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Wednesday November 3rd, 2021
Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce
Elevating, Connecting, & Advocating
We Remember 
Conversation Café:
Main Street Pedestrian Zones


8:00am-9:00am | Nov. 17, 2021  |Zoom

Join the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce, Town of Banff Planning & Development, Town of Canmore Economic Development, and the Downtown Canmore BIA for a friendly conversation about main street pedestrian zones. Now that Banff Ave. and Main Street in Canmore are both back open after two summers of testing main street pedestrian zones we want to hear experiences and ideas from business owners. Please attend with a willingness to participate in a friendly yet informative manner. 

Questions can be submitted ahead of time to askus@bowvalleychamber.com please state who you would like the question answered by from the 3 speakers.  Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants closer to the event date. 

We will also discuss: 
-What we learned form the closures 
-How and why the closures started 
-What impacts the closures had on our local economy 

Speakers: 
Darren Enns, MCIP | Director, Planning and Development | Town of Banff
Eleanor Miclette | Economic Development Manager | Town of Canmore
Canmore Downtown BIA Representative - Speaker TBD

Moderator & Host:
Ben Davis | BVCC President

Click HERE to register for Conversation Café
Business Book Club
Professional Trouble Maker
By Luvvie Ajayi Jones


5:30pm | Nov. 24, 2021  |Zoom

Join us with a beverage and a snack from a local Bow Valley Business! All are welcome and invite a friend!

BVCC Business Book Club offers not only relevant business tools, inspirations, practices and teachings, but the opportunity to converse and connect with fellow local business owners.

Haven’t read the book? Don’t let that stop you from coming to hear more about it. The conversation surrounding the book is awesome and just as beneficial as reading the book! 

Register for Business Book Club at: https://business.bowvalleychamber.com/eventcalendar

The The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) has partnered with MExit, Town of Canmore Economic Development, and E=MC2 - the Centre for Business Excellence to provide the 2022 Peer Mastermind program. This program is a working group where local entrepreneurs discuss business, life, and balancing the two in an organized way with like-minded individuals. The group will offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability, and support in a group setting to sharpen business and personal skills. The Peer Mastermind Program helps local entrepreneurs achieve success. Members of the program challenge each other to set strong goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them.

Peer Mastermind sessions will be consistently held on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:30-9:00am starting in January 2022. Currently the program is booked for in person sessions at the Malcolm Hotel in Canmore (unless otherwise posted). Sessions will take place in person unless we are unable to do so because of public health guidelines.

Please Note:
Space is limited for the Peer Mastermind Program. The program is designed to support everyone in the group and to introduce local entrepreneurs to each other. In order to benefit from this program, successful applicants will need to be removed from their comfort zone. They must be willing to make new connections and to assist their peers. APPLY TODAY for this excellent professional development and networking opportunity!

Important Application Dates:
• October 15th, 2021 - Peer Mastermind Program application opens
• November 19th, 2021 - Peer Mastermind Program application closes
• November 30th, 2021 - All successful applicants will be notified

*All 10 morning sessions include a hot breakfast and perks!

Click HERE to apply for the Peer Mastermind Program!
 POSTPONED 2021 Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

New date will be announced soon! Though this 4th COVID-19 wave continues to put a wrench in event planning we are looking forward to hosting this event when it is safer to do so. 
  
Thank you for understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact us if you have any questions in the meantime. 

Nomination form re-opened until December 31st, 2021!

By nominating businesses, you are promoting and recognizing your local entrepreneurs and showing them that their hard work has not gone unnoticed! And you can nominate more than one business!

2021's BEA's will celebrate four businesses in the following four categories:

1. Customer Service Award
- This award recognizes a Bow Valley business that has shown extraordinary commitment to customer service and care.

2. Innovation Award
- This award recognizes a Bow Valley business that has done their best by pivoting and adapting to the everchanging business operations throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

3. Community Impact Award
- This award recognizes a Bow Valley business that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and involvement in its support of arts and culture, amateur sports, education, and volunteer groups within the Bow Valley.

4. Bow Valley Business of The Year Award
- This award recognizes a Bow Valley business that has been established for more thank three years, has demonstrated professional integrity, financial stability, and plays a leading role in solidly positioning the Bow Valley marketplace.

Please note: any Bow Valley business can be nominated but only Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce members will be eligible to win an award.

Click HERE to nominate a local Bow Valley business!

Welcome NEW BVCC Members!

Buy It In The Bow!

This Fall #BuyItInTheBow & Support Local Businesses!

Follow the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube for all things Buy It In The Bow. Read the AWESOME Local Love Letters and view the 10 Bow Valley business video features HERE.

More info about Buy It In The Bow HERE

Find More In Canmore BINGO
Grand Prize Draws Will Be Announced Soon!

Thank you to all who participated in the #ButItInTheBow campaign
and supported local businesses!

