February 2018 Print

Monthly Commentary

"I booked two appointments at the NEBA Breakfast Mixer last Thursday at Jump 360 Trampoline Park.  Thank you for all that NEBA does for mine and other businesses."   I. Li

That's wonderful feedback to receive! This is what we work hard to do; create an environment for individuals, businesses, community and government officials to come together in one location - to network, make connections and build opportunities through interactions. 

Special thanks to Jump 360 Trampoline Park for sponsoring the food, refreshments and venue.  Thank you Aaron Saunter, Director, for hosting the event.  Thank you MLA Chris Nielsen (Edmonton-Decore) for the update on developments in North Edmonton.   We heard almost 40 individuals showed up after 7:30 AM to network, mix and mingle.  The early bird does get the worm!

It's February 1st and we are keeping an eye on how things develops on many fronts - the Kinder-Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, following information about a political party leadership race, and at the Municipal Level (an online survey):  Metro Line Northwest LRT Extension Project Comment Form Submissions are open until February 9, 2018 at midnight.  Tracks in Trenches: City Takes new north LRT design to the public (Edmonton Journal, Elise Stolte, Jan 23, 2018)

Special thanks to Councillor Andrew Knack (Ward 1) for your article contribution - "How do you or your business want to be engaged?" 

We are very pleased to announce that the Town of Gibbons has signed on to become members of the North Edmonton Business Association.   We look forward to working with you and Councillor Darren McCann during 2018.  Please see feature article providing more information about Town of Gibbons. 

Our next Business Mixer, Tradeshow Show and Networking event will be held on Wednesday March 28, 2018 - at Kohinoor Restaurant & Grill.   Check out sponsorship opportunities for the event (Event Sponsor $400, or NEBA Member Event Sponsor $200) or book a tradeshow table (Non-Member $80 or NEBA Member $65).  [Mar 28 Event Details] Register now and join us at this upcoming event!  

Our next community event will be held on Saturday February 24, 2018 as we host the third annual Lunar New Year Celebration - Welcoming the Year of the Dog with Title Sponsor - Londonderry Mall.  In keeping with the theme of the year of the Dog, Edmonton Humane Society will help with the dog show performances.  They will also have their adoptable animals and Bingo Pet Store on location at Londonderry Mall, right in front of Simons.  Lion Dance will start about noon so please join us as we ring in the new year! [ Details: Lunar New Year Event


Looking to explore ways to network and get your name out in 2018? Talk to us today about opportunities available by working with NEBA: a) membership, b) sponsorship, c) advertising on our website or in our e-newsletter or d) event sponsor.   

Kim Nguyen, RCIC, Notary Public, Executive Assistant, Email: info@neba.ca or 780.905.5025   

Loan Gowers, BComm, CFP, FMA, FCSI, Executive Director & President  780.803.1678 

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North Edmonton - City Councillors (Ward 1-4 and Ward 7)

How do you or your business want to be engaged?

by Councillor Andrew Knack (Ward 1)

In my quest to keep doing better public engagement I wanted to get your thoughts on the above question. I’ll list the ways I currently try to engage and I’d like your feedback on what I can add and how I can enhance the current methods. Right now I try to engage through the following ways:

1) Hosting quarterly Community Conversations across Ward 1 where we talk in detail about various issues that impact the City of Edmonton.

2) Knocking on doors once or twice a month. Each month I pick a different neighbourhood and visit anywhere from 100-200 doors. The purpose of this is trying to connect with people who may never call or email but still have opinions on various issues.

3) Writing blog posts on my website. I have enjoyed being able to write lengthier posts to provide the rationale to the decisions I’ve made and gather your feedback on those issues.

4) Every six months I visit the seniors residences across Ward 1 to talk about issues in a similar format to the Community Conversations.

5) Last year I started hosting Facebook Live videos to talk about different issues and take questions. I realize that since there are many people busy with family/life, it can be hard to come out to a specific meeting. By doing a video, people can watch it when it’s convenient for them.

These aren’t the only methods but they provide a reasonable overview. I’m interested in getting as much feedback as possible about how you or your business would like to receive information and share your feedback. Please feel free to share your comments on the current methods as well. If you think one of the current methods need work, let me know how it can be improved. Thank you for the opportunity to continue serving you over the next four years and I’m looking forward to connecting with you.


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Feature: Town of Gibbons

Gibbons: Rich in History, Rooted in Family

The Town of Gibbons is nestled along the picturesque Sturgeon River, located at the junction of Highways 28 and 28A. We are 6 kilometers from the Alberta Industrial Heartland and a 15 minute drive to North East Edmonton. Gibbons is a progressive family oriented community of 3169 residents. The commercial core provides for all basic needs including food, a variety of restaurants, pharmaceutical, doctors, dentists, optometrist, banking, legal and vehicle services and continues to receive inquiries daily. All other needs are available within a 15 minute drive.

Gibbons is a town with countless possibilities. Our proximity to the Capital Region with an overall population of 1.3 million and the Industrial Heartland which is the heartbeat of Canada’s oil industry, Gibbons is in the optimum location for future commercial and light industrial growth. Gibbons is the place to do business and presents the ideal community to raise your family.

As a firm believer in cooperative thinking, Gibbons along with our neighbours have created a number of service utility commissions including water, waste water and landfill which will serve as a foundation for our growing population.

