CHAMBER CONNECTIONS
November 2019
Small Business Week Highlights

From October 21-25, your Chamber of Commerce was busy celebrating Small Business Week with our members. All week long, Marley and I were out of the office visiting our Chamber members and delivering cookies to celebrate business in our community. We were able to visit 79 members in total and delivered 516 cookies !
Through the course of our visits, we heard a variety of comments from our members. Click here to read more about them and please let us know if you have additional comments or feedback.
Upcoming Chamber Events:

November 7: Trade Show Meeting
Nov: 11 Remembrance Day (Chamber closed)
Nov.29 & 30 - World's Largest Dinosaur Gift Shop closed for inventory
April 24 & 24, 2020: 6th annual Spring Expo Trade Show
Upcoming Member Events:
Nov.1-Dec.22: A Christmas Story @ Rosebud Theatre
Nov.1: Friday Business Workshop Series @ Community Futures- Business Model Canvas
Nov.1: Ukrainian Harvest Supper @ the Stampede Barn
Nov.2: Scotch Tasting @ the Downtown Plaza
Nov.6: Town of Drumheller & Wheatland County IDP Open House
Nov.11: Remembrance Day- Ceremony @ the BCF
Nov.12: Entrepreneurship- First Steps @ Community Futures Big Country
Nov.15: Friday Business Workshop Series @ Community Futures- Cash Flow Management
Nov.22: Friday Business Workshop Series @ Community Futures- Bookkeeping and Accounting
Nov. 30, Dec.6 & 7: Christmas in the Coulee
  • The Drumheller Public Library has added a Snack Station
  • The Drumheller Legion's Banner Program was another success this year.
  • Dry Canyon Collectables and The Faux Den partnered to put on a free 'Sleepy Hollow Playground' for Halloween and D.A.R.T.S also hosted a free haunted house
  • Many local businesses handed out candy as well!

Is your organization doing something great to help the community, or celebrating a milestone? Let us know!
Are you an Alberta job creator? Share your insights by taking a short survey here .

We at the Drumheller Chamber along with the Alberta Chambers of Commerce want to hear directly from Alberta businesses about the barriers, services, and supports impacting them.

Business owners and managers- please take a short survey.
·      Use the red arrows at the bottom of each question to advance
·      Be sure to hit the submit button at the end.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Badlands Express Catering

Look to us for your catering, food truck and meal delivery needs!
The train was designed by us, Kim and Rick Stuckless and built in Calgary in 2015.
We recently moved home to Carbon, Kim’s original home, and just finished a great summer set up at 300 Railway Avenue. We were thrilled to be able to serve so many wonderful people and now we are even more excited to be moving inside for the winter to the Drumheller Legion.

Don't want to cook? We offer Meals on the Go Catering , event catering (think of us for your next office lunch meeting or holiday party! ) and are cooking up great meals for the Legion too.

Find us online at www.badlandsexpress.ca and on Facebook !
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Bright Valley Electric

Whether it's a late night power failure or a renovation you've been planning for years, we strive to provide a friendly, quality service that you can count on. Fully licensed and insured, we bring over a decade of local experience and knowledge to your residential, commercial or agricultural electrical project.

Connor can be reached at 403-820-1266, and you can follow Bright Valley Electric at their website , on Facebook, and on Instagram .
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Dinosaur Valley Massage & Wellness

A massage and wellness clinic serving the Drumheller area. We offer a variety of treatments, services and products to help you meet your wellness needs.

Services include: Deep tissue, therapeutic or relaxation massage, hot Thai stem massage, cupping, Indian head and foot massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, and TMJ/Intra Oral Massage.

Visit our website for more information on these services. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram !
The Festival of Lights is Coming-
November 16

FIRST, come downtown and get in the festive spirit with a great variety of free, family-friendly activities including wagon rides, live entertainment, fire pits with treats, cookie decorating and more from 3:00-7:00pm.


THEN , head over to the Badlands Amphitheatre for LIGHTFEST- Fireworks in the Badlands!
 GLOBALFEST, the makers of Alberta's most explosive festival, will bring winter fireworks to the Badlands Amphitheatre. This is a ticketed event , purchase online or call 403-826-2102.
Planning a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting, Open House, or anniversary event for your business?

We can help with that! Check out our handy guide on how the Chamber can assist with these events, and some helpful tips.
Alberta Chamber of Commerce Responds to Provincial Budget

The Alberta government released Budget 2019 on October 24, which largely aligns with the priorities of Alberta businesses and members of the public expressed in Alberta Perspectives survey one .

Budget 2019 takes steps to put Alberta back on stable financial footing by acting on three ACC priorities:
  •  Keep operational spending to zero per cent growth until the budget is balanced
  • Prioritize capital investments by economic impact
  • Prioritize spending in education and skills on models that will ensure Albertans thrive in a digital and innovation-driven economy

Read ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly's comments on the budget here .
Christmas in the Coulee- Save the Date! Nov.30, Dec. 6 & 7

There is nearly zero ambient light pollution in our part of the Drumheller Valley, meaning our Christmas lights twinkle against an incredible star-filled sky. A truly unique rural Albertan experience!

Start at the Atlas Coal Mine to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, kids activities, Santa Claus, eggnog tasting, the Polar Express train, sleigh rides and live music while you admire thousands of lights strung throughout site.
Then warm up at the East Coulee School Museum across the river! The School will dazzle you by candlelight. Enjoy kids crafts, live music and festive treats.

All proceeds go towards helping preserve the rich history of East Coulee and the Drumheller Valley.
Cost: $10/person (Atlas members are free!) Buy tickets in advance or at the door. Find out more here
Invest in You Today Excellence Summit: March 3-5, 2020
Discover ​ways ​to ​positively ​impact ​your ​organization ​and ​the ​customers ​you ​serve ​as ​you're ​immersed ​in ​leadership, ​service ​and ​employee ​engagement ​at ​the ​three-day ​ACC ​Excellence ​Summit ​featuring ​Disney ​Institute ​presenting Disney's Approach To Leadership Excellence, Disney's Approach To Employee Engagement, and Disney's Approach To Quality Service. Learn more
*Eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Developing Rural Tourism in Alberta Conference
November 25 & 26, 2019 in Stony Plain

  • Are you interested in agri-tourism or rural tourism ?
  • Are you a farmer looking for new ways to market your business?
  • Do you have events that you would like to grow?
  • Destination Rural Alberta is a two day hands-on conference for small to medium sized organizations that will give you the tools to grow your tourism business and community. Learn more
Membership Benefit of the Month: Payroll and Benefits working together!
Make managing your business fun again with benefit and payroll integration! Payworks and Chambers Plan synchronize so you can manage payroll and employee benefits effortlessly.

For more information, contact our advisor Terry Blocksom (details below).
Exclusive Chamber Partner: Chambers Group Insurance
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The Chambers Plan is the simple, stable, smart choice for business; combining accessibility, flexibility and the stability of pooled benefits.
The Chambers Plan – it’s for your benefit.

Find out why 30% of our Chamber members are on it! Get a free quote online here or call our advisor, Terry Blocksom at 403-854-2136.
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