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Imagine this scene around a board table.  Times are tight and balancing the budget is becoming an increasing challenge. As the costs for staff training are shared, one manager leans across the table and whispers to another, "Imagine spending that much money training our staff, and then they all leave."  The second manager whispers back, "Imagine not spending anything training our staff, and then they all stay."  The obvious lesson from this scene is that a trained and capable group of employees is a critical asset for organizational growth and success. Lack of training, or a lack of resources to support training, are all problems to solve.
Could this happen in our area? Sadly yes. Read more
 
 
On February 21, 2020 we participated in a call with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other provincial, territorial and local Chambers to address the mounting economic damage as a result of the ongoing rail blockades. The ongoing rail and other infrastructure blockades taking place in various parts of the country are creating severe problems for public services, Canadian businesses, workers and their families. A rail disruption of this magnitude constitutes an emergency for the Canadian economy. Read more
 
Leave it to Lucy Deliveries Ltd. is locally owned and family run. We provide both business and residential deliveries for Medicine Hat and area.  We opened in 2011, with only one person (Lucy) doing all of the dispatching and deliveries on her own! After years of perseverance and dedication the company has grown to include many local business accounts as well as many loyal residential customers.  We are an incorporated company, fully insured, bonded and registered with WCB. We pride ourselves in providing a reliable, efficient, customer minded business. Read more

 
The federal government has released the final list of areas where livestock producers will receive tax relief for 2019. These designated regions are eligible for tax deferral as a result of extreme weather conditions.
The livestock tax deferral provision allows livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2019 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2020 to help replenish the herd. The cost of replacing the animals in 2020 will offset the deferred income, thereby reducing the tax burden associated with the original sale.
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On Sunday February 23, Teck Resources Ltd announced it would be withdrawing its application for the Teck Frontier Project. The announcement was unfortunate news for Albertans and unfortunate news for all Canadians. This project was set to create thousands of jobs and 70 billion dollars in revenue. Read more
 
The City is seeking community feedback to develop a master plan for Echo Dale Regional Park.  The City of Medicine Hat is working with a consultant to develop the concept plan, which will help guide operations and capital priorities for the park in the short, medium and long-term. On Tuesday, February 25, the City will host a public drop-in session at the Family Leisure Centre from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Read more
 
True North K9 Compound is an outdoor 1.23 acre gated K9 compound which ensures lots of space to exercise, play or even train while stimulating your dogs mind. Come play! Never worry about unexpected company!

The Chamber of Commerce holds its professional image in high regard and works to uphold its image in all manners. For this reason the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is seeking proposals for a number of products and services. Deadline to respond to these proposals is Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Requests for Proposals:
Deadline Friday, May 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Tingley, Administrative Coordinator at accounts@medicinehatchamber.com or (403) 527-5214 ext. 224.
 
 
Do you have ideas on how to make auto insurance in Alberta better? Let the provincial government know your thoughts until March 6th by taking this  online survey.
A three-member advisory committee has been appointed to lead the review into auto insurance costs. Take the survey  or read more
 
Members can utilize the Chamber's website by adding information to their business directory listing. View it at a "micro-website" & if you already have a website, use the  business directory  as a bridge to have people redirected to you site. You have access to include: your logo, contact information, business description, links to your website & social media feeds, pictures, videos & more! Read more
 
The Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) is looking for insights on skills, training and the Alberta labour market. D o you struggle to find people with the skills you need to grow your business? Are there enough training opportunities in order for workers to capitalize on the current job market? What skills will be needed for the jobs of tomorrow?  The ACC would like to hear from the Alberta business community about the challenges, opportunities and changes you've encountered. Your answers will help to shape our priorities! Read more
 
 
ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly presented this month to the federal finance committee on budget recommendations for Alberta business. Watch Ken respond to questions from Edmonton Centre MP James Cumming below

Ken Kobly 2020 federal budget Q&A
Ken Kobly 2020 federal budget Q&A

 
Fuelling Our Business Community
As a member driven organization, we do everything we can to demonstrate to our members how we are working for them. For February's Lunch & Learn: Membership 101, members new and old were able to hear about the plethora of benefits the Chamber can offer including advertising, shipping, fuel, and banking discounts; business resources; Shop Local deals and so much more! Potential members were also able to hear from current members about the features they found most beneficial. And to top it all off, members got to enjoy a delicious meal provided by the Chopped Leaf.
See the full Facebook Album here.
                                      

If you missed the last Membership 101, don't worry we will be holding another one soon. In the meantime, you can learn about how the Chambers Group Insurance Plan can work for your business at the next Lunch & Learn. Or if you prefer to network in the evening, attend our  Business After 5 hosted by Royal LePage.
 
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