Monthly Archives: May 2015

5 Reasons to Support Small Businesses

In case you haven’t heard, every month we host an indoor marketplace here at DECSA, where small businesses have a chance to sell their products at an inexpensive venue. If you didn’t already need an excuse to come shopping at DECSA, we’ve put together 5 more reasons why you should support small businesses.

1.They tend to offer personalized customer service. When was the last time you walked into a big box store and the cashier knew your name? Small business owners are often the face of the company and are therefore more invested in making sure their customers are satisfied with their shopping experience. earrings-276924_1280-2
2.They are more likely to give back. Small businesses often have strong relationships with members of their community and are more likely to support local causes.
3.They can offer unique merchandise. A locally owned clothing store probably won’t have hundreds of the same dress in stock, meaning that the chances of encountering someone wearing the exact same outfit as you are highly unlikely.
4.They contribute to the local economy. When money is spent in the community, it stays within the area, benefitting everyone who lives there.
5.They help with environmental sustainability. Small businesses are often located downtown rather then on the outskirts of a city, which cuts back on sprawl and pollution.

Don’t forget to stop by the DECSA Marketplace between 10am-3pm at 11515- 71 Street!

Career Fair at Alberta Indigenous Games 2015 – Register Now

AIG - Career Fair Poster, 2015We are inviting employers, community groups and agencies to participate in our Career Fair at the Alberta Indigenous Games, which take place on July 14 & 15 at Rundle Park in Edmonton.

This year’s Career Fair aims to connect employers and employees, build new partnerships, and share the wealth of information and resources available in our community.

The Alberta Indigenous Games attract people from near and far to gather in the culture of spirit, sport and excellence.

To register your organization for participation in the Career Fair, please contact DECSA at (780) 474-2500 or contact Velma Bellerose at You can also find the registration form here: AIG – Career Fair Registration Form, 2015

Advice from Anne-Marie

Clients from Ventures, an entrepreneurship program for people with disabilities here at DECSA, often attend the free lunchtime business seminars run by Capital !deas, at the Edmonton Journal. During these session, clients get the chance to learn from a panel of fellow business owners who share their advice on small business related topics. Capital !deas also sends out regular emails, posing business related questions to their subscribers, which are then published in the Edmonton Journal. Anne-Marie, Program Manager for Ventures, had her response featured in the latest issue. Here is what she had to say:

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“Planning, strategy and time management according to cycles of the season make for a natural flow to sustainability, longevity and productivity. Start new projects in the spring, get outside and sell your product in the summer, and take stock and reap the rewards of hard work in the autumn. Then rest, regroup and revitalize in the winter.”

Great advice Anne-Marie! To read the rest of the advice offered, click here. To register for Ventures,  you can contact Anne-Marie at 780-471-9655, or by TTY at 780-471-9635.

Transition for Transitions

Our Transitions program is an intensive pre-employment and life management skills program developed to assist individuals who have current or past involvement in the sex trade, and would like to move into mainstream employment or education. Recently, the program has undergone some changes, based off of the needs of participants. A pre-program component has been added, where clients and DECSA staff work together on helping the individual become more stabilized through outreach supports, so that they can feel prepared for the core portion of the program. IMG_1824Such supports may include, but are not limited to: housing, addictions, relapse prevention, health issues (including mental health), childcare, legal and financial. Once the participant feels ready, willing, and able to commit to the program, they will be invited to attend the core portion. Clients can expect to experience a reduction in social isolation, enhanced personal safety, improved health and wellness, strengthened self-esteem and increased self-confidence.

The Transitions Program Manager, Amanda,  feels the addition is a positive one. She says:”With the new pre-program incorporated into the program, we are seeing the participants advance on a more successful level. The program has improved dramatically since the change”

The core portion of the program is delivered in a workshop format over 20 weeks, where clients receive learning opportunities to assist them in moving closer to their employment or educational goals. 

Just as before, the program is open to women, men and transgendered individuals aged 18 and over, from any culture.

For more information about Transitions, call us at (780) 474-2500.