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Birthday parties to holidays and more...your spring calendar fills up quickly! So get to the ONCE UPON A CHILD SPRING DRESSWEAR EVENT Friday, February 26th to Sunday, February 28th to pick up the spring-ready styles your little ones need! From cute and colourful dresses to dapper pants and coordinates, you'll get first pick of this season's top styles! So, get in and save at ONCE UPON A CHILD’S SPRING DRESSWEAR EVENT.
This hands-on workshop will help you overcome your fears & teach effective, proven ways to prospect.
How to build a resilient and adaptable organization for 2021 and beyond... 
  • When you've been forced to adjust to managing remote and virtual employees while your team faces challenges in an uncertain economy
  • When you want to empower your team and get revenue back on track for 2021

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We're Committed to Helping Alberta's Entrepreneurs
  
Whether you want to talk business or you're looking for some great advice, we're here to listen and help in any way we can. 
 
Upcoming Webinars
  
How to write a business plan 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM | WEBINAR 

Never written a business plan before? Heard horror stories of 100-page business plans? Fear not! ATB Entrepreneur Centre Strategist Catherine Glambeck will walk you through the different components that make up a great business plan. 

This one hour workshop will answer the “what”, “why” and “how” questions around business planning. At the end of this crash course you’ll be able to:

  • Define the necessary elements of a business plan and how these pieces come together
  • Understand the purpose of a business plan and how it can get a new business or idea on track

Speaker: Catherine Glambeck, ATB 


ATB X: User Testing
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | ONLINE 

Getting raw feedback from people outside of your business is critical as you are testing and iterating.

Stop waiting for feedback—get instant constructive comments from other Albertan entrepreneurs who have been there, and done that! 

What can you get feedback on?

  • Social media post(s)/ad(s)
  • Landing page, website, customer testimonials
  • Product packaging, service pitch
  • Drip strategy, marketing copy
  • Job posting or on-boarding process

If you can pitch it in 5 minutes or less—it's a good fit for this session!

How does that sound?

 
We're Here to Support You
  
Looking for business advice? Our strategists are available to connect with you using video chat, email, text or phone.

Organizations are invited to apply for funding between $5,000 and $250,000 to lead projects that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help their neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery. This could include projects that adapt crosswalks and access to public transport to allow for safe physical distancing, the creation of community gardens, and art installations, and free wifi in targeted public spaces. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations.
 
Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta and Wood Buffalo Community Foundation are working alongside Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Urban Institute and other partners to serve communities across Canada, including equity-seeking groups interested in applying.
 
“Organizations across our country have shown creativity and resourcefulness in improvising temporary and longer-lasting solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely. The Healthy Communities Initiative is supporting organizations in Alberta North HUB region to bring people together in our communities both in person and digitally, while respecting public health measures.” - Andrea Dicks, President, Community Foundations of Canada
 
The application period for the first round of funding closes on March 9, 2021 at 5:00PM PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021.
 
For more information please visit our website or contact Laura or Rhonda at (780) 538-2820 or by visiting www.buildingtomorrowtoday.com
Our learning team and volunteers are busy making FREE Creativity Kits for the community, schools and organizations in Grande Prairie and the County once again! We distributed over 2000 Free Creativity Kits back in December through this wonderful Art at Home Program, which is sponsored by ATB Financial. 

With the Art Gallery still being closed to the public we have partnered with Grande Prairie Family Education Society to help distribute these kits to the community. If you would like to pick up a kit for you or for your family, please contact the Grande Prairie Family Education Society at 780-830-0920 or email hubcoordinator@gpfes.com. They are open 8:30am-4:30pm M-F with convenient parking in front of their building at 9607 102 St.

We hope to distribute more kits in the coming weeks to schools and community organizations to enrich the community through the sharing of art. If you are an organization or group wanting to participate in the initiative, please let us know how many you would like and we will be happy to deliver them to your location. Contact jamie-lee@aggp.ca or call 780-357-7480.
Get Involved! Goodwill is currently recruiting volunteer Board Members to join our volunteer Board of Directors.
 
Goodwill is a not-for-profit organization that supports the Alberta community by providing employment readiness skills training, career services, job placement for Albertans with disabilities in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Goodwill is also one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in Western Canada. Goodwill’s Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the Alberta community who are dedicated to supporting and promoting Goodwill’s mission. They champion the importance of providing exceptional leadership and believe in serving people.
 
For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.goodwill.ab.ca/job/goodwill-board-member-volunteer-role/
Website: www.grandeprairiechamber.com
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