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June 27, 2017   

Ways of measuring your organisation's success with people management procedures.

There are several measurements you can use to demonstrate achievements in people management procedures and processes. These can be logged and compared year-on-year.
  • Turnover rates (the number of people joining and leaving your organisation). Read ten tips for reducing staff turnover.
  • Exit interviews with employees who leave. Learn about structuring an exit interview.
  • Employee satisfaction surveys (even small scale in-house surveys can be helpful).
  • Reduction in sickness absence levels.
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July 1, 2017
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This easy appetizer takes only 10 minutes to prep. Topped with sour cream, cheese and chopped veggies, this Mexican bean dip pairs perfectly with crunchy tortilla chips.
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Several golfers from Stony Plain & Spruce Grove businesses took part in the Chambers' of Commerce 8th Annual Networking Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 15th. Teams of 4 enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, meeting new people and competing against other golfers. The event wrapped up with a delicious BBQ luncheon and numerous prizes for the best teams. We would like to thank our sponsors and golfers for  your continued support in this annual event..
5 Minutes for Business     June 22, 2017
Modernizing NAFTA - Come Join Our Campaign!

We remain optimistic that NAFTA 2.0 could be a huge boost to the economies of North America because there is so much to be gained. But we're also starting to worry: anti-trade rhetoric and posturing could veer the talks towards trouble. There are a lot of contentious issues to resolve in an unreasonably short deadline. Trade, in general, and NAFTA, in particular, are massively unpopular with Trump supporters. 

And the decision-making in Washington D.C. around trade issues has become increasingly chaotic, with U.S. business groups pushing back aggressively against nationalists in the administration. We've already seen an executive order to withdraw from NAFTA, where President Trump told the Washington Post, "I looked forward to terminating. I was going to do it." It was the uproar from U.S. business that forced the Trump Administration to reverse its position... continue reading

Opinion: Canada must win exemption from NAFTA's proportionality rule   

Gordon Laxer   June 23, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump is known for tweeting alternative facts. But occasionally, perhaps inadvertently, his tweets conform to real facts. When he approved the building of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, Trump said it would "reduce our dependence on foreign oil." Given that the pipeline would be filled with mainly Alberta bitumen, Trump revealed that he thinks Canadian oil is American oil.

Unfortunately, it's virtually true. NAFTA's proportionality rule (Article 605) gives Washington, D.C., virtually unlimited, first access to most of Canada's oil and natural gas...continue reading

Saying Goodbye & Thank You t o the Honourable Rona Ambrose

MP Rona Ambrose and PC constituent members hosted business friends and long-time PC supporters at the Heritage Pavilion on Saturday, June 24 th . CEO, Brenda Johnson attended on behalf of the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to wish Rona well in her future endeavours and to thank her for acting on business and our regional issues that the chamber brought forward to her. Ms. Ambrose will be settling in Calgary sometime in the future with her partner JP. This region will always be home though, as this is where Rona grew up and all her family still resides here.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Policy Wins

Our Success = Your Gain
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce exists  to ensure Canadian businesses have access to the people, customers, infrastructure, capital and technology needed to compete and win in domestic and global markets.

They are proud that we were able to influence the government to implement public policy improvements or commit financing to the benefit of Canadian business.

These wins will enable businesses to create jobs for Canadians, expand their markets, increase their productivity and generate the wealth needed to support the families, schools and social programs in their communities.
  • Access to People
  • Access to Customers
  • Access to Infrastructure
  • Access to Capital
  • Access to Technology
  • Other Wins for Business
OPINION -  Sooner or later, the bill will arrive for Trudeau's spending: Neil Macdonald
This government is close to surpassing Canada's all-time per-capita spending record   CBC News  Jun 13, 2017 

Setting aside the strange, faith-based alchemy of money-printing, government finances are pretty simple: if the government spends more than it takes in, it either has to borrow the difference or raise taxes. Eventually, enough spending and borrowing will force it to raise taxes.

And that is where Justin Trudeau's government is heading... continue reading
Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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