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  WEEKLY NEWS - FEBRUARY 2017
February 7, 2017   

 
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Congratulations
to Sams Drug Mart on their Grand Opening!

The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce wants to extend a very warm welcome to the team at Sams. They are located in the heart of downtown at 322 McLeod Ave and are also offering free delivery in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and the area.

A special thank you to Deputy Mayor Bill Kesanko and Alderman Edward McLean for joining us and presenting Sams Drug Mart with a beautiful plaque from The City of Spruce Grove!



SAT MAY 13 2017
A SPECIAL INVITATION TO ALL BUSINESS IN SPRUCE GROVE AND DISTRICT

WHY YOU SHOULD
PARTICIPATE:
This is Spruce Grove & District Chamber's Signature Event! It is unique to us, and has been specifically planned to connect our business community and our area residents in a meaningful and powerful way. It's created for the community as a whole, where everyone will experience a true celebration of our amazing region.

Be recognized as an active business leader by joining us for a day in the park where business meets community and shares in the celebration.

The feedback from 2016 was so positive, that we simply can't wait to celebrate with you on Sat. May 13th!

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
Showcase your business with an activity, item or service geared toward "the family" and the residents of our community.

We can help with your ideas for a healthy ROI and we especially welcome yours!

Suggestions for activities include:
  • build something
  • hit a target
  • offer races
  • safety checks
  • build a healthy snack
  • manage a popcorn or candy floss stand
  • shoot some hoops
  • kick some balls
  • organize small competitions
  • teach something
  • create something
  • paint something
.....the list is virtually as big as the imagination of our business community!

Participation is a great way to expose your business to the consumers in our Tri Area, and in a way that positively connects to our community to your establishment.

This outdoor event will move indoors to the Agrena building in the case of inclement weather.
 
*A deposit will be required as our 40 available spaces are filling very fast. 

Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce Members $250; Non-Members $400

The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce welcome Mayor Stuart Houston of the City of Spruce Grove and Mayor Rod Shaigec of Parkland County as our guest presenters for the Annual Mayor's Regional Address, Thursday, March 9th at the Elk's Hall in Spruce Grove. Please join us and register on-line at your earliest convenience (click here) or call 780.962.2561 for more information.  This evening dinner event sells out each year so register soon.
NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING    January 30, 2017 

Optimism, more activity mark royalty review anniversary

Rig counts across Alberta have risen substantially compared with this time last year as economic activity and jobs return in the energy sector.


The increased activity is taking place one year after the Alberta government announced its modernized royalty framework, which encourages industry to innovate and reduce costs, making Alberta companies more competitive and encouraging more investment in Alberta.

Government adopted the Royalty Review Advisory Panel's recommendations in January 2016 and the modernized royalty framework for oil and gas took effect at the start of this year. According to industry figures, there were 247 active rigs in Alberta in mid-January. That is a 50 per cent increase compared to 165 in Alberta at the same point in 2016. It's estimated that each active drilling rig creates 135 direct and indirect jobs... read more
The power of Trump's personal brand

The power of Trump's brand will depend on his ability to deliver

Jan 31, 2017  l  by Kyle B. Murray

On January 20th, the U.S. will swear in the country's 45th President: Donald Trump. That is shocking to many people. How was a political neophyte with little support from his own party able to win a general election for the most powerful office on the planet? A complete answer to that question is complicated, but there is no denying that the personal brand of Donald Trump played a central role. Not the brand he built as a real estate developer or reality TV star, but the brand he invented as his political persona.

Personal branding is an idea that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Historically, branding was about selling products. Marketers quickly realized, however, that it was also important and powerful in many other endeavors. From government services to employee recruiting to charity fundraising - brands matter! read more

Guide to Effective Office Communication
Glenn Tibbles, vice-president of Cenera
How to communicate effectively at the office
You spend more time with them than your own family. They're by your side (or in the cubicle opposite) during your best and worst career moments. They're your co-­workers, so you kind of have to get along. But saying or doing the wrong thing can have a damaging effect on those delicate workplace relationships. No one wants to be known as "Ms. Emails-in-all-caps" or "Mr. Creepyhugs." To avoid alienating your co-workers, we asked Glenn Tibbles, vice-president of Cenera, for his tips on how to communicate effectively at the office.
Scenario:  Your co-worker regularly microwaves last night's supper in the microwave, sending fish smell throughout the office
Don't:  Tell your officemate what everyone really thinks of their leftover lunches
Do:  Suck it up

Scenario:  There's no set dress code, but most people in the office wear dress shirts, jackets or pencil skirts
Don't:  Work in sneakers, ¬≠and only sneakers
Do:  Take a look at what other people are wearing and meet their standard. It shows respect    ....read more
Liberals won't tax health &
dental benefits, says Justin Trudeau  By Amy Minsky     Feb 1, 2017
National Online Journalist Global News    
Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he will not enact a tax on health and dental benefits, after days of refusing to rule out the option.
"We are committed to protecting the middle class from increased taxes and that is why we will not be raising [those] taxes," he said during question period.
Earlier Wednesday, the  Liberals wouldn't say whether they intended to tax employer-sponsored health and dental benefits as a means to increase revenue while the government runs deficits.... read more
Coldest Night of the Year 2017 
Spruce Grove

Learn how you can help
 
It's cold out there. Walk with us on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the Coldest Night of the Year, a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities.

Parkland Food Bank is hosting a Walk-a-Thon to raise funds and awareness to fight poverty in our community.

Commuter Transit

The City of Spruce Grove is pleased to offer a commuter transit service to Edmonton through a contract with Edmonton Transit System (ETS) and the City of Edmonton. This service is an affordable and environmentally-friendly alternative to the costs of driving into the city and parking downtown or on campus. For more information

FAMILY DAY l  10AM - 4PM
  For more information click here
The 2017 Community Chamber Directories are now available. If your business advertised with us and you would like to pick up your copy, our office is open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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