September 2012

New EDABC Logo
The Pulse
September 2012

As you may have noticed we have distributed a brief survey of our members to help us prepare a communications strategy.  The development of this strategy is part of our strategic plan that has been available for download from our website for the past two years.  The information will also no doubt assist us as we review that plan and update it to be a more current document.    
We value communications with our members but also recognize that it needs to be constantly evaluated to make sure we are meeting your needs, so your input has been appreciated.  If you have not done so we encourage you to join our Facebook page, add us to your Twitter and join the EDABC LinkedIn group.  These are all additional ways that we can make sure you are aware of the association and our activities.  
Last week I had the privilege to be part of a meeting in Washington, DC on Disaster Preparedness for communities.  You will be hearing more about this in the months ahead.  
Next week our board will be meeting to discuss a variety of items and we will keep you informed as to some of the decisions and directions that the board is taking.  
Have a great September.
Dale Wheeldon, CEO

OpportunitiesBC Website - New, Improved Login Process!

Revisions to the login page for OpportunitiesBC are now complete!  If you have experienced login issues in the past, we would like to invite you back to try out the new, improved process!


OpportunitiesBC is an online searchable database of business and project opportunities within British Columbia suitable for foreign investment.


As an informational tool, the database has three functions:

  1. To provide updated listings of possible opportunities across the province
  2. To serve as a portal for foreign visitors to explore opportunities in B.C. Communities
  3. To connect opportunity representatives with potential foreign investors

What are the Advantages of Listing with OpportunitiesBC?

  • Featured on British Columbia's official international marketing!Opportunities
  • Linked to B.C.'s foreign language sites in China, Japan and Korea as well as localized English languages sites for India, Europe and the USA.
  • Used by B.C.'s international Trade and Investment Representative Offices when fielding inquiries in their markets about investment opportunities in B.C.

To start listing your community's opportunities, contact Ashleigh at or phone 604-858-7199

COEDC's Business Walks

Central Okanagan Business Leaders Will "Walk to Talk" During Canada's First Business Walks on October 4th.


Click here to read the Press Release

2012 RDBN Business Forum

You are invited October 16th and 17th  to the 2012 Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Business Forum - Ride the Wave!



Mining / Gas / Forestry / Tourism / Small Business Leaders

Emerging Projects

Professional Development

Employment / Service / Supplier Opportunities

Start-up Business Plan Contest Finalists





Individual Meetings with Presenters

Help select the winner of the Start-up Business Contest 

Gala Dinner


Who Should Attend: 

YOU! (Everyone interested in contributing to the Economic Success of the Region!)



Smithers, B.C. - Hudson Bay Lodge, 3251 Highway 16 E


Early Bird Cost (Until Sept. 16): 

$72.80 ($65 + HST) for two days (lunches and refreshments provided)

$39.20 ($35 + HST) for one day (lunch and refreshments provided)


Gala Dinner:

Tuesday, October 16th  $39.20 per person ($35 + HST)



Reserve your Tradeshow Booth for $55/day plus a donation of a door prize (includes lunch, refreshments and Business Forum registration)


Register online at


More Info:

Contact Corrine Swenson or Allan Stroet


Upcoming EDABC Fall Courses

Sign up for both courses and receive a $100 credit!  
Western Economic Development Course 
October 28th to 31st, 2012
Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC 


In partnership with the organizers of the  Northwest Economic Development Course, EDABC, EDA & SEDA are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Western Economic Development Course, the premier program offering concentrated focus in the basic concepts, methods and strategies of local economic development.  With a refreshed agenda for 2012, our experienced and distinguished instructors provide an outstanding blend of theory and practice.  Whether you're new to economic development or not, this course will provide you with fresh tools and ideas you will be able to implement in your community. 


Course Highlights:
  • Top 10 Site Selection Standards
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Tourism Matters
  • Managing E.D. Organizations
  • E.D. Ethics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workforce & E.D.
  • Grassroots Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy Roundtables
  • BR+E
  • Reuse & Redevelopment of Business Sites & Facilities
  • High Impact Marketing

Cost: EDABC Members - $500.00 + HST


Business Retention & Expansion Course 

November 1st & 2nd, 2012 
Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC

Whether you have an existing BRE Program or are looking to implement a new program, this course will give you the tools you need to develop or improve BRE in your community. This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities.


Course Highlights:

  • Establishing, maintaining and upgrading a BRE program
  • Creating effective models for business visitations and surveys
  • Customer-Relationship Management (CRM) techniques
  • Marketing a BRE program
  • Establishing an early warning system
  • Cluster and industry-focused BRE programs
  • Tracking and analyzing customer feedback and response
  • Quantitative and qualitative economic development metrics


2012 Hotel & Resort Investment Conference
The Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference offers a lineup of sessions aimed at demystifying the economy, understanding buyer preferences, creating innovative marketing, and the factors changing the face of resort and hotel financing.  
The event, scheduled for October 3 & 4, 2012 at Vancouver's Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, features an A-List of speakers like; Michael Coyle (Replay Resorts) and Graham Kwan (Character Capital Inc.) as well as Jason Clemens, Executive Vice President of The Fraser Institute.  Clemens will examine the impact of upcoming provincial elections, overly-optimistic budget assumptions tied to commodities, a rapidly changing demography, and aggressive government spending effect on western Canadian economies.


A who's who of BC and Alberta's hotel/resort developers, investors and operators will benefit from the keynote speakers, breakout sessions (e.g., branding, development, financing) and ample networking time.  The event is strongly recommended for anyone interested in hotel and/or resort opportunities across western Canada.  For a full breakdown of sessions, speakers and social events check out the conference at

2013 Summit - Dates Changed
Please note that the dates for the 2013 BC Economic Summit have been pushed back to June 23nd to 26th, 2013. 
Quick Links
In This Issue
OpportunitiesBC Website
COEDC's Business Walks
2012 RDBN Business Forum
Upcoming Fall Courses
2012 Hotel & Resort Investment Conference

EDABC Benefits Program
Working with our partners at ICBA Benefit Services, EDABC has developed a comprehensive benefits program for members of EDABC.  You may also pass this information on to your board members and local companies as an option they may wish to consider.  We only ask that you make sure they ask that EDABC be credited when signing up and perhaps purchase a membership in EDABC.   

This program is available to EDO's and staff, private consultants, development companies, small businesses and anyone else that may have an interest in supporting the economic growth of our Province.  This plan is competitively priced and is available to any sized company.  


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EDABC is a Proud Partner of the following Economic Development Organizations

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Job Opportunities

  • Village of Burns Lake
  • North Peace Economic Development Commission
  • City of Surrey

2012 EDAC Conference

September 29th to October 2nd, 2012

Iqaluit, Nunavut


Registration for EDAC 2012 is now open. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and remote parts of our country. Don't hesitate - register today!


Travel to Iqaluit is 70% off for Conference Delegates!

2012 IEDC Conference
Houston, TX
September 30th - 
October 3rd, 2012

Economic developers can't afford to use the same strategies they've always used and expect different results. Instead, everchanging dynamics in business and the economy require creative new responses.


The International Economic Development Council's 2012 Annual Conference, September 30 - October 3 in Houston, Texas, will address the challenges and opportunities of growing jobs and investment in today's global economy. By energizing and empowering regional partners through shared messaging, resources, and best practices, communities small and large can reap the benefits and remain competitive. 

Click here to register!