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Recorded Webinar With The Utilities Consumer Advocate

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020 our Chamber was pleased to partner with the Utilities Consumer Advocate for a webinar for Small Businesses. The webinar was recorded and is now available for viewing. Due to some brief technical difficulties the recording is in two parts. 

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Part of our mission at the Chamber is to help local businesses learn, share and connect. We thank the Utilities Consumer Advocate for providing this webinar.

 

New measures to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19

On November 12 the Government of Alberta announced additional health measures in light of the continual rise of COVID-19 cases in the province:

'Starting Nov. 13, all restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs in regions under enhanced status must cease liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. The restriction will remain in place until Nov. 27.

There will also be a two-week ban on indoor group fitness classes, team sport activities and group performance activities in Edmonton and surrounding areas, Calgary and surrounding areas, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Lethbridge.

Additional public health measures will also be implemented in all regions under an enhanced status. These measures will be in place until further notice:

  • Maximum attendance of 50 at wedding or funeral ceremonies.
  • It is recommended all faith-based activities limit attendance to one-third capacity per service.
  • Residents should not hold social gatherings within their homes and should not plan social gatherings outside their community.
  • It is recommended employers in office settings implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.
  • All existing guidance and legal orders remain in place in all areas.

Alberta Health, AHS and local municipalities will continue to closely monitor the spread across the province.

The Government of Alberta is asking all Albertans to do their part. If these measures are not successful, it will be necessary to implement more restrictive measures.'

As of November 12, 2020, the Town of Drumheller had 11 cases, and therefore falls under the Enhanced measures category.

Questions about these measures can be submitted to the government's Biz Connect team here.

If your business needs help, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Chamber. We are here for you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 403-823-8100.

 

Recap of Our 2020 Small Business Week

Your local Chamber of Commerce had another busy Small Business Week!

As some of you may recall, in 2019 Chamber staff Heather and I visited our members with Ronald McDonald House cookies, got informed and shared our own updates. Because that went so well, this year we repeated our visits (with pre-packaged candy instead of cookies) and managed to visit 74 businesses and nonprofits over the course of 4 days. Once again, we learned a lot as we toured new buildings and offices, met employees, answered questions on COVID-19 programs, heard about inventory issues and staffing shortages, and more. If we didn’t get to your business or if you do not have a storefront and would like to catch up with us (and get a candy bag) please contact us! We would love to hear from you.

Additionally, we held two virtual events on Thursday, October 22. First up was a Zoom meeting for local businesses with the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office, to discuss the draft Municipal Development Plan & Land Use Bylaw. You can view the recording of that meeting here.

Then, at 5:00pm we held our 9th annual Women in Business Mixer via Zoom. 27 ladies joined us for virtual breakout rooms, contests, prizes and wonderful conversations. We have also been collecting donations of new or gently-used women’s office wear to donate to local ladies in need via the Salvation Army. To date we’ve received 10 large bags of clothing! See the Women in Business Mixer event page for more details.

Municipal Development Plan & Land Use Bylaw Meeting For Local Businesses

On September 14, Drumheller Town Council gave first reading to a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw. The public hearing is scheduled for October 26th. On October 22 at 12:00pm, local businesses were invited to join the Drumheller Chamber and the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office for an overview on the MDP and LUB.

The meeting was held via Zoom; you can view the recording here.