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Wednesday June 1st, 2022
Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce
Elevating, Connecting, & Advocating
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The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) is hiring an Executive Assistant!

-Are you passionate about local business?
-Is creative ownership important to you?
-Do you want to make a difference in the Bow Valley?

Put your talents to use in your career and join us to elevate, connect, and advocate for local business owners. This position requires a 20 - 30 hour flexible work week commitment with a possibility to transition to full time in 3-6 months after starting.

 
Apply today by sending your resume and a statement of strength to: askus@bowvalleychamber.com.

Benefits include: a competitive salary, job flexibility, professional development opportunities, and the ability work from anywhere!

CLICK HERE for a full job description.
Call For SMARTstart Mentors
Think back to when you first started your business... 
Remember the excitement? And the confusion? All the questions you had? Perhaps you were lucky enough to have a mentor to guide you, or perhaps you worked day and night to figure things out.

Here’s your chance to give back. To help guide an emerging entrepreneur striving to bring new value to our community. It’s also a chance to reconnect with the excitement of a business in its founding stages.

We are looking for seasoned business owners to become mentors in the SMARTstart Entrepreneur Development Program. If you have experience running a business for more than seven years (retirees welcome) and are willing to volunteer 30 hours over eight months to coach a local entrepreneur, we want to hear from you
Welcome NEW Members!

Municipal Government Updates

Banff's Food & Recycling Ban - Food Scraps and Recycling Bylaw 464
New bylaw requirement for businesses to separate food scraps and recycling from garbage


The Town of Banff has recently passed a bylaw that requires all non-residential sector entities to separate food scraps and recycling from garbage. The bylaw will come into effect on October 1st, 2022 with enforcement beginning in 2023.  

Building owners and property managers are responsible for ensuring that adequate bins are in place  and informing their tenants of the requirement to separate food scraps from garbage. All businesses that rent space in a building are expected to participate in the program. Garbage bins that contain visible amounts of food scraps and recycling will no longer be acceptable and could be subject to fines. 

More information on the new requirements can be found at Banff.ca/BusinessFoodWaste

Banff is Moving Toward Zero Waste   
Diverting food scraps and recycling from the landfill supports the Town of Banff’s goals to reach 70% waste diversion by 2028, zero waste to landfill, and ultimately become a model environmental community.   

Enforcement
An education-first approach will be used to inform the owner of a non-residential premises when they are not in compliance with the bylaw, by way of administrative warnings and education. Resource Recovery staff would reach out, provide educational resources, and collaborate with the business for an established period of time, with the shared goal to reach compliance.   

 

Need assistance?
Sign up for a waste assessment!
   

The Town of Banff’s waste assessment process helps identify key opportunities to move toward zero waste in your business, including diverting your food scraps and recycling. The assessment takes about an hour and can be done virtually or in-person.
 
Contact:  
Zero.Waste@banff.ca
403.762.1132   
How-To Resources can be found on BanffZeroWasteTrail.ca/Commercial 

Food truck pilot project coming to Canmore this summer
Food trucks will be operating from approved locations within the Town of Canmore. The program runs from May 15 to Oct. 12, 2022 and will then be reviewed to assess impact, vibrancy, community support, and economic impact. 

The Town of Canmore will approve a maximum of ten food trucks to operate at specific locations during the pilot program. Applicants who are not accepted into the pilot program can request to be placed on a waiting list.

If a permit becomes available through revocation, surrender, or increase in permit numbers, the applicant whose name is at the top of the waiting list shall be given notice at the provided email address and will have seven days to notify the Town of their intent. Failing that, their name will be removed from the waiting list and the offer will be forfeited.

Food truck vendors will be required to apply for their intended locations and dates, subject to a fee of $25 per day.

Food truck vendors will be issued an exclusive license for their allocated location and day(s). Upon request, they must be able to provide Municipal Enforcement with proof of license upon request. Only one food truck will be allocated to a location per scheduled day. 

