Grow.  Prosper .
April 4, 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.

There will also be lots of time to mix with fellow members and develop your network.

Our private section at The Canadian Brewhouse in Spruce Grove opens at 4:30 pm and the interview is from 6:00 until 6:30 pm.  
 Register today !

Be inspired.  Build your network.  Save Money!
Business at Breakfast

5 Ways to Promote your Business at Summer Events

April 11, 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.  They can provide the perfect opportunity to attract attention and get new customers.  Did I mention that they're a super fun way to promote what you do?  
Our Business at Breakfast aims to provide the tools and education necessary to succeed in entrepreneurship, economic growth, and competitiveness; our breakfasts focus on business education in our region.  The networking opportunities that come with it are casual yet very powerful. 

April General Meeting
April 11, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Join us for a business networking lunch with numerous networking meeting format. Just bring your business cards and your elevator speech and a big smile.
  If anyone is seriously looking for a luncheon sponsorship opportunity, this may your chance.
A Message from
  Alberta Traffic & Safety

Speed can be the difference between a minor injury and a serious one such as brain trauma, which will have life-long consequences for you, your family, and your friends. It's important that drivers drive at a speed suitable for the characteristics of the road and be aware of unexpected hazards, such as blind spots, dips or hills on the roadway, and animals on the road.
The Facts:
In the last 5 years, 451 people were killed and 11,753 were injured in collisions involving unsafe speed. (2010-2014).

In 2014, 25 per cent of fatal collisions involved a driver travelling at an unsafe speed.

In the 2017 Driver Attitude Survey, 57 per cent of Albertans said they almost never drive more than 10 km above the posted speed limit. Only 19 per cent of Albertans said they almost never drive between 5 and 10 km above the posted speed limit.

In the past 10 years, there were an average of 1,274 convictions each year for speeding more than 50 km/h over the speed limit.

Demerits for speeding range from two points (exceeding the posted limit by less than 15 km/h) to six points (exceeding the posted limit by more than 50 km/h).

In the last 5 years, 40 per cent
of fatal speed-related collisions occurred in urban areas, leaving 60 per cent in rural areas (2010-2014).
For more information or tools, please visit the following sites:  
community chambers
For more than 10 years Ken Kolby has been a strong and thoughtful voice for business across Alberta. Ken's dedication to the vibrancy and prosperity of Alberta's communities inspires others to make this the best place to live and do business. The best place in the world.
Congratulations and Thank You Ken

NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING    March 30, 2017
Alberta Chambers of Commerce: Budget no cause for celebration for the province's businesses
Ken Kobly, president and CEO of Alberta Chambers of Commerce joins BNN for an interview to provide his take on the Alberta budget and what it means for the province's businesses.

Provincial carbon tax or no, businesses should get ready    Prepping for a carbon-constrained future
by Michael Ganley, Alberta Venture Feb 1, 2017

One of the many things Peter Tertzakian talked about in his interview for this issue of Alberta Venture  was the internal combustion engine. He made the point that it is incredibly inefficient, using only about 15 per cent of a barrel of oil to propel the vehicle down the road. The rest is blown out the exhaust pipe as heat. "We banned the incandescent light bulb because it was so inefficient," he says. "If you ban that, logically you should ban the internal combustion engine too."

Icing the ICE may sound radical. It has, after all, shaped transportation, urban development and much more about the ways humans organize and entertain themselves for more than a century. But don't bet the farm it won't happen. Last October, the German Bundesrat - a legislative body representing that country's 16 states - called on the European Commission to pass laws ensuring that by 2030, "only zero-emission passenger vehicles will be approved." .. .continue reading 
Cyber Security in Canada: Practical Solutions to a Growing Problem
To view the report: Cyber Security in Canada: Practical Solutions to a Growing Problem Click here


Are you an employer?

Employers have responsibilities they must fulfill. Employers who do not comply with the payroll requirements may have to pay the deductions not withheld, a penalty, and face other consequences.

Employment status directly affects a worker's entitlement to employment insurance benefits under the Employment Insurance Act. It can also affect how a worker is treated under other legislation such as the Canada Pension Plan and the Income Tax Act. Because of this, it is important that you know whether a worker is an employee or a self-employed individual.
The facts of the working relationship as a whole decide the employment status. However, we generally consider you to be an employer if: ... continue reading

Are you building your Network?

The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce offers many networking opportunities to grow your business.
Do you know what to do when you get there?

Author Alan Chapman, shares the following techniques on how to prepare yourself for this golden opportunity.

1 . Elevator speech.

2. Be different.

3. Help others.

4. Personal integrity.

5. Relevant targeting.

6. Plans and aims.

7. Follow up.

8. Be positive.

9. Sustained      focused effort.

10. Life balance.

Describe yourself concisely and  impressively.

