Business Resources Weekly Update
July 20, 2020
Chamber Welcomes New Board Members at 2020 AGM
The DDCC held their AGM virtually on July 15. Newly elected to the board were:
  • Deana Hannem, Dinosaur Valley Massage & Wellness
  • Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk, Western Financial Group - Drumheller
  • Martina Morrison, Riverside Value Drug Mart
  • Bob Sheddy, The Drumheller Mail
The following were also re-elected for additional terms:
  • Mike Bell, Western GM
  • Cindy Clark, Canalta Jurassic Inn
  • Jeff Hall, MNP
Government Program Updates & News

If you have previously been approved, you automatically qualify and no additional documents are required, but you must log into the portal and opt-in for your affected tenants. If you haven’t yet applied for CECRA for small businesses, you can apply for July as part of your entire application. 

Reminder- Eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) has been expanded.
As of June 26, 2020, businesses eligible for CEBA now include owner-operated small businesses that do not have a payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Question & Answer Sessions
With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers on the CEWS. These sessions will respond to general questions about the CEWS and provide resources needed to apply. See session dates and further details .

Under the “Safe Restart Agreement” to help provinces fund things like child care, contact tracing and personal protective equipment. There is also money to bail out municipal governments that saw soaring expenses and plunging revenues during the pandemic.

Have Your Say- Alberta Government Consultations
The Government of Alberta is currently reviewing the Workers' Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and wants to hear from Alberta's business community! Please share your feedback using the instructions here .
Has your business increased its online presence in the last 4 months?
Local Updates
Update from Community Futures Big Country
See the update here for details on the Region Relief Recovery Fund (RRRF), and a new Voucher for Business Services Program that is in the works.

New Programming from MH Enterprises Employment Services
Are you seeking qualified staff to help your business thrive? Ask MH Enterprises about their new Government of Alberta funded program- One-On-One Employment Services .
View more info on their other programs and services at

Upcoming Events
July 22: Grand Opening of The Sage Shoppe Refillery in Dinosaur Valley Massage & Wellness

Join us at 11:30 for a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Colberg and the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce.
Dinosaur Valley Massage & Wellness is located in downtown Drumheller, at 65A 3rd Ave W.

About the Sage Shoppe Refillery:
'We want to help more people Reduce & Reuse plastics by offering a place to Refill their existing containers with quality eco-friendly products including essential oils, personal hygiene products, & more.'
A one-day, buy local event designed to help revive Canada’s economy.  

Webinars & Resources

July 22, 11:00am : Working Remotely Through A Crisis And Flex Work Long Term (What resources are in place to assist teams to be set up in productive new work environments and supporting mental health? How do Chambers of Commerce, associations and business owners support their employees and teams? What are the major cyber security threats for SMEs during and post-pandemic?)

July 29, 12:00pm: Navigating your business to recovery ( Have questions about navigating through the government support programs? Want to learn more about e-commerce and cyber-security? Or maybe you have questions about labour laws during the pandemic? Join this packed webinar to hear from experts on all these topics to help you navigate to recovery.)

July 30, 11:00am: How to Secure Partnerships & Use Them to Grow Your Business ( Learn how to identify and secure partnerships for your business from leading business development expert and entrepreneur Clinton Senkow)

August 10, 12:00pm: The key to employee well-being during and after the pandemic (Learn how overall health culture, which includes physical, mental and financial health, is especially important during a crisis. And how going forward, this culture will be an integral part of group plans.)
Please reach out to us via email ( ) or telephone (403-823-8100) to share with us any issues your organization may be facing, and what support you need.

Thank you. Please stay safe and healthy.

Your Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce Team
Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce | 403-823-8100