February 2017 Print

Monthly Commentary

North Edmonton Business Association hosts the second annual Lunar New Year Event at Londonderry Mall - Saturday February 4th, 2017.   We are pleased to have Angela Jung (CTV News) emcee the event and greetings from His Worship Mayor Don Iveson and many special guests in attendance for Opening Ceremony.    VIDEO : LNY EVENT with Loan Gowers & Nancy Jarnevic

With over 28 tables showcasing companies products and services to activities for the community to enjoy, this Saturday is a day for many cultural, communities, businesses, and family to come together in celebration of the new year.   We are pleased to attach: [Message from Mayor Don Iveson].    

We are very pleased to announce two upcoming luncheons:

Friday March 10 with Hon. Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Deputy Government House Leader as our luncheon guest speaker.  Location: Royal Canadian Legion, 14339 50 St. 

Friday April 21 with Hon. Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure & Minister of Transportation & Government House Leader as our luncheon guest speaker.  Location: Chateau Nova Yellowhead Trail, 13920 Yellowhead Trail. 

Breakfast Mixers & Networking Event (Mar-May), Business Introductory & Networking Event (Jan-Jun) - have now been posted on our website: www.neba.ca , NEBA Facebook Page, Eventbrite, and Meetup Group for your review.  We continue to post information on our Twitter account @nebayeg and LinkedIn profile: NEBA.  More events being planned and will be posted soon.  Check out upcoming events / Register Now / RSVP : [NEBA EVENTS CALENDER]

We are excited by the opening of the Anthony Henday North East which has changed how we travel and get around (for me personally - it's been very beneficial!).  We look forward to seeing next steps now that announcements of approved funding from all three levels of government for the Yellowhead Trail Strategic Plan has been made.  These developments creates opportunities for many and in our case for North Edmonton - North West to North East (our area of focus).  

We are pleased to include information about the Alberta Job Plans provided by Minister Deron Bilous. 

Saturday February 4th is first major event of 2017 - we invite you to come and meet your elected officials for North Edmonton who are confirmed to attend the opening ceremony (1130 AM - 1245 PM):  Mayor Don Iveson, Minister David Eggen, MP Michael Cooper, MP Kerry Diotte, MP Ziad Aboultaif, MLA Heather Sweet, MLA Nicole Goehring, MLA Chris Nielsen, Councillor Bev Esslinger, Councillor Dave Loken, Councillor Ed Gibbons, Councillor Tony Caterina, and Vice-Chair EPSB Michelle Draper. 

Location: Londonderry Mall, 137 Ave & 66 St, East Court (Near BMO Bank of Montreal, McDonalds, Coles Bookstore, Tip Top, BestBuy Mobile area).  We are delighted to have our association and events sponsors at the opening ceremony.  It's thank to our sponsors that we can deliver these events - building opportunities through interactions.  

Special thanks to Nancy Jarnevic, Marketing Director with Londonderry Mall for being - Title Sponsor and major contributor to the event.   Get your red envelope for the 2017 - Welcoming the year of the Rooster. 

We look forward to seeing you at an event and please contact us if you have any specific questions or inquiries: info@neba.ca


We always welcome feedback so please reach out to us by email: info@neba.ca or by phone 780 803 1678.  Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President  (Connect with us on LinkedIn, Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook Page).  Joey - Lee Morigeau-Jeffrey, Office Manager, admin@neba.ca

North Edmonton Business Association is a membership based organization with a focus of building opportunities by hosting events where networking, interactions, conversations and meetings can occur.. To join as member, please click on link for  online membership application and payment can be made with VISA or Mastercard.  

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North Edmonton - MLAs (Provincial)

NEBA Article from Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview

When Premier Rachel Notley asked me to create the Alberta Jobs Plan, I knew it would be tough. The dramatic and sustained drop in world oil prices is hurting us all – but I also know we have some of the world’s best and most innovative business leaders to help create new jobs and diversify our economy.

I want to acknowledge the many small business leaders who shared their experience and expertise in our Jobs Plan, to create an economy for the future. 

Alberta small businesses have a bigger economic impact per capita than small businesses anywhere in the country. In addition to providing jobs so hundreds of thousands of Albertans can earn a living for themselves and their families, they inject about $100 billion dollars a year into our hometowns and neighbourhoods.

That’s why we listened to them and took decisive action when they asked us to implement tax credits other provinces have enjoyed for decades, restore training programs for new entrepreneurs while adding an array of supports for established ones, help them diversify and expand to new markets, cut the small business tax, and increase their access to capital.

Taking their advice, our Jobs Plan increased ATB Financial’s borrowing limits by $1.5 billion with clear direction to make loans available to thousands of small businesses. It also mandated AIMCo, the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, to invest more than $500 million in Alberta companies with strong growth potential. And through our plan we worked with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to establish a $1-billion fund for new business loans.

To support investment from venture capitalists, our Jobs Plan includes the new Alberta Investor Tax Credit, which refunds 30 per cent on investments to Alberta small businesses across a variety of sectors. Our Jobs Plan is also refunding part of small businesses’ costs for new machinery, equipment and buildings under the Capital Investor Tax Credit. 

