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of the  Month

Genesis Contracting Inc.
Ron Smith
has a long history of professional experience.

Being in the painting & renovation industry for more than 25 years, we have not only learned the skills necessary to start and finish a quality job but with that, the lessons of good character and rewards of a job well done.

Through the years, Genesis Contracting Inc. has demonstrated through words and deeds what it means to marry character and craftsmanship. Ron Smith, owner & operator of Genesis Contracting Inc. works on many of the projects himself but when he is not able to work at each job site, he has qualified employees on the job and personally comes to each site to insure job success.

With Genesis Contracting Inc. no job is too small and no detail is overlooked.

If you require quality professional painting services, we would like to recommend our Member of the Month, Ron Smith at Genesis Contracting  click here .
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For a limited time, enjoy a special price break on our Business Banking Package when you sign up for ATB Merchant Solutions.

* Merchant solutions rates starting at 1.55%
* No setup fees for your merchant account
* Unlimited Business Banking account for $30/month (regular price $60/month)
* No annual fee on an ATB business MasterCard® for one year*.... read more
Is there a business
in our area  that deserves recognition?

Do you know a business in Spruce Grove or the surrounding area that you believe delivers outstanding customer service, provides a product or service the community requires, and actively participates in the support of community events.

Finalists will be announced on our website, followed by a ceremony to celebrate the winners at the Awards Gala in Fall 2017.

Canada's climate-change plan threatens business competitiveness, Trudeau warned
Wingrove, Bloomberg News                                       July 25, 2017 

Canada's climate-change plan and other government measures are heaping costs on businesses and pushing them to a breaking point, the Chamber of Commerce says in a warning to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Chamber President Perrin Beatty, in a letter Tuesday, asked Trudeau to find ways to cut business costs to offset the impact of an emissions plan that includes a minimum carbon price beginning next year. Failure to do so could mean "seriously undermining Canada's competitiveness," he said.
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Preparing Canada for the changing global economy
Liberalizing Canada's economic environment, while ensuring vulnerable workers are not left behind, are the keys to success in our new global reality.                                            Written by Trevor Tombe  July 26, 2017 

Canada is a small, open economy; our prosperity depends on international trade. But as the global economic landscape changes rapidly, many are apprehensive about what the future holds. Will political developments thicken our southern border? Can our companies compete in an increasingly interconnected and digital world? Can our economy attract more international investors and multinational producers? These are important questions that, if we act wisely, can be answered in Canada's favour....continue reading

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Managing employees during tough times

As a small business owner, you will be faced with difficult choices during difficult times like an economic downturn or a decrease in demand for your product or service. In order to stay competitive, you must streamline operations and offer creative responses to external threats. It is critical to encourage innovation and make the kinds of changes that are necessary to ensure that your business succeeds today and in the future.
When times are tough, business owners often resort to layoffs as a cost-saving measure. However, laying off employees can damage your business and impair its ability to succeed in the long term. Layoffs incur direct costs, including severance pay, administration fees and legal fees, which immediately affect your bottom line. There are also less tangible costs like the skills, knowledge and experience that are lost when an employee is let go.... continue reading

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Our Business at Breakfast,Tuesday mornings from 8-9 am 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.

August 22 -  5 Ways to Build Long Lasting Customer Relationships

August 29 -  "Appy Hour"  Your Business and Your Community App at Shotz Lounge
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Targeted infrastructure investments key to solving economic challenges
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recently released a new report that finds focused infrastructure investments can help solve many of the major economic challenges that Canada faces.

By Angela Gismondi Jul 27, 2017

The report outlines key issues the government should target before beginning 2018 budget deliberations.

"Governments like to treat infrastructure like peanut butter and spread it all around to make sure every corner gets some," said Ryan Greer, director of transportation and infrastructure policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "Our whole focus with this (report) is just to say 10 to 12 years from now what do we want Canada to look like, what do we want to be some of the real key problems that we've solved?..continue reading

View the ACC's policy "Ensuring Infrastructure Support for Rural Communities"

Canada's economy posts 'blow out' growth; dollar jumps
Friday, Jul. 28, 2017 
David Parkinson Economics Reporter, Globe and Mail

Canada's economy continued its hot streak in May, riding broad-based growth led by a surge in oil output, beating already high market expectations and setting off another wave of buying in the high-flying Canadian dollar.

Statistics Canada reported that Canada's real gross domestic product jumped 0.6 per cent in May from April, on a seasonally adjusted basis - triple the solid 0.2-per-cent growth that economists had predicted. That matched the strongest single-month growth that the economy has posted in the past six years. Compared with 12 months ago, real GDP was up 4.6 per cent - the fastest year-over-year growth in nearly 17 years....continue reading

This year, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce outlined 10 ways to improve economic success, along with specific recommendations to advocate throughout the year.


Climate change is an ecological issue, but confronting it is also a business challenge. In addition to other measures, governments are looking to the private sector to mobilize money and technology to reduce the emissions that are already damaging the Earth's climate. For both the global ecology and the global economy, it is imperative these policies succeed. A survey by the World Economic Forum listed the possible failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as "the risk with the greatest potential impact in 2016."  .... continue reading
Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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