Celebrating Small in a Big Way

Small Business Week 2019

Small business owners are often the unsung heroes of our economy. Join us in celebrating and encouraging our local entrepreneurs during the upcoming Small Business Week held from October 20 – 26. According to the 2014 Alberta Small Business Profile, 95% of businesses in Alberta are small. These small businesses are responsible for 35% of all private sector employment, and they contribute to 25% of Alberta’s GDP.


Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that is hosted by the Rotary Club of Stony PlainStony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce, Spruce Grove & District Chamber of CommerceCommunity Futures Capital RegionParkland County, City of Spruce GroveTown of Stony Plain





Business @ Breakfast  – Tuesday, October 22 @ 7:30AM
Location & Speaker TBA


Due to unforseen circumstances, Business @ Breakfast has been cancelled for 2019 Small Business Week.



Business Breakfast with Dan Johnstone – Wednesday, October 23 @ 7:00 AM
Family Connection Centre, Stony Plain


Join the Stony Plain Rotary Club for breakfast where Dan Johnstone, a recent recipient of the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 Award from Avenue Magazine, will speak.


Dan Johnstone, better known as ‘Can Man Dan’, is an award-winning activist and philanthropist stationed in Alberta, Canada. Dan is also the founder and president of the Can Man Dan Foundation, a not-for-profit organization designed to alleviate community stress, help and support vulnerable populations, and aid struggling non-profits and charities across the province.


Dan started the Can Man Dan initiative in 2011 after growing up in a single-parent, low-income household that relied heavily on various social programs and the support of the community to survive. Dan was motivated to give back to his community after years of support from strangers, various charities, and other grassroots community programs. Since 2011, Dan has raised millions of dollars for people and charities/non-profits in need and has never profited from his work


RSVP by Monday, October 21st at www.stonyplainchamber.ca



CultureFWD – Wednesday, October 23 @ 6:30 PM
Community Futures Capital Region, Stony Plain


Connect with the creative industry to network and do business. CultureFWD recognizes the creative economy in our region, the positive impact it has and creates a setting to discuss the opportunity for further growth.  Community Futures has lined up speakers from their Youth Entrepreneur Training Initiative (aka YETI) to chat with us about starting their own businesses how they persevered through their challenges to find success.


There will be a spread of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for everyone in attendance to enjoy!


No charge to attend
RSVP by Monday, October 21st to culture@stonyplain.com
To learn more about past CultureFWD events click here



Chamber on Tap – Thursday, October 24th @ 4:30 PM
Moonshiners, Stony Plain


Join the Stony Plain and District Chamber of Commerce, along with the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce as they welcome Ian Middleton of Manawan Farms to speak at Chamber on Tap.


Ian has celebrated 4 years in business of agriculture, where he raises free range livestock just outside of Morinville.  As the son of organic grain farmers, Ian has been surrounded by the farming industry and lifestyle from a young age.  He first tried his hand at raising livestock after joining the local 4-H Club in grade 9, and was hooked!


Now, Ian is focusing on growing his business as he creatively pushes the boundaries to boost production and to expand his offerings.  As he works toward opening his own retail outlet, he’s investing in his own education and infrastructure to make the dream a reality.  Beyond this, he has recognized the desire of Albertan’s to know more about where their food is coming from and is involved in Open Farm Days and wants to continue exploring agri-tourism.


RSVP by Monday October 15th to www.stonyplainchamber.ca



In addition to our events, Parkland School Division is also hosting a networking event to prepare students for the working world!  Swing by the library at Spruce Grove Composite High School on October 23rd from 5 – 8 PM and enjoy school tours, discussions, student presentations, and entertainment.


If you’re interested in attending, please contact Karen at 780-717-5854.  See the flyer for more information.



Please join us in celebrating Stony Plain’s Small Businesses at one or more of the events being held.


For more information, contact:

Tanner Routh

Economic Development Specialist
Town of Stony Plain
T: 780.963.8021
E: trouth@stonyplain.com

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