Sept. 25 2017
Summer events marked as successful
Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce president Francesca Giroux welcomed attending members back to the first meeting of the fall/winter season. Giroux said the Chamber’s summer events were a hit and that the board is looking forward to wintertime activities.
“From my perspective this year’s Riverboat Daze was a huge success!” she said. “The three event co-ordinators which were myself, Rebecca King and Kimberly Hughes each put around 80 hours of planning in three weeks. We had 75 businesses participate in the block party, the Sandblast competition was revived and we had an awesome kids carnival that Ali Mouallem headed.”
Giroux added, “Going forward we are going to keep these core events and grow off of them.”
The Chamber also started hosting ‘Downtown Wednesdays’ this summer, which Giroux said was another big hit with the community.
“We had almost every single Wednesday filled,” she said. “A lot of non-profits and small businesses, it was meant to bring people into the downtown core and break up their week – I think it did well.”
Local businesses to get spooky for Halloween
Ali Mouallem pitched the idea for a ‘fun and safe Halloween’ event that he says would be a great way for local businesses to get involved in the community.
“It’s a good way to come together,” he said. “It will be on Oct. 30th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. so you can still get home in time to hand out candy to other trick-or-treaters. The idea is you decorate up your storefront and the kids can come around. It’s a fun and different way for your business to get involved.”
Small biz week approaching
Vice president Kimberly Hughes said the events for the 2017 Small Business Week are shaping up.
“It’s from October 16th to 20th and we have a ton of stuff happening,” she said. “We’re kicking off the week with elections then a fall mixer on Tuesday at Boston Pizza from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All of the board members will be there with our strategic plan up for everyone to see.”
Hughes added that the Chamber has roped in a firm out of Edmonton called Strong Coffee Marketing to put on two presentations.
“They are both on Thursday; the first one is called ‘Online Recruiting Basics for Businesses’ and will run from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The second one ‘Five Things a Business can Do To Get Digital in the Labour Market’ starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes to 3:30 p.m.”
According to Giroux both of these sessions are free of charge and open to the public.
Giroux welcomed 2 Flags Diner, Eastlink, Natural Strength Doula Services and Slave Lake Bicycle Works to the chamber.