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January 31, 2017   

Welcome New Members
  • Quesnel Trucking Inc
  • Cuts & What Knots
  • Pauline Francis - Realty Executives Polaris
  • Dwight Hayes - Realty Executives Leading
  • Snap Fitness
  • True Balance
  • APEX Recruitment
  • Signature Orthodontics
  • Investors Group Financial Services - Scott Harnett
  • Hydra Consulting Corp.
  • CEM Financial Services Inc
  • Parkland Montessori School Ltd.
Greg Baron and Staff at Liberty Tax for 15 years in our City! 

Your Spruce Grove Chamber board members Joshua Allen (Main Street Law LLP), Melissa Johnson (Maid in Alberta) and Ken Munro (360 Wellness) along with Mayor Stuart Houston and Councillor Wayne Rothe celebrated their success with cake and refreshments. 

Check out their Hot Deal for $20 off a Tax Return for new clients. Tax Season is upon us, take advantage of their discounts!
The 2017 Community Chamber Directories are now available. If your business advertised with us and you would like to pick up your copy, our office is open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

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
The Spruce Grove & District  Chamber of Commerce UPS  Savings Program just got  even better!

You can now save 40% on UPS® shipping services!

In today's ever-changing marketplace, Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce understands your need to save time and money. That is why we have leveraged the buying power of our members to deliver even better savings on the shipping products and services that can help move your business forward. Let the experts at UPS® help manage your shipping and supply chain needs so that you can focus on the things that will support growth -things like innovation, sales, and service.

Remember, this offer is exclusive to Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce members. By enrolling in our UPS® Savings Program you can start saving 40% today - no matter how much you ship, when you ship or where it's going!

Now is the time to start building for growth, visit:
 or call 1-800-MEMBERS (M-F, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., ET), to enroll.

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.

Keystone XL Pipeline

KXL is a proposed 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline, beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. The project will be a key component of a much needed refocus on U.S. infrastructure investment while also producing thousands of well-paying jobs and substantial economic benefit to local communities and the U.S. GDP.

KXL represents a safe, reliable, and environmentally sound way to connect the American economy with an abundant North American energy resource produced by a neighbor that shares a commitment to a clean and healthy environment. The energy it carries will ultimately fuel the daily lives of Americans.

A small town in Alberta where Keystone XL will begin already seeing uptick after pipeline's revival
Gordon Kent, Postmedia News Dateline | January 29, 2017 
John Lucas/ Edmonton Journal
Midwest Construction workers assemble
 the new Enbridge pipeline to Hardisty southeast of New Sarepta   

Hardisty, Alta. real estate agent Connie Beringer says business interest in the town is growing just days after U.S. President Donald Trump revived the possibility of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline.

The area around the municipality 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton will house storage tanks and other structures needed for the northern end of TransCanada Corp.'s 1,900-kilometre pipeline tying Alberta's oilsands to Gulf Coast refineries.

Although there could be years of negotiations and challenges before dirt starts to move on the $8-billion project, Beringer says she has already handled dozens of calls from people inquiring about buying homes as investments.

"It's hard to believe that Trump could make my phone ring, but he has. He just made one announcement and my phone is ringing fairly steadily."

The Realty Executives agent also manages about 30 rental properties. At least half of them were empty six months ago, but now most are occupied.

"I have definitely seen an increase in people coming here to work," says Beringer, a town councillor.

"With oil prices going up as well, that's made a difference. Some companies have decided to open up a little bit."   read more
5 Steps to Survival    Don't Just Survive - Thrive!

Grand strategies and bold innovations are great. But ­sometimes you don't need to philosophize - you need to act. Here are five tips from Ed Straw, Vice-President of Strategic Business Solutions at ATB Financial, for weathering the storm.

1. Go back to your suppliers and renegotiate
Sure, your suppliers are in the same situation that you are. But your survival is also in their best ­interest. So have a conversation with them more

2. Redo your processes
Sometimes a slowdown can be cause for reflection. It gives your business a chance to look internally and re-evaluate your more

3. Find new markets
There are two areas to consider when looking for new markets. The first is geographic markets - what would it take to ­expand more

4. Find new clients
In a downturn, it's common to hear business owners talk about how they'll only take on worthwhile contracts or jobs that pay enough to turn a decent profit. But this is an easy way to ­isolate more

5. Refinancing
Refinancing is all about being able to effectively present and defend your future business plan. What's your forecast for cash flow? more

Talking 'Bout Your Reputation
What drives business reputations - both good and bad - is complicated, fascinating, important stuff

by Tim Querengesser

When talking about business reputation, it helps to first examine the career trajectories of celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Robert Downey Jr. Lohan, you will recall, was a child star - freckled, beautiful, mature - who drove box-office success for many years, only to tumble into drugs and scandal as she grew into adolescence; her career has yet to recover. Downey Jr., on the other hand, went from a B-level actor to a cocaine addict. He appeared in court, scandalized, only to become Hollywood's most marketable beau in his 40s. One actor's reputation was weak, the other'

The lessons of Lohan and Downey Jr. are applicable for companies. Reputation is about strength and awareness drivers, and about who knows you and what they think when they hear your name
.... read more

Alberta MLAs ditch auto repair Bill 203 after industry protests  "The truth is this bill is a harsh solution in search of a non-existent problem," says industry rep

By Michelle Bellefontaine   CBC News  Jan 23, 2017
Bill 203 aimed to make car repair bills more transparent but people in the industry said it created more problems than it solved.
Sarah Bridge/CBC

Congratulations on the successful effort  OK Tire 
and Elaine to ditch the "unworkable and redundant" Bill 203.

A private member's bill aimed at protecting consumers from unexpected repair charges will not proceed after industry members said it was unworkable and redundant.

MLAs decided Monday Bill 203, which was under review by the standing committee on families and communities, was too flawed to recommend it proceed to second reading.

The decision came after a day of testimony from industry groups, auto dealerships and repair shops. Every group except one called on the government to drop the bill.

Members of the Alberta auto industry told MLAs the bill duplicates measures in the Fair Trading Act.... read more

Coldest Night of the Year 2017 
Spruce Grove

Learn how you can help
It's cold out there. Walk with us on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the Coldest Night of the Year, a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities.

Parkland Food Bank is hosting a Walk-a-Thon to raise funds and awareness to fight poverty in our community.

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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