August 2017 Print

Monthly Commentary

Marketing never stops doesn't matter what season.  How we implement marketing strategy has changed.  In the end, the results are worth it.  With a vision and focus in mind to the results to come, one perseveres and move forward.

I can still remember starting this industry, cold calling nine hours a day, six days a week and door knocking on a Sunday to get business going.  Rain, shine, beautiful weather, summer, kids off from schools, and many events and activities in town, our candidates for the upcoming Municipal Election are out door knocking, making calls, building connections and hearing what the residences, businesses, and communities have to share with them. 

Join us and many in raising awareness of issues affecting YOU as a business owner, employee or as a residential individual. Upcoming NEBA Mixers: 

North East Meet & Greet Municipal Election (North of Yellowhead and East of 97 St which incorporates Ward 3, Ward 4 and Ward 7).  This event will take place on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Royal Canadian Legion, Large Banquet Room.  Doors open at 4:45 p.m.  

North West Meet & Greet Municipal Election (North of Yellowhead Trail and West of 97 St which incorporates Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3).  This event will take place on Monday October 9, 2017 at Chateau Nova Yellowhead Trail, Grizzly Room.  Doors open at 4:45 p.m. 

We invite individuals and businesses to join us at the mixer and meet the candidates in these various Wards.  An opportunity to celebrate what North Edmonton has to offer, discuss the challenges, identify opportunities and grow as a community together. 

We invite you to get your name, your business, your products and /or services that you offer on display! Book a tradeshow table today and raise awareness of how you can provide service to an individual or company.   Go one step further - consider being our event or food sponsor and get even more visibility.  [Tradeshow Table Bookings and Sponsorship Levels]

Since our official launch end of September 2014, Councillor Ed Gibbons has been present at many of the events we've hosted.  He provided updates and developments about things happening in Ward 4 as well as City.  Many of the feedback have been that his presence gave many business owners a chance to ask him questions or address issues or concerns.  We greatly appreciate Councillor Gibbons and his office involvement in many ways - as such we are hosting on Tuesday October 3 - The Roast of Councillor Ed Gibbons.  We invite you to join us.  Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting us at or 780.803.1678

Special thanks to Councillor Andrew Knack (Ward 1) for your article on Transit Strategy in our last newsletter.  Thank you Councillor Bev Esslinger (Ward 2) for your article regarding upcoming election. 

Great article in the Edmonton Journal "Londonderry Mall Adding Stores with Alberta Focus" Link:

From all of us at NEBA, hope you enjoy the weather. 


We always welcome feedback so please reach out to us by email: 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).  Joey-Lee Morigeau-Jeffrey, Office Manager, 

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)

Municipal Election

by Councillor Bev Esslinger (Ward 2)

Knock! Knock!  Who’s there?   Your City Councillor who is running for re-election.   Any issues or concerns with our city at this time?   The most common response was no, not really.   We have a great city!   I agree and want to keep working to ensure it is even better.   We do need to have a vision to grow and mature as a modern city but, we also need to take care of our current residents.  

On some of the hottest days of the summer I heard about snow clearing from constituents.   They expressed support for the removal of snow around schools and we talked about the pilot projects we are doing this year trying new products to help melt and reduce the need for snow removal.  

Citizens did support school zones and playground zones and appreciate how that has made our schools safer.   One resident feels we should have photo radar at every school and others were concerned about how much photo radar we have.   Overall, they were pleased to see the transparency of having photo radar locations posted on the website and were supportive of having additional signage when photo radar is in place.   We talked about the policy that photo radar funds are used to fund safety initiatives like additional crosswalk lights and speed display boards.

On the subject of speeding and short cutting there is still concern about what is happening in individual neighborhoods and the idea of an overall speed limit reduction to 40 kph or lower had minimal support so far.

The LRT was a hot topic and many can’t wait for it to come to Ward 2.  The consensus was the sooner the better!   We had great discussions on a bridge over Yellowhead and CN Tracks to provide express bus service and link into the LRT system.   It is something that I have been working on along with Councillor Loken.   The Transit Strategy also came up and although everyone agreed we need change there was concerns about what it would like for ward 2 residents.   Ongoing dialogue and public engagement will be needed to accurately reflect their concerns and hopes!  

I got to meet many new residents of ward 2 and long-time residents.  At one door, I was very surprised when an 87-year-old resident told me he had never support a political party or politician before but, I was representing us/ward well and he wanted to give me a donation to my campaign which he did right then and there.   That’s what I love about municipal politics that individuals make a difference.  It takes everyone together…donations, volunteers and supporters who put up signs that are the life blood of campaigns.

I have been pleased to be the voice of Ward 2 at city hall but, I need to hear your concerns and issues so that I can accurately reflect them.   I desire to listen to you so please contact me at, phone 780-983-9524 or check out my website at where you can find more info, sign up to volunteer or get a sign and donate!  

The most important thing anyone can do is vote!  So please cast your vote on October 16th!

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North Edmonton - MPs (Federal)

Nominate an Edmonton Manning Volunteer for the Canada150 Volunteer Service Medallion

MP Ziad Aboultaif, Edmonton Manning

Do you know a volunteer in your community who has made a significant impact in the lives of others? I want to hear from you!

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, I am offering the Canada150 Volunteer Service Medallion in recognition of Edmonton-Manning volunteers who have made a significant impact in their community. Nominations for deserving volunteers who, through volunteerism have enriched the lives of others and have made a lasting impact in their community can be made until September 1, 2017. A presentation ceremony will take place this fall to recognize successful nominees.

Nomination Criteria:

* Individual or organization demonstrates initiative, leadership, and creativity in service to others.

* Serves as a role model for others in the community.

* Improves the overall quality of life of fellow citizens and the community as a whole.

Nominators Must:

* Describe the impact the nominee has had on their community.

* Include as much of the nominee’s volunteer history as possible.

* Ensure the Nominee is a resident of the riding of Edmonton-Manning.

How to nominate someone:

Visit my website at to fill out the online form, or, drop by my office to pick up an application form.

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2017

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Welcome New Member

Please help us to welcome new member: Martin Narsing, City Councillor Candidate for Ward 4.   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 Martin Narsing:

"I grew up here. I live here. I’m a father, a veteran and a business entrepreneur with over 20 years Oil and Gas experience.  I have served Canada and this community for over 30 years.  I am passionate about Ward 4 and where it needs to go: growing its business industrial zone, infrastructure and LRT expansion, Senior’s residences and a Youth Leadership Centre. It’s time for a new voice for Ward 4."

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Member News, Events & Announcements

QuickBooks Online 
One day training session 
Aug 9, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm

Learn the basics of proper bookkeeping using QBO BEFORE you make costly mistakes. Learn how to send invoices, receive payments, record expenses, reconcile bank accounts, produce Profit and Loss reports and more.  With QuickBooks Online you can access your bookkeeping from anywhere you have an internet connection.  Get assistance from your bookkeeper or accountant at the same time.  

$199 fee plus GST includes lunch & materials -  must be paid in advance to confirm your spot. Bring your own laptop if available however, a limited number of laptops will be available for rent.
Location will be at the Providence Centre, 3005 119 Street, Edmonton

To book your spot:

email: or call Jacqueline Bernal at 780 - 966 - 9675

Bernal Business Services Inc 

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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 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, Office Manager, (

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Association Sponsors