From October 21-25, your Chamber of Commerce was busy celebrating Small Business Week with our members. All week long, Marley and I were out of the office visiting our Chamber members and delivering cookies to celebrate business in our community. We were able to visit 79 members in total and delivered 516 cookies! Through the course of our visits, we heard a variety of comments from our members. Here is a brief summary:
- Finding skilled labour continues to be a challenge, especially in trades, professional services and sales.
- Interest in learning about human resource management, retail trends and social media.
- Economic development is important. We need to bring new industry to Drumheller to grow the population.
- Cyber fraud and credit card fraud are concerns.
- Members inquired about group insurance and other value-added programs offered through the Chamber.
- Succession planning and what that looks like for business owners
- Low program registration in educational offerings and recreational activities
- Expanding/renovating business; altering business focus
- Request to change back to previous Canada Day Parade route
- Complaints about electricity distribution and transmission fees and the development of policy on this topic to lobby the government for changes
- Challenges with development permits and municipal property taxes
- Uncertainty of federal election results and impact on business
- Purpose of the Community Business Association
- Impact of minimum wage on small business
The opportunity to connect with our members face-to-face has provided us with valuable insight into issues and concerns of our business community. We appreciate the time our members spent with us to share their feedback and we look forward to continuing to connect with our members going forward.
We also celebrated Small Business Week with the ladies in our business community at our 8th Annual Women in Business mixer on Thursday, October 24. This year we had Kimberly Lyall of Lethbridge, as a guest speaker. Special thanks to TELUS for sponsoring Kimberly’s visit to Drumheller. Kimberly shared many stories of her struggles and challenges and how she overcame them. It was a very personal, yet heart-warming and inspiring presentation. Special thanks also to Shelley Rymal of Sage Valley Marketing, who provided the ladies in attendance with a sample of her seasonal essential oil blends.