More info & food truck application HERE

What is Safe Park?
The Safe Park Program is returning this summer for a second pilot year. This year, the program is open to both individual participants and local businesses. The pilot program will operate from June 1 – Sept. 30, 2022. Without a permit, overnight camping on municipal lots or in areas not designated for camping is prohibited in Canmore. Businesses will be permitted to purchase permits in the program lots on behalf of employees, if they meet Safe Park eligibility criteria.

The Key Information for Your Staff
Living in your vehicle while working in Canmore? Safe Park is a seasonal permitted parking program designed to support individuals who are employed in our community and who reside in their vehicles. Registered program participants will be provided with a designated parking space. There is a $10 per night fee for a permitted overnight parking space. Permits are issued to eligible participants through an application process, on a first come, first served basis. 

More Safe Park permit info HERE

Provincial & Federal Government Updates

More flexible rules now in place for businesses
New rules help make Alberta the most competitive and attractive place to do business in Canada. 

Amendments made to the Business Corporations Act in November were proclaimed on May 31. These changes make it easier for businesses to operate in Alberta by making financial reporting more flexible, clarifying roles for directors and shareholders, and reducing costs and time for businesses to navigate legal proceedings.
Read more about the Business Corporations Act amendments HERE
Regional Tables Launched to Collaboratively Drive Economic Opportunities in a Prosperous Net-Zero Future
Canada holds the resources, clean technology and experience to thrive in the global net-zero economy, creating prosperity and high-quality jobs for generations to come.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, formally launched the first phase of the Regional Energy and Resource Tables as part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to work with provinces, territories and other partners to take advantage of the unprecedented economic opportunities presented by a low-carbon future.

Budget 2022 included $25 million to launch the Regional Energy and Resource Tables to work with provinces, territories, Indigenous partners and relevant stakeholders to advance regional economic growth opportunities, accelerate energy transformation priorities and create sustainable jobs. This initiative was referred to as Regional Strategic Initiatives in the Budget.
More info about Canada's net-zero future HERE
MEDIA – MARKETING - ADVERTISING
 
Your creative message determines the success or failure of your advertising campaign regardless of the platform you deliver that message on. 

Stay away from clichés. Tell your audience something they don’t know. Surprise and delight is one of the best ways to stay memorable. 

What you say and how you say it matters…every time.

Gord Elser
Traditional & Digital Media – Marketing - Advertising
106.5 Mountain FM/Rogers Sports& Media
403.707.5663
gord.elser@rci.rogers.com

Check This Out -> Avenue Magazine Promotes Bow Valley Businesses! 

Read 11 Great Places to Shop in Canmore
8 out of the 11 businesses featured are Bow Valley Chamber members! 

Read the full Avenue Magazine Calgary article HERE

Alberta Women’s Economic Recovery Capital Growth Initiative Loan

Flexible Small Business Loans for Women Entrepreneurs Starting at $10,000
Access low-interest loans designed specifically for women entrepreneurs, and offering flexible repayments options and forgivable loan portions if conditions are met.

Apply for personalized financing from $10,000 up to $75,000, giving you the freedom you need to reach your goals.

Read more and apply for Capital Growth Initiative Loan HERE

Rural Women In Business Conference 2022

Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce members have access to Canada's largest employee benefits plan targeted to small-to-medium sized business.

Operating since the early 1970s, Chambers Plan now provides coverage to over 30,000 firms like yours. Regardless of the size of your organization Chambers Plan can be customized to meet your needs, request a free quote today and let them show you how they can customize a plan for you.

For more info and a free quote visit: https://www.chamberplan.ca/

Cheers To You & Entrepreneurship!

The BVCC’s Mission is to sustain a successful business community in the Bow Valley by elevating, connecting & advocating for our members. The BVCC's Vision is where Bow Valley entrepreneurs and businesses grow, network, and find the support needed to thrive and prosper. 
The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) is located within Treaty 7 territory, traditional territories and home of the Stoney Nakoda, Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We acknowledge and appreciate that we live, work, play, and promote economic development in their territory and commit to the work of truth and reconciliation. Our intent is to be respectful of the beautiful, shared land that we call the Bow Valley, and provide opportunities for our members that follow the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action.
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