Gibbons has an abundance of greenspace including 8 parks, trails both passive and riverside. Oliver Park is home to the Gibbons Historic Museum. Here you will find many turn of the century buildings filled with fascinating equipment, tools and artifacts. Gibbons has an extensive range of facilities for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts highlighted by a new a skate board park, outdoor skating rink and will soon have a leading edge fitness centre. Located just north of Gibbons you will find Goose Hummock Golf Resort and Jurassic Forest.

Gibbons not only appreciates family we are truly Rooted in Family. Please come for a visit we would be happy to give you a tour.

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Lunar New Year Celebration - Saturday February 24, 2018

Bring your children, family, parents, friends and community and come celebrate with us at a Lunar New Year Celebration at Londonderry Mall, 137 Ave 66 St. 

A Lion Dance performance will start right in front of Simons just before noon, so come early and get your place in line as the Lion Dance moves from Simons to the stage!

Year of the Dog?  We are very excited to work with the Edmonton Humane Society who will showcase their Bingo Pet Store with many items for you to consider for your companions. How about saying "hello" to the adoptable animals at the event. 

A Lion Dance, Martial Arts Demonstration and more... it's a day full of activities for you to enjoy and experience this Lunar New Year Celebration and Year of the Dog.

Please mark your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 24.

For more information about this event or other events hosted by NEBA - North Edmonton Business Association, please visit our website:  www.neba.ca

Please reach out to our team if you have any questions or inquiries:

Kim Nguyen, Executive Assistant | info@neba.ca | 780.905.5025

Event Chair: Lan Chan-Marples
Event Committee Team: Kim Nguyen, Loan Gowers, Lan Chan-Marples, Aaron Saunter. 
Graphic Designer: Christine Ho

We are very excited to work with and have the support from our Title Sponsor: LONDONDERRY MALL, 137 Ave 66 St.

Hope to see you on February 24th, 2018!

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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

2018 Lunar New Year Celebration - Welcoming the Year of the Dog

February 24, 2018
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Londonderry Mall
137 Ave & 66th Street (Lower level close to Entrance 2)
Edmonton, AB T5C3C8

Opening Ceremomy: 1130 AM. Come join the Celebration as we ring in the new year , Performances, Cultural Displays.

Read More  Register Now

NEBA Business Introduction (Company Presentations) Networking Event

March 15, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Source Office Furnishings & Systems Ltd. (BOARDROOM)
14835 137 Ave
Edmonton, AB

Business Introductions & Company Presentations. Learning more about each other's businesses.

Read More  Register Now

NEBA Business Mixer, Tradeshow & Networking Event

March 28, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Kohinoor Restaurant & Grill
13712 40 Street
Edmonton, AB

Business Mixer, Networking - Tradeshow Tables & Sponsorship Available

Read More  Register Now


For more information about NEBA, Membership or Sponsorship Info, this event or upcoming events, please contact:

Kim Nguyen, Executive Assistant      Email: info@neba.ca or Contact: 780.905.5025

Chat with us today about the benefits of becoming a member and upcoming events, where you can get a tradeshow table to showcase your business, products and/or services.

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Upcoming Seminar: Starting Your Own Business by Usha Pawluski

Usha Pawluski Professional Corporation

203, 5104 82 Avenue Edmonton T6B 0E6

Tel: 780-463-9300

Fax: 780-430-1024


Starting your own business?



What you should know before you start a business.

Check out our Seminar:

February 14 @9-11am

February 28 @ 7-9pm101, 5104 –82 Avenue


Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dos-and-dont-of-starting-a-business-tickets-42481813247


About The Seminar

Are you an entrepreneur?  Do you know what it takes to start and grow your own business?   Are you looking for just a job or are you looking to create a business?

This seminar will briefly discuss the requirements of a business owner and whether self-employment is for you.

What are your startup costs? How many people do you have to pay at the end of the day? This session helps entrepreneurs within the first three years of operation with their business plan, structure, staffing, cash flow and taxes.

Your responsibilities for record keeping.  Simple bookkeeping to more advanced bookkeeping, what are your needs, how to save money, when and what to outsource.

Pitfalls in hiring or contracting other professionals.  What to look for?



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President's Report

We are very excited to have join us: 
Aaron Saunter - Business & Community Relations Director.  Aaron will work with NEBA team to follow information about business and community developments happening in North Edmonton - north of Yellowhead Trail from west to east. 
Tim Wong - Director at Large.  Tim has been in the construction industry for over 14 years.  We are delighted to work with Tim who brings years of experience in an industry that builds and creates many projects.
Mei Yin and Joey - Lee Morigeau Jeffrey - Secretaries for NEBA.  We are very pleased to have additional support for the team with two individuals taking on this role bringing a variety of skills and background experiences.
As always, we look forward to working with you as a member or sponsor of North Edmonton Business Association. 
Our Board of Directors is made up of a team of volunteers including Loan Gowers, volunteering as Executive Director to all our Directors in place: Lan Chan-Marples, James Jarvis, Aaron Saunter, Tim Wong, Jim Ackney, and Maria Ackney.  Special thanks to our Honorary Advisory Board who have continued to advise us in our strategic plans: Dick Wong and Jack Szeto. 
Thank you to everyone for your continued support.
We look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event,
Loan Gowers, BComm, CFP, FMA, FCSI
Executive Director & President
www.neba.ca | loan.gowers@neba.ca

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