Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Notebook

June 26, 2016

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Strategic plan officially completeSlave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce president Francesca Giroux told attending members at the June 26th meeting that the 2017-2020 strategic plan has been finalized.“We are pretty excited about it!” she said. “We’re working towards the goals set out in the strategic plan and hopefully you’re already seeing that.”Part of the Chamber’s strategic plan was to facilitate more mingling among members and Giroux said the first evening mixer went well. “We think it was well attended,” she said. “We’re planning to have another mixer in the fall during small business week. We really liked the location (The Fix) but we’re open to any ideas on where to hold the next one.”“I would suggest in the fall to showcase the strategic plan more,” said Mayor Tyler Warman.“That’s a great idea – we’re always looking at ways to improve,” said Giroux. New business in townGiroux welcomed new member Parada Nails & Designs to the Chamber.  Owner Tanya Parada said she is excited to be setting up shop in Slave Lake and that her salon will be up and running inside the Potpourri Mall in July.
2017 Riverboat Daze shaping up nicely The upcoming Riverboat Daze celebration was a hot topic, Giroux and interim vice president Kimberly Hughes said the last-minute details were shaping up nicely.“The parade has changed to Friday,” Giroux reminded members. “We’d like to see more floats registered in the parade but right now numbers are good. A lot of people tend to register very last minute,” added Hughes.Giroux said co-ordinators are expecting quite the turnout for the ‘rock the block party’ following the parade procession.“We expect a very high attendance,” she said. “We have 70 vendors setting up as well.”As for other weekend events (aside from the midway, which will be up and running from Friday at 1:00 p.m. to Sunday evening), there is a children’s festival, a farmers market, open houses, Rotary Club duck drop and the Sandblast sand sculpture competition. “We do still need several volunteers for Sandblast,” said Hughes.Earlybird midway tickets can be purchased at Appara Shoes and Shoppers Drug Mart until July 6 for $30 and then at the gate for $40.For more information on Riverboat Daze contact the Chamber at 780-849-3222.
Summer schedule almost filled The summer schedule of ‘downtown Wednesdays’ at Rennie Hall Plaza was provided to attending members and Giroux said she was happy to say each week had been filled except one. Starting on July 5th Roots of the Earth will be selling products, July 12th will be Zumba with Jaymee, the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation will be there on July 19th following with The Teal Door on July 26th, Stage North is on August 2nd and local Girl Guides will be there on August 9th. Giroux said August 16th is open and available for booking. For those who don’t know, the gist of ‘downtown Wednesdays’ is a local group or business sets up during lunch hour and interacts with the patrons of the area.“It’s really supposed to draw more people downtown,” said Giroux. “We saw it in the city and how great it was especially in the middle of the week.”

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