• 2 Oct 2021 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Sylvan Lake Chamber is proud to release our video: OUR TOWN, a shop local initiative funded by the Federal Government of Canada.

    Local video agency, IQ Productions wrote and produced the video and helped us share the long history of entrepreneurism and fortitude of Sylvan Lake through trying times - and to illustrate the domino effect buying local has.

    Businesses sponsor kids sports, donate to the many non-profit businesses, create local jobs, mentorship opportunities for youth, they sponsor a great many local initiatives such as the Sylvan Lake Winter Village and many other things that enhance our quality of life.

    Our hope with this project is to remind Lakers of the power they have when they choose to "shop local" to impact our overall quality of life in Sylvan Lake. 

    Please watch. Please share. Please continue to support our local businesses.

    Enjoy...

    WATCH NOW
  • 29 Sep 2021 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    We're excited to help bring the Sylvan Lake Winter Village to life for the 2021/2022 season! It has been a labour of love from the get-go. Indeed, it takes a village to #lightthelake! 

    Did you know it costs over $30,000 each year to make this seasonal happy-place happen? Not to mention the many volunteer hours, planning and fundraising - nevermind the labour involved with everything from checking a gazillion light strands before wrapping dozens of tree's, bushes and planters! But it's all worth it, we think you would agree.

    Our sponsorship drive is officially in full-swing, and we hope that you will choose to help us wow our residents and visitors for yet another magical season.

    Below we have outlined the various sponsorship opportunities, and if you would like to get along, here is a link to book your sponsorship.

    In the meantime, be sure to follow the Sylvan Lake Winter Village on facebook and instagram!


  • 28 Sep 2021 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    After a record number of nominations and submissions, the Sylvan Lake Chamber is pleased to announce the 2021 award finalists.  Winners will be announced on Friday, November 19th at an event to be held at Landmark Cinemas in Sylvan Lake.

    Large Business of the Year

    Sponsored by: RBC Royal Bank

    • Bukwildz
    • Fonda's Plumbing + Heating
    • Sobeys
    • Sylvan Medical Centre
    • Wolf Creek Building Supplies

    Small Business of the Year

    Sponsored by: Servus Credit Union

    • Clearview Glass
    • Knot Just A Box
    • Sylvan Lake AutoPro
    • Sylvan Lake Physical Therapy + Sports Injury Clinic
    • The Baby Footprint
    • The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

    Home Based Business of the Year

    Sponsored by: Al's Bobcat + Trucking

    • A to Z Blinds
    • Geek Girl Apparel + Promotion
    • Petal + Blum Creative

    New Business of the Year

    Sponsored by: Canadian Tire

    • Crucial Diesel
    • Firestone Cannabis - Sylvan Lake
    • Flying Goose Media
    • Sylvan Auto Parts
    • Tech Heating + Air Conditioning Ltd.
    • Trybe Fitness Bar

    Business Resiliency Award

    Sponsored by: Town of Sylvan Lake

    • Hilltop Wedding Centre
    • Jupiter Medical Aesthetics + Wellness
    • Terrafirma Resources
    • The Wood Shed Axe Throwing
    • Trybe Fitness Bar

    Philanthropy Award

    Sponsored by: Lakestone Insurance

    • Jupiter Medical Aesthetics + Wellness
    • Servus Credit Union
    • Sobeys
    • Sun of a Beach
    • Tech Heating + Air Conditioning Ltd.

    Marketing Excellence Award

    Sponsored by: Sylvan Lake News

    • Snake Lake Brewing Company
    • Tech Heating + Air Conditioning Ltd.
    • The Wood Shed Axe Throwing
    • Wolf Creek Building Supplies

    Customer Service Excellence

    Sponsored by: Sobeys

    • Crucial Diesel
    • Knot Just A Box
    • Sylvan Lake AutoPro
    • Tech Heating + Air Conditioning Ltd.
    • The Baby Footprint

    Visitor Friendly Award

    Sponsored by: A to Z Blinds

    • Bukwildz
    • DQ Grill + Chill
    • Knot Just A Box
    • Main Street Eatery
    • Redneck Wear + Tear

    Business Woman of the Year

    Sponsored by: Strategis LLP

    • Angela Ziefflie, A to Z Blinds
    • Mari Van Schalkwyk, Jupiter Medical Aesthetics + Wellness
    • Rebecca Bouw, Petal + Blum Creative
    • Nicole Saffron, Terrafirma Resources
    • Ruby Cole-Ellis, The Maby Studio

