January 2021
Call for Board Nominations
The Greater Parkland Regional Chamber board of directors is a diverse, focused group of local business leaders and community influencers whose knowledge and experience strategically guide the organization.

The GPRC Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring excellent management of the organization. The role of the board is to govern the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Board will support the work of the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. A time commitment of 5-10 hours/month is required.

The Board Members will serve a one-year term and will be eligible for additional terms. This is a great opportunity for an individual who is passionate about GPRC’s mission and in impacting a positive economic future for the region.

Nominations close: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:00 Noon MST.
Regional Business Impact and Recovery Survey
The Regional Business Impact and Recovery survey will work in partnership with local municipalities to asses the implications of COVID-19 on the local business community. The results will provide insight on how our Region’s local business community (broken down to each Municipality) has been dealing with the economic impact of COVID-19 and its path to business recovery. The information collected from the survey will help guide economic development stakeholders from across the Region to provide relevant information to the business community, develop programs and services to support local business recovery, and advocate for upper-level government resources.
A Path Forward
  • Public health measures will be eased in steps based on hospitalization benchmarks.
  • Each step sets a more predictable path for easing restrictions, while protecting the health system.
  • Once hospitalizations are within range of the benchmark, decisions to move to the next step will be considered. The lowest-risk activities in each sector will be considered for change first.
  • Moving between steps will happen at least 3 weeks apart to assess the impact on cases.
AB Government COVID-19 Resources Translated
COVID-19 resources are available in Arabic, 中文, हिंदी, 한국어, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Af-Soomaali, Español, Français, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt and Urdu on alberta.ca/CovidTranslated.
2021 Membership Renewal Invoices
Renewal invoices for 2021 have been sent out. For the inaugural year of the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber, we offered a 25% inaugural year discount for membership dues. The reason for this was to ease the unified members into the new Chamber.

For 2021, we recognize the hardship which has faced many of our members with managing COVID-19, and for that reason, we are going to continue offering a 25% discount in 2021. This will be visible on invoice renewals as the Resilience and Recovery Discount 

Invoices are able to be paid by credit card, debit, and cheque. VISA and MasterCard can be accepted by phone: 780-963-4545, or online by logging into your Member Information Centre here: www.business.gprchamber.ca/login
Town of Stony Plain Land Use Bylaw Update
The Town of Stony Plain is proud to present the first draft of an administrative update to our Land Use Bylaw. The Town has collected notes from the past several years working with the current Land Use Bylaw, and over the past year, has undertaken research to review various items and topics to improve the usability of the document and provide greater clarity and consistency. The Town has spent the past several months finalizing this work and is ready to get feedback on the proposed changes.

The Town asks that feedback is provided by February 19, 2021 and a summary will be presented at the Land Development Forum on February 25, 2021. There will be a chance to ask questions at the forum.

The expected timeline for the adoption of the updated Land Use Bylaw is Q1-Q2 2021.

If you have any questions about this request or process. You may submit any questions and feedback to ezurawell@stonyplain.com.
Upcoming Workshops!
Indigenous Business Planning Series
Join Business Link Indigenous Services and Alberta Indian Investment Corporation for a 6-part workshop series on Business Planning! This 6-step workshop will use our Indigenous Business Planning Workbook as a guided template to your business planning success.

Scale up! How to use technology to boost your business’s efficiency
A year of COVID-19 has made technology investments more important than ever for entrepreneurs who want to be more competitive and profitable. Eager to cut costs, speed up processes and reduce errors, more and more businesses are turning to technology for a solution. Yet investing in technology is only half the battle. To reap the full benefits from your investments, you need efficient operations and a team who supports digitization. On February 9, join BDC experts as they show you how to implement tech solutions effectively by optimizing your processes and creating a digital company culture. BDC Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux will also give an economic update and talk about the importance of making the digital shift in your business. 

Chair's Blog
More than anything, businesses want to get back to growing the economy by taking care of their business and their families. To this end, the Chamber will continue to voice our concerns to the Provincial Government regarding the current COVID-19 restrictions and the negative impacts these restrictions are continuing to have on our business community.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Feb 9 - Lunch & Learn with Parkland School Division No. 70
On the second Tuesday of every month, the GPRC brings you a Lunch & Learn presentation. Join the GPRC and Connections for Learning (CFL) Principal, Travis McNaughton; Deputy Superintendent, Mark Francis; and Board Chair, Lorraine Stewart of Parkland School Division No. 70.
Feb 10 - Chamber Meeting with Dane Lloyd
Not in our lifetime have we seen the policies of governments at every level so significantly impacting our business and personal lives. Join the GPRC and Special Guest, MP Dane Lloyd, Conservative Member of Parliament for Sturgeon River-Parkland, for his insight on the Federal Government's role in leading the way toward recovery in the annual luncheon meeting offered exclusively to Chamber members.
Feb 23 - Shameless Plug-in
We've taken Shameless Plug online! Plug-in with us and the rest of your neighbourhood business owners and check in to see how things are going with each other. Have tips on how you are operating during this time? Do you want to ask a question to see how some similar businesses are making it work? Alternatively, you can speak about your business and what you offer within the region.
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. Election for all Board of Director positions will take place. If you are interested in a Board position, please visit our website here.
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 the City of Spruce Grove, and Mayor William Choy of the 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 the Chamber's social media accounts. Our Mayor's are the highlight of the evening as they share with our guests the future focused developments and plans for the region.
Check the Chamber's website for
our full events calendar!
Feature Member - Adamitz Financial Solutions Inc.
There is power in knowing the right financial mentor with whom to join forces. Someone who has the necessary tools to provide a multi-faceted, holistic approach, to balance competing needs and goals, and to adjust to your business or family cycle over the years. Paulla Adamitz works with top-ranking insurance companies, and offers a wide range of insurance plans and services to ensure that her clients receive the best coverage at the lowest rates. Paulla's goal is to see you accomplish your goals, and to ensure you have the power to make the best choices for you, your business, or your family. If you have never taken a step towards solidifying your financial future, together we can start now, to put choices and power into your hands.
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Feature Member - Kiwi Nurseries
Kiwi Nurseries Ltd. is your local grower and supplier of over 1,000 prairie hardy trees, shrubs and perennials. You can be confident our outdoor plants will grow and thrive in our local climate! Our nursery is open to the public May to October if you’d like to visit us or see our selection in person. Our outdoor plant selection is also available online to be browsed at anytime.
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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