December 6, 2016   

The 150 th anniversary of Canada's Confederation is fast approaching. During this celebration year, it is important to acknowledge that our country would not be the same without the work of volunteers. We would like to recognize the important work of volunteers across the country.

The call for nominations for Canada's Volunteer Awards is  now open until February 3, 2017 . You are invited to:
  • nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual, a group or a business who is making a difference in their community to receive an award; and
  • promote the call for nominations to your stakeholders.


Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • One (1) national award  Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award;
  • Five (5) regional awards  Emerging Leader, for young volunteers aged 18 to 30;
  • Five (5) regional awards  Community Leader, for individuals or groups of volunteers;
  • Five (5) regional awards  Business Leader, to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility; and
  • Five (5) regional awards  Social Innovator, to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations.

Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony and will be able to choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional awards) or $10,000 (national award).

Help highlight Canada's volunteer culture!
For more information about the Awards,
 please visit    Canada.ca/volunteer-awards  
or call 1-877-825-0434.
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 our Local Kinette's
Christmas Hamper Program
Let us know what your business and employees are doing to support the efforts of filling the 900 hampers needed this year, and enter to win free banner advertising from December 15th until January 30th. To increase your recognition, we will also inclu de an advertor ial in our newsletter and social media recognition showcasing your commitment to our community. 
Value of the draw- $200. Value to our community - Priceless
To have a collection bin placed in your workplace,  or for more inquiries, please contact Carolyn For More information on Kinnette's Christmas Hamper Program:

Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations,
 & Economic Development Groups

Hello Chamber member,

We want your input. Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey to gauge the outlook of Spruce Grove area businesses. We'd like to get your thoughts on your company's outlook and your view of our region and Alberta as a place to start and grow a business.  

To thank you for your time, the survey gives you the option to receive a  pre-release of the overall results prior to the official release.

This survey is being conducted in cooperation with the Baker Strategy Group, a consulting firm focused on supporting business startup and growth. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me or reach out directly to David Baker.


Brenda Johnson
President & CEO
Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce
David Baker
Baker Strategy Group
o: 734-786-3342
c: 734-355-8232

Donations of non-perishable food items, gift cards
  to purchase perishables and gifts for children 17 and under
will be accepted at the luncheon.
NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING  Nov 18, 2016 by Kyle B. Murray

Habit and familiarity drive the retail-consumer relationship

Competition today is more about relationships than differentiation

Most retailers are merchants at heart. They focus on products, rather than customers. Yet profitability and long-term success are not driven by products, they are the result of strong customer relationships. In the competitive retail marketplace, products are an essential component of the value proposition, but it is the customers who are of greatest value to the business.

The key to customer satisfaction is delivering an experience that exceeds expectations. A customer goes shopping with some expectation ... read more
Marijuana task force submits report outlining framework for legal system   Nov 30, 2016  by Daniel Leblanc

Dave Chan - The Globe and Mail
An employee at Tweed Inc., a licensed grower, attends to medical marijuana plants last January in Smiths Falls, Ont. Established growers are expected to have an edge initially.
Canada's new legal marijuana regime is expected to feature a mishmash of provincial rules and a heavily regulated production system that will initially favour existing producers of medical cannabis, sources say.

Former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan, who leads a panel outlining a framework for the system, gave her report to the government on Wednesday, offering recommendations on how marijuana should be legally produced ...read more
Why Is Online Marketing So Effective? April 2016    Darryn  Online Marketing

There are several ways and means of really bringing out the very best in an online marketing strategy. Understanding how online marketing works is of vital importance. Below is an overview as to why online marketing is so effective as an advertising medium and the various tools that you can make use of to achieve the most desired results.

Online marketing gives business owners the freedom to advertise and promote their products or services and receive immediate response. Business owners can reap the benefits of this method of marketing as it is inexpensive and easy to start... read more

Wage Subsidies Recruitment and Youth Employment Programs

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is a 4-16 week wage subsidy program that provides funding to eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August. A standardized wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants. Watch for new information soon to be released for the 2017 STEP....read more
Minimum Wage Survey

The Alberta Government raised the provincial minimum wage to $12.20 per hour on October 1, 2016. It has also reaffirmed its intention to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.

Given the tremendous response we received on our first two surveys, the ACC is conducting a third phase survey to identify the impacts to business as a result of the most recent increase and the anticipated impacts of a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2018.

The Government recognizes the ability of the chamber network to connect with members of the business community, and has asked us to provide and update on impacts to date and expected impacts of further changes to the minimum wage.

The input of our members is invaluable. The ACC received over 2400 responses to Phase I and Phase ll of our Minimum Wage Survey, 5.8% of which represented our business members.. it is our goal is to surpass this level of participation and we need your help to do it.
It takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

The survey will close on Friday, December 16, 2016
We appreciate the participation of your members and thank you in
 advance for your help in conducting Phase IIl of the survey.
 Purolator Shipping Discount

As a member of the Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce, you gain access to the shipping services and experience of Purolator, where you will enjoy preferential pricing through a volume discount program. Purolator offers all chamber members, discounts up to 30% on Purolator Express® and Purolator Ground® suite of services. To learn more about this program ... click here
Your Opinion Counts
Spruce Grove Public Library wants your feedback!  They want to know what you think about how they can make the library the best it can be. Take a minute to fill out the survey and help them decide on the library's future. Survey will be running from November 27 to December 10/16.  Click here to access the survey.  To learn more about the Spruce Grove Public Library, click here.

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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