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Ponoka chamber hears presentation on chamber benefits and programs

Tracy Acorn, chamber services manager for the Alberta Chamber of Commerce (ACC), gave a run down of programs and value-added benefits available to members earlier this month.

Acorn gave the presentation to Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce members during their meeting on March 16.

Some of the benefits to the ACC’s network of 123 active chambers have changed, with some no longer being offered, and several new programs rolling out in the coming weeks.

The Chambers Plan is a customizable group insurance plan that is best for businesses under 50 employees and also works well for ranches and farms.

There are a couple other options for insurance available as well.

There is also the Chamber Member Portal. In the near future, this program is being adjusted to allow for a local, e-commerce marketplace platform.

This will enable members to sell online locally, nationally and internationally. It will be called ‘Chamber Channel’ and is now in beta testing.

The projected timeline for it to be ready for Alberta chamber members to use is the end of April.

“I hope that you’ll be excited about that and take advantage,” said Acorn.

The ACC is also adding a job referral-based tool that can help members earn revenue.

The ATB Financial debit and credit card processing program now no longer exist, however, a new-and-improved, revamped program will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

“I encourage you to check it out once it comes.”

Any members who are currently using FirstDate for their payment processing can continue without any changes to their plans, however, FirstDate no longer has a relationship with the ACC.

Members can access a 40 per cent discount of Payworks Payroll, cloud-based solutions for payroll, human resources and other services.

The Esso/Mobil Business Card program and the Petro Canada fuel discount programs provide members with fuel savings.

Members can access a 25 per cent discount for a subscription to Constant Contact, an online tool for newsletters and event information and surveys.

There are a couple of options for business or individuals needing legal services or insurance for legal issues.

Chamber members are eligible for preferred rates for LegalShield and IDShield.

The ACC has partnered with SafeDay Canada to provide personal protection equipment education, services and supplies to members.

A new program coming soon will offer members a discount for office supplies, electronics and furniture.

To have your business concerns heard by the provincial and federal governments, Acorn encourages members to participate in surveys on Those who complete surveys are entered into draws to win prizes.

Chamber business

The Ponoka chamber welcomed two new members.

Austin Lutz, of Prairie Creative Company, creates video for digital advertising. He grew up in Ponoka and recently moved back into town.

Rahul Mendhiratta, the new owner of the Hitching Post, is implementing a new, fresh menu.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, instead of the traditional trade show, the chamber will be holding a golf tournament on July 9. More details are to be announced.