Government Updates

On October 21, 2021 Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced that the government is taking targeted action to create jobs and spur economic growth. This includes moving from the very broad-based support that was appropriate at the height of lockdowns to more targeted measures that will provide help where it is needed, while prudently managing government spending.

The Federal Government is proposing the following changes to business support programs:
-Extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022 and increase the subsidy rate to 50 per cent. 
- Deliver targeted support to businesses that are still facing significant pandemic-related challenges. Support would be available through two streams: 
-Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
- Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program

The Federal Government is also proposing to: 
-Extend the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit until May 7, 2022, and increase the maximum duration of benefits by 2 weeks. 
-Establish the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit which would provide $300 a week in income support to eligible workers should they be unable to work due to a local lockdown anytime between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022. 
Read more info about the updated federal business support programs HERE
The Government of Alberta has updated laws to support workplace safety. Alberta’s workplaces will be healthier and safer because updated work site laws are easier to understand and apply to employers and workers. Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and revised regulations take effect on Dec. 1. These changes add flexibility and clarity and put all health and safety laws under one act while continuing to protect worker safety rights.
Read more about the updated laws to support workplace safety HERE
Alberta Employment Standards is offering free webinars in November on wages and overtime, and administration and enforcement.

Both these sessions filled up quickly when they were offered earlier this fall, so be sure to register to save your spot if you are interested in attending.

Each webinar includes a live Q&A chat session to give participants a chance to ask questions to employment standards education specialists.
Click HERE for more information and to register
The Government of Alberta has a new online tool will make it easier and faster for Albertans to find affordable housing that meets their personal needs and budget. The Find Housing online tool is now live to help Albertans locate and apply for affordable housing. The tool guides potential applicants through the process of evaluating their eligibility, and connects them with providers and housing options for their individual situations.

Chamber & Other Info 

Canmore Eagles Looking For
Annual Blue & White Night Sponsorships
Contact Lori Mayson - Sponsorship Sales and Ticketing Executive at: marketing@canmoreeagles.com for more info. 
 
Grant & Program Info!
 
Amazon Web Service Accelerator
Amazon Web Service (AWS) Canada is giving SMBs a free once in a business lifetime opportunity to advance your company and help prepare you to rise to new heights.

This program will help you:
-Expedite your time to market 
-Achieve IT cost savings with newly added flexibility and agility
-Gain support and resources from AWS experts to consult and guide you through the process

More info here: 
https://pages.awscloud.com/NAMER-field-LN-AWS-Canada-SMB-Accelerator-2021-reg.html?trk=em_sponsored_chamber_EN_smbaccelerator

The Digital Economy Program( DEP)
The DEP is designed to help small businesses take their businesses online. This program, a partnership between Business Link and Digital Main Street, will help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices to help their business not only survive, but also thrive.
The program can help your business: 
-Improve your ability to reach customers online; 
-Increase sales; 
-Elevate your business’ eCommerce presence 
Participating small businesses will learn to use and maintain digital tools to adopt eCommerce practices that are essential to succeed in today’s competitive environment.

More info here:
https://businesslink.ca/digital-economy-program/


Alberta business innovation and growth study
In collaboration with McLeod Law LLP, Growth Compass and Mount Royal University are launching a business innovation and growth study to uncover the innovative practices that businesses across Alberta are deploying to achieve growth.  
 
Share the steps you are taking to strengthen your business and gather new insights from your peers while being entered to win prizes!
 
Survey link:
https://mtroyalbusiness.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HV9CrxJwKXwHsO


#MySmallBusiness
TikTok is giving away 50 prizes of $5000 in ad credits to small business owners across Canada through the #MySmallBusiness contest.

To Enter:
• Post a TikTok about your small business with the hashtag #MySmallBusiness
• Submit your video link and information through the following form
• Attend one of our workshops

Submit your entry between October 20-November 20!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open in CANADA Only, 18+.
Ends: 11/20/21.

For Official Rules visit: http://www.mysmallbiz.ca
Finishing the fight against COVID-19: the wage and rent subsidy support programs for the hardest hit sectors
 
The Canadian Chamber’s What it Takes to Grow platform called for the federal government to extend retooled versions of the wage and rent subsidy programs through to Spring 2022, during the time that public health measures are expected to continue to restrict these companies from operating at full capacity.

"According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, most small businesses (60%) continue to operate below pre-pandemic sales levels, while 55% are not fully staffed, and one-in-four are not even fully open for business."
Read the full Canadian Chamber of Commerce article HERE
Self-care for Small Business Owners 
 
Read this interesting blog post from Jenny Spur at Perch Communications. She shares how self-care can build stronger, more resilient businesses that are better positioned to thrive in times of uncertainty. Learn 5 tips to better care for yourself, your employees, and your small business from Trish Tutton and Kelly Wood, two of the Bow Valley’s local experts in positive culture building. 
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 is located within Treaty 7 territory, traditional territories and home of the Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, and Tsuut’ina Nations, as well as Zone 3 Metis. We acknowledge and appreciate that we live, work, and play in their territory and commit to the work of reconciliation.
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