is proceeding with community branding. Input from residents, businesses and stakeholders will shape the future of our community and the culture of the municipality. 
Our brand will communicate the essence of our community, telling our story and aligning perception with reality. The brand may include a logo, tagline, colour palettes, images and supporting messaging. 
An effective brand will:
  • Distinguish Blackfalds from other municipalities
  • Create strong civic pride
  • Foster a prosperous business climate
  • Attract visitors and new investment to the community

Brand Committee Community Members
  • Chair, Heather Buelow
  • Vice-Chair, Ken Hubbard
  • Jeremy Deleeuw
  • Glyn Evans
  • Kevin Hallet - CHAMBER PRESIDENT
  • Lana Hoover
  • Kelton Olfert
  • Brian Preston
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