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Weekly Update: October 16 – 22, 2020 Supports for Business Last Reminder For CECRA For Small Businesses Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance is set to end soon. Property owners that have already been approved for rental assistance have until October 30th 2020 to opt-in for the extensions. The application portal will close at 11:59 PM…

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Business Beat: What’s Old is New Again Infill development. It’s an idea and practice that cities across North America are embracing and with good reason. Infrastructure such as roads, water mains, and sewer lines are costly for municipalities when developing new sub-divisions. Infill improvement allows developers to capitalize on existing infrastructure through increased densification that…

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Weekly Update: October 2 – 8, 2020 Supports for Business Start Alberta Tech Awards Applications – open until Oct 11, 2020 The Start Alberta Tech Awards Applications close Oct 11. The third annual Start Alberta Tech Awards, which take place Nov 16, 2020, will showcase our community’s grit and determination by recognizing individuals and organizations…

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Community Builder Spotlight: Big Marble Farms Big Marble has developed an unmistakable presence in our community as Alberta’s largest greenhouse, located right here in Southeast Alberta, just past the airport. But the growth of this business did not happen overnight. In fact, the people behind Big Marble Farms have been an active part of our…

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Weekly Update: September 25 – October 1, 2020 Supports for Business Canada’s Premiers Reiterate Priorities Canada’s Premiers held their annual meeting by teleconference to discuss their consensus priorities and the federal Throne Speech, along with their responses to COVID-19 and actions to support economic recovery in every province and territory. September extension for CECRA is…

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Advocacy in Action: Our meeting with Senator Doug Black, Q.C. The Chamber of Commerce was pleased to meet with Senator Doug Black on September 30th to provide insight and perspective of the impacts of Covid-19 on our business community. We were able to commend the Government for the much needed funding and supports for business…

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In the past six-months, we have shut down our economy, self-isolated, quarantined and pretended to be teachers. We have worked from home, given up travel, and learned to use Zoom, Teams and Google Hangouts, skipped birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and funerals. We have re-launched, reintegrated into society, sent our children back to school and realized this…

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We had the opportunity to meet with the Alberta Beef Producers Zone 1 Directors on September 23rd and had some great conversations, both learning about the questions and concerns from producers, as well as highlighting key points of what the Chamber has been working on for the agriculture Industry. Nichole Neubauer also shared the work…

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Mandatory Mask Survey Results The results of our Mandatory Mask Survey have been collected. We received over 2700 responses from the community and we want to thank everyone who took the time out to give their opinion. Here are the results: Question 1: I am A business owner: 16.99% An employee: 57.17% Retired: 15.83% Unemployed:…

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Weekly Update: September 11 – 17, 2020 Supports for Business Alberta’s Investment and Growth Strategy (IGS)  A government-wide strategy will create jobs and drive investment and diversification in Alberta, while a new consultation will modernize intellectual property in the province. Alberta’s Investment and Growth Strategy (IGS) is a $75-million initiative led by the Ministry of…

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