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NEBA NEWSLETTER MONTHLY COMMENTARY – OCTOBER 15, 2018

As NEBA reaches its 4th anniversary, I have the honour of joining Loan Gowers and a Board of Directors whose vision and efforts led to the North Edmonton Business Association.  They believe that by coming together, the economic development and community experience will continually improve for the betterment of north Edmonton residents, businesses and visitors. 

Association President, Loan Gowers describes NEBA as “Building Opportunities through Interactions Focusing on Growth, Education & Communication.”  Through her leadership, impressive growth and gains have been realized in the first four years, including a substantial social media network, growing membership, and a Proclamation from Mayor Don Iveson declaring May 29 2015 as NEBA Day!

With continuing growth in mind, the Board of Directors determined that NEBA was ready for a dedicated Executive Director and I joined the Association on October 1st, 2018.   Although it’s only been two weeks, they have been very busy!  Our anniversary celebration and tradeshow is tomorrow, October 16th at the Royal Canadian Legion 14339 - 50 Street.   

The excitement includes a 6:00 PM Presentation - "Lost in Space - Your Social Marketing Masterpiece" by Sharon MacLean, President, WorldGate Media.   Sharon owned and published Edmontonians magazine for 21 years.  She also originated the famous Sizzling under 30 whose celebrants included 200 young business leaders; Women in Business, Family Business, International Business; and Visionaries in Technology.  A truly impressive biography and a captivating speaker – don’t miss the opportunity to meet her!

Professional headshot photography by Brock Kryton Photography will be available at the special Anniversary Rate of $69 plus GST.  Brock’s impressive resume and portfolio include recognition in 2013 as one of the Top 25 Emerging Artists as defined by the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators.

There is a world of potential in north Edmonton.  I am thrilled to be in the company of community and business leaders, strategic thinkers, entrepreneurs, and amazing NEBA member companies as we embark on a dynamic future together.  I look forward to working with you to build a stronger voice and expanded business opportunities through the North Edmonton Business Association.

 

Sandra Stemmer, Executive Director

www.neba.ca | sandra@neba.ca 

 

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

Ward 3 Update – Councillor Jon Dziadyk

In the lead up to the October 17 cannabis legalization, Edmonton City Council passed new rules for smoking cigarettes. In my opinion, Council should have focused on cannabis smoking and left tobacco alone. I have not received complaints regarding the existing smoking regulations, and entangling the two substances was unnecessary. These new rules are unfortunate for both smokers and Edmontonians who want less regulation.

Council harmonized the rules for cannabis and tobacco by adding additional restrictions on where Edmontonians can smoke. The new rules double the allowable distance for smoking between doorways (from 5 metres to 10), and all smoking will be banned in parks, bus stops, municipal golf courses, and playgrounds. 

Let’s consider the 10 metre change. This will have the effect of completely sterilizing streets like Jasper Avenue and Whyte Avenue. Commercial zones like these have doorways much closer than every 20m. You will not be able to walk and smoke. Where will a staff member or bar patron go to smoke—into a back alley? That undermines public safety and will lead to unintended consequences.

If you are the only person at a bus stop, you have to be 10m away – maybe the bus will drive past you. Alone on a golf course? No smoking. If a person is able to enjoy a legal substance without causing harm to someone else, then they should be free to do so. I believe that an Edmontonian should be able to exercise judgement and smoke in places away from children. We can’t regulate common sense.

We need to balance personal freedoms and safety. Entangling tobacco into the cannabis discussion is going to cause a lot of problems. Rest assured I will be seeking to repeal this provision once Council revisits this topic in the spring. Ultimately, we need indoor cannabis lounges, which is the same stance that I am taking with hookah.

If you would like to contact me, please reach out my office at Jon.Dziadyk@edmonton.ca or 780-496-8128.

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President's Report

How often do you hear this catch phrase - "Work on Your Business and Not in Your Business?"

