Your Weekly Tune Up
Medicine Hat Stampede Organizers Celebrate Success
After two years of limited operations, the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede returned full force this summer, as did supporters, Stampede officials say. As of Monday, official Stampede turnout numbers had not yet been released, but when interviewed Friday, general manager Ron Edwards said attendance for night shows, free entertainment stages and rodeos had exceeded exceptions.
Stampede featured live concerts from Mackenzie Porter, Trace Adkins and The Beach Boys. Upcoming Stampede events can be found on their website.
Convenient access to workplace health, safety rules
The OHS legislation search tool consolidates the OHS Act, regulation and code into one interactive, online resource.
The tool will enable employers and workers to more efficiently access and apply the health and safety rules that apply to their workplace. A searchable web-based version of the legislation means Albertans can quickly navigate and share individual sections from all three components of OHS legislation in one place. This format is designed for use on both computers and mobile devices.
Improving Child and Youth Mental Health in Schools
As part of Alberta’s recovery-oriented system of mental health and addiction care, it is essential that children and youth are supported to improve their mental health. This starts by improving access to in-school supports for students. New funding of $42 million over three years will increase access to mental wellness supports and clinical mental health supports in schools.
In addition, Alberta’s government is improving access to pediatric rehabilitation supports for children and youth. New funding of $45 million over three years will increase access to pediatric rehabilitation services and programs such as speech-language, occupational and physical therapy. Read More.
Fuelling Our Business Community
Medicine Hat Annual Parade
Local businesses, non-profits, charities, clubs, and government representatives all gathered in Downtown Medicine Hat for the 2022 Stampede Parade. The parade kicks off Stampede by showcasing some of the organizations that keep our community vibrant, healthy and growing.
Chat News TODAY captured a video of some parts of the parade march, which included heavily decorated floats, marching groups, bands, and much more.
The Small Business of the Year Award is sponsored by BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada)
We are very proud to feature our Small Business of the year award sponsor of the 2022 Business Awards - A New Era of Roaring Success: BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). BDC is dedicated to supporting small and medium-sized businesses in all scenarios and circumstances. Their extensive knowledge helps businesses with their money and growth mindsets. We are so glad that they are able to highlight the small business in this category.
Interested in helping us celebrate a New Era of Success? Become a sponsor.
The Power of Community
Nominees Announced, Tickets on Sale, and Venue Announced for the 2022 Business Awards – A New Era of Roaring Success
This year the Chamber will be hosting the Business Awards at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Friday, October 14th, 2022. The event will start around 5:30 pm where individuals can network, enjoy 1920’s Jazz, Cocktails, and Appetizers.
With a total of 115 nominees spread over multiple award categories, including the prestigious Award of Excellence, 14 deserving winners will be presented at the 22nd annual Business Awards on October 14th. Additionally, our local categories align with the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction which allows the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce to submit our local nominees for Alberta-wide recognition at this prestigious provincial awards ceremony. Read More
Enriching Your Business
Fill Up On Funding
Canada Digital Adoption Program
The Canada Digital Adoption Program is a $4 billion investment to help small and medium-sized businesses get online with new digital tools. There are two streams of the Canada Digital Adoption Program: the Grow Your Business Online Grant and the Boost Your Business Online Grant. Business Link is only administering the Grow Your Business Online Grant.
Community Futures Entre-Corp is pleased to offer businesses in the Downtown Medicine Hat core an opportunity to receive a beautification loan and grant to enhance the appearance of their business. This program provides an incentive for local business owners to invest in renovation projects and upgrades.
Businesses can apply for up to $15,000 in funding:
- 80% would be an interest free loan
- 20% would be a grant
Successful projects will strive to make visible improvements to the curb appeal, design and functionality of the business
New Call for Proposals under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, announced late last week a new call for proposals for projects under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund, a key initiative of the $6 billion Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). To date, the WES Ecosystem Fund has invested $100 million in 52 projects. Read More
Advocacy in Action
Modernization of Employment Insurance (ACC Efforts)
The Alberta Chambers of Commerce has submitted a letter with recommendations to the federal government regarding the modernization of the Employment Insurance (EI) program.
Businesses are underrepresented during the second consultation phase with only 6% from the business community.
The Federal Government took in submissions of recommendations on this matter until July 29th, 2022. View what the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Submitted - ACC EI Submission
Next Level Events
2022 Business Awards – A New Era of Roaring Success
“A New Era of Roaring Success” was chosen as this year’s theme to signify the ‘Roaring 20’s’ of this century. Similarly, to the 1920’s, our 2020’s are the beginning of a united force in supporting and strengthening our local economic prosperity. As we navigate the ‘Roaring 20’s’ of this century we celebrate our businesses, past and present, that have weathered the challenges and have emerged with new ideas, innovative practices, and even stronger connections.
This year the Chamber will be hosting the Business Awards at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Friday, October 14th, 2022. The event will start around 5:30 pm where individuals can network, enjoy 1920’s Jazz, Cocktails, and Appetizers. Guests will then proceed to the Main Theatre room at 6:30 pm where the Award Ceremony will premier. Tickets are officially on sale; tickets will be priced at $97 per person (Membership discounts will be given via discount code). Save October 14th in your calendars and join us as we celebrate a New Era of Roaring Success within our businesses and the community.
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