WEEKLY NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2016
September 21, 2016   


Nomination Opportunities
If you would like to nominate a business(es) in more than one category ...this option is now available. Please click here for your  opportunity to do so!
McLeod Home Building Centre
 Marks 100 Years!

Golden Spike Lumber
Celebrates 40 Years!
UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 22
 Grove Cruise Nights - 6:308:30pm
Car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts are welcomed to come out and display their pride and joy in downtown Columbus Park. 

Sept 22
 Chamber on Tap - 4:30 - 8pm
Join us for our monthly business mixer and informal chat on the last Thursday of the month. We are thrilled to announce our guest, Jordan Jolicoeur who is part of the local family owned and operated Carvel Electric! He will be interviewed in a very casual and conversational format by 88.1 The ONE's morning host James "Gruff" Gushnowski.

Sept 28
11:45am - 1:15pm
Presented by Vicky Webb/Erin Briner of Ask Inc. and Sunquest Accounting Solutions will share their wealth of information on how to protect your company from fraud.  It can happen
even to you, and the risks are higher during an economic recession.

Oct 1
Booster Juice Mini Stick Rink Ribbon Cutting
1:30 - 2:00pm
Come Celebrate a first...right here in Spruce Grove!  Booster Juice's Mini Stick Rink at the TransAlta Trileisure Center is in a league of its own. It's the only one in the GTA of Edmonton and sits upstairs between the two ice surfaces.

You may just get some special prizes dedicated to this great arena...don't miss out!

Oct 1
Celebrate the re-naming of  Allstate Insurance Leisure Ice at the  Trans Alta Tri Leisure Center!  Snacks, giveaways, and a FREE SKATE!

Oct 5
11:45 am - 1:15pm
Our presenter, Vicky Webb who owns and operates Ask Inc. and Sunquest Accounting Solutions will share her wealth of information on making YOUR Year End a Breeze!


EARLYBIRD
DEADLINE IS
APPROACHING
SEPT 30/16

It's a great time to commit to our  Chamber o f Commerce Directory  (which covers printed and digital listings)   and take advantage of  FREE  ($250 value) upgrade  to the enhanced listing on our w ebsite.  You'll enjoy premium placement when your business is at the top of category searches with logo recognition and a business description.

Through your  Enhanced Business Directory listin g , you receive:
  • 1600 Character Web Description
  • 200 Character Search Results Summary
  • 100 Character hours of operation
  • 200 Character driving directions
  • 5 Additional Bulleted Description
  • 20 key words
  • Search Results Icon
  • Logo on Member Page
  • Photo Gallery
  • You Tube Video Uploads
  • Map
  Call Dianne at 780-962-2561 or email  Dianne  for more information.  
Developing Tomorrow's
LEADERS

Parkland 
School Division 
is home to a very unique society; at Parkland Village School MicroSociety replicates Canadian Society in an authentic and meaningful way. Students participate in this society through elected government, government service, private enterprise, or non-governmental organizations. All students apply for positions, interview, undergo performance assessments, collect wages, manage their own bank account, pay taxes and spend money just as in the real world.

Partners are the backbone of this initiative, and these young entrepreneurs will benefit immensely with our business community's support. The supporters receive some of the following recognition: Partner name included in a venture name, in signage, publications, social media, and at award events. The partner contributions vary in support with expertise, materials, financial support, or even participating in their student council. "Your Company Store/service name" can be a huge part of this fascinating society. Some of the recent ventures for sale were: Bugs & Berries Gift Shop, Italian Bistro, Sweet Treats, Micro Media, Picture it Nail & Tattoo Salon, Pro Sports Life, TechCheck (3D printer/design) to name a few.

MicroSociety fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, mentors ethical citizenship, builds leadership skills and creates engaged thinking in students. This is a great opportunity for our members to encourage and mentor our young business owners and entrepreneurs. Many options. Many benefits.

You can check out this 120 Seconds for Micro Society PVS created by students for more information.

Please contact Lesley Jeanes at 780-962-8121 or by emailing ljeanes@psd70.ab.ca on how you can support this initiative.

E-MARKETING MINUTE

Member Savings!




We offer member-only savings such as group benefits, fuel discounts, and special pricing for merchant services. If you are a B2B establishment, or if you wish to offer discounts that are for our members only, you can post it for free under "Member 2 Member Discounts" while logged into your directory listing. Additionally, you can be a part of our newsletter with a Logo click through ad with a tagline in our weekly newsletter. We have thousands who open our newsletters, and recognizing a fellow member with a discount program can get you noticed in a great way! 

Prices start at $50, so if you'd like to know more about advertising in our newsletter, please contact Dianne to talk about how we can reach your audience and stay within your budget.

GET NOTICED.  SAVE MONEY.
The Voice of Business
Spoken Nationally


President & CEO
Brenda Johnson
Chair Rosetta Taylor
President & CEO Brenda Johnson with Chair Rosetta Taylor attended the  Canadian Chambers of Commerce AGM  in Regina, Sept 17-19.  At the AGM, delegates got plugged into the latest developments, trends and issues that are important to the Canadian business community and developed solutions that would break down the barriers that are holding Canadian businesses back, setting policy agenda for the upcoming year.  Agendas included 70 proposed policy resolutions in areas of finance & taxation,  natural resources & environment, transport, infrastructure, industry, and international affairs to name a few.  As Canada's largest & most influential  business association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the primary & vital connection between business & the federal government with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce & boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes, in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, it helps shape public policy & decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities & families across Canada. We're thankful the voice for  Spruce Grove  businesses has been heard. We look forward to the results of this conference to continue protecting our member's best interests

NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING
 
Alberta labour minister
  defends 
minimum wage hike
 in light of CFIB survey

BUSINESS
Sep 15, 2016

       Survey says 52 per cent of Alberta businesses will either lay off employees or reduce hours  - Jeremy Simes For Metro

Labour Minister Christina Gray is again defending the government's plans to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, after a small business lobby group released its own survey data that shows more than half of small businesses will either lay off employees or reduce hours with the pay hike.
 
On Thursday, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released data, based on its own survey, that shows a combined 52 per cent of Alberta business will lay off staff or reduce their hours based on the $15 minimum wage. 

The CFIB survey received 1,030 responses from Alberta small business owners online. Read more

Thank You Gala  Sponsors
Is there a business or individual in our community that deserves recognition? Every year the Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce hosts an Awards Gala and we asking citizens of our community to  nominate from the following categories: 

Title Sponsors 
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Acheson Business of the Year

Spirit of the City 

Award Sponsors


 Business of the Year 

Nominate Here
 Manager of the Year


Nominate Here

 Marketer of the Year





Nominate Here

 Community Volunteer
 of the Year

Nominate Here
 People's Choice Award

Nominate Here
 New Business
 of the Year





Nominate Here

 Employee of the Year
Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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