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.

Preparedness Resources for Business


Below are some updates and resources you may find helpful in regards to COVID-19 and potential impacts on your business:

From the Town of Drumheller:

The Town of Drumheller has issued a statement on COVID-19, and both businesses and residents are encouraged to visit www.dinosaurvalley.com/announcements/advice-on-the-coronavirus for updates.
**This would also be a good time to sign up for their newsletter if you haven't already- sign up box is to the right of the update at the link above.

From the Canadian Chamber of Commerce:
To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the CCC has prepared a guide to assist in business planning and continuity efforts. The COVID-19 web page also has a number of other timely resources.

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
Heather Bitz
Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 823-8100

Volunteering with Junior Achievement

On January 22, I had the pleasure of presenting my first Junior Achievement program. Twenty-two eager and engaged students in Mrs. Walker’s grade 4/5 class at Greentree School were participants in the More than Money program. Students learned the role of money in everyday life and how to track their money as they earn, spend and save. They also learned about creating a business, building a business plan and operating a business. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience sharing my knowledge and presenting the program to the students. I would encourage anyone in our community who has an interest in educating youth about business to consider being a volunteer with Junior Achievement. There are several programs offered to various school grade levels. All training and course materials are provided to volunteers. For more information, please feel free to contact me about my experience or visit their website, www.jasab.ca.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Bitz
Executive Director