Our third fiscal year end showed that we were crossing that line that takes you from a startup into the growth phase of the business cycle.   We saw an increase in the number of new attendees to NEBA's events.  Some from North Edmonton and some from other parts of the city and/or surrounding cities or region.  It was great to be able to attract new individuals to the mix and introduce them to existing connections.  

On volunteering times and with limited resources, we saw a strong interest for what NEBA had to offer as well as for North Edmonton.   Strong social media statistics for website visit traffic, number of likes for facebook page, followers for twitter, over 2133 connections on linkedin with 136 outstanding requests to connect, higher than industry average open rate on our newsletter.   

When statistical trends are showing you these results, our team saw the benefit of having a dedicated Executive Director for our sponsors, our members, and interest groups. 

We invite you to join us on Tuesday October 16 and meet Sandra Stemmer, NEBA's New Executive Director in person. 

With any business (even if nonprofit association), the mission and/or vision keeps you on track.  Raising awareness of what North Edmonton has to offer (North of Yellowhead Trail) as well as connecting many of the businesses in North Edmonton with neighboring corners and surrounding areas.   

Our next step is to add to Board of Directors individuals who can contribute to moving NEBA forward to it's full potential.  We will post these position up in the near future for any NEBA members and/or sponsors in good standing to apply to serve on the Board.  

It is thanks to all the sponsors, members, companies, individuals, communities, elected officials who have been with us these last four years - you made this all possible for NEBA.  It is with your interest, participation, involvement, attending events or setting up your tradeshow table at a NEBA event or buying a luncheon ticket - you have given us more information to help us look for ways to better service you.    

Thank you and hope you will join us in a toast to celebrate NEBA's 4th Year Annivesary.  Special thanks to event sponsors: Telus, McConachie Gardens by Revera, Evergreen Funeral Home for sponsoring this event.  Thank you to Sharon MacLean (President with WorldGate Media) who will present "Lost in Space - Your Social Marketing Masterpiece" at 6 pm.  Thank you to Resonate Music School and Studio for providing us with live music entertainment at this event.  

There's changes happening in North Edmonton and we love to hear your feedback on these developments (from City of Edmonton website):

- As part of the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program, changes will be made between 97 Street and 82 Street, including the removal of the traffic signal at 89 Street.   Share your feedback on the recommended design plan for the area online edmonton.ca/YellowheadTrail

- Metro Line - NorthWest LRT:  Administration’s final recommendations will be taken to City Council for approval as part of a non-statutory public hearing on November 6, 2018.

We hope to see you then and thank you for being a part of the journey.

Sincerely,

Loan Gowers, BComm, CFP, FMA, FCSI

President | www.neba.ca | 780 803 1678

loan.gowers@neba.ca

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

We will be posting more events over the next few weeks - so hope to see you then.

NEBA 4th Year Anniversary Celebration - Tues Oct 16 2018

October 16, 2018
5:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Royal Canadian Legion 
14339 50 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 0S9
http://www.kingswaylegion.com/

Celebrating 4th Year Anniversary North Edmonton Business Association

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NEBA Special Anniversary Price - Headshot Photos by Brock Kryton Photography $69 + GST

October 16, 2018
5:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Royal Canadian Legion 
14339 50 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 0S9
http://www.kingswaylegion.com/

Special Anniversary Price for Headshot Photos $69 + GST

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LOST IN SPACE - YOUR SOCIAL MARKETING MASTERPIECE

October 16, 2018
6:00 PM to 6:45 PM

Royal Canadian Legion 
14339 50 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 0S9
http://www.kingswaylegion.com/

Presentation - Social Marketing Masterpiece

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NEBA Breakfast Mixer & Networking Event

December 06, 2018
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

North West Edmonton Seniors Society
12963 120 St
Edmonton, AB 
https://nwess.ca/

Our goal is to go to member’s location, creating opportunities for networking, mixers, and business building ideas.

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Association Sponsors