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Monthly Commentary

Business and Cultural Diversity - mix them up and what do you get? Potential, awareness and opportunity to explore the possibilities of synergizing the two concepts. 

In our business interactions, consciously or unconsciously, we are aware that multi-culturalism exists.  How have you incorporated this concept into your business strategy? We invite you to share with us your insights which will become part of the events.  Please send us an email to info@neba.ca outlining how multi-culturalism has affected your business. 

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for tradeshow table booking and sponsorship for upcoming NEBA 2nd Annual Multi-Cultural Children's Talent & Fashion Show.  [Event Details]

We are pleased to work in collaboration with Canadian Multi-Cultural Education Foundation (CMEF) to celebrate Canada 150 at this event. 

Date: Sunday September 3rd, 2017

Time: 12 p.m - 4 p.m

Location: Castle Downs Splash Park

NEBA is honored to be a recipient of donation of $3500 annually by an anonyous donor to go towards NEBA NPC Scholarship.   This event has been created to award the NEBA NPC Scholarship to children age 5-12 for their talent, fashion and participation.  We are also recognizing Castle Downs YMCA for their contribution to community with a special donation of $1000 on September 3rd as part of the NEBA NPC Scholarship awards.  

For the talent show, performances will be on Sunday Augusty 27 at Source Office Furnishings, 14835 - 137 Ave. For each category (Age 5 - 8 and Age 9-12), five finalists will be chosen.   2 for 1 Deal!  With your sponsorship and/or tradeshow table booking, you will get two opportunities to showcase your company products and/or services.

Explore the benefits of being a sponsor or as a vendor in this event!  Talk to us today - please contact Loan Gowers at 780.803.1678 or info@neba.ca for more details.  With various sponsorship levels available, from Title $1500 to Event $250, explore how you can be a part of this celebration - business and community coming together. 

Special thanks to our judges: Michael Cathrea, Resonate Music School & Studio; Thomas Ancheta, Jump 360 Trampoline Park; Confucius Institute in Edmonton (Dance); Jacob Andriet, Bernal Business Services Inc. (Bookkeeping & Executive Support) and fifth judge (To be announced). 


Photos of 2016 Multi-Cultural Children Fashion Show: 



We always welcome feedback so please reach out to us by email: info@neba.ca or by phone 780 803 1678.  Loan Gowers, BComm, CFP, FMA, FCSI, Executive Director & President  (Connect with us on LinkedIn, Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook Page).  Tori Barthel, Administrative Assistant (assistant@neba.ca | 780.940.7074)

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

Transit Strategy

by Councillor Andrew Knack (Ward 1)

The approved budget for Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) in 2017 was over $364 million which makes it the single largest budget item for the City of Edmonton. The revenue from fares cover approximately $141 million which means over $220 million of the ETS budget is covered through our tax dollars. Whether you use transit today or believe you will never use transit in your life, I think it’s safe to assume that we all want that money to be used as effectively as possible for what is a critically important public service in any large city.

According to the 2016 Edmonton Census, only 13.41% of Edmontonians use transit as their primary mode of transportation from home to work. It is everyone’s interest to create a more efficient and frequent system so that more people can choose to use our transit system. If ridership increases it reduces the wear and tear on our roads and decreases congestion for those that have to drive. A major problem over the last few years is that our ridership per capita has been decreasing. I believe this is due to the fact that our current transit policy is 20 years old and was designed when only a few homes existed outside of the Henday. In order to change that policy, we needed to create a proper transit strategy that would lay out the principles for a modern transit system.

Edmonton’s Transit Strategy was the result of two years of public engagement and it was one of the best processes I have experienced. I believe we need a new transit strategy and policy to reflect how our city has grown over the last 20 years. I support most of what is in the new transit strategy and believe it will allow us to have a system that people will actually choose to use versus a system that people only use when they have to. At a high level this strategy will mean more frequency for our busiest routes and less overlap on the routes that serve lower ridership areas.

Another section of the strategy that generated a lot of attention was to explore partnerships with other groups, including the vehicle for hire industry, to try and provide better service for the first mile/last mile challenge. The first mile/last mile challenge refers to getting people from a major transit hub to their home. An example in the Northwest End would be for anyone that travels to the Lewis Farms Transit Centre and then needs to take a second bus to their home. That service is lacking and causes many people to drive. As mentioned above, by reducing the overlap on routes that have low ridership, there is still a need to provide some type of service as there are people that rely on our public transit system. The problem with the current system is running a bus every 30 or 60 minutes when you only get a few people on each bus in not a good use of resources especially when there are other routes that are overcrowded and bus drivers have to pass by stops without picking up people who are waiting. If you are unable to be certain a bus will stop for you when it gets overcrowded, chances are you will start choosing other methods of transportation. By exploring partnerships, we can ideally create a system that will provide more reliable service for the few on the low ridership routes while freeing up resources for our busiest routes.