Differentiate yourself. Aim high. Be best at something.

Help others and you will be helped.

Integrity, trust and reputation are vital for networking.

Groups and contacts relevant to your aims and capabilities.

Plan your networking - and know what you want.

Following up meetings and referrals makes things happen.

Be a positive influence on everyone and everything.

Be focused - and ever-ready.

Being balanced and grounded builds assurance.

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Highway of Tears

Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Duffield libraries in the Tri-area hosted a 7km Honour Walk on Wednesday March 29th along Hwy 16A from Stony Plain to Spruce Grove in recognition of the "Highway of Tears" route along Hwy 16. Local residents participated in the Walk to honour missing and murdered indigenous women and help raise awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Canada. 

Hosted by the Rotary of Spruce Grove and Goodwill Industries of Alberta
Celebrate the Outstanding Service of Our Youth
Cheryl Bernard_ 2010 Olympic Medalist
Cheryl Bernard - Keynote Speaker

The  Rotary Club of Spruce Grove and
Goodwill Industries are co-hosting a major event for youth in Spruce Grove at
Horizon Stage on Tuesday, April 18 th.
The Champions of Good event will recognize youth from 12 to 18 years of age who have contributed to, volunteered in or provided service in the City of Spruce Grove.  Clubs, organizations, schools, churches and individuals can recognize youth who have made and continue to make our community a better place......  learn more

11 Alberta Workplace Rights Most People Think They Have but Don't

1. Your employer can make you pay for a uniform
Your employer is allowed to charge you for the cost of your work uniform as long as they follow a few rules:
The deduction cannot reduce your wages below the minimum wage, and Your employer isn't allowed to deduct more than the actual cost of the uniform.

2. Your employer doesn't have give you benefits, even if you work full-time
There is no law that makes your employer give you benefits, no matter how much you work. Benefits are an extra perk that your employer can offer but does not have to. Ask your employer what the company policy is.

3. Some jobs are exempt from rules about hours of work and breaks
Some jobs do not have to follow the rules about hours of work, rest periods, and days of rest. Examples of jobs that are exempt include:
certain types of sales people;
farm or ranch workers;
managers and supervisors; and
instructors or counselors at non-profit education or recreational camps.

4. If you are under 18 you cannot work during the school day
If you are still in school and are under 18 years old it is illegal for an employer to permit you to work during normal school hours. An exception to the rule would be an off-campus education program like a work experience course or registered apprenticeship program. This exception is allowed because you are still considered to be at school even though you are at the workplace.

5. Sick leave is not covered specifically in employment laws
Your employer will probably have rules about sick leave but employment law doesn't specifically cover sick leave. Sick leave might be included in your benefits or as part of a union agreement (if you belong to one). Talk to your employer to find out about the company policy on sick days.

6. If you work less than a year and leave on maternity leave your job may not be protected
Under the Employment Standards Code new parents are entitled to a period of leave without pay. Once they are back from leave they must be given back their old or equivalent job.
But.. the Employment Standards Code only requires employers to guarantee jobs for employees who have worked for 1 year before going on parental leave.

7. Sometimes you can be discriminated against, but only in limited situations
The Alberta Human Rights Act protects Albertans from discrimination most of the time (link). However, when a job requires certain skills or abilities to perform the job, it may be considered a bona fide (genuine) occupational requirement. For example, for a moving company the ability to lift heavy boxes might be a bona fide occupational requirement.

8. Overtime doesn't apply to some jobs
Some specific types of jobs are not entitled to overtime pay because these jobs do not have to follow the rules about hours of work, rest periods, and days of rest. Examples of these jobs include:
certain types of sales people;
farm or ranch workers;
managers and supervisors; and
instructors or counselors at non-profit education or recreational camps.

9. Tips are not protected from deductions
Your boss is never allowed to make deductions from your wages for broken items, faulty workmanship or shortages in the cash register if anyone else had access to it. But these rules do not apply to your tips.
For example, if you dropped a glass at work your boss cannot take money from your wages to buy a new one. Your boss could, however, take money from your tips that evening to cover the cost of the glass.

10. Asking about previous criminal convictions is not protected
When applying for a job your potential employer can ask you if you have had any previous criminal convictions. Some employers might even require a criminal record check.

11. If your shift is less than 5 hours long, you are not entitled to take a break
Employers are not required to give you a break if your shift is less than 5 hours long. They might give you a break anyway but they don't have to. Talk to your employer about expectations.

All of the materials on this page were funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund (HREMF). This project was a result of a research project funded by HREMF. For further information Click Here
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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