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Business Beat: The Multiplier Effect at Work in the Hat

September 2, 2020

What if I gave you a $50 gift card to your favorite restaurant? You could go for lunch by yourself and try to stuff two meals into your belly, but it’s more likely that you’d invite a couple friends for dinner and wine and run up a bill of $150. The restaurant just multiplied a…

Weekly Update: August 21-27, 2020

August 27, 2020

Supports for Business August extension for CECRA for small businesses is now available The August extension is based on the existing program parameters for the April, May and June period. No new documents are needed to opt-in.  Not all tenants in the original application need to be included in the request for the July and/or…

You Should be Hiring Co-op Students and Here’s Why.

August 26, 2020

Hannah Dupuis – Policy and Communications Co-op Student at the Chamber When people asked me in my first year of university what job I wanted when I graduated, my response was usually to shrug, laugh and say something like, “One that pays!” I chose to work towards two degrees instead of one in the hopes…

How are you managing your organization through COVID-19?

August 26, 2020

We wanted to make sure that businesses are aware of all the supports and that you take another look at the options available and the changes made to the programs. As your local Chamber, we have assisted in navigating information related to the pandemic and have voiced your concerns to Government to ensure that businesses…

Weekly Update: August 14 – 20

August 20, 2020

Supports for Business Changes to temporary layoffs, group termination and variances took effect August 15 Government of Alberta has passed the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, which includes changes to employment standards rules that are intended to save employers time and money. Changes to temporary layoffs, group termination and variances took effect August 15.…

Business Beat: Shaking the Money Trees

August 19, 2020

COVID-19 has made accessing capital very difficult for businesses. In response, provincial and federal governments released different stimulus packages including grants. The last few months I have gone through countless programs and there definitely are many options out there. Grants can be a great resource in times of economic uncertainty, as they usually provide a…

Weekly Update: August 7-13, 2020

August 14, 2020

Supports for Business Government To Provide Additional Funding To Ensure Continued Air Access To Remote Communities The Government of Canada has announced that it is seeking bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to ensure continuity of essential transportation services to remote communities for at least six months and will establish a $75 million funding program…

Weekly Update: July 31 – August 6, 2020

August 6, 2020

Supports for Business Expansion of the BIG Grant – BIG Changes to the BIG Grant The City of Medicine Hat is proud to announce that the Business Innovation Grant (MHBIG) will now include up to $1,500 for registered ShopHERE powered by Google businesses for the use of a local professional photographer and a local marketing…

Business Beat: How do you Create Sales When Customers are not in the Store?

August 5, 2020

COVID-19 or “the Covid” (reference Newman from Seinfeld), as I am now referring to it, has wreaked havoc on our independent business owners. First, they had to close their businesses (unless they were an essential service). Then when they could open, it was under a very strict set of guidelines established by the Government of…

Weekly Update: July 27 – 30, 2020

July 30, 2020

Supports for Business Canadian Chamber Conducting Independent Tax Review The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world and forcing everyone to think differently about many things. To help Canadian policymakers think differently about growing our economy while still paying for today’s health crisis the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced an independent tax review. To help formulate…

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