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WEEKLY NEWS - DECEMBER 2016
December 21, 2016   
Welcome New Members
  • Kalex Custom Carvings Ltd.
  • Strategic HR Services
  • Magnum York Property Management Ltd.
  • Home Style Construction Ltd.
  • RE/MAX Excellence
  • Moondance Hot Tubs & Spas
  • Safeguard Your Ideas by Roxanne
  • Pro Staff Project Management
  • Tandoori Grill
  • Westerly Homes
  • Allison Steed, Realtor - Realty Executives Ambergate Advisors
  • The Sweet Street
  • Peekaboo2U Inc.
  • TCL CONSTRUCTION
  • Image West Graphics
  • Aspire Psychological Services









The Alberta Business Awards of Distinction recognize businesses/organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and contribution to their community while having developed business acumen & management practices to ensure long term sustainability. To date, over 200 companies have been named Alberta Business Award of Distinction recipients.

The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that 2 of our members are among the 42 finalists named for the 2017 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction. These businesses demonstrate the strength and importance of small business in our region and we're thrilled to have them represent our community.

It is our honor to congratulate the following:
  • Carvel Electric
    Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction
  • Goodwill Industries of Alberta
    Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction
The 2017 Awards will be held on February 24, 2017 and will feature 11 categories designed to recognize the best practices in numerous aspects of business operations. The highest honor of the evening will be the presentation of the Premier's Award of Distinction which recognizes the highest level of business achievement and leadership.

For a full list of finalists and award categories, please view the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction website here.
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Do You Want a 
Stress-Free Christmas?
by Darci Lang, Speaker & Author
   
In his book, "Change your Brain Change Your Life", Dr. Amen asks two questions when it comes to all areas of our life, "What do you want?" and "Does your behaviour get you what you want?" So I have been thinking about the answers to these two questions during this Christmas season.
"What do I want?" I want a stress-free, happy, peaceful Christmas.
"Is my behaviour getting me what I want?" 90% of the time... yes.

I want .... Fun, stress-free, happy, peaceful meals at our home. 
So my behaviour has changed. I don't do it all anymore. All meals I host are huge potluck adventures.  I will cook a dish or two but the visiting friends and family members happily contribute big portions to that meal so I am not stressed out cooking it all. No one minds contributing! Just because our moms could do it all, doesn't mean we have to.
 
I want to spend time with the people I love and are in my home visiting.
My behaviour is... Paper plates are a must. They have beautiful Christmas ones. I promise I will help the environment in many other ways but I would rather visit than wash dishes all night.

I don't want to be going store to store trying to find the perfect gift.
My behaviour is .... Gift cards replace 90% of the gifts we still buy. And I stay home in my warm house.

I want to feel charitable and give back for my life. 
My behaviour is... I donate money instead.  We have eliminated most of our gift giving and have replaced that money spent with donations to charity.
 
I don't want to bake.
My behaviour.... I buy all of my baking because I find it stressful and I am terrible at it!  I know some of you still really like to bake but is this behaviour adding stress or peace?
 
I want to be known as a loving person to visit.
My behaviour is to choose to see all of my family members (I grew up around five different families, I have a lot of family!)  through my 90% lens. I know Christmas can bring together 10% people you don't necessarily want to spend time with. Choose to be peaceful, stress-free and happy around them too.
If you "want" a peaceful Christmas, only you can change your behaviour to make that happen.
 
Merry Christmas!
NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING  Dec 12, 2016  by Michael Ganley

Editor's Note: Alberta, post-Trump 

Alberta's aggressive climate plan clashes with Trump's climate-change denial

Everyone is still digesting the news that Donald Trump is the U.S. president-elect and what that means in terms of everything from immigration to war in the Middle East to a woman's right to choose. Let me focus on the private sector in Alberta.

Trump looks certain to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to generally be a proponent of energy infrastructure. That will open markets to Alberta's primary products and get producers a better price, but let's not overstate its import: Keystone is one pipeline of many and the industry has always found, and will continue to find, ways to get product to the best possible markets. Its importance is also lessened because of Canada's decisions on Enbridge's Line 3 and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion, and an opposite effect will come from Trump's plans to open new land in the U.S. to drilling, increasing competition for Albertan product. So no clear winner there.

Trump has effectively killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move that Albertan businesses could take advantage of. If the U.S. spurns international markets, as it is poised to do in many ways, there will be a vacuum to be filled. He has also threatened to rip up NAFTA, although since the election the rhetoric has toned down to renegotiating the deal and, in any event, it has always been of greater import to Ontario's manufacturing sector than to the energy industry. Read more
Make the New Facebook Pages
Layout Work to Your Advantage
Dec 5, 2016
Lesya Liu,  Contributor
Entrepreneur
Take control over the Facebook layout to engage your audience in a variety of ways.

Recent changes to Facebook page layouts caused some companies with a decent presence to stretch their heads. The new look "scrambled" the pieces we were so used to, such as tabs and apps.

While the changes are skin-deep, you have to take a fresh look at your page and make sure that the new layout complements, not destroys your Facebook footprint.

So, what can you do to improve your chances of making the right moves on Facebook?

Main visuals -- profile and cover photos.
This should go without saying but lot of businesses still make this same mistake. When visitors first land on your Facebook page, they make a split decision on whether they like it and want to find out more.... read more

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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