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Fuelling Our Business Community
Even though Valentine's Day has passed us by that doesn't mean that we're done sharing some local love.

We encourage everyone to keep thinking local first. Our business community has helped support us as individuals, as teams, our organizations and our entire region...so let's return their support by keeping our purchases local.

Want to be part of our Local First campaign? See our website!
We've started a Member Madness contest series to help keep sharing some local love! Over the next few months, we'll be giving our community the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to one of our amazing members.

Enter to win a gift certificate to Nourish Body & Soul Inc. this week! Head over to our Facebook page for all the details on how to enter!
Quick Check Up
Your Weekly Tune Up
It has come to our attention that an email has been circulating offering to provide a list of registrants that have participated and attended our tradeshows in the past. Please don't respond to this email as this is a fraudulent communication.

We do not collect attendee information at our tradeshows and any information that we have on file for our exhibitors is kept in the strictest of confidence. We value the relationships that we have established with our exhibitors and would never divulge any personal information. If you have received this email please ignore the request, block and delete this communication.
The Government of Canada announced that self-employed individuals who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and would have qualified based on their gross income will not be required to repay the benefit, provided they also met all other eligibility requirements. The same approach will apply whether the individual applied through the Canada Revenue Agency or Service Canada. More information.
Hundreds of thousands of workers who continue to provide critical services to Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a one-time payment in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice. The Critical Worker Benefit is a joint federal-provincial program that will see $465 million go to approximately 380,000 Alberta public and private sector workers as $1,200 cash payments. The Critical Worker Benefit will be available to workers in the health-care, social services, education and private sectors who deliver critical services to Albertans or support food and medical supply chains. More information.
The Canadian Mental Health Association of Alberta Southeast Region (CMHA ASER) announced a new subsidy support program for family members and friends who suffered a loss due to a death by suicide. The Suicide Bereavement Counselling Subsidy Program allows individuals of any age needing support to access up to six sessions to meet with a counselling professional and counselling services would directly bill CMHA ASER. Find out more.
Reminding each other to follow public health orders can be awkward, stressful or escalate to being dangerous. The Calgary Chamber partnered with the City of Calgary to outline a few ways to frame those conversations in positive ways, and when to call for help. Check it out here.
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) incident monitoring shows an increase in COVID19 exposure with the failure of controls in workplace common areas. Common areas include: lunchrooms/break rooms, smoking areas, hallways, washrooms, locker rooms, parking lots, time clocks, and elevators. Find out some best practices to address this risk through this resource bulletin. Read all the latest OHS eNews online.
The reveal of the proposed Waterfront District at our State of the City Address was received with enthusiasm and interest. The City of Medicine Hat has provided a Frequently Answered Questions page on their website to give a bit more information about this exciting development plan. See the FAQs located at the bottom of the Waterfront District page on the Invest Medicine Hat page.
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Advocacy in Action
We had the benefit of being part of a number of meetings and presentations during the week of February 8-12 to continue to move our collective objectives forward.

This included a presentation on Alberta's Public Trust in Agriculture, a presentation and Q & A with Restaurants Canada, a meeting and Q & A with Premier Kenney, a mid-cities Chamber meeting to discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions to common problems, a Tete-a-Tete with the Canadian Society of Association Executives to test out new platforms and find out about new strategies and ideas, a meeting with our large industrial manufacturers, a conversation with the Medicine Hat College about their upcoming start-up and scale-up courses, a discussion with Alberta Environment and Parks, along with the Regional Vitality Action Planning Summit to round out the week.

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Next Level Events
Canada 360 Economic Summit
February 17, 2021
6:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Protecting Hearts
Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issued a statement on Heart Health Month. Part of this statement reads: "Prevention is key, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic when activity levels have decreased for many people. It’s important to find ways to stay active and make healthy choices to reduce your risks. Many risk factors can be managed through eating a healthy diet, exercising, reducing stress and more."

Read the full statement and check out additional resources on our website under our health and wellness section.
Roadmap to Recovery
Recovery starts with resilience. Supporting business and employees through the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to ensure they will be able propel our economic recovery.

Developed in partnership with the Canadian Business Resilience Network’s over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and more than 100 of Canada’s leading business and industry associations, the Roadmap to Recovery measures that our political leaders must start considering to help ensure a sharp and lasting recovery.
Enriching Your Business
Are you an employer and need help filling a job posting? As a Chamber member you can use the Job Postings feature in the member Info Hub to get your opportunity some greater exposure. Upload your job posting and it will appear on our website free of charge. Watch the video above to see how to access the Info Hub and how to post your job opportunities!

2020 was a challenging year. In Alberta, the initial shock of the global pandemic was amplified by an oil price war, resulting in an unprecedented recession that hit Alberta especially hard. It was, in the words of Alberta’s finance minister, Travis Toews, a “triple black swan event”. Through it all, Invest Medicine Hat rose to the challenge. Read more.
Member Spotlight
The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta (CFSEA), witnessed the generosity of our community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, $1,241,644.98 was distributed in grants, designated funds, scholarships, and agency funds across Southeast Alberta. CFSEA is overjoyed with what has been accomplished this past year and wants to thank its donors, volunteers and community supporters for their ongoing support.
Helpful Webinars
Understanding and Recruiting Gig Workers

February 25
Uncovering Growth Opportunities for Tech in 2021

February 25
Exceeding Post-COVID Customer Expectations

February 25
Find more webinars in our Webinar Calendar
Sparking Conversation
Have you used the guidance documents on Alberta Biz Connect to help your business re-open?
If you've needed more information on guidelines have you emailed bizconnect@gov.ab.ca?
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