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ATB Boostr
Crowdfunding 101
January 12 - 11:30 AM
Centre 2000
11330 - 106 Street
Ribbon Cutting
January 20 - 4:30 PM
Happy Trails RV
15211 - 100 Street
Business After 5 Mixer
January 26 - 5:00 PM
Victoria's Attic
9906 - 100 Avenue
Canwest Chamber Ball
February 4 - 6:00 PM
Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre
11633 - 100 Street

* Sponsorship opportunities are available. Also nominations are open for our Chamber Awards.
Growing the North Conference
February 22-23
Evergreen Park
www.growingthenorth.com
Peace Region Petroleum Show
May 17-18
Evergreen Park
www.prpshow.com

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  • Flight Centre
  • McLean & Shaw Insurance Brokers
  • GFL Environmental
  • Staples Business Depot
  • Image Design Pros.
  • Eastlink Centre
  • Designing Threads
  • Town of Beaverlodge
  • Van Houtte Coffee Service
  • Country Roads RV Park
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  • Peace Power Corporation
  • Alliance Disposal
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Dear Chamber Friend, 

 

Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly email is sent to hundreds of members and friends of the Chamber, highlighting some of the sales, specials, accomplishments and events of our membership, and shared on social media.  

 

If you are a Chamber member and you'd like to 'connect' with fellow members and the community, please email your advertisement (with up to 2 .pdf, .jpg, or .png images) to tom@gpchamber.com at least 2 days prior to our issue dates of the 1st and 15th of the month.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all the best in 2017. Our office will be closed from December 23 to January 2. The next issue of Connections will be January 15.

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce provides the opportunity for our Members to advertise on the digital sign at Centre 2000.

The flight schedule for 2017 is as follows:
January 2-29
January 30-February 26
February 27-March 26
March 27-April 23
April 24-May 21
May 22-June 18
June 19-July 16
July 17-August 13
August 14-September 10
September 11-October 8
October 9-November 5
November 6-December 3
December 4-31

For rate card including not-for-profit pricing, contract terms, and design guidelines, please contact Leah Fujarczuk, Membership Sales & Services Manager, by email at leah@gpchamber.com or by phone at 780-532-5340.





We are excited to announce that effective December 5, 2016, Coyote North Ltd. has been acquired by CDN Controls Ltd. to provide an increased service offering and value proposition to our respective customers.  Brent Willey founded Coyote North Ltd in 2010 as has successfully led this company to complete numerous projects over the years, as well as delivered the following value-added services to numerous customers both domestically and internationally:

·        Design, Manufacturing, and Commissioning of Incinerators and Combustors
·        Servicing of all combustion equipment, including CSA-B.149.3 certified fuel gas trains;  New, Replacement and Upgrades
·        Waste Heat Recovery/providing Oil Heating, Glycol Heating, Hot Water or Steam and Electrical Power Generation

 Through this acquisition, all former Coyote North Ltd operations in Canada will now be managed under the CDN Controls Ltd. corporate structure.  Brent and his team will be joining CDN Controls Ltd., operating under the recently formed Combustion and Emissions Services Division.  This merger will enable both companies to provide an expanded and complimentary service offering to their respective customers, as well, increase the value-proposition through leveraging administrative operations, field operations, safety processes, expanded branch operations support, and improved overall supply chain management.



QuickBooks Premier Level 1 - This module teaches students how to perform daily accounting tasks in the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. This course is intended for someone who will be primarily doing data entry in QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Premier Level 2 - This module is a continuation of basic features for daily accounting tasks using QuickBooks and will introduce some of the more advanced functions and capabilities of QuickBooks. Students will look at how to create company files, and deal with more advanced tasks for receivables, payables, inventory and payroll.
 
Course Cost  250 + 50 Book for each Level plus GST = 315.00





Benefits of being a member at the Eastlink Centre as well as the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce.
 
In addition to a great workout, our members enjoy:
  • Drop-in programs in all areas: fitness, pool, child play, squash, racquetball and field house
  • Free drop-in Fitness and Aquatics classes
  • Preferential pricing for Eastlink Centre swimming lessons and programs
  • Preferential pricing for Child & Youth registered programs
  • Preferential pricing for Wellness programs
  • Preferential pricing for personal training programs
  • Free public skating and shinny at the Coca-Cola Centre
  • Preferential PlayCare child-minding rates
  • Preferential 2Day FM FlowRider rates
Corporate Members Belong, Too!
Put your team's health and wellness at the top of your corporate goals this year; you'll be rewarded with:
  • All of the above individual membership benefits
  • A 20% discount off all 1-year or 6-month prepaid individual or family memberships
If you would like to look at getting your employees memberships, punch passes or doing payroll deductions on your end we can help facilitate that as well.


Servus "Free Ski" Fridays
Nitehawk is proud to partner with Servus Credit Union in Grande Prairie to ensure more Albertan's enjoy Grande Prairie Outdoor Activities. Don't miss Servus "Free Ski" Fridays - happening the first Friday of each month.

December 16, 2016 (Soft Launch Event)
January 6, 2017
February 3, 2017
March 3, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Details:
- Ski/Snowboard Lift tickets are free and can be obtained the night of the event.
- All ski and snowboard rentals will be available for $15/person.
- Ski or snowboard lessons will be available for a discounted rate of 15% off the lesson when booked at least 24hrs in advance for a that specific evening.
- Dinner/food specials will be made available in the restaurant and cafeteria.

