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Every year the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce hosts an Awards Gala to celebrate business excellence in our community. 

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.

We are asking citizens in our community to name a business/organization that they feel deserves to be recognized for the People's Choice Award. Please take the following survey to help us choose a winner.

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


Big increases to minimum wage are becoming fashionable in Canada: first Alberta (from $12.20 currently to $15 in October 2018), then B.C. (from $10.35 to $11.35 in September 2017) and now Ontario (from $11.40 to $15.00 in January 2019, a 30% hike in 18 months). Are workers better off or does it mean fewer jobs? The debate has been ferocious because economists don't agree, but let's look at the fundamentals.

Interest rate hike: Why Stephen Poloz still sounds anxious     Joe Castaldo July 12, 2017
Household debt, weak investment and uncertainty about inflation makes everything about the economy feel temporary. Including Wednesday's rate bump.

The Bank of Canada's decision to raise its key interest rate to 0.75 per cent today was entirely expected. The bigger question was what's next: is the central bank's intention to simply reverse the two rate cuts made in 2015 that dealt with the oil price crash? Or is today the start of a path toward higher interest rates?

Despite the bank's upbeat tone, Governor Stephen Poloz was reluctant to commit to either scenario. "I'm hesitating to classify it as either one of those stories," he said at a press conference this morning. "There's no predetermined path at this stage. It's a data dependent, quarter-by-quarter analysis that we'll be doing."...continue reading

Don't count the oilsands out, says industry pioneer Rick George
The man who helped turn the oilsands into an economic force believes the industry will outlast those who are in power today by centuries
Pipelines take steam to a well site and transport bitumen near Osum's Orion Cold Lake well pad. Rick Geroge, former CEO of Suncor Energy, is chairman of oil junior Osum Oil Sands. LARRY WONG, EDMONTON JOURNAL

Claudia Cattaneo  July 14, 2017

It would be easy to write off the oilsands - as many government and investor types are doing - if it weren't for relentless optimists such as Rick George.

The former chief executive of Suncor Energy Inc., who more than anyone transformed the Alberta oil deposits into an economic force, believes they are due for a rebound.

George, 65, who retired from leading Canada's largest oil company in 2011 but has continued to be involved in the industry as chairman of junior Osum Oil Sands Corp., blames the extended low-oil-price cycle and government actions for the ongoing investment exodus...continue reading

Rick George is the former CEO of Suncor Energy and has infinite optimism that the better times are ahead for the oilsands. Bloomberg News

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline construction will begin this September
The controversial project to replace and expand the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built as planned without any further delay.
Kenneth Chan Jul 19, 2017

In its first quarterly report since going public this past spring, Kinder Morgan says construction of the $7.4-billion, 987-km-long pipeline project from Edmonton to Burnaby will begin this September, despite the recent election of the BC NDP government, which has opposed the project, and threats from environmental activists....continue reading
Join us  Business @Breakfast
Is Your Network "Deep" or "Shallow?
Tuesday, Aug 1, 8 - 9am

It's great to have a large network, but if it is a mile wide with tons of people in it with no deep relationships, it will never be powerful. Join us as we discuss maintaining both a wide and a deep network and how to maximize the relationships in your business.
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.  For further information, call Dianne 780.962-2561 or register today!

How, when and where can Canada's digital spies hack? Government makes some suggestions in CSE Act
Proposed law would define how CSE spies can hack into foreign systems
By Matthew Braga, CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2017 

The Canadian government is proposing new legislation that, for the first time, would explicitly define how and when the country's digital spies can hack into computer networks and infrastructure around the world.

If accepted, the Communications Security Establishment Act would expand the spy agency's mandate to include two types of "foreign cyber operations" - attack and defence - and introduce new authorizations that would codify many of the operations the agency already conducts....continue reading
Canada Business Network
Why it's Vital to Review the Progress of Your Business
It's easy to focus only on the day-to-day running of your business, especially in the early stages. But once you're up and running, it can pay dividends to think about longer-term and more strategic planning. This is especially true as you take on more staff, create departments within the business, appoint managers or directors and become distanced from the everyday running of the business.
Reviewing your progress will be particularly useful if you feel:
  • uncertain about how well the business is performing 
  • unsure if you're getting the most out of the business or making the most of market opportunities
  • your business plan may be out of date, e.g. you haven't updated it since you started trading
  • your business is moving in a direction different to the one you had planned
  • the business may be becoming unwieldy or unresponsive to market demands
It is also useful if you have decided that your company is ready to move on to another level... 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.


Although we often focus on how government steers the economy through taxation, a more direct and immediate tool is regulation. Regulation plays an important role in shaping the economy and securing the well-being and safety of citizens. Unfortunately, Canada's regulatory environment is often a collection of complicated, overlapping and inefficient sets of rules.
Does your business stand out from the crowd
Upload your enhanced profile information onto your organizations web site and stand out from the crowd in your business categories, in search results and as a community leader. A few of the benefits as follows:
  • Priority placement in your business categories
  • Search results description, logo, and website link
  • Unlimited search keywords, 5 highlights with linked text
  • Large 1600 character description, logo, map link, social networks
  • Up to 15 photos, and link to YouTube videos
  • Clean mobile friendly version of enhanced profiles

Your business directory information is search engine optimized, so the better your content, the better your overall internet search results. For further information, call Dianne 780.962-2561 .

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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