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Wednesday May 4th, 2022
Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce
Elevating, Connecting, & Advocating
Summer Bevvies & Business!
Learn more and register HERE for all BVCC events
SMARTstart Applications
Open Until May 15!
Do you know someone who recently started a business, or has a business idea?
Help give them the best chance of success with SMARTstart. Now entering its 3rd year, the highly acclaimed program is open for applications. 

The eight-month founder development program includes training, one-on-one mentorship, and a group of supportive peers. With thanks to our partner, the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce, SMARTstart has now helped more than 15 local businesses launch or grow.
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

Food truck pilot project coming to Canmore this summer

Starting this month, 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

Government of Canada introduces legislation to grow our economy and make life more affordable 
On April 28, 20222 Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, introduced Bill C-19. This critical piece of legislation proposes to implement many of the government’s Budget 2022 commitments that will grow our economy and make life more affordable for Canadians.
Read more about Bill C-19 HERE
The Government of Alberta announced new funding of more than $2 million to support settlement and language services delivered by newcomer-serving organizations across the province. Alberta’s government will provide support to assist Ukrainian citizens arriving in the province with employment, education and health care.
Read more about how the GOA is helping Ukrainians HERE
Legislation introduced to enable energy rebates
The Utility Commodity Rebate Act would replace the Natural Gas Price Protection Act with new enabling legislation for both electricity and natural gas rebates. If passed, forthcoming regulations under the act will enable an electricity rebate that will benefit more than 1.9 million families, farms and businesses, as well as a natural gas rebate to protect Albertans from high prices next winter.  
Read more about the rebate HERE
New red tape bill saves Albertans time and money
The Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 focuses on speeding up approvals, removing barriers to economic growth, and supporting digital solutions. The proposed Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 makes changes to 15 legislative items.
Read more about the Red Tape Amendment Act HERE

Every year since 1951, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has hosted Mental Health Week in the first full week in May. This year’s theme is #GetReal.

Since the pandemic started, the conversations around proper mental health resources and funding are more important than ever. There is no question that the pandemic has taken a toll and as we continue to navigate the waves and ongoing restrictions, now more than ever it is important we take a moment to remember our own needs and support each other to get through these challenging times. While we are physically apart, no one is alone when it comes to dealing with mental health issues.

Sometimes the best way to help is to make people feel seen and heard. That’s why this year’s #MentalHealthWeek is all about empathy.

Last year, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) prepared a 5 Minutes for Business issue on the importance of mental health in the workplace; it includes links to additional resources.

Read the CCC's 5 Minutes for Business issue HERE


Here are two great videos we send out which help explain the: 

1)    Power of a brand (3 min) 
2)    Power of how you say things (2 min)

Power of a brand:\

It’s not what you say… It’s how you say it:

Saying things is our thing at 106.5 Mtn FM 

Gord Elser
Account Manager, Bow Valley
Traditional & Digital Media – Marketing - Advertising
106.5 Mountain FM/Rogers Sports& Media

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:

Workshop: “Renormalizing Reuse”  

Get the facts on how to safely BYO, reuse, and reduce single-use items at your business, in the context of COVID-19 

Wednesday, May 11th from 10:30am-12:00pm on Zoom  

Are you an employer in Banff? Do you want to reduce single-use items and help protect Banff National Park for future generations to come? 
Check out this free virtual workshop to get the facts on how to safely BYO, reuse, and reduce single-use items at your business, in the context of COVID-19. 
You’ll hear from a local panel including: 
• Kori Woodard (Alberta Health Services) - environmental health guidance on what businesses can and cannot do when it comes to reuse. 
• Luna Kawano (Banff Isn’t Disposable) - tools to advance reuse practices and reduce single-use items in your business 
• Nicole Guillon (Whitebark Cafe - Zero Waste Trailblazer) - how to prioritize BYO, reuse, and to-stay in your food-service business 
Town of Banff will also share information about their Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy along with ways for businesses to get involved and take action. There will also be a Q&A session and opportunity for attendees to share challenges and solutions when it comes to reducing single-use items. 
This workshop is put on by Town of Banff in partnership with Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association and Alberta Health Services, and is open to businesses in Canmore, the MD of Bighorn, and Lake Louse/ID9. 

Registration at: 

More Info at:

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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