How are we Growing Commerce and Community in Lac Cardinal Country?
The ThinkLocalMarket.com is a shop-local initiative designed as a platform for local businesses to showcase their products and services in Northwestern Alberta. The people of the region have long been known internally as resourceful, creative entrepreneurs and this project is centered on showcasing local talent. This project has managed to harness the spirit of the Northwest and make is accessible on a global scale. This e-commerce website also creates a support system for local entrepreneurs and enables them to reach wider markets without increasing staffing requirements and increasing store hours. Cooperation from local municipalites that value economic growth and development have turned this initiative into a reality.
ThinkLocalMarket.com was initiated by the County of Northern Lights in partnership with Northern Sunrise Country, the Town of Peace River, Smoky River Economic Development, Mackenzie County and Community Futures Peace Country. Lac Cardinal Country joined forces in the second year in order to continue the success of this initiative and offer the opportunity to our businesses.
Check out the website and our merchants @ ThinkLocalMarket.com
Our Current Merchants:
- Veggie Patch
- CGC Ventures
- Silver River Coaching
- Cheryl’s Creative Quilting
- Gold Canyon Candles
- In Stitches
- McLaughlin’s Berries & Trees
- Valley Landscaping Ltd.
- Peace Cherry Ranch
Roller Derby League
As part of Lac Cardinal Regional Economic Development’s operational plan, a need to focus on quality of life was addressed. Having identified a large gap in recreational opportunities for women, we conducted some research. We found that women were traveling to Grande Prairie weekly to participate in the derby league there and that across the province Roller Derby was becoming increasingly popular with the women. We joined forces with one of our local ladies, Claire Vandervlekkert, who did travel outside the region to participate and together, we started the league here.
The Grimshaw Grim Reapers Roller Derby league has been in operation for a few years now, having started in the Milezero Regional Multiplex with practices twice a week. They are now housed in the Grimshaw Curling Rink and practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Check out their page on Facebook @ Grimshaw Grim Reapers Roller Derby
Business Directory Update
This is a directory of Community Organizations and Businesses within Lac Cardinal Country.
Free to be listed and free to obtain.
Village of Berwyn MDP Implementation
Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency is the organization that has worked at developing the Village of Berwyn’s Municipal Development Plan.
The community of Berwyn has been approached to join an implementation committee that’s objective is to formulate strategy and make recommendation to Council toward coordinating and facilitatiting initiatives that address policies derived from the MDP.
The committee has met once and is still seeking members at large from the Village to join.
We are constantly working closely with the Chambers of Commerce in the region to develop strategies to revitalize.
Some of the successful joint initiatives with the Grimshaw & District Chamber of Commerce and the Berwyn District Chamber of Commerce would be:
- Chamber Revitalization Initiative
- Customer Service Seminar
- Other joint initiatives are under development