Grow.  Prosper .
April 11, 2017   

Tri Region Community
 Building Luncheon

Featuring Guest presenter:
Doug Griffiths
Author, Speaker, & Founder of 13 Ways

May 9, 2017
  11:15am - 1:45pm

When asked why he does what he does, Doug's answer is simple: to help build better communities. Doug believes communities are the foundation on which we build stronger families, stronger businesses, and stronger nations. Build strong communities, and success will follow.

He helps communities identify what is holding them back from finding success, and then he helps them overcome it. When they aren't looking, Doug inspires, and often shocks them, with a presentation showing how they are destroying their own chance at success. Then he helps build them back up and get them on a better path.

Yes, it sounds like therapy. It is. It is community therapy, which is why he is often called a community therapist. And the great thing is that it works.

Join your local business associations The Stony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce and The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce as they host this inspiring and motivating friend of Alberta communities.

Chamber on Tap  
Join us for our monthly business mixer and informal chat on the last Thursday of the month.  

We are excited to host Ken Turlock (owner of Perks Coffee House) at our April Chamber on Tap Mixer who will be interviewed in a very casual and conversational format by our sponsor Dean Chapman of Frontline Financial.

Ken's story will be shared just like our growing list of past guests.  These are business owners right here in our community who discuss their start up, challenges, what they've learned, and how they have achieved success.
Be inspired.  Build your network.  Save Money!
Business at Breakfast

5 Ways to Promote your Business at Summer Events

April 18, 2017
 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

**Space is very limited
Its FREE for members **

Does your business rely on customers from our Tri Region?  Don't overlook our community for exposing your goods/services at summer events and fundraisers like markets, expos, races, tournaments, etc. more







Economic development ministers gather in Toronto to release the new Canada Free Trade Agreement
ANALYSIS:  5 things to watch in today's interprovincial trade deal
'It's kind of a document of economic freedom for Canadians,' business advocate says      
Janyce McGregor, CBC News Apr 07, 2017
Buying beer in one province and bringing it to another can be a contentious issue in Canada. A new interprovincial trade deal sets up a working group to talk about liberalizing trade in alcohol within Canada. (CBC)
As economic development ministers gather in Toronto today to release the final text of the new Canada Free Trade Agreement, here's a quick guide to what it will - and won't - do.

Free the wine and beer? Not yet

Federal minister  Navdeep Bains says he's heard plenty from Canadians about how frustrated they feel at the restrictions provincial liquor monopolies place on their ability to buy beer, wine and spirits from outside their own province. Brewers, wineries and distilleries don't like the constraints either.
But it's one thing for the federal minister to say he wants to make liberalizing trade in alcohol a priority. It's another for provinces - who reap a lot of revenue from their monopolies - to dismantle their systems. (Recent, small steps have put more beer and wine in grocery stores and made it easier to order out-of-province wines online.) .... continue reading
BUDGET 2017 - Let's Not Wait and See
By Hendrik Brakel, The Canadian Business Journal  Apr 17/17 

The funniest line on Budget 2017 officially goes to John Ivison who said reading the federal budget was like being "relentlessly flogged with warm lettuce." The runner-up comes from one of our NDP friends who described it as the "Seinfeld Budget" (a show about nothing), and Andrew Coyne gets the honourable mention for "a wealth of bafflegab and buzzwords." ... continue reading 

Alberta Chamber of Commerce 
POLICY BULLETIN - April 5, 2017
To All Community Chambers,
The ACC would like to remind you of the currently ongoing consultations regarding the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. 

Employment Standards: online survey open until April 18, 2017
Alberta's Employment Standards outline the requirements all employers must adhere to in providing a fair and safe work arrange for their employees. These standards dictate when employees qualify for overtime pay, maternity and other leaves of absence, and workplace safety. ...continue reading
For more information, visit:  Alberta Labour Relations Code
T here are only thirty-two days left
to showcase your business  
to thousands of residents in our community.

Join us on May 13th at Spruce Grove & District Chamber's Signature Event for this ideal opportunity!   Life & Leisure Expo has been specifically planned to connect you the business owner, with our area residents in a meaningful way.

Events and activities like our FMX Stunt Show, Laser Tag, Petting Zoo, Carnival Games, Inflatable Playground, Street Hockey Tournament, Food Trucks and Waffle Challenge are all intended to boost attendance, and keep families entertained for the entire day. Opportunities to discuss your products and services will be available when you offer an activity or service geared towards "the family", drawing spectators to your booth.
Many successful business leaders regularly express the enjoyment of involvement in events like these, knowing this is their chance to advertise their business, while helping to help build a better community.

For more information contact Dianne 780.962.2561 
Want to Know Who's Killing the Small Retail Stores? Look in the Mirror 
By Ted Diadiun    March 22, 2017 

Over the weekend I went shopping for a new dishwasher, and ended up thinking about geese and golden eggs.

You know the fable: A man and wife owned a goose that laid a golden egg every day, making them rich. At length they grew tired of waiting a day for each new egg, and decided to cut the magic fowl open so they could gather all the eggs at once. Of course they found nothing there but the insides of a goose, and their daily windfall was no more.

"Too much greed," Aesop warned us in the inevitable moral of his story, "results in nothing."

Aesop was talking about shortcuts. People take shortcuts all the time, today and apparently back in Aesop's day, without worrying about the consequences until it's too late.

Employer responsibilities - The payroll steps

These steps will help you understand your responsibilities and how payroll works. It is important to understand each step, to ensure you are not assessed  penalties and interest or suffer other consequences
On Where You Live, Tim Dancy discovers the unique spirit of the many communities in Edmonton and the surrounding Capital Region. This episode features Spruce Grove.

If your business is not already involved with
  The Life and Leisure Family Expo , don't miss out on the action by putting a team together and showing off your teamwork abilities.  Call it a "Team Building" session, an "Active Workplace Initiative", or just for showing you're
 committed to everything community.  Register Today! 

Calling all Volunteers

"Volunteering lets you show that you genuinely care about the state of your surroundings both culturally and economically. By helping out with causes you care about you will ensure that you are consistently helping to raise the collective floor of your community.

Why build a business in a place if you don't see it having a bright future? Volunteer to show that you care about the longevity of your community and its people, and in turn your community will reward you with ample opportunities to expand your company. It will also show others that you are a natural leader, which is an important quality and personality trait of a small business owner."

Chris Marten

To learn more about volunteering opportunities with Life and Leisure click here   or contact Dianne Pilla  
Announcing Spruce Grove's first Amazing Race! Participating teams (18+) will travel within the Tri Region community, stopping in at local businesses where they will meet some Amazing challenges to win a cash prize of $1000.00 Bragging rights will be priceless!
Perpetual Fitness's Amazing Race is hosted in part by your Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce.   Register a team today!

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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