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. 
The most recent issue can be viewed here.
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 (click on the event for more information including registration):
October 20 - Lunch With Rotary
 
For registration inquiries, please contact
Cindy Simigan, Events and Community Partnerships,
by email cindy@gpchamber.com or phone 780-532-5340.

Follow our SBW PAGE for registration information and event updates.

We received the following nominations for our Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction! Congratulations to all! 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
Our Chamber website has a 2021 Municipal Election page:


We have included links to recordings of our City of Grande Prairie All-Candidates forum, our County of Grande Prairie election forum for Divisions 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9, responses to Chamber questions from City of Grande Prairie candidates for Mayor and Council, and general municipal election information pages for the City, County, and Municipal District of Greenview.

Thank you to all the candidates who have been able to participate in our forums, and we appreciate everyone who is running for positions on October 18.
Chamber Community Pulse Series

Last week's session with Hetti Huls from the County of Grande Prairie Economic Development, can be viewed here.

Watch for future sessions on our Chamber event calendar.
 
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
Development Incentives & Grants (DIG) Program Now Accepting Applications

The City of Grande Prairie is now accepting applications for the Development Incentives and Grants (DIG) Program designed to provide a long-term benefit to the community by creating economic stimulus and support investment in Grande Prairie.
 
The program consists of five incentives that are designed for large-scale industrial and commercial developers, and residential builders.
 
Industrial and Commercial (Business) Incentives 
The New Business Development Grant is a 10-year Tax-Increment Rebate for new industrial or commercial business development with a construction value of over $25 million dollars. 
 
The Business Retention & Expansion Grant is a 4-year Tax-Increment Rebate for improvements to existing buildings or property that increase assessed value by a minimum of 25% with a minimum of $1 million construction value. 
 
The Business Revitalization Grant is a 50% matching grant to a maximum of $25,000 for demolition or property and building improvement such as painting, siding, large-scale landscaping, access ramps, or lighting that improve aesthetics, access and/or safety. 
 
Residential Incentives
The Residential Infill Grant offers residential builders a $15,000 grant per lot within the Residential Infill Area as identified within Policy 357.
 
The Municipal Fee Rebate is designed to encourage residential construction throughout the City with a rebate on all municipal fees to a maximum of $10,000 for permits within Engineering, Inspections, and Planning.
 
For eligibility and application details for each incentive, visit cityofgp.com/businessincentivesThose interested in applying, must apply prior to beginning construction or the permitting process.
All applicants are encouraged to speak to the Program Coordinator prior to submitting their application by emailing businessincentives@cityofgp.com.
Make a difference in the City of Grande Prairie’s 2022 Budget by registering for the Virtual Consultation Sessions to learn more about the budget and City services and provide feedback for the upcoming budget. The free sessions are open to everyone in the community and take place:
 
  • October 13 from 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • October 14 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • October 14 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
 
Registration for the sessions is required and can be done at engage.cityofgp.com/budget2022.
County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network
 
Customer Service Excellence Blue Pin Certificate
 
There is still space available for the certified customer service program at the GPRC!
 
The Customer Service Excellence Blue Pin Certificate will give staff and management the skills in exceptional customer service. This certification will help build customer loyalty and provide an amazing customer service experience to help your business stand out.
 
View additional information, registration requirements and application instructions at GPRC.me/BluePin  
 
We are looking for steering committee members
 
We are seeking members from County businesses in the agriculture, forestry, oil & gas or commercial and retail sectors we would like to hear from you.
 
If you are interested in assisting the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network with topics relevant to your industry, guiding the information presented and programming created and offered to the business community please send a note to hhuls@countygp.ab.ca.
Alberta Perspectives survey updates

Our annual municipal red tape and competitiveness survey is now live.