    Young Entrepreneur Award

    Sponsored by: Tech Heating + Air Conditioning

    • Chris Jervis, Crucial Diesel
    • Conner + Kory Goossens, Flying Goose Media
    • Tanis Bergen, Hilltop Wedding Centre
    • Ruby Cole-Ellis, The Maby Studio
    • Melissa Lowry, Trybe Fitness Bar

    Employee of the Year

    Sponsored by:  Clearview Glass Services

    • Anne Muir, Best Western Chateau Suites
    • Jen Baliant, Sylvan Lake Community Partners
    • Devon Crooks, Tech Heating + Air Conditioning Ltd.
    • Lacey Derricott, Trybe Fitness Bar
    • Christian Levac, The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

    Congratulations to all of the finalists!



  • 14 Jul 2021 2:56 PM | Anonymous
    Sylvan Lake, Alberta July 14, 2021– The Sylvan Lake Chamber will receive $30,240 of federal shop local funding—funding that will expand the chamber’s ongoing efforts to encourage patronage of community businesses.

    "We're excited about the success of our application and the opportunity it gives us to help money stay local," says David Phillips, President. “COVID-19 threw a wrench in our 2021 plans requiring us to cancel or postpone several projects. We are incredibly thankful to the federal government for this grant because we can now move forward and better yet, expand on our original plans." 


    The funding will support the production of a Why Shop Local video, a Sylvan Lake Dining Guide, the expansion and marketing of the Sylvan Lake Town App so more businesses can promote special deals and offers, and the launch of ChamberMarket, a shopping platform that allows businesses to sell products and services online.

    “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, community chambers have truly been a lifeline for businesses,” says Ken Kobly, Alberta Chambers of Commerce President and CEO. “As we transition to reopening and recovery, we still have a long road ahead to rebuild our economy. This federal funding will help chambers do what we do best: support local job creators.”

    A third round of funding applications is currently being processed.


  • 4 Sep 2020 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    The Sylvan Lake Chamber congratulates all of the Finalists of the 2020 Business Awards!  

    Large Business of the Year - Sponsored by RBC

    • Servus Credit Union
    • Falcon Homes
    • Coverdale's No Frills
    • Parkland Veteranary Hospital
    • Strategis LLP

    Small Business of the Year - Sponsored by Servus Credit Union

    • Picky Painter
    • Sir Lancelot Signs
    • RoyAl Glass
    • RBC

    New Business of the Year - Sponsored by Canadian Tire

    • Crucial Diesel
    • Roundabout Eatery
    • Jupiter Medical Aesthetics + Wellness
    • The Ranch Gate Market
    • Snake Lake Brewing Company

    Marketing Excellence - Sponsored by Sylvan Lake News

    • Central Alberta Security + Automation
    • Fonda's Plumbing
    • Open Range Saloon
    • Good Earth Coffeehouse

    Customer Service Excellence - Sponsored by Sobeys

    • Crucial Diesel
    • Servus Credit Union
    • Tech Heating + Air Conditioning
    • Trilliant Real Estate Group Ltd.
    • Central Alberta Security + Automation

    Environmental Stewardship Award - Sponsored by Rowanoak Law Office

    • Fonda's Plumbing
    • Sylvan Lake Community Partners
    • Good Earth Coffeehouse
    • Knot Just A Box
    • The Baby Footprint

    Visitor Friendly Award - Sponsored by Falcon Homes

    • Knot Just A Box
    • Timber Coffee Co.
    • The Wood Shed Axe Throwing
    • Wolf Creek Building Supplies
    • Pet Planet

    -NEW- The Philanthropy Award - Sponsored by Lakestone Insurance

    • DQ Grill + Chill
    • Crucial Diesel
    • Hockey Central Sports Lounge
    • Bukwildz
    • Murdoch D'Mello Insurance + Financial Solutions Inc., The Co-operators

    -NEW- Business Resilence Award - Sponsored by Town of Sylvan Lake

    • The Maby Studio
    • Picky Painter
    • Snake Lake Brewing Company
    • Good Earth Coffeehouse
    • Bukwildz

    Business Woman of the Year - Sponsored by Strategis LLP

    • Kjeryn Dakin, Bukwildz/Buks
    • Pam Mitchell, DQ Grill + Chill
    • Tami Dorosh, Picky Painter
    • Kim Hoffman, Kim's Got You Covered
    • Keri Pratt, The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Tech Heating + Air Conditioning

    • Chris Jervis, Crucial Diesel
    • Ruby Cole, The Maby Studio
    • Travis Jones, Sylvan Lake Physiotherapy + Sports Injury Clinic
    • Sara Barnes, Central Alberta Security + Automation
    • Conner + Kory Goossens, Flying Goose Media

    Employee of the Year - Sponsored by Clearview Glass Service

    • Mark Kennedy, Lube Stop + Tire
    • Grace Woods, Good Earth Coffeehouse
    • Chris Levac, The Wood Shed Axe Throwing
    • Danelle Venardos, Cloverdale's No Frills
    • Teresa Cummings, RBC

    HOW ARE FINALISTS SELECTED?

