Your Weekly Tune Up
Alberta's Next Election Will Be Held on May 29th, 2023.
The writ was officially dropped on Monday morning, with election day on Monday, May 29th.
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce will be holding two election forums, with the Brooks-Medicine Hat Forum being held on May 17th and the Cypress-Medicine Hat Forum being held on May 18th (note, registration is encouraged but not necessary to attend the forums).
Water Test Results Show No Asbestos Fibres in Medicine Hat Water System
There are no detectable levels of asbestos in Medicine Hat’s drinking water according to test results from ALS Laboratory Group in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A recent episode of CTV network’s W5 program focused on the use of asbestos-cement (A-C) pipe in water distribution systems across Canada. Contributors claimed a potential public health issue if asbestos fibres from A-C pipe enter the water stream and were ingested. Information related to Medicine Hat’s water distribution system was included in the episode.
Mental Health Week
This week is Mental Health Week, a time to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and encourage Canadians to prioritize their mental well-being – because mental health is health. Just like our physical health, we all have to take care of our mental health, too.
This year’s theme “My Story” is about sharing stories and experiences with each other, and by doing that we can all make a difference and make sure no one has to fight their battle alone. Together, we can build a healthier future for all Canadians.
Check out the resources through the Wellness Together Canada portal, which provides 24-hour, free, and confidential mental health and substance use resources to all Canadians, in over 200 languages. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call Talk Suicide Canada at 1-833-456-4566 – lines are open 24/7/365. Additional resources can also be accessed through the Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Southeast Region: https://mentalwellnessmatters.ca/ and through our various health and wellness members of the Chamber through our business directory.
Advocacy in Action
Getting Involved with Strong Towns in Medicine Hat
Last week, Strong Towns released a new way to participate in the Community Action Lab. A Participation Journey is now available to both the Leadership Team and the general public.
From Strong Towns:
"we have taken the course materials and learning path that were prepared for the Medicine Hat Action Team and reworked them for the general public. This information is available now in a self-guided format. It is there for anyone to access.
As the year proceeds, every two to three weeks, a new session of materials will be added to the site. The topics we cover and the materials we share will still be determined by our coaching sessions with the Action Team, but now everyone can follow along."
Next Level Events
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is bringing a large-scale professional development conference to Southern Alberta. Hosting a panel of speakers that present new concepts and ideas that Medicine Hat has never seen before. This event will not only be an amazing learning opportunity but also will attract business owners from all over the province. 'The Conference' is going to feature a wide variety of speakers including topics of interest such as economic development, operational strategies, marketing, leadership, and motivation. 'The Conference' is perfect for long-term business owners looking to grow on a wide scale.
This "new to" Medicine Hat Event looks to bridge the gap of learning opportunities within an ecosystem presented to professionals within and outside of the city. 'The Conference' will pack all this content into ONE DAY - Friday, May 26th. It's an event you won't want to miss!
Thank you to our Conference Sponsor:
Enriching Your Business
Fuelling the Business Community
We continually look forward to helping our members during their business journey and wish each the best in all future endeavors. We are extremely happy to have such amazing members, and are very glad that we can serve a part in that journey! Keep your eye out for more new member posts moving forward!
Fill Up On Funding
Jobs and Growth Fund
The Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The fund, delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over 3 years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria.
Labour Market Notes – Strong first quarter in Alberta's labour market
May 2nd: Grand Opening for Sammy's Kitchen + Bar | Register
May 2nd: Everything a Business Owner Needs to Know about Finance | Register
May 2nd: Advanced Financial Statements | Register
May 3rd: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Executive Summit | Register
May 3rd-31st: Making Procurement a Part of Your Small Business Plan | Register
May 5th: Starting A Business; Business Q&A Series | Register
May 8th: Grand Opening for Fruitful Specialty Shop | Register
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