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May 30, 2017   
Announcing Spruce Grove's
first Amazing Race!
Participating teams (18+) will travel within the Tri Region community, stopping in at local businesses where they will meet some Amazing challenges to win a cash prize of $1000.00 Bragging rights will be priceless!

Perpetual Fitness's Amazing Race is hosted in part by your Spruce Grove & District Chamber of  Commerce.

Technologies Inc.
WannaCry Cryptoware Virus
Latest Cryptoware virus uses familiar methods to attack computers globally
As you may have likely heard, May 12th 2017 marked the beginning of an IT Security incident that is unprecedented, when compared to other Security threats in recent memory. As of writing about this threat, it is reported to have impacted over 200,000 computers across more than 150 countries. This threat has impacted organizations large and small, with some examples being: Britain's National Health Service (NHS), FEDEX and Telefonica to name a few...continue reading

Find out how to motivate a team, develop loyalty and manage conflict.

Valued staff may be more highly motivated and likely to remain with the organization. Here are some points for managers to consider.

How to ensure effective communication with employees and volunteers.
At each major or significant organizational stage or proposal, assess whether you need to communicate information to groups of staff or individuals (or a wider audience). Both can be critical in making sure that you have communicated effectively.

Planning communication
When planning communication, remember to:
  • build in opportunities for employees and volunteers to feed in their views
  • ensure that all employees and volunteers can access information: if your only communication method is by email, check whether everyone has regular access to a computer or a personal email account
  • deliver information via a variety of methods but consistently, so that people know what to expect and where to obtain or access information
  • maintain communication by regular and timely flows of information: try to avoid the last minute 'news scoop'
  • review your communication methods regularly and assess their effectiveness to ensure that your messages are getting through.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit offers advice and support for voluntary organisations. Learn from experts and your peers, and share your experiences with the community.
Join us Tuesdays - 8am-9am
for Business at Breakfast. 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. For further information, call Dianne 780.962-2561

Stay tuned to our website as we post policy updates determined at the  79th AGM and Policy Plenary Session  
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June 17, 2017
2:00 - 10:00 pm

Alberta's country-leading growth will be stronger than expected, Conference Board predicts  Gordon Kent 

Alberta's economic growth should be stronger this year than earlier predicted and will lead the country before slowing in 2018, the Conference Board of Canada's spring provincial outlook says.

The province's 2017 gross domestic product (GDP) is now set to increase by 3.3 per cent, up from the 2.8 per cent rise the conference board expected last winter, according to a report released Monday.

"In the winter we didn't have as much monthly data on some of the key economic indicators, and they're coming out to be more positive for Alberta than we expected," Marie-Christine Bernard, associate director of the non-profit research organization's provincial forecast service, said in a recent interview....continue reading

Alberta could be coal-free years ahead of deadline as ATCO plans natural gas transition by 2020
Geoffrey Morgan, Financial Post, Calgary Herald May 11, 2017
Alberta could realize its goal of phasing out coal-fired electricity years ahead of schedule as ATCO Ltd. announced Wednesday it planned to transition its power plants to burn natural gas by 2020.

"We're actually looking at greening them by 2020, not 2030," ATCO president and CEO Nancy Southern said Wednesday of the company's coal-fired power plants and the NDP government's 2030 deadline to phase them out.

"Our belief is that it makes sense to move to gasification of those coal plants now," she said...continue reading
Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce was represented by four (4) individuals at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Annual General Meeting Policy Plenary on Saturday, May 27 th.

Spruce Grove presented three policies:
  1. Carbon Levy: An Urgency to Competitive Balance for Industry and Future Sustainability 

       ...and two updated and renewed policies


Chair Rik and Brenda Johnson at the Agrivalue Proccesing Business Incubator 

2.  Wood Waste Recycling, turning waste problem into a resource solution


3.  Meeting Canada's Labour Needs by Attracting and Retaining International Students (available in the June 6/17 Newsletter or on our website Friday, June 2/17)


The Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator (APBI)
is a multi-tenant facility providing the infrastructure and services to support and enhance the establishment and growth of new companies and new business ventures in Alberta. The APBI is a federally registered establishment enabling resident companies to market their products nationally and internationally. Attendees of ACC AGM were invited to take a tour of the facility.
Just wanna have fun....
As the advocate for Alberta business, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce are your local resource, championing ideas, harnessing energy and collectively moving forward sensible solutions for small business. Last weekend the ACC held their 79th AGM and Policy Plenary Session in Leduc. Although Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce board members work hard to advocate on behalf of all businesses ...this weekend's conference was not all about work.

SGDCC Chair- Rik and Past Chair- Rosetta Lip Syncing to "Islands in the Stream" at Black JackIs in Leduc for the fun night at the ACC AGM

Chair Rik Kaminsky  "If I had million dollars" Lip Syncing at the ACC AGM
5 Minutes for Business
Fast and Furious-Negotiating NAFTA  May 23, 2017
Hendrik Brakel Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy

Tick-tock! The U.S. Trade Representative just sent the official notification to Congress that NAFTA negotiations will begin in 90 days. The Canadian government must now negotiate and resolve all the hot button issues with our American and Mexican friends-in the midst of a highly charged political environment. How will it play out?

For the next 90 days, every special interest and aggrieved Wisconsin dairy producer will have a chance to provide input during the consultation period under Trade Promotion Authority. Then, whatever new agreement is negotiated must pass the House and the Senate. All three governments want NAFTA 2.0 wrapped up ASAP. Canada wants to end the uncertainty that is hurting investment, and for our partners, it is even more urgent...continue reading           
Don't miss    the Spruce & Stony's Chamber of Commerce
8th Annual Chambers' Golf Tournament.  Register today!

The Visitor Information Centre is now open weekends!
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      • Sat/Sun     9:30am - 5:30pm
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Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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