This just in – news from the ‘round table’ at the Apr. 20 Slave Lake Business Support Network meeting. Our reporter had to leave early and missed it, but thanks to the folks at Community Futures we have meeting minutes.
The round table is always interesting, because it provides a glimpse into what local businesses are thinking, experiencing, doing and planning for.
Ali Mouallem (Alimo’s Pizzaria) – He urged businesses to bring more people downtown. He put in a plug for a vacant spot in the Plaza 2000 (where the meeting was held), saying it’s an affordable space with great parking, “where any business could grow.”
Ryan Burton (Rytrue Ltd.) – business picking up; hiring grass-cutters. Looking for entry-level workers for the summer season.
Ernie Grach (Careers, The Next Generation) – Grach said he’s working with schools to sign up students for work. There are some kids doing very well (for example) caring for sick people in the hospital. There’s a need for municipalities to give more support to this program, which Grach said equips students to understand what to expect once they finish high school. More active participation from businesses around town in employing young people would also be helpful.
Deanna Johnson (RBC) – the bank is looking into making things more convenient for customers, i.e. outdoor cash-dispensing machines.
Frankie Giroux (Nash-Giroux LLP) – Giroux spoke of seminars to help people understand financial management, service strategies and financial letters. The firm is partnering with Slave Lake Adult Education to advocate for financial literacy.
Brittany Giesbrecht (Thrive Wellness) – demand for massage therapists is growing in town, Giesbrecht said. Thrive has hired a new person to help meet this need.
Josh Friesen (Community Futures) – Friesen advised the group of a workshop coming up in May on the RFP (request for proposals) process. This is for local contractors to better understand how to win government contracts. It’s on May 31 at the Legacy Centre.
The next BSN meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, at 12 noon at the Community Futures office, located in the Slave Lake Visitor Information Centre, at 100 Poplar Lane.