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  WEEKLY NEWS - MAY 2017
May 16, 2017   

May 25, 2017
Spruce Grove & District Chamber on Tap Mixer Series
Join us for our monthly business mixer and informal chat on the last Thursday of the month.

Our May Chamber on Tap Mixer's Guest (TBA) will be interviewed in a very casual and conversational format by our sponsor Dean Chapman of Frontline Financial.

These stories will be shared just like our growing list of past guests. These are business owners right here in our community who discuss their start up, challenges, what they've learned, and how they have achieved success.

There will also be lots of time to mix with fellow members and develop your network.

Our private section at The Canadian Brewhouse in Spruce Grove opens at 4:30 pm and the interview is from 6:00 - 6:30 pm.


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NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING    May 15, 2017
Spruce Grove City Centre receives funding

MLA Trevor Horne, on behalf of Minister of Economic Development, Deron Bilous presented the City Centre Business Association with the approval and funds for
$50,000.00, which the committee had made application to a few months past. For a project to be eligible under the CARES program, it must create a measurable impact or positive outcome in one or more of the following areas: 

1. Improved local business environment and/or regional economic collaboration
2. Increased support for entrepreneurs and SMEs to grow and succeed 
3. Enhanced support for businesses and industries that provide diversification to a community or region 
4. Increased investment that drives high-value job creation. 

Victor Moroz, Chair of the CCGA was on hand, Friday May 12th in Columbus Park with many of the CCBA Directors, as well as Mayor Houston and Chamber CEO Brenda Johnson to acknowledge appreciation to the province for the monies that will assist to look at the required infrastructure development in City Centre to ensure the plan is developed and put into action; the sooner the better for the city at large. 

There are many events planned through the CCBA and chamber of commerce in support of City Centre Revitalization. The first to kick the summer season off will be the Taste of Spruce Grove on June 17th. McLeod Avenue has been permitted to close from King Street to Main Street for this event which will feature entertainment by Soap Box Duo in Columbus Park, Triple T's Ltd. D.J.ing and entertaining for the Street Dance; multiple food vendors, liquor, wine and beer tasting, beer gardens and some family friendly fun things like bouncy castles, face painting and more.

Four (4) public markets will follow throughout the summer. Check out the CCBA website at sprucegrovecitycentre.org or Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce at sprucegrovechamber.com


June 17, 2017
2:00 - 10:00 pm

As New Tax Plan Boosts U.S. Competitiveness, Canada must Keep Pace
Guillaum (Will) Dubreuil -   April 26, 2017

The U.S. tax plan released by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and economic advisor Gary Cohn are designed to give a significant boost to U.S. business and investment and could make it harder for Canadian businesses to compete.....continue reading
How we can start harmonizing US-Canada regulations
May 4, 2017     Written by Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood 
 
With Trump eager for some political wins, Canada should seize the moment and accelerate efforts to harmonize regulations between the two nations.

We've all been reading the negative and troubling headlines about a potential trade war between the United States and Canada on softwood lumber and dairy. But despite all the rhetoric, there are countless bright spots in the bilateral relationship that can and should be capitalized upon now - to the benefit of both countries.

One of the biggest areas of goodwill and co-operation will be staring us right in the face at the moment we start to ponder renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)....continue reading
Kevin White, Dave Grobman, Laverne Pankratz, Ray Porter, Rik Kaminsky, Harold Pawlechko
What is our first step? 
...was the topic of discussion at the initial "Unification Committee" meeting. This committee has been tasked by both the Stony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce and the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce boards of directors to look at how the two chambers can become more collaborative in the representation of their members. 

Representatives from both chambers of commerce and from the Wabamun Chamber of Commerce openly discussed opportunities in drawing on each other strengths and doing more things together. They tossed around a lofty goal of become the Tri Region Chamber of Commerce down the road, however, the committee's task is to recommend the steps towards that goal, and have the boards of the respective chambers act on them.

As a member, if you have suggestions of how the chambers could best serve your business interests collaboratively, call Brenda (780.962.2561) or email bjohnson@sprucegrovechamber.com and let us know. 
5 Ways to Grow Your Profits
A simple formula to help you maximize profit margins
Brad Sugar, Guest Writer, Entrepreneur

For years Brad Sugar taught a simple, "secret" formula to massively grow profits in any business.

Weekly Economic Review
Indicators at a Glance

Economic Activity In 2016, Alberta's real GDP by industry fell by 3.8%, the largest drop among the provinces for the second year in a row. The Alberta Activity Index was up 2.2% year-to-date in February, suggesting a return to economic growth this year. 
Population
Alberta's population was 4,280,127 as of January 1, 2017. This was an increase of 1.5% from the year prior. Canada's population grew 1.3% from a year ago. 

Migration Net migration to Alberta was 3,555 in the fourth quarter of 2016. During this time, Alberta welcomed 6,128 net international migrants. However, there was a net outflow of inter-provincial  migrants (-2,573), the fifth consecutive quarterly decline.

Employment
Alberta lost 300 jobs in April. The loses were in part-time positions (-3,200), while 2,900 full-time positions were gained. Employment increased 0.8% year-over-year (y/y).

The Life & Leisure 2017 Team
Back row: Dianne Pilla, Dorcas Kilduff, Rik Kaminsky,
Deana Stewart, Ken Munro, Rosetta Taylor
Front row: Melissa Johnson, Della Saunders, Brenda Johnson
 
Cyberattacks have increased 62%
Cyber security is the business challenge of our time. High-profile attacks are simple to execute and can take your 
business offline and turn your customers away.
Protect your website and your reputation
COMING SOON!     Announcing Spruce Grove's
first Amazing Race! Participating teams (18+) will travel within the Tri Region community, stopping in at local businesses where they will meet some Amazing challenges to win a cash prize of $1000.00 Bragging rights will be priceless!
Perpetual Fitness's Amazing Race is hosted in part by your Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce.   Register a team today!
Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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