Your Weekly Tune Up
Cypress County Strategic Plan
Forged through a series of meetings early in 2022, Cypress County's strategic plan endeavours to achieve council's vision of what the county aims to do in the next decade and beyond. The County has identified 6 strategic priority areas including:
- Regional Leadership
- Balance Financial Strategy
- Growth and Development
- Public Safety
- Access to Market
City of Medicine Hat CFO Update for the Year Ended December 31, 2021
City of Medicine Hat Corporate Services Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer Dennis Egert delivers the CFO Report for the year ended December 31, 2021. https://youtu.be/O5n9kDU71Qs
Alberta at Work aims to strengthen Alberta's labour market
As part of Alberta at Work, Alberta’s government is investing an additional $23 million over three years in the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. This program helps employers hire Alberta workers, and helps businesses develop the skills they need to grow and diversify. Both unemployed and current employees can benefit if employers are eligible. An additional $41 million over three years will support Alberta’s Training for Work programs, which are available to service providers working with Albertans who are unemployed or marginally employed. It also supports people receiving income supports and under-represented groups that could include women, Indigenous people and newcomers to Canada. Through Advanced Education, a $235-million investment over three years will support targeted enrolment growth, new microcredentials and work-integrated learning opportunities, apprenticeship education and additional support for students.
Legislation introduced to enable energy rebates
The Utility Commodity Rebate Act would replace the Natural Gas Price Protection Act with new enabling legislation for both electricity and natural gas rebates. If passed, forthcoming regulations under the act will enable an electricity rebate that will benefit more than 1.9 million families, farms and businesses, as well as a natural gas rebate to protect Albertans from high prices next winter.
Fuelling Our Business Community
Home & Leisure Tradeshow Returns!
The Home & Leisure Tradeshow returned this weekend after a two year break due to Covid-19. The show saw over 5,000 people through its doors over the 3 day's.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, and people that helped make this event happen. Without the support of the community we would have never been able to get this event running this year!
The Power of Community
Enriching Your Business
Fill Up On Funding
The next Community Initiatives Funding Program application deadline is May 15
To qualify for project-based community initiative grant, projects must address an immediate community-identified need and demonstrate broad community involvement and impact on diverse groups. Projects are also prioritized for funding based on:
- project viability and organizational sustainability
- project readiness
- economic benefits to the community
To qualify for operating grants, organizations must have a primary mission or objective in:
- providing direct services and programs that address social issues for vulnerable, disadvantaged and at-risk populations
- creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans
- supporting community collaborations in addressing broader human or social issues
A chance to win free shipping
Tell your story with UPS to win. What you'll need:
- What is your business vision statement (15 points)
- What is your 5 year growth plan / vision (10 points)
- How are you giving back to the community (15 points)
- Why can you best benefit from the little “umph” INTO can provide to your business (10 points)
- Fun fact you want people to know about you or your business (10 points)
or check out the True North Small Business Grant Contest from Purolator. Small business owners/founders can apply by self-nominating their business for a grant. Customers, employees, vendors, and/or general supporters may nominate their favourite small business separately.
Don't worry, even if you don't apply or don't win, you can win through our local Chamber by saving big on shipping everyday. Check out our savings program for shipping through our Chamber programs.
Advocacy in Action
Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Advocating for You
The Chamber evaluates emerging issues and we want to encourage members to submit their concerns via the business issue submission form on our website. When a business submits an issue, it enables us to continue our work in identifying barriers to business success and growth within our region. It also allows us to create recommendations and facilitate conversations to create an atmosphere that is conducive to business and sustainable community growth.
Next Level Events
Medicine Hat JazzFest
Now in its twenty-sixth year, The Medicine Hat JazzFest has grown from a grassroots community-based event to a widely recognized world-class festival that has taken its place alongside the other great jazz festivals in Canada. We feature an eclectic mix of venues, running the gamut from an airport hangar to the intimate and quaint atmosphere of our late-night clubs. We feature both free and ticketed events as well as a number of educational opportunities including workshops, jams, and a concert for elementary school children.
Winner of the 2010 and 2015 Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce Tourism Award of Distinction, the 2016 Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award in Arts and Culture, the Medicine Hat JazzFest has found a way to
bring together great jazz and a community festival that’s all about fun and celebration, and to do it in the beautiful setting of this small and friendly Alberta city.
Tickets will go on sale and our complete artist line-up will be announced in early June. Visit us at medicinehatjazzfest.com.
Brown Bag & Business NRC-IRAP Program Information With Wes Paterson
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (MDT)
Wes Paterson CMC brings us enlightening and forward thinking business plans and ideas. see below the programs Wes can shine light on for you and your business. The program will help company management define issues, set priorities and establish action plans. These programs provides support for Canadian SMEs looking to innovate, grow, and profit.
April 28: Startup Global: Entrepreneurs Going Global, hosted by Startup Canada | Register
April 29: Canada Business Talks, hosted by CanadianSME Magazine | Register
May 4: Statistics Canada 2021 Census of Population: Age, Sex at Birth and Gender, Type of Dwelling | Register
May 6: Founder Fridays: Managing and Scaling Products, hosted by Google | Register
May 10: Statistics Canada Introduction to some key elements of a well-designed questionnaire | Register
May 12: Statistics CanadaUpdates to the Canadian Housing Statistics Program | Register
May 16-20: Canadian Innovation Week, hosted by Canadian Innovation Space | Learn more
May 31: How to Protect You and Your Business When Starting Out | Startup Women | Register
June 9: Todd Hirsch - Changing the Narrative | Register
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