November 8, 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.

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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.
Purolator Shipping Discount
 As a member of the Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce, you gain access to the shipping services and experience of Purolator, where you will enjoy preferential pricing through a volume discount program. Purolator offers all chamber members, discounts up to 30% on Purolator Express┬« and Purolator Ground┬« suite of services. Learn more

....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!   
NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING  Nov 7, 2016 by Alberta Venture Staff
Why companies are freezing salaries (with employee consent)
Many workplaces are choosing to dial back salaries - but how do you
introduce this to employees?

One of the questions asked each year on the submission form for Alberta's Best Workplaces is about salary increases, on the assumption that the bigger the increase, the better the workplace. But this year, and last, the judges noticed a distinct lack of raises. In some cases, salaries were reduced.

It's no mystery why it's happening: a bad economy, reduced revenues and lowered profits are causing a lot of employers to dial back on salaries, but it's not like they're all springing this on employees. Many approached staff and got them onboard with the move before making it. And Alison McMahon, CEO of Edmonton-based human resources consultancy TwoFold, says it's not that hard to do. It just requires clear, complete communication. "The employer has to be as open and honest as possible," she says. "They don't necessarily share the financials, but be direct about the economic climate the company is facing....

Oct 28, 2016

Best Workplace for Training and Development

Parkland is determined to make luminaries of all its employees

Coming Soon! Stay tuned ...
Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations,
 and Economic Development Groups
2017 Economic Outlook Survey
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:

  In 2016, Elizabethan Catering is  launching it's
  own brand of traditional  Christmas Gathering.
An Elizabethan Christmas Party

Della Saunders,  Marketing Coordinator
Spr uce Grove Chamber of Commerce 
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