    1. In June, a public call for nominations went out, and the Chamber received the highest number of nominations ever!
    2. Following that, nominated businesses that meet the basic criteria are notified that they were nominated.
    3. If they choose to accept the nomination a formal application is submitted.
    4. Finally, an anonymous panel of volunteer judges from the community are selected to review and score each application. Once the scores are tallied, the finalists and one winner per category are determined.

    WINNERS WILL BE REVEALED ON OCTOBER 17TH

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The Mermaid Ball + Business Awards, a 300+ person event will NOT be held this year, however the show does go on...just not as it has before.

    This year, award winners will be revealed on Saturday October 17th when the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce debut's a Business Awards video, now in production, at small watch parties at several businesses around town. Details for this event will be released soon!



  • 29 May 2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    Sylvan Lake Business Survey Results

    The Chamber and Town of Sylvan Lake, conducted a Business Resiliency Survey during the month of April to better understand how COVID-19 is impacting our community's businesses.

    Over 130 businesses responded to the survey.

    The survey responses can be viewed HERE


  • 26 Mar 2020 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Business Insurance: How Coverage is Triggered

    These are uncertain and challenging times. With COVID-19 causing global concern, we understand many Canadians will have questions related to commercial insurance. IBC has produced a brief Q&A document outlining how coverage is triggered and how business interruption policies work.

    http://www.ibc.ca/ab/business/COVID-19/

  • 23 Mar 2020 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Alberta Government announced three new decisions today to support Albertans and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Education property tax freeze
    • Education property tax deferral for business
    • WCB premiums deferral for private sector businesses and support for small and medium businesses

    READ MORE



  • 23 Mar 2020 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

    WAGE SUBSIDY FAQ

  • 23 Mar 2020 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    Most of you have already heard that BDC in cooperation with EDC will receive a 10 Billion dollar envelope to help entrepreneurs that are directly impacted by COVID-19.

    For loans under $100,000 you can apply online and get the same lower interest rate due to COVID-19. There is no application fee and it is a simple online process.  The minimum criteria is 2 years in business and decent/good personal credit.

    Here is the application link. Where it asks for BDC Representative add:  Anna Lorena Sauve

    For loans over $100,000 please refer to the details below for what is required. 

    Details on the loan:

    • Structure: Working Capital Loan
    • Max Amount: Up to $2Million (max amount is 2M - due diligence applied on a case by case basis)
    • Exclusions: Start-ups, refinancing, change of ownership
    • Terms + Conditions: 12 month principal postponement - interest will be due 30 days following initial disbursement
    • Repayment max: 36 months

    Documents required:

    • The last three years of year-end financial statements
    • Most recent year-to-date financials (Balance Sheet, comparable income statement to last year, aged A/R and aged A/P listing)
    • Sales and cashflow projections for the next two fiscal years on a month over month basis
    • Loan Application Form – required only if no new loans have been requested in last 2 years. (click to download form)
    • Personal Net Worth Form – required only if no new loans have been requested in last 2 years (click to download form)
    • Organizational Chart showing the ownership of all companies
    • Copy of current line of credit agreement with financial institution
    • ID verification
    • Site visit
    • Overview of costs within the next few months (see questions below that help to answer that question

    Additional questions to be answered

    • At what activity level do you anticipate to operate at over the next six months (ie: full shut down or reduced capacity, what are the main impacts on your activities, specialized staff, access to premisis or employees to work remotely)
    • What are the key carrying costs (burn rate) for the next six months? (ie: rent, insurance, electricity, salaries, financial fees)
    • With a working capital loan and/or postponement and support from other lenders, does this cover your cash needs for the next six months?
    • What are your agreements with key suppliers and customers on payment terms / support for the next six months

    For further questions contact:

    Anna Lorena Sauve, Senior Account Manager BDC
    t. 587.797.2101  e. annalorena.sauve@bdc.ca



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