To kick-off BDC Small Business Week™ we're excited to invite you to our Mixer & Tradeshow at Prince of Wales Armouries on October 17th, from 5:00PM - 8:00PM in celebration of the risk-takers, entrepreneurs, and creators who make up 94% of the businesses in the Edmonton Region. Small businesses are the foundation of our business community, so join us in celebrating their success!

Come and showcase your business as an exhibitor or purchase your tickets to join in on the festivities.  

Along with our partners Explore Edmonton, we are excited to invite you to join more than 100 leaders and entrepreneurs at the Art Gallery of Alberta on October 18th, from 4:30PM - 7:00PM during BDC Small Business Week™ to discuss Why Tourism Matters to our community of small businesses. 
 
Hear from our panel of experts on: 
  • How tourism promotes the development of advanced infrastructure and transportation systems 
  • The expansion of local products into Global Markets 
  • The enhancement of economic growth by augmenting the foreign exchange reserves
 

Creating a successful business is not an easy task, which is why it is important to have a community you can lean on. This year, on October 19th from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, we are excited to help you build your community at Meet the Maker during BDC Small Business Week™!

Join us for an evening of networking hosted by Teresa Spinelli at the Italian Centre Shop located at 108878 95st. Hear about how the Spinelli family has successfully contributed to the local eco-system for over 60 years. It's time to Meet the Maker. 

 

Register for your tickets here!  

 

There is a lot of change happening in Alberta’s public sector this year. Many factors are contributing to changing government policies, departmental priorities, procurement approaches, budget allocations, and stakeholder and technology requirements.  

At the Selling to Government Luncheon on October 21st you will have the chance to hear from Dolan Bogus, Outreach and Procurement Team Specialist from the Government of Canada, as he delivers valuable insights on how to effectively sell to the Government. 

Join us from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the World Trade Centre Edmonton on Jasper Avenue. 

Register for this event here!

 

The Edmonton Elks are hosting their inaugural Women’s Networking Mixer on October 15th. Watch the Elks VS Toronto match over a delicious dinner & network with other like-minded women, all from their Level 2 Patio Executive Suites.

Doors open at 4:00pm with game starting at 5:00pm. Use the QR code to secure your spot!
Trade Accelerator Program 
This week, we held our quarterly Trade Accelerator Program for local entrepreneurs to learn directly from industry experts, on how to expand into global markets. 

Through an interactive two-day workshop, peer-to-peer exchange, individual mentoring, and hands-on support, the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is designed to help you develop an export plan that is realistic, high-quality and fully integrated with your overall business strategy. TAP equips you with the tools and resources to help you succeed as you grow your business and expand into new markets.  

Thank you to our National Founding Partners RBC and EDC, to our National Advisory Partner BDC and to our Advisory Partners PwC and Dentons, and everyone who attended our October TAP cohort. We look forward to seeing you at our next session in January!  
 

 
Leveraging the Reservists Workforce Luncheon

The Chamber is committed to creating environments that enhance economic growth, inclusion and diversity within our region. Last Thursday, we held our Leveraging the Reservist Workforce luncheon presented by Robert Half in partnership CFLC and on our ‘Leveraging the Reservist Workforce’ luncheon. It was a full house and each of our speakers contributed to the discussion on how businesses can benefit from the technical skills and leadership qualities reservists offer.  We would like to thank each of our presenters, partners and sponsors for their contributions. 

The Edmonton Chamber Board of Directors is officially accepting nominations for 2023. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive Board of Directors governing our organization. Each year the Board reviews the Chamber’s matrix of skills and experiences to ensure the board has a balanced representation of small, medium and large-sized businesses and a range of diverse industry sectors represented at the table.
The Governance and Nominating Committee has identified one vacancy.
  • (1) large business (51+ employees)
Chamber members can submit a nomination for the vacancy to the Chamber offices; nominations will be accepted until November 2, 2022. Self-nominations are welcome. Each submission requires that at least five members in good standing support the nomination.
Preferred Industry/Sector Experience
  • Agriculture/Agri Foods
  • Export and Trade
  • Government Relations
Our President and CEO Jeffery Sundquist made the following statement regarding the Provincial Government’s increased contribution to addiction and mental health: 

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and Chamber Members, I would like to thank Premier Kenney for investing $124 million towards Alberta’s Recovery-Oriented system of care. Over the past six months, the Edmonton Chamber has been advocating for this kind of investment.
 
 
  • The City of Edmonton has won an award in the Red Tape Reduction category at the Government of Alberta’s 2022 Municipal Excellence Awards for the City’s Permit and Licensing Improvement (PLI) Initiative. The PLI initiative saves applicants millions of dollars per annum in addition to thousands of workdays; this initiative continues to reduce barriers and facilitates increasing investment in Edmonton, thereby driving the progress of our city’s development. The PLI initiative places improvements of transparency, regularity, and efficiency into effect—supporting the main objectives identified in Edmonton’s Economic Action Plan and The City Plan.
  • Four of Edmonton’s newest projects were acknowledged at the 2022 Prairie Design Awards! These awards are a collaborative acknowledgement of city projects between Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The Paul Kane Park Redevelopment project won in the landscape architecture category; CO*LAB won an award in the small projects category; and both the Capilano Library and Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage won in the recent works category.
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