Bi-Weekly Update – September 29, 2020

Graffiti Clean-Up Assistance

Capital City Clean Up offers up to $750 worth of professional graffiti cleaning assistance to property owners in Edmonton. If property owners are applying for professional graffiti cleaning, it is very important no to attempt to remove the graffiti first, as this may hinder the effects of the professional cleaning. 

Stephanie Hendin, property manager of two buildings south of Stony Plain Road commented on the City-run graffiti removal program being extended into winter. 

Read the article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/city-of-edmonton-graffiti-with-1.5740141

Apply for the graffiti removal program here: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/graffiti_litter/professional-graffiti-cleaning-program.aspx


Flower Review Committee

Each year the Stony Plain Road & Area invests resources and funds into flower baskets, barrels and raised beds. We are looking for a small group of members to help us review what we currently do and how we might better invest into a program that will meet our desired needs of a flower and horticultural program. Members will also help develop a proposed plan for Spring 2021. 

Time Commitment: We anticipate about four gatherings between October and December 2020 with a duration of about 60 – 90 minutes each. With AHS recommendations we will mainly be meeting via Google Meets and may include a small group walk-about to look at some spots of our business improvement area. Some individual research exploring other areas and their approaches will also be required. 

We are looking for an engaged dialogue about why and how we can use a flower and plant program to help create safer and visually appealing place-making within our business area between 140 – 170 Street along the Stony Plain Road corridor. We would also like to explore options with business sharing and partnerships including Boulevards In Bloom, permanent plants, window boxes, hanging planters and raised beds and barrels. Ideally, we would also like to balance our environmental impacts and create inviting spaces for positive community interactions.

Interested individuals should contact Todd Janes, Executive Director at 780-477-5169 or via email at stonyplainbrz@gmail.com on or before 08 October 2020.


Last Chance to RSVP for the Stony Plain Road & Area BIA AGM! 

Today is your last chance to RSVP for our virtual AGM on Tuesday October 6, at 7PM. Please email communications.spr@gmail.com if you would like to attend! We will be unveiling some new branding (presentation by Susan May of Intrinsic Design), electing a new Board Slate for 2021 and more! 


Utilities Consumer Advocate Small Business Webinar Oct 28

The Consumer Advocate division of the Government of Alberta has reached out to us to let you know that they will be having a webinar for Small Businesses on Wednesday, October 28 from 12pm to 1pm. The webinar will be 45 minutes (slides) and 15 minutes for questions. 

The webinar will include: 

– What is the Utilities Consumer Advocate and what do they do? 

– Utilities for small businesses, they talk about setting up utilities, responsibilities. 

– Rate classes vs. demand changes and residential service vs. commercial service. 

– They give examples of certain issues businesses can face. 

– Explain how Alberta Utilities Market works 

– Consumer protection and resources for small businesses. 

– Open discussion (questions). 

If you are interested in participating please email us at communications.spr@gmail.com and we will provide further information.


Canada Starts

Starting a business can be hard – and expensive. Canada starts is supporting aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs with $200,000 in grants to get you up and running. 

Canada Starts is a newly-established $200,000 grant fund to help Canadian entrepreneurs start their businesses. Individual grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to eligible new businesses across Canada. The fund is joint project from Ownr by RBC Ventures, Staples, Shopify, and Moneris. 

Who is eligible? 

1. Must be a Canadian resident. 

2. Must be of legal age of majority in your province or territory of residence. 

3. Must be an aspiring entrepreneur with a great idea for a business in Canada. 

4. Must not be a director of an incorporated company or otherwise be operating your own business in Canada as of September 1, 2020.

More information and how to apply here: https://canadastarts.ownr.co/


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