Chamber and ATB recognize small business week here

Rimbey and District Chamber of Commerce and ATB Financial have joined forces to bring in speakers representing the business

Rimbey and District Chamber of Commerce and ATB Financial have joined forces to bring in speakers representing the business and the rural aspects of the community for Small Business Week.

On Oct. 17 at the Seniors’ Drop In Centre beginning at 7 p.m. presentations will be made by Jennifer Belanger on ‘How to Advertise on the Web’ and by Jennifer Jenkins, who will speak about FarmOn and the Rimbey Resource Initiative.

Jennifer Belanger is a stay at home mom from Sylvan Lake who has set up her own successful business, ‘Mompreneur & Social Media Rock Star.’

As a social media consultant, manager and trainer, she provides marketing information regarding on-line strategies and tips to groups and individuals and offers several courses on social media.

“My true passion is social media and marketing. I am very lucky to work from home at as a social media consultant. It allows me to spread my wings and continue to learn and grow in my field every day,” she says on her site.

Jennifer Jenkins, a rancher from Southern Alberta, who is a facilitator for FarmOn Foundation will make a presentation following Belanger.

Alberta farmers to provide information and connections for farmers to allow them to successfully operate within the agricultural industry have created the FarmOn Foundation.

To successfully achieve this mission they have created Farm Masters, an online community of learning that incorporates a library rich with business videos and inspirational stories providing insight and hope. By becoming a member, entrepreneurs have access to a growing online community of peers and experts who provide support.

Jenkins, who has been trained in enterprise facilitation, provides one-on-one coaching and helps entrepreneurs build competent management teams and access pertinent information.

Jackie Stratton, president of Rimbey chamber, said volunteers are being recruited to participate on a resource panel that will direct people to access help through the Farm Master Facilitator. The panel’s job is to introduce the facilitator to local acquaintances and also to meet monthly on line to share knowledge that may be helpful.

The success of the panel is dependent upon the volunteers keeping all information in strict confidence; actively participating in training and adhering to the principles of Farm Masters.

“Everything is kept very confidential,” said Stratton. “We (the chamber) have been planning this for some time in hopes it will be a resource for the area.”

Stratton said coffee and dessert will be provided at the presentation and those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to Carrie at 403-392-6521 or Jackie at 403-843-2727.