App to scan COVID-19 vaccine QR codes now available

The government-supported verification app to check proof of vaccination with a QR code is now available for download. Businesses and organizations can begin using the free AB Covid Records Verifier app to quickly and easily confirm their patrons’ vaccination status. The AB Covid Records Verifier app is available for download on Apple and Android devices through the respective app stores.
More support for businesses keeping Albertans safe

Alberta’s government will bring in new supports for businesses implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program. In response to the latest public health actions, government is providing funding to help offset costs of implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) and support training for workers.
Government of Canada to assist Alberta with COVID-19 response

The Canadian Armed Forces committed to providing up to eight critical care nurses to assist in intensives care units in hospitals in Alberta. The Canadian Red Cross is planning to provide up to 20 medical professionals, some with intensive care unit experience, to augment or relieve existing staff working in hospitals in Alberta. 
Driving unemployed Albertans back to work

Funding totalling $5 million in 2021-22 will provide 500 unemployed Albertans with the opportunity to obtain a Class 1 driver’s licence. The grant program is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
Canada invokes 1977 pipelines treaty: Joint statement

Premier Jason Kenney and Minister of Energy Sonya Savage issued a statement on the federal government invoking the dispute settlement provision of the 1977 Transit Pipelines Treaty.

Statement by Minister Garneau on Line 5 transit pipeline

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement on Michigan’s efforts to shut down Line 5.

Dow investment in Alberta: Premier Kenney

Premier Jason Kenney issued a statement on Dow announcing to build the world’s first net-zero carbon emissions ethylene and derivatives complex in Alberta.
C.D. Howe publication: Bitumen valuation

The C.D. Howe institute released a publication titled An Oil Sands Inequity: Alberta’s Outdated Bitumen Valuation Program. The brief reviews oil sands bitumen prices used in Alberta royalty calculations and argues that they should be set by market prices, not formulas.
Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers

The Government of Canada announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel.
Upcoming 3-Part Webinar Series for Businesses

Postmedia is hosting a 3-part exclusive webinar series on the impact search can have on your business with special guests Mariah Parrish from Google and industry expert Tom Tsinas from Postmedia Solutions.

The first webinar in the series is Future-Proofing Your Business on October 19th at 1:00 p.m. EST. Learn how you can optimize your marketing strategy with paid search. This will be followed by Introduction to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on November 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST and Hands-on Intermediate SEO Workshop on November 16 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Labour Force Survey (LFS) Numbers Painting a True Picture?

Last week’s LFS numbers told an encouraging chapter in the return to work but are they telling the whole story?

The LFS numbers do not share that long-term unemployment continues put a strain on our economy. Our long-term unemployment numbers are still nearly double what they were pre-pandemic. That means that, in the midst of a mass labour shortage, 27.3% of unemployed Canadians are unaccounted for.

The Globe and Mail Presents Before the Breach: Cybersecurity Essentials for Canadian Businesses
October 14 | 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET| Virtual  

Join industry experts, including Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, our Senior Director, Digital Economy, Technology & Innovation, for this free webcast where discussions will focus on how organizations can best prepare themselves for potential attacks and how using a Zero Trust model can ward against internal data mismanagement and external exposure. As the saying goes: the best offence is a good defence.

October Event Series
October 19, 26 and November 2 | 11:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. ET| Virtual

Don’t miss this FREE four-week program designed for small businesses. You’ll hear from Tmall Global experts and Tmall business partners at these events.
  • Next in the series:
  • October 19 | Beauty and Personal Care Market Trends and Brand Showcases. Register for this session to learn about beauty and personal care ecommerce market trends and analysis, brand showcase sharing and Tmall partner services.
  • October 26 | Maternity and Baby Market Trends and Brand Showcases
  • November 2 | Tmall Global Business Solutions Update

Don’t Miss Manufacturing 4.0: the Light Blue Revolution | The Next in Our IR4 Series
October 20 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET| Virtual  

As the manufacturing sector moves from blue collar to white collar and embraces the light blue realm, the wealth and magnitude of where the next generation of technology, transformation, people and opportunities could take us is exponential.

Join Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, our Senior Director, Digital Economy, Technology & Innovation, as she moderates a panel discussion on the ways the development and adoption of innovative technologies are creating new products, enhancing processes and establishing more efficient and cost-effective ways of working.