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January 24, 2017   

With almost 600 members in our business community, we continue to be a valuable conduit in a B2B and B2C environment. 
Our New Year/New Connections Mixer on Wednesday, January 25th has been organized with YOU in mind! Take advantage of the opportunity, and enjoy the relaxed and non formal event that will help grow your business.
  • Re-connect with your fellow Chamber members.
  • Re-establish key contacts and partnerships.
  • All members and staff of your team are invited to join us - they are important and we would love to meet them too. 
Re-energize your business for a new year of growth and opportunity!  

SAT MAY 13 2017

This is Spruce Grove & District Chamber's Signature Event! It is unique to us, and has been specifically planned to connect our business community and our area residents in a meaningful and powerful way. It's created for the community as a whole, where everyone will experience a true celebration of our amazing region.

Be recognized as an active business leader by joining us for a day in the park where business meets community and shares in the celebration.

The feedback from 2016 was so positive, that we simply can't wait to celebrate with you on Sat. May 13th!

Showcase your business with an activity, item or service geared toward "the family" and the residents of our community.

We can help with your ideas for a healthy ROI and we especially welcome yours!

Suggestions for activities include:
  • build something
  • hit a target
  • offer races
  • safety checks
  • build a healthy snack
  • manage a popcorn or candy floss stand
  • shoot some hoops
  • kick some balls
  • organize small competitions
  • teach something
  • create something
  • paint something
.....the list is virtually as big as the imagination of our business community!

Participation is a great way to expose your business to the consumers in our Tri Area, and in a way that positively connects to our community to your establishment.

This outdoor event will move indoors to the Agrena building in the case of inclement weather.
*A deposit will be required as our 40 available spaces are filling very fast. 

Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce Members $250; Non-Members $400

Create an account in just a few minutes at Remember, if you receive our weekly emails, you already have an account andcan use the same login.

Go ahead and fill your cart with all your favourites from every aisle, including fresh produce, dairy, meat and frozen... all the same great prices that you enjoy in store.

Once your order is placed, your Personal Shopper will follow your list and carefully pack your order. Prefer your bananas a little green?  No problem, just let us know.  Shop with confidence knowing that you'll receive only the freshest, highest quality products.

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Park in your convenient pick up stall and never leave the comfort of your car. We'll bring your order to your vehicle and even load it for you.

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Spruce Grove  (780) 962-0847 

The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce welcome Mayor Stuart Houston of the City of Spruce Grove and Mayor Rod Shaigec of Parkland County as our guest presenters for the Annual Mayor's Regional Address, Thursday, March 9th at the Elk's Hall in Spruce Grove. Please join us and register on-line at your earliest convenience (click here) or call 780.962.2561 for more information.  This evening dinner event sells out each year so register soon.
Jan 23, 2017    by Alberta Venture Staff
Dan Balaban's thoughts on renewable energy
The man behind Greengate Power and Alberta's two largest wind farms, offers spin-free thoughts on the future of energy

Alberta Venture: Renewable energy is a growth industry and the government recently announced 400 MW of new procurement. How is this going to affect the outlook for Greengate and for renewables?

Dan Balaban: The NDP government has put renewable energy in Alberta back in business. It started last year when the NDP announced the Climate Leadership Plan. That sends a strong signal to the market that this government is serious about improving Alberta's environmental performance, and at the same time diversifying our economy by driving investments into renewables.

On the price of power in Alberta: "It can
 go from zero to $999/MW in any given hour. That's caused a lot of grief for consumers." 
- Dan Balaban, Greengate Power

Then, a couple weeks ago now, the government announced it's going to have its first round of procurement, where there's going to be 400 MW of contracts auctioned off and all the various companies with renewable energy projects under development will be able to bid for these contracts. These contracts provide a predictable revenue stream for renewable energy projects to be built and financed. At the same time, they provide what I believe will be a low-cost, long-term source of power for consumers in Alberta. Under this structure we should see some of the lowest-price renewables in more

20/20 Series: What makes a great leader?

Jan 11, 2017 by Robbie Jeffrey
Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell
Photograph Ryan Girard

For the inaugural story of Alberta Venture's 20/20 series, they spoke with former prime minister Kim Campbell about what makes a great leader - and what makes Alberta's unique.

