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March 7 , 2017   

Business at Breakfast
Your Chamber Listing and The Community App

 March 14, 2017
 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

**Space is very limited - please register today! Its FREE for members**

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.


Join us for our monthly business mixer and informal chat on Thursday, Mar 23, 2017.

Our guest will be interviewed in a very casual and conversational format by our sponsor Dean Chapman of Frontline Financial.

These are the stories of business owners right here in our community who discuss successes, failures, and how they have achieved success.

There will also be lots of time to mix with fellow members and develop your network.

Our private section at The Canadian Brewhouse in Spruce Grove opens at 4:30 pm and the interview is from 6:00 until 6:30 pm.

Be inspired. Build your network. Save Money! 

April General Meeting
Date:  April 11, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
Join us for lunch and an update on your Chamber's activity, news and opportunities.  Businesses of any size or industry will discover how they can increase their exposure with the Chamber's many marketing options.
ATB'S Merchant Payment Program

Enjoy a discount of 1/2 off on your Unlimited Business Banking account at $30.00, (regular price is $60.00). For further information please Click here
Your  Business

Sat, May 13, 2017

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!

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.  If your business would like to connect with the community in a very fun environment, we welcome you to join us and reserving your space today!

Tax Assessments   If you own property in Spruce Grove, you will be receiving your 2017  assessment notice  
in the mail this month.

This assessment notice will show the market value of your property, which will be used to calculate the annual taxes on that property. This process, which follows guidelines established by the provincial government, helps ensure taxes are distributed in a fair and equitable way where owners of property with similar market values pay similar amounts of property taxes.
If you have questions about your 2017 assessment notice, you can attend the Assessment Open House on March 8 from 1-7 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall. An assessor will be available to review and discuss your property assessment.

Only a Few Tickets Left!  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 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.
NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING    February 9, 2017
Booster Juice, an Alberta success story, continues to thrive   by  Juris Graney

Dale Wishewan sits in his classic plaid suit, spinning a pen in his hand as he thinks in silence.
Sports memorabilia lines the wall of his office - a signed hockey stick and a few baseballs in plastic cases sit behind him in a bookcase.

If you didn't know him you'd probably think he was nervous. But for those who do, they know that's rarely the case for the 48-year-old.

"I don't get nervous much," he finally says. "But I think that comes from my background as a mechanical engineer. I like to be methodical. I try to be very analytical.

"People see me as a risk taker, and I do take risks, but I like to think of them as being educated risks."

He's also a big believer in intuition and backing yourself. After all, he didn't have a background in food services before launching what is now Canada's largest juice bar franchise.... continue reading
Brenda Johnson
The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce met with the city finance department/ administration last fall to better understand the commercial property tax assessment process.  City administration were very helpful in providing the timelines and how properties were assessed.  We will keep our business community informed of the timelines  for reviewing and appealing your property tax assessment, should you feel the assessment has been either understated or overstated.  Your first opportunity is on March 8th at City Hall. to create two dozen jobs in Amherst   In former Scotiabank building downtown

Brett Mason, president of, confirmed that he and partner Carl Firth of Deal Amusements Ltd. have purchased the former bank building.
Brett Mason, president
Mason said his Internet-based company will use the bank building as its headquarters and the jobs will be for salespeople, design-development staff, public relations and in other areas.
He said there will be a professional video and sound studio in the building as well.
"I launched a dot-com company several years ago and it has just scaled to a point where I need the space. We took at that building and it was well-maintained so we decided to take MrsGrocery and move it there," Mason said.
MrsGrocery is a nationwide grocery delivery service that has a team of approximately 60 providing a service to about two million homes across Canada. He plans to begin offering same-day delivery service to small businesses, farmers and producers.
"We're going to take the farmers market vendors and give them a 24/7 sales window.... continue reading
20/20 Series: Alberta's trade ties with China
International trade isn't just about exports. It's about the two-way flow of goods, services and investments, and China represents a huge opportunity for Albertan companies                                     Mar 1, 2017  by Michael Ganley

AT SIWIN FOODS' FOUR-year-old, $20-million food processing plant in southeast Edmonton, vice-president Gord DeJong points to the dumpling-making machines. One wraps the pork and vegetable mixture in thin dough. A series of conveyor belts carry the dumplings through the steam cooker, a water bath and the flash-freezer, eventually dropping them into 500-gram bags, which are boxed and prepared for shipment across the country.

"Alberta has seen by far the most Chinese investment of any province, with 108 deals and $60 billion in investment since 2004. B.C. comes second, with $14.5 billion."

The machines - with the help of the company's 65 employees - can pump out 20,000 pieces an hour, but it's not enough. Siwin supplies dumplings - along with potstickers, gyoza and sausages - to Sobeys, Safeway, Costco and T&T Supermarkets across the country, and business is booming. DeJong says the company plans to double the plant's 35,000-square-foot expanse in the next year or two. "When we opened this facility I thought we'd need another building in maybe 10 years," he says. "We need it now." .... continue reading
U.S. Steel not required for Keystone XL, despite Trump pledge             CALGARY HERALD 03.03.2017 

The Keystone XL pipeline won't be required to use American-made steel to earn construction approval from the Trump administration, the White House said Friday, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's repeated claims.

The president's executive order mandating the use of U.S. steel is "specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. "Since this one is already current, under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it would be hard to go back," she said.

That's welcome news to TransCanada Corp. as its moves forward with the US$8-billion project that would span 1,900 kilometres from Alberta through three states - Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska - before connecting to an existing network feeding crude to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. The line would carry as much as 830,000 barrels of oil a day, including some from North Dakota's Bakken shale.

In 2012, Calgary-based TransCanada said it expected half of the 821,000 tons of steel needed to construct the pipeline to be produced inside of the United States. The remainder of the steel was expected to be imported from Canada, Italy, and India.

Exempting Keystone XL from the president's requirement to use American steel would seem to fly in the face of Trump's public comments. Trump has repeatedly boasted that he forced pipeline companies to agree to use U.S. steel in their projects.

During a Feb. 23 meeting with manufacturing CEOs at the White House, Trump told U.S. Steel Corp chief executive Mario Longhi that "the pipe is coming from the U.S." for the Keystone project, as well as Energy Transfer Partners LP's Dakota Access pipeline.

During a Feb. 16 press conference, the president said that in exchange for using "the powers of government to make that pipeline happen" the administration "want them to use American steel."

He repeated the claim a day later during a tour of a Boeing Co. plant in South Carolina.

"You probably saw the Keystone pipeline I approved recently, and the Dakota," Trump said. "And I'm getting ready to sign the bill. I said, where is the pipe made? And they told me not here. I said, that's good - add a little sentence that you have to buy American steel.....

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   M-F  8:30am-4:30pm

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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