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Alberta Tourism - Crowdfunding Campaign

Calling all Tourism Operators

Alberta Tourism is partnering with ATB on a crowdfunding campaign and event for Tourism entrepreneurs.  The campaign will begin in September and they are currently looking for tourism start-up and expansion businesses to participate in the crowdfunding campaign.  The deadline for applications for the crowdfunding campaign is September 17 (though the earlier they apply the better).  They are looking for about 20-25 tourism businesses province-wide to participate in the campaign with the possibility of raising from about $5,000 – $30,000 per business.  

Of the 20-25 businesses that conduct a crowdfunding campaign, 4-6 of them will be selected to pitch to a live audience on October 21 in Banff.  The audience will be members of the travel industry as well as members of the public.  There will be prizes and cash for the winners (up to $6,000).

For more information on the Tourism BoostR campaign please go to:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OZVGpvhLST89jN_9s4SrMXQFP19FRlqNjc92WDgmPDI/edit?usp=sharing

Interested businesses should contact Bruce Tannas at bruce.tannasatgov.ab.ca for additional information and on how to apply.

Successful partnership merits provincial awards

Economic Developers Association of Alberta (EDA) Conference, Banff, Alberta

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, in partnership with all southern Alberta Community Futures offices,  was recently recognized by EDA for their work on Alberta Youth Entrepreneur Camp (AYEC) in the category of Community Economic Development for Large community/region.  They also received the Alex Metcalfe Award recognizing the "best of the best" community projects in each category.

AYEC is a week long camp for youth ages 13-15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. Tha main focus of this camp is to educate youth about markleting, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up thier own businesses and use real money which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is "Business Day" at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also get to participate in many fun recreatioanl activities throughout their week at camp.

AYEC has been highly successful and is now entering its 21st year.

Alberta provincial police barracks exhibit project

The Alberta Provincial Police (APP) Barracks building is the authentic site of one of the most dramatic events in the province’s history – the story of rum-running during Prohibition and the shooting death of APP Constable Steve Lawson.

Constructed in 1904 for the Coleman detachment of the North West Mounted Police, the barracks building was turned over to the newly-formed APP in 1917. The APP had been created to combat the illegal importation of alcohol from B.C. and the U.S. by so-called “rum-runners” during Prohibition (1916-1924). It was here, in front of the APP barracks building, that Lawson was shot and killed during a confrontation with the flamboyant rum-runner Emilio “Emperor Pic” Picariello and Florence Lassandro. Although it was never clear who pulled the trigger, both Picariello and Lassandro were tried and executed for their crime. Florence Lassandro was the only woman ever hanged in Alberta.

Crowsnest Historical Society and Crowsnest Museum and Archives, in collaboration with Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, have recently completed work on interior and exterior renovations of the APP Barracks building and the installation of new exhibits to give a balanced account of Lawson’s death and the events leading up to it. The story of Lawson’s murder, the trial and its aftermath contain elements of intrigue, romance, tragedy, pathos and prejudice. The narratives of Prohibition, women’s rights, class and ethnic differences and the legitimacy of the death penalty all find focus in one moment - when the sound of gunshots pierced the air and a policeman lay dying outside his home, watched by his young daughter.

Visitors can explore these themes via a walk-through of the APP Barracks Building, authentic artifacts, photographs, sound effects, and interactive displays. This important piece of Alberta’s history presents visitors with an engaging and memorable experience and leaves them contemplating this infamous crime.

The APP Barracks opened on Canada Day weekend 2017 in conjunction with Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Be sure to include a visit to the APP Barracks Intrepetive Centre in Coleman and experience an important part of Alberta's history.

For more information, go to  www.appbarracks.com or contact Crowsnest Museum at cnmuseumatshaw.ca.

Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of the 13th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge.

In the Tech Stream, the Grand Prize Winner was On Site Auto and the Runner Up was Bz-Be.com

In the General Stream, the Grand Prize Winner was Roo’s 100 Acre Woods Daycare Centre and the Runners Up were Techbridge Makerspace and Direct Dental Hygiene.

The Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) is an annual business plan writing competition designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals or teams) who have a sustainable, high-growth business idea. The CEC is an amazing opportunity to gain knowledgeable business skills, write a business plan, get feedback on ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs, and have a chance at winning cash and prizes.

Cash and in-kind prizes are awarded to the top 3 participants in our general and technology streams by an independent panel of judges. The CEC has awarded $315,000 in cash, plus thousands more in in-kind prizes to participants with a dream, just like you. Since its inception, there have been 919 teams and individuals participate and 266 eligible business plans.

Free business training from January through March is available via online video. Guest speakers provide advice and consultations on a broad range of topics as participants work towards preparing a comprehensive business plan. Remember: your business doesn’t have to be a start-up. As long as it’s a business with less than 20 employees and less than $500,000 in gross sales, you’re eligible to participate.

The CEC is more than a competition; it’s an opportunity to build on your dream.

Watch for details on the 2018 Challenge or for more information, visit: www.chinookchallenge.com or call Community Futures Crowsnest Pass 403-562-8858.

 

New resources for investors and regional businesses

A partnership of Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, Community Futures Alberta Southwest, and Southwest Regional Economic Development Alliance (Alberta SouthWest) has launched a new online presence, www.InvestSouthwestAlberta.com.

The website’s purpose is to serve as a gateway and catalyst to regional business investment. The initiative is the second phase of a program which began in 2014 entitled “Bringing Investment Home” which has engaged and received input and support from all 16 municipalities that make up the Alberta SouthWest region.

InvestSouthwestAlberta.com is one of several tools that function to build capacity in the region, to diversity the economy, attract investment and expand business opportunities. The region’s three leading industry sectors, Agriculture, Renewable & Alternative Energy and Tourism, and the growth opportunities that lie within them, are highlighted on the website.

The site is designed to be the first stop for five primary audiences:

  • Investors,
  • Site selectors,
  • Land developers,
  • Businesses seeking investment to expand, or that hold a business investment opportunity, and
  • Businesses seeking to relocate to the region.

Project Coordinator James Tessier says, “the features and functionality of the site are designed with these audiences in mind. The resources on the site will also be an additional tool for municipalities and economic development officers to utilize when attracting investment to their communities”.

This website builds upon the identified need to improve access to accurate information about southwest Alberta’s identified economic growth and investment opportunities.

The site targets six topics to accomplish its mandate:

  • A Regional Profile,
  • Community Profiles,
  • Industry Profiles (the three leading regional sectors),
  • Qualified Investment Opportunities,
  • Regional Business Success Stories, and
  • Resources for Investors and Businesses.

Visit www.InvestSouthwestAlberta.com or phone 1-800-565-4418.

"Discover Crowsnest" Receives Heritage Award

In recognition of its achievement of the “Discover Crowsnest” Outdoor Signage Program, Crowsnest Heritage Initiative was recently awarded the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s Heritage Awareness Award.

A thoughtfully designed initiative, this coordinated system of outdoor interpretive heritage signs helps bring the history of Crowsnest Pass alive. Some signs are located at places of heritage significance while other are located to enhance the self-guided heritage driving route and community walking tours throughout the Crowsnest Pass.

The program employs a comprehensive scope that includes multimedia, printed maps, brochures and a web portal with bold professional branding. Highly visible, the signage stands out to visitors travelling on the highway and is easily identified on buildings and orientation kiosks.

Well-written and presented with illustrations from the exceptional archival resources of the Crowsnest Museum, locals and tourists alike will discover much of the region’s rich history.

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