To help more Albertans pursue their dream to start a business with a new product or new idea, our plan reinstated funding to provide self-employment training for hundreds of Alberta entrepreneurs. Our plan also provided $10 million to expand small business incubators in the province as we know Alberta small businesses with this support average a 25 per cent annual growth rate, compared to a rate of less than five per cent nationally. And, we worked to expand consulting and mentoring supports to businesses with BDC, so entrepreneurs can launch more start-ups, innovate and expand.

We also doubled funding for a popular technology development program in our Jobs Plan, which will help hundreds of small businesses with marketing, planning, product development, testing and prototyping.

To help small businesses take advantage of new market opportunities around the world, our Jobs Plan expanded their access to our 12 international trade offices and provided Alberta companies reimbursement for up to $20,000 for export activities.

Finally we cut the small business tax by a third, helping ensure we continue to pay billions less total tax than any other province.

If you or someone you know is a small business owner or looking to become one – please visit http://smallbusiness.alberta.ca/ to learn more about available supports.

I want all Alberta’s small business owners to know: you can count on our Jobs Plan to have your back – because you helped us build it.  Working together we will continue to create new jobs and diversify our economy – an economy for the future.

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North Edmonton - MPs (Federal)

Special thanks to MP Michael Cooper's office for sharing this information.  

Deadline has been extended till February 3rd, 2017

Please also see the attached link:


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Calendar of Events

Business Introductory & Networking Event

February 23, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Royal Canadian Legion 
14339 50 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 0S9

Registrants are given up to 10 minutes to present their company products and/or services. Learning about your business, how you work with clients, who your target market or ideal clients are. Looking for opportunities for referrals or personal introduc

Read More  Register Now

NEBA Breakfast Mixer

March 02, 2017
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Staples Skyview Location 
13154 137 Ave
Edmonton, AB 

Breakfast Mixer & Networking Event @ Staples Skyview Location

Read More  Register Now

NEBA Luncheon: Guest Speaker Minister Deron Bilous

March 10, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Royal Canadian Legion 
14339 50 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 0S9

Hon. Minister Bilous. Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deputy Government House Leader

Read More  Register Now

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, advertising opportunities or membership, please contact us:  info@neba.ca or call Loan Gowers, Executive Director at(780) 803-1678
Event committee:
Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President
Joey-Lee Morigeau-Jeffrey, Office Manager & Media Relations Contact
Lan Chan-Marples, Consultant, NEBA Director & LNY Event Chair
Moe Sandouga, Staples General Manager, NEBA Director
Peter Tang, Zan Initiative, NEBA Director
James Jarvies, VUE Weekly, NEBA Director
Christine Ho, Graphic Designer

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Member News, Events & Announcements




 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign - Kickoff Launcheon - Feb 15, 2017 at Westin Hotel 

For more information, please contact NEBA Member: 

Karen Neff
Centre Manager | Castle Downs Family YMCA
YMCA of Northern Alberta
11510 153 Avenue, Edmonton, AB  T5X 6A3
p: 780 377.3710 | c: 780 910.8565


For more information, please contact NEBA Member:

Pauline Healy, MBA, CHRP
Director, Advancement & Social Enterprise

Congratulations to NEBA Member: Melissa Kubik and Postmedia!

Postmedia Wins 2016 Google Channel Sales Award

Postmedia Network Inc., which includes the Edmonton Sun, Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Examiner, is pleased to announce that it is the winner of the 2016 North America Google Channel Award in the Strategic Account Growth Champion category. Postmedia’s number of total client accounts grew 454% year-over-year (YoY) from 2015-2016.
The Google Channel Award in the Strategic Account Growth Champion category is given to one Google partner in North America for their growth in AdWords revenue. Award winners were announced during the Premier Partner Summit in San Francisco last month.   FULL PRESS RELEASE


So much love and gratitude for the growing community we refer to as the #resonation (who doesn't love a good pun?!) Each and every year we push to improve in any way that we can and we plan to continue that trend in a big way for 2017. Being selected as the Top Choice Music School for four consecutive years has been both humbling and motivating as we know the standards we've set and we want to continue to raise them, while never forgetting that our faults are the most important lessons for growth. Making music a part of one's life is such a great way to improve health and happiness and we're encouraged everyday by the number of people taking this step. Thank you to each and every person who has engaged with Resonate in any capacity. One way or another, you have helped shape us for today and the future and we are forever grateful for that. Let your sound Resonate!


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Looking to hire? Programs to Help You for Your Business Needs

A few deadlines we wanted to raise to your attention:

Canada Summer Jobs 2017 - Deadline Extended till February 3rd, 2017.  

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:

  • provides work experiences for students
  • supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely


Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

** Special thanks to MP Michael Cooper, St. Albert-Edmonton for raising it to our attention.

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP). STEP helps students become Future Ready. Applications available (Jan 20-Feb 24). 

STEP is a 4 - 16 week wage subsidy program that provides funding to eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August. Summer positions created through STEP provide students with the opportunity to build meaningful work experience, increase their skills and workplace insight and help prepare them for the future.

A standardized wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants.

As of January 20, 2017 STEP is now accepting applications for 2017. The application deadline is February 24, 2017.

*** Special thanks to MLA Heather Sweet, Edmonton-Manning, for sharing the information.

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