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Jo(e) Social Media Making The Internet Safer For Children

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They’re not just regular Joe’s.  They’re Joe Whitbread and Jo Phillips.  Together they’re Jo(e) Social Media Inc.  These two Central Albertans are the area’s foremost specialists on a variety of social media platforms.   Jo and Joe have virtually invented an important marketing service, explaining the ever changing world of social media to area businesses, and organizations.  Got questions about the latest platform?  Ask Joe… or Jo.  In a few short years, the company they’ve formed has made a huge contribution to online marketing in Central Alberta and beyond.  In the fall of 2016 the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce named Jo(e) Social Media Business of the Year.

While the two Jo(e)’s have become widely known for Social Media training, content management, and live event promotion..  they’re also carving out a niche where the two share a special passion.  That’s in taking the chaotic world of the internet and making it safer for the next generation.  Jo(e) Social Media take the message to audiences near and far… speaking to hundreds of students, educators, and parents on a regular basis.  Their sessions are a combination of information and entertainment which serve to enlighten young citizens in the beauty, and the dangers of social media communication.

Todayville joined Jo and Joe at a recent presentation to a packed gym at Ecole Lacombe Upper Elementary School.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Troubled Monk, Stride, and KCB Cabinets big winners at 2020 Business of the Year Awards

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From the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Red Deer Businesses receive prestigious awards

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 Business of the Year Awards to five recipients at their 37th Business of the Year Awards held at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre. An independent adjudication committee comprised of local business leaders selected 15 finalists from more than 93 nominees in this annual celebration of business excellence.

In the 1-10 full-time equivalent employees’ category, – KCB Cabinets & Renovations

For the 11-20 full-time equivalent employees’ category – Stride Physiotherapy and Wellness

In the 21 or more full-time equivalent employees’ category – Troubled Monk.

For the Young Entrepreneur category – Sol Invictus Energy

And the Non-Profit Award category – The Lending Cupboard.

Businesses are nominated by the public, and chamber volunteers interview nominees to develop material for the adjudication committee. The committee then conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the finalists. As an outcome of this process, the winners are also determined, however the results are sealed and embargoed until the awards ceremony.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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City to experiment with Winter Outdoor Patio

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From the City of Red Deer

Ross Street Patio to remain open for winter pilot program

Ross Street Patio will remain open this winter, as a new pilot project launched by The City of Red Deer. The patio, a beloved downtown amenity, was scheduled for seasonal removal earlier this month; the decision to explore a winter patio pilot project is in direct response to advocacy efforts from nearby businesses to retain the patio through the winter.

“We know downtown businesses are struggling as a result of the pandemic and we want to continue our support to help them mitigate the negative affects of COVID-19,” said Bobby-Jo Stannard, Community Development Superintendent. “Extra space provided by the patio allows nearby food and beverage businesses to expand and increase their capacity, while adhering to safety guidelines and restrictions.”

The winter patio pilot project in Red Deer follows decisions by both Calgary and Edmonton to extend their seasonal patio programs amid COVID-19. The project involves a partnership with these businesses that includes maintenance, snow and ice control, litter collection, and programming.

Downtown businesses with seasonal summer patios will be contacted by City staff regarding the option to renew their permit for the winter months.

A comprehensive evaluation will be completed in the spring to evaluate the success of the program and to determine the viability of retaining the patio as a year round amenity.

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