November 15, 2016   

Rosetta Taylor, a message from the SGCC Chair

AGM and Chair's Reception

Please join us for dinner & drinks as we conclude 2016, elect your new board and discuss our vision for the upcoming year.

Tue, Nov 15/17
Doors open 5:30 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm

 4:30pm Doors
  6:00pm Interview
Join us for our monthly business mixer and informal chat on the last Thursday of the month.  

We are thrilled to announce our guest, Peter Matheos, who you'll all remember from Peter's Pizza!  He will be interviewed in a very casual & conversational format by our sponsor Dean Chapman of Frontline Financial.

Nov 25  -27

A FUNdraiser for the WestView Health Centre and community wellness programs!

Heritage Pavilion 
5100 - 41 Ave.
Stony Plain

General Admission
  • Adults $5
  • Children $3
  • 3 and under FREE

Website Banner Advertisin g

Our website is the hub of business activity and resources in our region and is the go-to place for business-related news. Included is a search-able business directory, discount and benefit listings for members, news, important links, Chamber and community events calendars and much more. Our e-newsletter works hand-in-hand with our website by drawing traffic directly to it every week!

With a 15% increase in members since January of this year, and website traffic up over 38% in that time, you'll have the exposure in the community you serve. Our banner advertisers are enjoying hundreds of hits every week...thousands yearly.


Nov 29 th, 2016
 Venue TBA
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Continental Breakfast (Coffee and muffins)

Workshop Description
The 10 biggest HR mistakes all growing companies make (and how to fix them).
Your company is growing, ... is your Human Resources (HR) program? In this half-day workshop you'll learn how a custom HR program can help you grow and sustain your business, and prevent many of the day to day hassles of managing people.

Learn Strategies, Tips, and Tricks in:
  • Recruitment & Retention 
  • Health & Safety 
  • Learning & Development 
  • Performance Management 
  • Employee Transition
... and much more!   

Sara Tharakan is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), speaker, executive coach, and certified master trainer. She pulls from over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector, and excels at helping organizations achieve results by getting the most out of their human capital. Each engagement is fully customized to match the goals and objectives of the organization.
NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING   Nov 1, 2016 by Michael Ganley
Alberta should hedge its resource revenues
There is a way to tame energy-market volatility

The Alberta government posted a $6.4-billion deficit in fiscal 2015-16, and is predicting a final deficit of almost $11 billion this year. This in a province that had no debt in early 2015. While it still has one of the strongest balance sheets in the country, the numbers illustrate the ongoing problem of the province's heavy reliance on the crack cocaine of the fiscal world: resource revenues. They made up 30 per cent of the province's revenue in 2011-12 and have averaged 26 per cent over the past 35 years. In real terms, resource revenues plummeted $6.5 billion last year, and made up just 5.7 per cent of total revenues. It's no way to run a budget.

But how to get off the roller coaster? Diversify the economy, sure, if possible, but there's no denying the power exerted by the province's natural endowment. Alberta has tried a rainy day contingency fund, but that is subject to political expediency and is expected to be drained this year.

Tim Pickering, founder and president of Calgary's Auspice Capital, says there is a better way... read more
 5 Things What Trump may mean for  Alberta

  This week's U.S. election result, which saw Donald       
  Trump become president-elect, could have far-reaching   
  ramifications north of the 49th parallel. Experts weigh in 
  on what Trump's possible policies could mean for 

Analysts and industry groups say Trump's election bodes well for efforts to improve access of Alberta crude to American markets, potentially reducing the discount local producers accept for their oil.

Trump said during the campaign he would approve Keystone XL, the pipeline that would deliver more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Western Canadian producers to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Still, there are fears that clashing climate change policies on either side of the border may hurt Alberta's oil and gas industry. Trump is not expected to introduce a price on carbon or proceed with methane emission reductions, while the Alberta and Canadian governments have adopted those very policies.

Industry backers fear that higher costs and tougher regulations in Canada will place domestic producers at a disadvantage over their American competitors... read more
Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations,
 and Economic Development Groups

Hello Chamber member,

We want your input. Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey to gauge the outlook of Spruce Grove area businesses. We'd like to get your thoughts on your company's outlook and your view of our region and Alberta as a place to start and grow a business.  

To thank you for your time, the survey gives you the option to receive a  pre-release of the overall results prior to the official release.

This survey is being conducted in cooperation with the Baker Strategy Group, a consulting firm focused on supporting business startup and growth. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me or reach out directly to David Baker.


Brenda Johnson
President & CEO
Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce
David Baker
Baker Strategy Group
o: 734-786-3342
c: 734-355-8232

....while supporting your       Chamber of Commerce

The Spruce Grove Chamber needs Your Help
This Chamber relies heavily on revenue generated from our Community Directory. As the face of our Community Directory is changing from print to online, it has never been more important than now to support and advertise with your Chamber.  At the same price as advertising in our directory alone, you will be listed in an *enhanced (see below) format on our website, in our community app which lists businesses, hot deals, local events, and local job postings.  

Here Is What We Can Do For You:
The Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that exists primarily to represent and promote the interests of its member businesses. Many chambers of commerce, especially those organized at the local level, also work to develop and deepen local relationship networks to promote business activity and business-to-business exchanges. We also commonly engage in charitable activities that focus on local needs.
The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce is essential to the economic growth of our community; through making introductions, facilitating projects, maintaining data on the areas served and their economic climates and keeping abreast of pending development projects. 
As a Chamber we use our influence to further business and commercial interests, especially if the government or laws threaten to impede the community's business interests. Appropriately, many consider our ability to influence government and elected officials one of its most important functions. Furthermore, SGCC has an interest in building and promoting local businesses in the hopes that the success of the business leads to prosperity in our community. In other words, this chamber is an advocate of the community at large.
We also circulate information about local and federal laws that affect community business. This indicates that monitoring regulatory activity that impacts local business is another primary function. In addition to gathering information, the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce also offers our members tips on how to manage their businesses, especially in regards to regulatory changes.

SUPPORT YOUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  & don't miss your chance to promote your business as we connect your label with customers through our Directory, our Website and our Community App! *Through your enhanced business directory listing, you receive:

*  1600 Character Web Description
*  200 Character Search Results Summary
*  100 Character Hours of Operation
*  200 Character Driving Directions
*  5 Additional Bulleted Description
*  20 Keywords
*  Search Results Icon
*  Logo on Member Page
*  Photo Gallery
*  You Tube Video Uploads
*  Map  

Prices start at just $415 but hurry; deadline is Nov 30, 2016! 

A FUNdraiser for the WestView Health Centre
 and community wellness programs!
  • Free Live Entertainment
  • Kids' Zone
  • Heritage General Store
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Crystal Ball Dinner
  • Live Auction
  • Silent Auction
  • Raffles
  • Family Dance

The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce supports our local Kinettes Christmas Hamper Program.
Let us know what your business and employees are doing to support the efforts of filling the 900 hampers needed this year, and enter to win free banner advertising from December 15th until January 30th. To increase your recognition, we will also include an advertorial in our newsletter and social media recognition showcasing your commitment to our community. 
Value of the draw- $200. Value to our community - Priceless
To have a collection bin placed in your workplace,
 or for more inquiries, please contact Carolyn 
For More information on Kinnette's Christmas Hamper Program:

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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