Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! Read on for information from our Chamber network. 

Our Member Marketplace on Thursdays highlights our Chamber businesses. Email tom@gpchamber.com with your ads. 
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Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
BDC Small Business Week 2021 is scheduled for
October 17-23.

This year's theme is: Together we build
As the economy roars back to life, it’s become clear that the past 18 months have fast-forwarded long-term disruption. From growing labour shortages and the rise of remote work, to the expansion of digital business and increasingly frequent climate events; Canadian entrepreneurs will need to focus on innovation, inclusion and sustainability to maintain their growth amidst these changes. For BDC Small Business Week 2021, let's join together to discuss the opportunities that lie ahead for Canadian entrepreneurs.

Events being planned include:
October 18 - Small Business Week Kickoff
October 19 - Women in Business Lunch
October 20 - Rotary Lunch
October 21 - Grande Prairie Awards of Distinction
 
For sponsorship information and registration inquiries, please contact
Cindy Simigan, Events and Community Partnerships, by email cindy@gpchamber.com or phone 780-532-5340.

We received the following nominations for our Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction! They are, in alphabetical order:
2DayFM
43 Parts North Distributors Ltd.
ADC Electric
Adorn Skin and Laser
Anarchy Mechanical
Aquatera Utilities
Armageddon Cookies
AutoexoticTrim & Signs
Bakeway Delights
Bang-Up Beauty
Beach Bumz Sun Tanning Studio
Beauty By Claudz
Big Rig Collision
Big Stick Rentals
Blend It Studios Ltd.
Bold & Brassy Boutique
C.I.A. Solutions
Captivating Aesthetics
Cellphone Expert
Clean Break Cleaning Services
Clear Shot Industries
Commandeur Mechanical
Cotton Candy Quilts & Sewing
Cozy Intentions
Crafty Things
Crystal Bookkeeping and Taxes
Custom Cellular
DAHT Merchandise
Doctors Eyecare
Dollface Apparels
Dragon Chef Restaurant
Edgewood Custom Builders
Elaine's Unique Plants and Designs
Energy Crane Service
Fox and Cubs Grazing Boards
Freedom Automotive
Fresh Coast Clothing Canada
Galito's Flame-Grilled Chicken
GigItUp Inc.
Glow Collective
Grain Bin Brewing Company
Grande Peace Law
Grande Prairie Farmers Market
Grande Spirit Foundation
Grate Sweets & Treats
GSL Construction
Gypsy Blooms Flower Truck
Hamel Excavating Ltd.
Hi-Tech Business Systems
HJ's 5-Pin Bowling Centre
Holly Austin Photography
House of Hair
HSB Industries
J&D Western Electric Ltd.
Jak + Pae
Kar's Sweets & Treats
Kayla Lynn Photography
Keto Cafe
Kili Landscapes Corp.
L Spa and Wellness Centre
Lilygray Hair & Aesthetics Academy
Logan Therapeutic Massage
Luxus Hair Studio
Mama Tried Beauty Company
Marble Slab Creamery
McNabb Lucuk LLP
Milk Tea Corner
MNP
Mud Puddle Farms Rustic Kitchen
nine10 Inc.
No Negatives Required Inc.
Off The Wheaten Path
OMG! Cupcakes
Once Upon A Child
Peace Country and Beyond
Peppered With Pigments
Petals & Posies Flower Co.
Platinum Hair Lounge
Prairie Kebab
Purelife Cleaning and Maintenance
Quality Floors
Quen's Tea and Juice
Railtown Bootcamp
RCFarmArm
Recovery Coach
Red Arrow Electric Inc.
Richer Currie LLP
Roc Dog Landscape Centre
Sean Gillis Realty Group
Shade Tree Chocolate Studio
Shift Imaging
Shinez Auto Detailing
Slay Esthetics
Smith Gravel Services
Splish Splash Therapy
Sportswear Plus Ltd.
Spruce & Linen
Sticky's Candy
Strange Ideas Comics & Collectibles
Suicide Prevention Resource Centre
Tacotime
Teepee Creek Stampede Association
The Headmaster
The Milky Fern
The Pilates Barre GP
The Primitive Lane
The Vine Luxury Spa
Tire Pro Inc.
Top Gear Cycles
To The Root Dental Hygiene
Touchdown Salon Touchdown Barber
Trapped
Tread N Traction
Tuff Kydd Enterprises
Tututally Cute Custom Creations
Twisted Pretty
Water Express
WomanUp Fitness
Wonderland
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City of Grande Prairie Municipal Election All-Candidates Forum TONIGHT Tuesday, September 28, 2021 online via Zoom.

All candidates for Mayor and Councilor in the October 18 Municipal Election in the City of Grande Prairie are invited to take part.

The forum will begin at 6:00 PM. There is no cost to participate but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.


We will be taking questions using the slido app. You can also pre-submit general questions directed at all candidates to https://app.sli.do/event/fdvwsiou/live/questions.

The evening will include an introduction of candidates for Council, a question period, and closing statements, followed by introduction of candidates for Mayor, another question period, and their closing statements.

The forum will close at 9:00 PM.