Visit gonitehawk.com or call 780.532.6637 or 1.888.754.6778 (toll free) for more information.
(Weather and snow conditions permitting - please check with Nitehawk's Website for final confirmation)

Burton Riglet Park
Head down to Ernie's Sports Experts on Saturday Dec.17 from 10:00AM - 4:00PM for Burton's Riglet Park event. This is a wonderful way of introducing those young one's (ages 2-8) to Snowboarding in an indoor, safe environment.

Nitehawk's Snowboard Instructors will be there leading kids through the Riglet Park and we'll also be onsite to answer any of your questions regarding our Lesson Programs and to sign your children up for Boarding lessons. Nitehawk will also be giving 2 for 1 Lift vouchers for anyone attending!

Burton On Snow Demo Day by Ernie's Sport Experts
December 18th 11am -  5pm

Come and check out some of the latest and the greatest products that Burton has to offer. We're going to have tents set up with all current season boards and bindings available for anyone to try. Please note that a waiver needs to be signed by a parent/guardian for those of you under 18, and a valid credit card and ID is required to demo the product.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Night
Its that time of year to show off your festive selves! Sport your finest Ugly Christmas Sweater and receive an additional 10% OFF your lift passes for the night. We'll also have $15.00 Ski & Snowboard Rental packages and $12 Tubing for everyone that wears their Ugly Christmas Sweater that evening.
So come on out with the whole family to enjoy some fun and Christmas Cheer at Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park December 23 from 5:30 - 9:30 pm!

Annual "Fresh Air Family Fun" New Year's Eve
Ring in the New Year with the whole family, at Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park's Fresh Air - Family New Year's Eve, in partnership with 2dayFM GP!

$15 ski lift passes & $15 ski or snowboard rentals.

Not a skier or boarder? Come try out the Aquatera Tube Zone for just $12.00/person. We'll have the bonfire going with apple cider and smores provided by the 2dayFM GP Crew.

*Please note you may be asked to pass your tube forward should it be busy.
How about a Horse & Sleigh Ride courtesy of the Peace Draft Horse Association for only $5.00/person or even a Dog Sled Ride provided by Elevation Dogs...for only $10.00/person.
*These rides will be offered between 6-9pm on a first come first served basis.

We'll also have a movie room set up for the little tykes who can't go out on the hill, showing a few Disney Films that they'll be sure to enjoy.

Its all happening at Nitehawk on December 31, 2016 from 6:00-10:00 P.M.
And did we mention... WE HAVE FIREWORKS @ 10:15 PM, visible from the Chalet Deck and Top of Showoff.




For the first time, 3 Day Startup is traveling across Alberta with NAIT! On January 20th-22nd , 3DS will be in Grande Prairie in partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College and Alberta Innovates to bring you a weekend filled with practical hands on learning to help give you the skills to take an idea and form it in to a business!

3DS is an extreme hands-on approach to help students, alumni and members of the community gain entrepreneurial skills. Over the course of 3 days, participants will progress through a series of modules, in a learning-by-doing environment, that include: ideation, team formation, customer discovery, rapid prototyping, and pitch workshops. We hope to kickstart new companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in all participants.

You DON'T have to be in a student to join or an alumni, this program is open to anyone wanting to learn new skill in entrepreneurship.

Applications are now open.
Deadline to apply is January 13th, 2017
 

peace power

UPCOMING ALBERTA ENERGY CHANGES
AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU!
 
The GOA recently announced a cap on the regulated rate option (RRO) for electricity of 6.8 cents/kWh, commencing June 2017 through June 2021.
 
Good news - all of our current fixed rates, some extending to the end of 2020, are substantially lower than this number!
 
Chamber members get exclusive fixed rates to the end of 2018 starting at 5.25 cents/kWh, and to the end of 2020 starting at 5.95 cents/kWh!
 
Our Variable Rate for electricity is also extremely low,
only 3.29 cents/kWh right now!

Visit www.peacepower.ca, click Sign Up, choose one of our "Advantage" rates, and enter "YAHOOPEACE" into the Referral Code box.
 
SAVE MONEY / SUPPORT ALBERTA / SEE THE DIFFERENCE
 
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Celebrate Tipp's Eve on December 23rd at the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club. This event supports 18 local non-profits as part of the 2017 KMSC Law Golf Event.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Centre for Creative Arts, 9904 101 Avenue or by phoning the Centre 780-814-6080. $25 includes a buffet.

It's going to be a lot of fun, a chance to unwind with friends after the rush of the holiday season. Prizes for best ugly stick, live music, great food and holiday cheer. Hope to see you there!

This year's grand prize is a 2017 Cadillac ATS & a 2017 Dodge Rebel 1500 Crew Cab with a 2016 Skidoo Summit 600 and Sled Deck.

We've also got a Ford Mustang, Fiat Spider Convertible, Commander 1000XT with tracks and windshield, trips to Disneyland, Mexico and Croatia, home entertainment package, Prairie Mall Gift Cards and more!!!!

This holiday season while you enjoy time with your loved ones, purchase gifts for one another and celebrate the season consider supporting a local lottery that over the years has made an incredible impact on the lives of so many. All proceeds from the lottery will go to 11 non-profit groups.

Tickets are $50 each or 3/$100. Plus check out the Christmas Cash Bonus draw where you can win half the jackpot and up to $125,000! Bonus draw tickets are $10 each, 3/$25 or 5/$40. Tickets available at the Prairie Mall,
at carsforchristmas.com or by calling 780-532-0506.
Final Draw Jan. 4, 2017 (Cut off Dec. 29)