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The nominations and submissions for the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction are now open! For any of our 2020 Business Awards nominees, we got you covered. We have nominated your business as part of our annual submission process.

If you would like to show your appreciation for your favourite Alberta businesses you can nominate them for the 2021 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction by February 14, 2021.
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The term “agroecology” reflects the unique elements of the new program. Individual students will find we’re focusing on sustainable agriculture. In essence, producing food, forage, fiber, and fuel using sustainable methods, as well as a range of knowledge in the three E’s: environment, economics, and energy using systems theory.

Your Weekly Tune Up
Alberta’s government is expanding its relaunch grant to ensure new businesses have access to the supports they need. New Alberta businesses impacted by public health orders will need to demonstrate a 30 percent reduction of revenue using revenue figures from November or December 2020 compared with any prior month between March to October 2020. The payment is 15 percent of their monthly revenue, for a maximum of $15,000 in funding available for each business. Read more.
All Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers must continue to follow all other existing health measures, ensuring the safety of Albertans, while balancing the uncertainty faced by Alberta businesses and service providers. Read more.
Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market. Applications for funding are open until Jan. 29. More information.
Canadians will begin receiving T4A slips from the CRA for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Canada Recovery Benefit, Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit to support their tax filing. The T4A is virtually identical to the T4 slips Canadians are used to receiving from their employers, but rather than employment income, they provide the amounts of COVID-19 benefits received from the CRA in 2020. If you have questions about the slip, including if you think there may be a mistake or have received it in error, please contact the CRA by phone at 1-800-959-8281. More information.
This program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership provides support to agricultural and horticultural businesses and services to help address the impact of COVID-19. Find out more and apply.
Albertans are encouraged to nominate remarkable citizens, leaders and innovators for membership in the Alberta Order of Excellence. Up to 10 individuals will be inducted into the Order this year in recognition of remarkable contributions to their community, the province and beyond. Nominations are accepted year-round but must be received by Feb. 15 to be considered for investiture this year. Nominations not selected in 2021 will be considered for up to three years. Read more.
The City of Medicine Hatis issuing this Request for Proposal (RFP) to select qualified proponents to provide Consulting Services on an “as required” basis, for Strategic Management Consulting Services. View details.
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The Power of Community
Community Builder Spotlight:
Coulee Ridge Development Inc.
We sat down with Don Sandford from Coulee Ridge Development Inc. to showcase the first lake and coulee community in Medicine Hat and the reasons for making this investment in our community. Don highlighted the importance of taking a chance, working collaboratively with partners and bringing the future forward. We are so excited to find ways to partner and work together for the success of our region! Thank you so much for becoming a Community Builder!
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Save the Date for State of the City
Advocacy in Action
Along with chambers from across the province and the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, we sent a letter to the Premier to ask for more clarity and transparency around the data and the expectations of business owners to safely operate and remain open.

We were pleased that the collective voice of business was heard and that personal and wellness services are now open by appointment. We were also gratified that the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant is now being expanded to include start-ups as this is something we've been asking for quite a while.

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Helpful Webinars
Tax year-end filing for business
January 27
Canada Summer Jobs 2021 Overview

January 19 or 25
WESTEM Series: Breaking Down Barriers

January - March
Chamber Partnership Initiative
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Last week's poll results:
Starting off the new year how is your mental health?
Excited for new beginnings and hopeful: 66.7%
Struggling and pessimistic: 33.2%
Holding steady: 0%
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