It's the morning after Donald Trump won the U.S. 2016 presidential election, beating by the sparest of margins the woman whose destiny in the White House seemed foretold. The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Canada's first and only female prime minister, is on vacation in France, watching Hillary Clinton's concession speech. "I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too," Clinton says. But Campbell, a vocal Trump critic throughout the campaign, feels more than just disappointment. Campbell's brief tenure as PM - she served four months after former prime minister Brian Mulroney retired, before losing the 1993 election to the Liberal Party - was marked by some of the same attitudes towards women that haunted the American campaign: dismissal, disbelief, misogyny. Campbell's mother raised her to believe she could do anything, and exposed her to female role models like Charlotte Whitton, a feminist and mayor of Ottawa, the first female mayor of any major Canadian city. "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good," Whitton famously said.

Campbell feels solidarity with Clinton in defeat. "That's one of the hardest things about leadership - maintaining the right tone in the face of loss," she says. "The combination of respect for the system but also a belief in what you've been doing... read more
Without coal, how will Alberta get its power in 2030

Apr 13, 2016 by Michael Ganley

The Notley government is heading into a policy minefield that will have major repercussions on the price of electricity for decades to come

Albertans are middle-of-the-pack when it comes to electricity prices. We pay more than hydro-endowed provinces like Quebec and B.C., but less than just about everyone else. Most of our electricity comes from large, coal-fired power plants, with natural gas providing most of the rest and just about nine per cent coming from renewables.
Replacing 6,258 megawatts of coal-fired generating capacity - which provided 55 per cent of the electricity Albertans consumed in 2014 - in 14 years will be no easy task. That mix is going to change, and quickly. Last November, the Alberta government announced its sweeping climate change plan, promising, among other things, to shutter the province's coal-fired power plants by 2030 (with two-thirds of the replacement capacity to be filled by renewable power) and to bring in a broadly based carbon tax. It's an ambitious plan and "greening the grid" is an important part of it, as the electricity sector accounts for about 17 per cent of Alberta's total greenhouse gas emissions.

But replacing 6,258 megawatts of coal-fired generating capacity - which provided 55 per cent of the electricity Albertans consumed in 2014 - in 14 years will be no easy task. With memories of Ontario's incredibly expensive efforts to green its grid fresh in everyone's mind, Alberta is heading into a policy minefield that will have major repercussions on the prices we all pay for electricity for decades to come.... read more
How to protect your business from a cyber attack
Hackers don't discriminate between mega-corporations and small businesses: Every organization with an Internet connection is at risk

Jan 18, 2017 by Alberta Venture Staff

Cyber attacks today are more common, sophisticated and destructive than ever before and, with each new smart device, there is a greater chance of cyber intrusion.

"We are failing to see how easy it is for any group to take down our way of life." - Jae Steen, chief technology officer, Ekota Central

These attacks are not exclusive to Fortune 500 companies. Small and medium-sized businesses are vulnerable too. But, fear not, there are ways organizations can be proactive. The first step is education: understand your Internet footprint and recognize key entry points that should be secured. Educating yourself can be as simple as hiring a security professional to host a lunch and learn at the office. "[It starts with] understanding the difference between a good password and a bad password, understanding why 'scrappy01' is a bad password," Steen says. "Understanding how you access things and how they can be dangerous, like unsecured Wi-Fi points."

By the Numbers
Deloitte polled IT leaders at more than 100 Canadian organizations in all sectors in the Canada Cyber Security Survey 2015. Some of the findings: more
To Our Members
January 2017 Membership Renewal Invoices have been forwarded electronically to the email we have on file as your accounts representative.

If your renewal anniversary date is January and you did not receive your renewal invoice please contact the chamber administration office at your earliest convenience.

Please note that January renewals are due upon receipt of invoice.
STEP 2017 creates jobs for Alberta's students
Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. By hiring youth over the summer months, employers are providing students with the resources and opportunity to gain valuable employability skills and experience, making them more ready to excel in the work force after graduation.

  All eligible employers are invited to apply for funding by February 3.

Additional information on the program and application process can be found Click here to apply.

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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