CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

May 2019
Your monthly update from your local Chamber of Commerce!
Celebrate the best people in the valley at the Celebration of Excellence!
June 13 at the Badlands Community Facility.
A fantastic evening where we honor the amazing businesses, groups and youth in our community.
A total of 13 awards will be handed out:
  • Rotary Awards: Most Courteous Employee, Citizen of the Year, and Male and Female Athlete of the Year;
  • Town of Drumheller Youth Leaders of Tomorrow: one award for students in grades 7-9 and one for students in grades 10-12;
  • Chamber Awards (aka the Business Excellence Awards)- Small and Large Business of the Year, Most Promising New Business, Arts, Culture and Community Award, Diversity Leadership Award, and Business Professional of the Year Award;
  • *NEW- Travel Drumheller's Tourism Excellence Award

The semi-formal evening will feature cocktails and dinner followed by the awards presentation. Schedule:
  • 5:00pm ~ Cocktails and networking reception
  • 6:00pm~ Dinner and Awards

We hope to see you there!
Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased from SJ Fashions, Centre Street Insurance, the Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall.
Upcoming Chamber Events:

May 9: Trade Show Committee Meeting
May 29 & 30: FAM Tour

Upcoming Member Events:

May 1: Teddie for a Toonie @ ATB
May 4: Burn N' Mahn Dueling Pianos at the Legion
May 3 & 4: SpringFest
May 4: Free comics at the Drumheller Library
May 8 : McHappy Day
May 11: Jake's Gift
Jun.8: Yak & Yo with Red Deer River Adventures
May Lunch & Learn- Customer Engagement in the Digital Age

Despite what you might think, digital transformation is not out of reach for small businesses. In fact, while technology, demographics and customer expectations have changed significantly in the past several years, small businesses are able to boost their effectiveness quotient by harnessing a few basic digital marketing options to 'get more personal' with their clients and prospects!

Join us for an engaging look at the changes underway and some low cost and practical ideas to help you rethink- and restart - your customer engagement plans!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 28. WHERE: Canalta Jurassic Inn
  • 11:30am-12:00pm Check in, network, grab your lunch;
  • 12:00pm Presentation begins.

Fee: $20 for Chamber members, $25 for non members. Lunch is included; you MUST PRE-REGISTER so we have numbers for the lunch order. Deadline to register is Friday, May 24. Contact the Chamber or register online .
5th ANNUAL SPRING EXPO- Recap

April 26 & 27 marked our 5th time putting on the Spring Expo trade show here in Drumheller. This year we had a few changes- a new venue and layout in the Badlands Community Facility, and a change in hours as we removed Sunday from the event.

Our attendance numbers on Friday were on par with previous years; unfortunately our Saturday attendance was affected by the weather of course and we had lower than expected numbers and had to end the show one hour early so exhibitors could have more time to get home safely.
Those that could attend did enjoy a great variety of products and services to check out.

A big thank you goes out to our sponsors, volunteers, performers and of course our exhibitors! See our Facebook album for photos from the event.
From the Desk of the Executive Director

Greetings!
One of the primary roles of a Chamber is to advocate to government on behalf of its members.
Five years ago, this month, the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce started our Business Advocacy Committee (BAC). Our meetings are held monthly during the lunch hour in the Chamber boardroom. The next BAC meeting will be on Wednesday, May 8 and on behalf of our Chairperson, Cindy Clark I would like to invite you to attend. The committee is currently looking at electrical distribution fees in the province. The committee is doing its research and hoping to draft a policy resolution that can be proposed to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, who in turn will the lobby the provincial government based on the policy recommendations put forth. If you would like to get involved, please plan to attend next week’s Business Advocacy Committee meeting .
Later this month, Jeff Hall, Barry Fullerton, Marley Henneigh and myself, will be headed to Camrose for the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Provincial Conference and AGM . During the event, delegates will consider over 25 policies that have been developed by fellow Chamber members from across the province. These policies address issues such as the carbon tax, corporate income tax, WCB coverage for farm and ranch workers and many other issues faced by the business community. Not only do the policies identify issues, they offer solutions or recommendations to the government to rectify those issues. The policies which receive approval by members of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce will then form the foundation of the Alberta Chambers advocacy efforts. If you would like to review the proposed policy resolutions, please contact me for a copy. We would encourage members to review any policies of interest and provide your feedback no later than May 21, so we can take any information received from our members forward to the policy session on May 25.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Bitz
Executive Director
  • Many locals participated in the 20/20 Challenge to spend 20 minutes per day picking up litter. Thank you to all participants for helping clean up our community!
  • Drumheller Public Library is offering FREE library cards permanently!
  • Drumheller Tourism Businesses had the opportunity to participate in a Tourism Job Fair on April 11. The Chamber was pleased to help coordinate this event.

Is your organization doing something great to help the community, or celebrating a milestone? Let us know!
FAM Tour

Big news! The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Centre are hosting a local Familiarization (FAM) tour once again this year.

This tour is exceptional with well-organised visits to a number of local historical and cultural sites in the Drumheller Valley. Our experienced guides advise of vital information such as the history of the venues, hours of operations, and costs.

Transportation, courtesy of D-Tours will be provided, along with lunch and snacks. The tour is a full day (8:30am to 5:30 pm) and you can choose from 1 of 2 dates- Wednesday, May 29 or Thursday, May 30. Registration is $20.00 per person, and is to be paid no later than May 24th. Please contact Debbie Schinnour at gsmanager@drumhellerchamber.com or 403-823-8101 to register. Seats are limited!

*This tour is a GREAT opportunity for frontline staff to learn about the valley so they can be good ambassadors to our many visitors each year, and also for employees and residents new to Drumheller to learn about the many fantastic things to see and do here.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Citizen Yoga

Citizen Yoga is Drumheller's only dedicated space for yoga, meditation, and all things well-being. The studio was created for like minded people to cultivate community.

They offer a variety of classes and events- check out their upcoming Funky Flow and Rant & Rave events! Find Citizen Yoga on Instagram, Facebook, at the website, or stop by the studio at 350 Centre Street, downtown Drumheller.
Volunteers Needed

The Drumheller Legion is hosting the AB/NWT Convention May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 in Drumheller at the BCF, and they are looking for volunteers. They are in need of dishwashers, food prep, clearing of tables, draw & ticket sellers, setting up tables and chairs and runners for whatever is needed. 
If you can volunteer a few hours and help the Veterans there is a Volunteer Meeting on Thursday, May 2 @ 7:00 pm at the Legion, downstairs.
Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

Insurance Bureau of Canada is pleased to introduce a free online resource to improve disaster preparedness and insurance literacy for Canadian businesses .  These resources can help businesses prepare now for the unexpected. A crisis can threaten an organization in a multitude of tangible and intangible ways. Following the best practices in risk management can mean the difference between recovery and bankruptcy. 
 
The Business Continuity Diagnostic is an online tool to help businesses understand and manage the risks they are facing. 
Get started!  Take the diagnostic .
KIDS BOWL FREE PROGRAM
This summer at Sandstone Lanes!
Registered kids receive 2 FREE GAMES of bowling each day of the KBF Program all summer long, valued at over $500 per child.

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever  Kids Bowl Free  program. The program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Find out more at www.kidsbowlfree.com
Membership Benefit of the Month: Save on Fuel with ESSO

The Esso Business Card program gives you exceptional fuel savings, powerful yet easy-to-use fuel management tools.

Chamber members recei ve 3.5  cents per litre discount regardless of volume. Find out more .
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