ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!
DON'T MISS OUT ON THE FUN!!!
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce welcomes our members and invited guests to the HUB International Chamber Member Golf Scramble on Tuesday, August 16 at the Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club.

LONG RANGE FORECAST: 26° AND SUNNY!!!

The cost to register is $175. Enter as individuals or multiples.

Admission includes green fees, power carts, a Chamber gift, sponsored treats, lunch, buffet supper and plenty of chances to win prizes!

Deadline for registration Friday, August 12, 2022 at 4:00 PM.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

HUB International - TITLE SPONSOR
Diversified Transportation - GRAND PRIZE SPONSOR
MNP - WATERING HOLE SPONSOR
Invest Grande Prairie - LUNCH SPONSOR
Oliver's Funeral Home - CART SPONSOR
County of Grande Prairie - CART AND HOLE SPONSOR
Environmental 360 Solutions - CART SPONSOR
Northern Doors - CART SPONSOR
KMSC Law LLP - BEVERAGE CART SPONSOR
ATB - HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR
GFL Environmental - HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR
Side Group Rail - HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR
Snipe Lake - HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR
Pizza Hut - HOLE SPONSOR 
MetCredit - HOLE SPONSOR
Diversified Transportation - HOLE SPONSOR
Aquatera - HOLE SPONSOR
Crouse's Cleaners - HOLE SPONSOR
Canadian Western Bank - HOLE SPONSOR
County of Grande Prairie - HOLE SPONSOR
Alberta Blue Cross - HOLE SPONSOR

ONLY TWO HOLE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES REMAIN!

All Sponsors receive….
  1. Recognition in advertisement on Chamber website, communications and social media.
  2. Recognition on the registration rules sheet for each golfer.
  3. Networking opportunities.

We also welcome donations of team and hole prizes as another way of promoting your business!

CLICK HERE for more information, or call the Chamber at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce welcomes our members and invited guests to a Business After 5 Mixer hosted by the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network on Thursday, August 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Crosslink County Sportsplex in Clairmont (7407 108 Street).

Join us for an evening of networking, food, refreshments and door prizes as well as finding out more about the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network.

The County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network was created to build strong partnerships within our business community that will address common, current, local and regional workplace challenges.

Members of the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network work together to: 
  • Identify common workforce challenges and current labour market trends.
  • Address and find solutions to identified trends and challenges by exchanging ideas as an open, respectful and positive business network.
  • Create a safe environment for partnership building and for collaboration on ways to address common workplace challenges.

There's no cost to attend but registration is required for catering purposes.  
We are now accepting nominations for our 2022 Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction. The categories are:

  • Greatest Impact Award of Distinction
  • Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award of Distinction
  • Legacy Business Award of Distinction
  • Indigenous Business Award of Distinction
  • Marketing Award of Distinction
  • Emerging Business Award of Distinction
  • Leading Edge Award of Distinction

Click on the GREEN button if you are nominating a business.
Click on the ORANGE button if you are SELF-NOMINATING YOUR BUSINESS.
Click on the criteria box to learn more about each category.

The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2022.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for our BDC Small Business Week celebration, please contact Cindy Simigan in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com.
Gain the competitive edge! 
Clarity is power. Discover YOUR next level.

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host A Tony Robbins Peak Performance Workshop with Elite Trainer Natalie Maleschuk on Thursday, September 8 at 10:00 AM via Zoom.

There is no cost to participate but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. This is an exclusive event for Chamber Members. 

Session Benefits:
Want to unlock next-level results on your team? Discover a three-step process for creating lasting change. Then identify what is holding your team back and close the gap between where your business is now and where you want it to be!
  • Discover three strategies to immediately start achieving incredible results in any business.
  • Identify and destroy the obstacles that are dramatically limiting your sales.
  • Discover the fastest method of doubling sales - without spending a penny!
  • Master a proven method for tripling referrals in any interaction.
  • Learn the five key habits behind effective communication with anyone.
  • Develop an unshakeable mindset that will help you gain and sustain the competitive advantage in your industry.

For more information, contact our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email info@gpchamber.com.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce has a Ribbon Cutting for Simplify Accounting set for Friday, September 9, 2022.

The address is 9929 100 Avenue.

The Ribbon Cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 PM. The open house runs from 2:00-5:00 PM.

There's no cost to attend and no registration is required.
 
Simplify offers fixed price, monthly subscription, packages that include bookkeeping services, taxes, financial statements and more.

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FREE DIGITAL ASSESSMENT FOR YOUR BUSINESS!

Your new guides to digital transformation, the Digital Service Squad of Emma Doris, Devansh Kapoor, and Max Kozlov are here to help ALL local businesses with a free digital assessments. Book a 1 on 1 session by visiting our website and they will help you optimize your online presence at no cost.
Accept payments in-store, online and on the go

Elavon is the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce’s preferred partner for secure and reliable payment processing.

Payment Solutions Built for You

Did you know that the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is a preferred partner with Elavon? Elavon offers a powerful suite of payment solutions and flexible partner programs to help empower your success and accelerate your revenue growth. We provide next-day funding so you can better manage cash flow and business operations.

We make it possible. You make it happen.

Are you ready to get started? Connect with us by filling out the form or call 1.844.935.3621 to learn about the options available to meet your unique business needs and take advantage of your members-only discounted pricing.
Webinar Wednesday Series:
Economic Development for Elected Officials

If you are an elected official or work with these community leaders join us Wednesday, September 7 from noon to 1PM. 

In the next FREE webinar in our Webinar Wednesday Series, we will take you on a deep dive into an important resource we offer: our Economic Development for Elected Officials Course.

