The Bashaw and District Chamber of Commerce held a short meeting via Zoom on Feb. 17.
Among those in attendance were president Dustin Hemingson, secretary Peter Graham and Theresa Fuller, CAO of the Town of Bashaw.
The chamber reminds members to get their information to Ben Wilson, who the chamber has contracted to create promotional videos for local businesses and incorporate them into an interactive map.
So far Wilson has only received two, and he wants the chamber to promote the project so it can be completed before he enters his busy season.
Membership fees for 2o21 are now due. Those who pay will be entered into a draw for a 500-gram bag of coffee from the Meeting Place Coffee Roasters. Bashaw Sports was the first winner.
It was also mentioned that Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely has arranged a Zoom meeting on March 3, with Minister Doug Schweitzer, minister of jobs, economy, and innovation.
On Feb. 17, Schweitzer and Premier Jason Kenney announced additional supports for small businesses.
“Under the new Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit, up to $30,000 in support will soon be available to small and medium-sized businesses that have been most affected by the pandemic and ongoing health restrictions,” stated a recent press release.
The $10,000 payment can be used to offset the costs associated with COVID-19, such as personal protective equipment, paying bills or hiring staff.
“We promised our job creators that we would be there to support them throughout this pandemic, and we will continue to evaluate the needs of Albertans while we engage with the federal government to address gaps in their long-term programs,” said Schweitzer in the release.
The chamber’s annual general meeting will be on March 10. The election of officers and chamber bylaws will be on the agenda.