The annual Small Business Week dinner was held at the Centre Chevaliers in Falher on Oct. 18, drawing approximately 50 people, including business owners and municipal government officials.
Prasad Panda, the Wildrose MLA for Calgary Foothills, was the guest speaker following the dinner. Panda outlined his background.
Panda is originally from India and is an engineer by training. He worked in the petroleum industry for 28 years.
This is his first tour of northern Alberta. Panda touted the Wildrose Party’s platform of offering alternatives to the NDP government’s legislation and policies. Panda commented that the NDP government supports some pipelines, but not others. Also, he’s hearing concerns from Albertans about the economy and job losses.
Wildrose offers alternatives and recommendations to the government, which they choose to ignore. he adds. Look for two videos of his presentation on the Express’ Facebook page.
Also as part of the dinner, Patty Turnquist, branch manager for ATB in Falher, and Tim Gordon, the relationship manager in High Prairie, highlighted services available to business owners through ATB.