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Fuelling Our Business Community
It was another great week at the Chamber! We started out the week with a lunch time Budget Roundtable presented by the Honourable Travis Toews, Minister of Finance. While we might be facing some challenging economic obstacles, the Chamber believes that Medicine Hat & District is uniquely positioned to capitalize on opportunities in agriculture, energy and innovation. We are determined to fulfill our mission of stimulating a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence.

We also hosted a Export Session facilitated by EDC and found out how our members can access federal supports to grow their business. It was a very informative session and we would encourage members to find out how EDC has expanded their tools to extend to businesses along the supply chain.

We also conducted our semi-annual meeting with Michaela Glasgo, MLA for Brooks-Medicine Hat and Drew Barnes, MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat. We appreciate having our provincial elected representatives take the time to meet with the Directors on our Executive Committee to discuss our various priorities and to ensure that we have open lines of communication. These meetings allow us to advocate, in person, to government and explore ways in which we can work together to promote our region and bring opportunities and investment to SE Alberta.

Finally, we were super excited to meet Mayor-for-the-day, Theo, who took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Chamber. Under the tutelage of His Worship, Ted Clugston, Theo took our big scissors and expertly showed how a ribbon can and should be cut. We listened intently to his campaign promises and will be intently watching to see if he delivers on his promise of a Chuck E. Cheese!
Photos from our meetings and events
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Driving Business Forward
This year marks the milestone 20th year of our Business Awards and we couldn't realize this achievement without the generosity of our award sponsors. Our Business Ethics Award recognizes a business or organization that best demonstrates a commitment to advancing marketplace trust through ethical business practices. Our award sponsor, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay , stands for the highest standards in business practices. Do you know a business that embodies honesty, trust, transparency and integrity? Nominate them today!
Catalyst for Change
Do you want to help solve business problems or have an area of expertise? Join a task force! Current opportunities:
  1. Sustainable Halo Funding
  2. Renovation Requirements and Restrictions
Contact us for more information.
Next Level News
With new information from all levels of government being released daily, we wanted to make it easy to find answers to your questions about COVID-19 and what it means for your business, employees and community here. Read more
On March 10, 2020, the Chamber learned from Air Canada representatives that the airline would be discontinuing service in Medicine Hat indefinitely as of April 1st. There were multiple factors impacting the decision, including the switch to the Beechcraft, the added competition, the economic impacts and the current situation with COVID-19. Read more
Travel Alberta’s  Canada’s West Marketplace  Scholarship Program supports Alberta-based tourism businesses offering export-ready products or services by providing financial support and coaching to attend the annual  Canada’s West Marketplace . Read more
Planning & Development Services (P&DS) has recently completed the new CityView Electronic Permit System (EPS). The new EPS is scheduled to go-live on Monday, March 23, 2020, and in order to accomplish this,  P&DS will be closed for business on Friday, March 20, 2020 to allow for the legacy databases to be converted into the new EPS database and staff training. Read more
Weekly Business Tune Up
Let’s say you work in a grocery store and your job is to sort the apples from the bananas. You say to your boss, does this seem like the highest and best use of my time? Your boss says, you’re right, it’s time to use a machine to sort the apples from the bananas and move you to a job more worthy of your skill set.
The machine arrives and has never seen an apple or a banana before, how do you teach it to differentiate between the two? Well, first you give it some parameters, like colour, the closer to yellow the object is, it’s a banana, the closer to red, it’s an apple. We could try to only give it one criterion, but better to provide more information, so we also tell the machine if it’s hard, it’s an apple, if it’s soft, it’s a banana. To keep it simple, we’ll only give it these two clues. Read more
Welcome to the Chamber!
Opening March 16, 2020! We will be structured as a family, locally operated fast-food, drive-thru logistically, with in-seating for about 30 people. But we are not the traditional “fast-food” operation. 80 % of our menu is in-house made including Ukrainian fare of in-house pinched perogies, in-house stuffed cabbage rolls, borscht, charbroiled burgers and smokies and our feature item with a secret recipe: home-style pressure fried chicken -thus the name BABA CLUCK and the “Comfort Eats” branding. Read more
Enriching Your Business
Member Value Added Benefit: Pattison Outdoor
Member Value Added Benefit by  Pattison Outdoor  Advertising: Have your business seen with your  Pattison Outdoor ads . For as low as $250-$300 for 4 weeks of advertising on the back/sides of City Transit or a Transit Shelter Poster for $450 also for a 4 week promotion. Another option is to advertise on a HUGE horizontal poster for $650, for a 4 week ad running time . Find out more
All upcoming events are postponed or cancelled due to COVID 19
Upcoming Events
Chamber Group Insurance Plan Lunch & Learn
Date : Wednesday Mar 18, 2020
Time : 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location : Brightan Financial Strategies Inc - #3, 1335 Trans Canada Way SE
Business After 5 - Royal LePage
D ate : TBD
Time : 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location : Royal LePage
1202 Southview Dr SE
Membership 101 Lunch & Learn
Date: Thursday Apr 2, 2020
Time:12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location : Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
Your Voice
"Be Local, Think Local, Shop Local"
Sparking Conversation
Does your business have a pandemic plan?
If your business has been affected by COVID-19 we want to know. Please email or call us at 403-527-5214.
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