Heartland small business owners gathered in Redwater for an evening of industry updates and inspiring words.
Last night (November 2), the Fall Business Mixer was held at Pembina Place.
"It gives them an opportunity to meet some of the people involved with industry, make some contacts and perhaps get some contracts on the next job," explained Redwater mayor Mel Smith.
"I think, especially considering now that the economy is on the upswing and all the action in the Industrial Heartland, that this is really the place to be," added Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette.
Business owners made the most of the eighth annual event.
"Starting about four years ago, we had people that were actually given contracts on-site, that isn't what any of us expected!"
Updates were also provided on Northwest Refining's Sturgeon Refinery and Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation's polypropylene facility.
The Sturgeon Refinery is 95 per cent complete, according to Vanessa Goodman. Hydrogen, a crucial component to obtain low-sulphur diesel, is running through parts of the facility and systems are being checked as final touches are applied to other parts of the structure.
Attendees also heard inspiring words and advice from renowned business empowerment speaker, Bob "Idea Man" Hooey, who spoke about many topics, including overcoming obstacles such as the economy.