Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Meeting notes

Oct. 23, 2017
Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Small businesses matter
Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services and MLA for Lesser Slave Lake, attended the Oct. 23rd Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce meeting to discuss the importance of small businesses in rural Alberta.
“I really do think the local businesses both small and large make this community such a great place to live,” she said. “Everyone knows it’s been a tough few years for everyone, but our community stood strong and I truly believe the worst is behind us. It’s the local businesses that are the backbone of the community and even through this recession were still donating and sponsoring local groups and organizations.”
Larivee’s appearance came after the Chamber celebrated ‘Small Business Week’ from Oct. 16th to 20th.
“This was probably one of our most successful small business weeks,” said Chamber president Francesca Giroux. “We kicked things off with the municipal election then with a fall mixer which I think was pretty well attended. We’re thinking of having a spring mixer now because the turnout was good. It’s a great way to meet board members and to see what the Chamber is working on.”
Giroux added, “We also hosted two free digital marketing seminars with Strong Coffee Marketing – there was around 35 people at each. It was great! We learned so much about social media and how to properly use it for small businesses.”
According to Giroux, this year’s small biz week was an indication on the new board’s vision for the Chamber.
“I’d love to see Small Business Week grow even larger next year,” she said.
Newly-elected High Prairie School Board trustee Ali Mouallem chimed in and applauded the efforts of the board.
“I attended the digital marketing session and it was exciting!” he said. “Lots of new faces.”

Christmas is coming
‘Canadian Christmas’ was chosen as the theme for year’s Santa Claus Parade; attending members decided unanimously on it and thought it would coincide with Canada 150. Giroux also announced that the Passport to Christmas program would be going ahead in the same format as the 2016 season.
“Last year we had around 39 local businesses participate and we’re on track to have that many again this year,” she said. “Moonlight Madness will be happening Nov. 17th, following the parade.”
Other Christmas events include the annual outdoor Christmas lights competition, judged by ATCO.
“We will be marketing that more when the details are settled,” said Giroux. “But we know the prizes are $100, $75 and $50.”

Planning for annual awards gala underway
Work on the Chamber’s annual awards gala is officially underway.
Giroux told members that the night is slated to be held on Feb. 24th, 2018. When asked for suggestions on possible changes to the event, the consensus was the night was far too long and possibly a change in the entertainment.


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