Elected officials have a unique position in economic development as their influence can effect change and promote a strategic vision of economic growth for their community.

But...how...?

This webinar will show you how EDA answers that fundamental question. 

Plus we will give you a sneak peek into concrete and practical tools you can use in your community right now. 

Join us. 
Economic Development for Elected Officials 

Wednesday, September 7

12:00 - 1:00 PM

FREE

Online via Zoom


You will receive login instructions upon registration. 
Convenient access to workplace health, safety rules

When employers, workers and supervisors follow health and safety best practices, everyone enjoys a positive workplace experience. And this is made possible when workplaces reference and apply occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation.

OHS Legislation Search Tool
The newly developed OHS Legislation Search Tool is a web-based word-for-word transfer of Alberta’s OHS Act, Regulation, and Code. This innovation presents OHS legislation in a familiar search-engine format, enabling Albertans to search for and compile individual sections that are relevant to their workplaces. The ability to create personalized PDFs will make it easier than ever to download and share OHS legislation with colleagues, on posters, in presentations, or during training.


OHS Resources Portal
For bulletins, infographics and recorded webinars supporting workplace health and safety in Alberta, visit the OHS Resource Portal
Alberta and Saskatchewan securities regulators expand the self-certified investor prospectus exemption to facilitate investment

The prospectus exemption is intended to allow purchasers in the participating jurisdictions who do not meet the financial thresholds or other criteria required to qualify as an accredited investor to invest alongside accredited investors provided they self-certify that they meet other criteria intended to demonstrate their financial and investment knowledge. 

Federal-provincial grant announced for early childhood educators

The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta and the Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement will get $5.2 million to help more than 3,300 educators sharpen their skills through free early childhood brain science and development training. The money is part of the provincial-federal child care agreement.

Alberta is exploring a provincial police service

The Alberta government is looking at how best to meet our communities' specific needs. Under the RCMP contract, policing is the same for all eight provinces, three territories, and several municipalities who use these services. The group contract provides little opportunity to meet the distinct needs of each area. Many people across Canada are calling for a re-think of RCMP contract policing.


The Community Policing Grant for Indigenous and municipal communities will help communities develop a business case for their own stand-alone police service or a regional equivalent.
Do you get easily overwhelmed by the thought of marketing your small business? We’ve got a free webinar series for you.

Join us starting on August 17th for a four-part marketing foundations series with marketing expert, Kim-Ann Wilson, President of SASS Marketing. The first session will guide you through understanding the problems your business solves and how to identify your ideal client so you’re reaching the right people.
   
Level Up Series: Metrics that Matter
August 11

Join us on Aug 11 as the Digital Economy Program is offers a FREE marketing learning series hosted by Kelly Doody from Social School! In this webinar you will learn how to:

  1. Discover the three most important metrics in today's social and digital landscape and which to pay attention to for a results-focused, data-led digital strategy.
  2. Dive into Facebook and Instagram Insights and learn how to benchmark your efforts and results across meaningful time frames.
  3. Rediscover Google Analytics, and learn why this free tool is the most underutilized yet exceptionally powerful place to understand, iterate and optimize the performance of your paid and organic marketing efforts.

Building Your Marketing Plan
August 17

Discover how to develop a marketing strategy by gaining clarity on the problem your business is solving, how to identify your ideal customer, and how to understand what motivates them.

Level Up: Social Selling
August 25

Discover the best pay-to-play practices, how to effectively use product catalogs, product tagging, and how to retarget visitors to your e-commerce store.

New Call for Proposals: Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

On July 28, Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business Development, and Economic Development, announced a new call for proposals for projects under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund. The fund is a key initiative of the $6 billion Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). 

CGLCC LGBT+ Business Leadership Awards

Nominations for the annual CGLCC LGBT+ Business Leadership Awards are now open. These awards were created to recognize individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the LGBT+ community's economic growth. If your business or another business you know about would like to be nominated.

National Supply Chain Task Force Needs to Set Clear Priorities to Support Economic Growth

Canada is a trading nation. Never more have Canadians understood what this means than these past two years as the words “supply chain” became a new staple at the dinner table. From the global pandemic to the wild fires and flooding in B.C., to physical disruptions due to blockades and strikes, the transportation system has suffered severe disruptions beyond its limits – both preventable and unavoidable.

Canadians expect our elected officials to work with business to ensure the preventable doesn’t hinder growth.

How to Reinvent Business: A Panel Discussion

A couple of weeks ago, our President and CEO Perrin Beatty took part in a panel at the Conférence de Montréal. The full conversation focused on “How to Reinvent Business.” Have we experienced a critical change in technology since the start of the global health crisis in 2020? What types of risks have a chance to help businesses stay competitive in the next decade?

Establishing a Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplace: A New Resource for Hospitality and Retail Sectors

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has made available a guide designed to help retail and hospitality industry decision-makers create a foundation for good workplace mental health. It includes tips, training suggestions, important programs and conversation guidelines to get started.

Edmonton International Airport: Living by Its Values

DYK: Our member, the Edmonton International Airport, is Canada’s largest major airport by land size at 7,000 acres!

At the Edmonton International Airport, the team is guided by its commitment to environment, social and governance (ESG). Because of that, the staff creates meaningful partnerships, manages the airport’s environment, helps grow the region and connects Edmonton and the surrounding communities to the world.

10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about Canadian SMEs

It is constantly said that SMEs are the backbone of our economy, but how much do you really know about them? Our member BDC has put a list of facts together, and it’s a must-read.