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September 2014 - In This Issue:

Is Your Business on the Web
If you're a member with the Stony Plain Chamber of Commerce, the answer is "YES". Our new online directory offers all members an opportunity to be found on the web, providing high search results and member management of their own directory listings. Make sure to update your company's profile. If you need assistance, please contact our office (780)963-4545.

Advertising Opportunities


We are offering advertising on our new website at low introductory prices. Get an enhanced listing, which allows your business priority listing in your category, ability to add photos, videos, hot deals and enhanced map details. Or try our banner advertising; your 480x60 px banner will show up at the top of our pages, with a direct link to your website. Call for more details and pricing (780)963-4545.
 
 


Time is Running Out:
Business Education
Fall Series

Education sessions offered on Temporary Foreign Workers (September 11), Business Sucession Planning(September 16), and Productivity 101(September 18). Limited seating available, so register now! Email Bonnie to register or for more information. See also our website: Register
Government Announcement: Funding Available to Small Businesses for Workplace Accessibility 

The Government of Canada has launched its second Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) call for proposals for workplace accessibility. The funding stream is designed to provide funding for construction, renovation, and/or retrofit projects, including the installation of assistive technologies that improve accessibility in workplaces. Through this funding stream, small businesses across Canada can apply for grant of up to $50,000. This funding will help create and maintain job opportunities for people with disabilities through increased accessibility in workplaces.
Scholarship

The Stony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce is offering a $3000 scholarship to a post-secondary student who has successfully completed first, second, or third year of study towards a business degree, diploma, or certificate. Applicants must have resided in the Tri Municipal Region while attending high school. Deadline for applications is September 11, 2014. For full details:
 Scholarship application
2014 Chamber Awards Gala 

October 18, the River Cree Marriot will be host to the Annual Chamber Awards Gala.
Know a business that has exceptional service? Please nominate them. Nomination forms are available here: Stony Plain Chamber
Gala Tickets are available for purchase now:
Purchase Tickets

In memory:

If you know of a chamber member who has passed away within the last year, please forward their name to the chamber office. We will honour them at the gala in a power point.
denise@stonyplainchamber.ca or (780)963-4545

 

 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Launches Partnership for Resource Trade 
 
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has announced a new initiative, the Partnership for Resource Trade, which seeks to engage Canadians in the important national discussion about the key role that natural resources play in our success as a country. The Partnership believes that the responsible use of Canada's abundant natural resources is an important source of pride, opportunity and social and economic benefit to Canada. The Stony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce is supportive of this initiative and we encourage our members to inform themselves and support the initiative as well.

The Partnership began a public advocacy campaign earlier this year. To learn more and to show your support for this initiative, please visit the
 Partnership for Resource Trade website.

 

 

Lunch & Learn   
How safe are you and your business on the internet? Are you vulnerable? Trinus is hosting a free Lunch & Learn on IT Security at the Chamber Offices. They will provide lunch to fellow chamber members on September 23 at noon. Please register with Denise: denise@stonyplainchamber.ca or phone (780)963-4545, or online. Space is limited.
General Meeting
Stony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce
Stony Plain Golf Course

Please join us for our general meeting, lunch, and a presentation from Brad Ferguson, Edmonton Economic Development, on September 17. Please RSVP September 12, by noon. The cost is $25 per person and you may register online or through the chamber office.
Register Now
Dates to Note

Sep 11 -    Business Education - Temporary Foreign Workers
Sep 16 -    Business Education - Business Succession Planning
Sep 17 -    General Meeting - Guest Speaker Brad Ferguson, Edmonton Economic Development
Sep 18 -    Business Education - Productivity 101
Sep 23 -    Trinus hosts Lunch & Learn
Oct 18 -    Chambers Award Gala, River Cree Marriott
Oct 22 -    Small Business Week - joint breakfast with the Rotary
Nov 19 -    Board Elections/ guest speakers: Town and County Economic Development Update
Nov 20 -    Christmas Light Up

A New Direction

Bonnie Feakes, Executive Director has resigned her position with the Chamber as she has accepted a position with Alberta Sport Connection and the Alberta Games program.  Her last day in the office will be Friday, September 12.  We are sad to see her go, but grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her.   Please watch for an announcement regarding a new Executive Director to be named shortly.


Funders Forum
 
The Tri-Municipal Region Community Development Committee, a partnership between the City of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain FCSS, Parkland County and Community Futures Capital Region, is presenting a Funders Forum this fall.
The Funders Forum will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, 5:00-9:00 p.m. (supper served at 5:00 p.m. followed by the forum from 6:00-9:00 p.m.) at the Pavilion at Heritage Park, 5100 - 41 Ave., Stony Plain.
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Bring your family to a Blueberry Community Event, 

on Saturday, September 20th (2pm-7pm)

Free Admission!  Free Activities for Children!

Blueberry cotton candy, mini donuts, Food Trucks

Pony rides & Chickens, Goat and Bunnies to see

Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Balloon Animals

Car trunk market

Parachutists dropping in courtesy of Skydive Eden North

Beer garden

Live local music

Presented by... The Blueberry Community League

Located west of Stony Plain, on Hwy 16A, Range Road 15 (north of Beach Corner) at Blueberry Community Hall.

More Information at www.BlueberryHall.com

Contact Jody at 780-919-1962 (or social.blueberry@gmail.com) to register for the Car trunk market.

If you are an organization & would like to have a table display at this event please contact Jody (see above).



Looking for an Opportunity to Volunteer?

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has compiled a list of volunteer opportunities in the local area. There are many worthwhile organizations that rely on active volunteers. Please check the list out here: Volunteer Opportunities
Greetings Stony Plain Chamber of Commerce Members,
The Edmonton Oil Kings would like to extend a special offer to all Stony Plain Chamber members in Edmonton and area. Family members and friends are welcome to participate in this offer as well.
$17/ticket (Retail value $28.00) for a premium lower bowl side or corner seat* to the following games:
  • Saturday September 20th vs. Kootenay Ice at 7:00pm Home Opener Banner Raising Ceremony!!!
  • Friday October 3rd vs. Calgary Hitmen at 7:00pm
  • Sunday October 5th vs. Kamloops Blazers at 4:00pm (Family Fun Sunday)
There are three convenient ways to purchase your seats:
1. Email: tziegler@edmontonoilers.com (Number of Tickets/Name/ Address/Credit Card information including Exp./Daytime Phone Number/Cell Phone)
2. Phone: Travis Ziegler - (780) 409-2475
3. In person: TELUS Field - 10233 96th Avenue NW
Any tickets purchased at least a week prior to each respective game will be mailed out. *In most instances you will receive a lower bowl side or corner seat. Please feel free to specify what row area you prefer and I will be as accommodating as possible.
Travis Ziegler
photo credit: Roman Shalenkin
What does it take to feed a family?

Sometimes more than a person has. Come join us for a "Poverty Stimulation" October 15 at the Heritage Pavilion. Specially trained actors will take you through a day in the life of one of the 120,000 individuals in the Alberta Capital Region who live in poverty.
Register by October 6 at (780)962-7628 or email lberry@sprucegrove.org
Board Vacancy
Community Futures Capital Region (CFCR)

Community Futures is a national program managed by regional not-for-profit corporations that provide support to rural small businesses thru counseling, training and lending services. Additionally, the Community Futures program provides support and leadership for community economic development projects. CFCR's service region encompasses Leduc County, Brazeau County and Parkland County and all the municipalities within these areas.
CFCR is seeking applications for a new Board of Director Member representing: * Parkland County/Stony Plain/Spruce Grove.
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