The forum will also be airing live on Eastlink Community TV, channel 610 for anyone with Eastlink services.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is also hosting a County of Grande Prairie Municipal Election Forum on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 online via Zoom. 

All candidates for Council in Divisions with MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE for the October 18 Municipal Election in the County of Grande Prairie are invited to take part. 

The forum will begin at 7:00 PM. There is no cost to participate but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.


The evening will include an introduction of candidates for Council, a question period, and closing statements for each eligible Division. 

The length of the forum will depend on the number of Divisions taking part.
Chamber Community Pulse Series

The Grande Prairie area has a robust and diverse economy. The Community Pulse series is designed to provide updates and insights from a variety of the industries, sectors, and organizations that make up the fabric of our unique and incredible community. Join us for this series, helping us to share valuable information about our region and the people who make it special.

This week's session on Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00 AM will feature the Municipal District of Greenview Economic Development. Then on October 6, we will hear an update from the County of Grande Prairie Economic Development.

Last week's session with Kelly McTaggart from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, can be viewed here.

There is no cost to participate but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

 
THANK YOU TO OUR PRESENTING PARTNERS: City of Grande Prairie Economic Development, County of Grande Prairie Economic Development, Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network and TC Energy; AND OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS: Chambers Plan represented by local broker HUB International, Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region, GetintheLoop Grande Prairie, and Municipal District of Greenview.
COVID-19 RAPID TESTING KITS FOR BUSINESSES

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Chambers of Commerce to provide complimentary COVID-19 rapid testing kits to small and medium-sized businesses. By frequently testing employees, businesses can stop outbreaks before they happen, keeping employees and customers safe.
* A Chamber membership is NOT required.

Register for the Program

Please download the Alberta Rapid Screening Tests Business Application form, carefully read the form as well as the terms and conditions, and should you wish to proceed, complete the form in full and email to info@gpchamber.com with the email subject line: Rapid test program participant application


Once we have received your completed form we will review and return a signed copy for your records, along with instructions on how and when to pick up your testing kits.

For more information, please call 780-532-5340 or email info@gpchamber.com
The Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association, Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, and GetintheLoop are pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for tourism-based companies to promote their business. Apply now to receive six months free access to GetintheLoop’s premium Partnership Plan and expanded awareness across the Grande Prairie region.
 
Through this partnership, Grande Prairie Tourism and GetintheLoop will create a unique Discover GP “Loop”. It will be established to help bring together local businesses and new customers, on one established app. This will make it easier for local residents and visitors to connect with businesses online, by phone, or in-person. Local business offers will also be visible on the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism website and getintheloop.ca.

There are only 20 spots available, so fill out the application form today - it’s quick and easy. This project is also supported by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and the Government of Canada Shop Local Fund
Contact our office for more information on the Partnership Plan:
email connectgp@getintheloop.ca or phone 780-831-0362
Prairies Economic Development Canada
Grande Prairie (Alberta)
CO-02 - Senior Business Officer
$79,516 to $113,222


To learn more about what PrairiesCan does, click here

Closing date: 4 October 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: 
Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Bitumen Valuation Methodology webinar

The C.D Howe Institute is scheduled to release a report this month that supports fixing the Bitumen Valuation Methodology. They will be hosting a panel of policy experts on Thursday, September 30 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. MT.

If you'd like an invitation to this webinar, please email Kelly McTaggart, Community Engagement Advisor with CAPP.
Our Product ScaleUp Program Pilot 2.0 offers successful Alberta applicants the opportunity to access nondilutive funding to subsidize the hiring of a critical employee.
• Qualified applicants represent high potential, high growth, small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
• The Program financially supports employees with expertise in developing, commercializing, and scaling digital technology.
• Supported SME’s must have technologies with strong product validation, proven product-market fit, and a robust commercialization strategy.
• Qualified SMEs may be eligible for up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding over a maximum one-year term.
• Successful Applicants will receive access to a peer-to-peer networking and community platform, ongoing virtual product management training for the leadership team and Associate, and access to training materials throughout the term of the program.
• Application deadline is October 7, 2021.
• For more information, visit Product ScaleUp Pilot Program - Alberta Innovates
NEW DATE! Canadian Cannabis: A Growing Economic Sector at Home and Abroad 
November 10 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET | Virtual 

We are excited to be hosting the first Executive Summit geared specifically to the growing cannabis sector in Canada. From licensed producers to retailers to ancillary businesses, this event will feature experts from across the industry who will discuss the opportunities, impacts and challenges associated with business in the cannabis sector. Full agenda coming soon.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: September 30

Canada’s recovery cannot be complete without reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples. That is why we will be taking time to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. This day provides an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and commemorate the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools

On September 30, we encourage members to join us in reflection and in recognition of the trauma that residential school survivors bear and in promoting good relationships and economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. 

What can you do on this day to show support?
  • Set aside time for reflection 
  • Take time to learn more about Indigenous culture, residential schools and reconciliation 
  • Wear orange 
  • Light up the exterior of your building/home orange 
  • Take to social media to increase awareness of the day

We’d also ask you to consider the following questions and share your insights with us as you see fit:
  • What does truth and reconciliation mean to you?
  • What are you doing to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?
  • What is one thing you have learned or hope to learn about truth and reconciliation?