WEEKLY NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2016
September 6, 2016   



Upcoming Events

Sept 1 
Congratulations   Value Village's Grand Opening  and welcome to our business community!

Sept 4
Jack Clarke from  JackĖ• s Drive Inn is celebrating his   80 th  birthday !  Free ice-cream (1-4pm) & entertainment(4-7pm)

Sept 8
Join us for lunch and a presentation from  11:45am  -  1:15 pm on the exposure, discounted services, benefits, and advocacy included with your membership.

Sept 8, 15, 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 10 
360 Wellness is Celebrating!  Love to dance, hate to exercise?  You'll want to join the celebration starting at 4pm!

Sept 17
Spruce Grove & District Agricultural Society is celebrating their annual Harvest Fair (1-4pm)
September 13 at The Links
General Meeting
11:30 am  -  1:30 pm

Feature Presentation: The Community App is Launching!

Advocacy Updates:  What Your Chamber is working on for business.

New Member Introduction: Join us in welcoming new business members to the Tri Area

Build your Network:  Enjoy an exercise in a fun round of "speed networking" People do business with people they know...come on out and meet members of your chamber and your business community
Click Here to Register


Doors Open:  11:30 am
Buffet Served:  Noon

Member:  $30.00
Non-Member: $40.00





Sunday  12-4 PM
  SEPT 11
PUBLIC MARKET
FRESH PRODUCE, CRAFTS,
ARTISANS & ENTERTAINERS
Main Street will be bustling with
tents and vendors - perfect for
 a Sunday stroll destination.
For more information contact
780.893.7140

A Message from our President & CEO 

City Council to pass bylaw to Enforce Non-Compliance with Fees and Fines

September 1, 2016
A public hearing in council on Monday September 12th is intended to hear from the public for enhanced enforcement of planning bylaws. In addition to the amended enforcement bylaw will be a Development Fees and Fines Bylaw, Construction Site Cleanliness Bylaw and Business License Bylaw. Municipal and violation tickets are said to be the integral part of an enhanced enforcement program and city administration reflect that the proposed fines are competitive within the region and are high enough to encourage compliance but not so high as to be unreasonable.

Click here to read the background information that will be on the posted agenda for the September 12th council meeting.

2016 Non-Residential Property Assessments raise property taxes 20% - 65% on Property in the City
If you own non-residential property in the City of Spruce Grove you may have found a substantial increase in your property tax notice you received in June of this year.  If you are the owner / operator of the property you will have to dig a little deeper to pay to play here in the City of Spruce Grove and if you are a tenant of a commercial / industrial property and pay a triple net lease you may see an increase in your operating costs when you get your annual adjustment statement.  Many property owners that live and work here in the community were surprised when their budgets were thrown off and their accounting departments showed them their 2016 property tax assessments; many too late to appeal in the 60 day window allowable.  Property that is owned by corporates that do not live here will pass the costs down to their tenants and many city businesses have yet to feel that increase.  Hard to swallow in an economic down turn, particularly with so many other costs hitting business hard.  Soon the impact of a carbon tax, another increase in minimum wage this October, as well as a looming Alberta Labour Code review will start to impact business bottom line.
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E-MARKETING MINUTE

Spruce Grove Community App





The face of our Community Directory is changing!   FOLLOW US IN THE JOURNEY and see how we are able to connect directly with your customers from multiple directions.  As we transition from printed to on-line, it has never been more important than now to advertise with your local Chamber.  
 
Factually, 30% of our trade area consumers continue to rely on our printed directory to find you.
 
The fact that thousands of consumers connect with our website  to find members demonstrates the commitment our community has to shop local.  
 
People on our website have already made an important decision; they are looking for a business right here in our area.
 
A growing demographic wants to find what they need in an instant.  They want a community app. 
 
They want:
 
An app that connects consumers and visitors to business in our community
  •  An app that gives consumers and businesses of our area valuable information about our Tri Area.
  • An app that delivers job post alerts in our community
  • An app that connects people to events in our community
  • An app that delivers news relevant to our community

The community App will provide what they want and it will be launching THIS fall!  We hope you won't miss this exciting opportunity. 

 
With a business card sized black and white ad in the directory, you'll also be in the online directory and have an enhanced web presence ($260.00 value) to be noticed in our community app.  Pricing starts at $315 for the year. 
GET NOTICED.  SAVE MONEY.

EARLYBIRD DEADLINE    SEPT 30/16

Email Dianne for more information  today to secure your presence in our Community App!
 
BOOK YOUR
SPOT  TO DAY
EARLYBIRD DEADLINE 
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.  
Protect your company from fraud
Lunch & Learn:
 Preventing Bookkeeping Fraud

September 28, 2016
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM 
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.
Members $10  
  Non-Members $20
Rotary Room,  Spruce Grove
 and District  Chamber of Commerce,  99 Campsite Road

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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