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Message from the DDCC- April 23, 2020

Dear Chamber Members and Business Community,

These are challenging times for our world. Our federal, provincial and municipal governments have taken broad sweeping measures to protect us, as Canadians and Albertans, from the COVID-19 virus. While these measures are aimed at protecting our health from this global pandemic, they continue to have a devastating effect on our business community. As such, we want to ensure that you have all the necessary information available to you and to help minimize the impact this pandemic has locally on our community.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, our Board of Directors and staff have been working diligently to provide resources and support to the business community. Following is an update of our activities:

DRUMHELLER COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE

 

During this time of economic uncertainty, The Town of Drumheller and Chamber of Commerce have partnered to establish an economic recovery task force to provide resources to help local businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the various financial aid and deferral programs offered by:

• Government of Canada
• Government of Alberta
• Town of Drumheller
• Major banks and private lenders

If you are having trouble getting through to your bank on a toll free number or their main branch phone number, local banks have kindly provided additional contact information for their employees.

Business Tips & Inspiration

On Wednesday, March 18 the Town of Drumheller gave a live Economic Update featuring members of the Town's Emergency Operations Centre and Mayor Heather Colberg. During the update, Mayor Colberg provided some business tips and ideas to assist and inspire local businesses during this challenging time. The powerpoint slides including her suggestions can be downloaded here.

Has your business made a 'pivot' to stay afloat during this time? If so we would love to hear about it so we can share ideas with the business community. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with further details.

Nominations Are Open for the 2020 Celebration of Excellence

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, Drumheller Rotary Club, Travel Drumheller and Town of Drumheller and FCSS are pleased be joining forces once again on Thursday, June 11, 2020 *a soon to be determined new date* to co-host the Celebration of Excellence at the Badlands Community Facility. The celebration will honor individuals and businesses for their achievements and contributions to the community. View all award categories and nomination forms here.

The semi-formal evening will feature cocktails and dinner followed by the awards presentation.

 

Town of Drumheller Storefront Enhancement Grant Program

The Town of Drumheller's popular Storefront Enhancement Grant program is now open for applications. Click here for details: https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/announcements/2020-storefront-grant-program

Deadline for applications is March 31.

Did you know that Community Futures Big Country and the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer matching loans for up to $2,500? If you apply for and are approved for a Storefront Enhancement grant, you are also eligible to apply to Community Futures Big Country for an interest-free loan for up to $2,500. After successful completion of your approved project, interest on the loan will be paid by Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact:

Alison Roppel
Community Futures Big Country
(403) 823-7703
or
Heather Bitz
Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 823-8100