Our new transit system will be fully implemented by January 1st, 2020 which is also when our Smart Fare system will take effect. Therefore everyone have a new and easier way to pay along with a far more efficient and frequent transit system to get you to where you want to go. If you would like more details about the Transit Strategy, please visit my website at andrewknack.com or call me at (780) 496-8122.



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Multi-Cultural Children's Talent & Fashion Show

Talent Show

August 27, 2017
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

5 Finalists to be determined for each category: Age 5-8 and Age 9-12

Read More  Register Now

2nd Annual Multi-Cultural Children's Talent & Fashion Show

September 03, 2017
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Castle Downs Splash Park
11520 - 153 Ave.

Celebrating Cultural Heritage and Talent (Children Age 5 -12 years old)

Read More  Register Now 

If you like more information, please reach out to: Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President at info@neba.ca or 780.803.1678. 

Event Committee Team:
Project Manager: Lan Chan-Marples

Group: NEBA & CMEF 

Graphic Designer: Christine Ho

Administrative Support: Joey-Lee Morigeau Jeffrey & Tori Barthel

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Maximize Your Business

Free one hour seminars on small business.

Book on EVENT BRITE or Call 780-463-9300

Location: 203, 5104—82 Avenue 

July 26 @ 9 am to 10:30 am

Getting Money: What Lenders and Investors Want?


This session explains, to the business owner, the financial and non-financial information a bank or investor uses to evaluate a loan/investment request. It will also explain the steps necessary to prepare a business for presentation to a lender and/or investor.


Why will I need additional financing and capital

What are the typical sources for financing?

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

How are lenders and investors different?

Why do I need a business plan and how do I create one?

What are leverage ratios and how should I use them



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Welcome New Member

Please help us to welcome new member: Kris Andreychuk.   We wish you all the best in your campaigning.  Thank you for joining North Edmonton Business Association - we look forward to working with you.  

From voteandreychuk.ca: "Ward 7 is home to hardworking, compassionate people. Hard work and compassion are my values and my family’s values. For more than a decade I’ve strived to improve our community and the lives of Edmontonians – I’m now running for the support to do more."

Kris Andreychuk,
Edmonton City Council Candidate Ward

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ACC Excellence Summit - Featuring Disney Institute

Last chance!

Only 24 tickets remain for all four of the Disney Excellence training programs coming to Edmonton this fall.

3 simple steps to enroll today:

1)                   Decide if you will become a Disney Institute graduate and take all 4 Disney Institutecourses coming to Edmonton one more time this fall fill out both forms OR register for the one you can attend.


Disney’s Approach To Employee Engagement Sept 20 one day program registration form CLICK HERE


ACC 3 day Excellence Summit Oct 17-19 Registration Form CLICK HERE




2)                   Indicate on your registration form if you are submitting a job grant application and we will send you everything you need to apply. If you are eligible you can take 3 days of training for the price of 1!

3)                   Mark your calendar and get ready to receive your day with Disney detailed itinerary 


Will you get one of the last seats and become a Disney Institute graduate this fall in Edmonton and get your “ears?”


Predicted to sell out shortly – Register today with the above 3 simple steps.

Find out why 90 years of success make the Disney Institute training the best investment for any individual’s or company’s development and success.


Sneak peek into the 1st ever in Canada ACC Excellence Summit featuring Disney Institute, watch this 2-minute video CLICK HERE  


Questions, please ask your:

ACC Sponsored Disney Institute Program Event Coordinators

Shelagh & Sherry Kennett 

P:   1.604.619.9393 / 1.780.518.1495

E:   info@investinyou.today

W:  www.investinyou.today 

Invest. Inspire. Implement. 


"Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and

they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do." ~ Walt Disney


Thank you to the sponsor, marketing participants and Alumni helping to bring Disney Institute to Edmonton: Alberta Chambers of Commerce, AWE Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, City of Edmonton, Edmonton Tourism, Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT, Kristi Hammond, North Edmonton Business Association, Stony Plain Chamber of Commerce and Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce.


Create your best 2017

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