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March Newsletter

  1. 1. Business Progress Upcoming Events March 2012 Register Online or March 15th Champagne Breakfast, 10:00 AM Quality Inn Champagne Breakfast “Meet the finalists and the Legacy Award Winner” Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce 3700 2nd Ave West Prince Albert, SK S6W 1A2 Phone: 764 6222 Fax: 922 4727 Website: For Newsletter and advertising : E-mail: Amber L’Henaff, PFP, BaFS Small Business Advisor TD Canada Trust Carlton Court Plaza T 306 953 8230 Ext 231 F 306 763 2293 Amber.L’ The Importance of a Business Plan For most people, coming up with an idea for a new business isn’t hard; and 12 months later that first wave of inspiration can certainly seem like the easy part. In my opinion, the success of a new business really depends on two things. The first is a business plan; the second is a reliable team. We’ve all heard the expression: “it’s impossible to get to your destination if you don’t know where you’re going”. Not everyone needs the same amount of detail on their map, but identifying short- and long-term objectives will help you focus your energy and resources in the right direction. If you are just getting started, TD has a free online business planner that can help. The step-by-step tool guides you through the development of a business plan. This business planner can help you identify your ideal customers and target markets. It can also help you understand the competition. And most importantly, it can help you define what sets your business apart from that competition. Going through a business planning exercise also helps to define your objectives and establish realistic and achievable milestones. It will also help you understand cash flow, revenue and, most importantly, profit. The tool is available at: Once you have your plan, you need a strong team to help you execute it. And not just a team of employees, but also a team of reliable and trustworthy advisors. As your business grows, you will likely need expert advice from an accountant, lawyer, banker, human resources manager, to name a few. So it’s a good idea to start building that network now. So start with a plan. And don’t be afraid to run your ideas by professionals you trust. There’s a good chance that spending the time to clearly identify where your business is going will serve you well in the long run. If you have a question about how your business can benefit from a business plan or an advisor network, contact me today.
  2. 2. “But we’re such a small operation.We’d like benefits but how can we afford them.” At the Chamber of Commerce Group Benefits, size doesn’t matter. 1 or 50 employees, the Chamber of Commerce Group Benefits offers competitive rates, quality benefits, prescription medication coverage, dental benefits, longterm disability, travel medical coverage, life insurance, employee assistance and more at affordable prices, no matter how many – or how few – employees you have. Benefits can help you retain your employees, people that your business needs! The Chamber plan is a non profit organization, blending the usage experiences of the many to keep the cost down overall to the users. The Chamber offers solid medical benefits and can be the supplier for you and your business. Not sure how your current benefits match up? Call us at Freedom 55 Financial for a quote and a comparison at 922-4414, email or check out our website at: . You have enough to do. Let us help you take care of your employees while you take care of your business. We look forward to working with you. Board of Directors Executive Officers Chairman– Doug Patrick Grand Trunk Development Past Chairman– Joe Bexson First Vice Chairman– Larry Fladager SIAST Second Vice Chairman –George Vass Community Futures Secretary Treasurer– Maureen Frey MNP Board Appointed– Mike Mitchell Tyrone Pest Control Elected Board Members Lonny Deobald Beachcomber Hot Tubs Brent Zlukosky North Central Enterprise Region Shelley L. Gentek Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law Office Trevor Dutchak Parkland Ambulance Darwin Zurakowski Mark-it Signs Graphics and Web Greg Breeze Affinity Insurance Freedom 55 Financial and the Chamber of Commerce Group Benefit Plan As a proud member of the Prince Albert community, our team of chartered accountants and business advisors continue to grow to meet your unique needs. National in scope and local in focus, we take the time to understand your challenges and deliver personalized solutions that help you achieve your goals. Our diverse services include:  Assurance  Consulting  Corporate Finance  Corporate Recovery & Insolvency  Enterprise Risks  Investigative & Forensic Services  Succession  Tax & Specialty Tax  Valuation & Litigation Support  For more information contact a local MNP advisor at 306.764.6873. Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors 306.764.6873
  3. 3. Renewed Chamber Members Athabasca Basin Development Greenline Spray Foam Insulation Conexus P.A. Raiders TD Canada Trust Travelodge P.A. Christian Radio Corp P.A. Rental & Leasing Services South Hill Chiropractic Clinic Millennium Motors Enterprise Saskatchewan Sask Liquor and Gaming CJVR/CK 750 PA Cooperative Rona Home Centre Prince Albert Police Service GL Mobile Communication Steen Agencies Athabasca Enterprise Region CTV Prince Albert Pet Planet Nutters Bulk & Natural Foods Audio Warehouse Staples Business Depot Parkland Ambulance Assemblée Communautaire Fransaskaoise Prince Albert Development Corporation Houle’s Furniture and Appliances New Chamber Member The Cooperators CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAUNCHES RAIDER FRIDAYS in support of Raider Home Games in 2011-12 season! Prince Albert SK - The Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce urges all businesses in Prince Albert to encourage their staff to wear Raider items on Friday’s before Raider weekend home games for the 2011-12 Western Hockey League season. Raider Fridays will be: Friday, September 23 Friday, January 6 Friday, September 30 Friday, January 20 Friday,October 21 Friday, February 3 Friday,October 28 Friday, February 24 Friday,November 4 Friday,March 2 Friday,November 25 Friday,March 9 Friday,December 2 Friday,March 16 Friday,December 16 Welcome Wagon Report New Families to Prince Albert and area If your business would like to be part of the Newcomer Welcome Package, please visit our website or call toll-free 1-877-251-8685. Saskatoon,SK 1 Northern Saskatchewan, sk 2 Out of Province Calgary, Ab 1 Out of Country Philippines, 1 Successfully helping clients be successful RELIABLE ADVICE & SOLUTIONS 144 12th St. East Prince Albert Phone: 764 2773 ...ACCOUNTING...TAXATION...CORPORATE SERVICES... WHITROW STOBBS & ASSOCIATES Professional Accountants