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Business Beat: Empowering Small Business in Medicine Hat I’d like to take a moment to recognize small, independent businesses. Of course, all businesses are needed, from Costco to the local candle maker. All businesses provide employment, contribute to our tax base and prevent leakage to larger centres or the web. But at Community Futures Entre-Corp,…

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Reflection is always an essential part of planning for the future. What has given us strength? What have we overcome? What milestones have we reached? As we put 2020 behind us, what will help us to move forward and embrace new opportunities? What values and experiences have defined us? What has shaped our behaviours and…

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Business Beat: Agroecology Brings Careers and Innovation Agriculture is a foundational element of our regional economy and I’m proud to be part of the team bringing Medicine Hat College’s new Agroecology program to life. Sometimes overlooked and underappreciated, agriculture provides jobs and business opportunity today and I’m confident the future holds increasing investment and success.…

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Supporting A Local First Holiday Season Amidst Challenging Times The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has been steadily involved in assisting businesses with supports and information since the start of the pandemic and particularly now with the new announcements on December 8th. The closures and reduced capacity that took effect Sunday, December 13…

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Shop Early, Shop Safe, Shop Local From downtown to the Medicine Hat Mall, COVID-19 has upended Medicine Hat’s retail sector. While the national lockdown in March sent shockwaves through the industry, more recently mandated restrictions served to further accelerate pre-existing trends – local food, authentic experiences, online shopping – that were long in the making. Through it…

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Innovation Shines Through Pandemic Clouds The challenges aren’t getting smaller, but I continue to be impressed with the energy people in our region bring to work every day. Earnings may be down, and in some cases survival is at stake, yet businesses in town and around the world are using their resources and ideas to…

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Weekly Update: November 20-26, 2020 Supports for Business Chamber responds to State of Public Health Emergency The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce issued a statement in response to the Government of Alberta update on Covid 19. “We need to bring down our case counts and it will take the effort of each individual…

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Business Beat: Bracing for New Enhanced Public Health Measures Once again COVID 19 puts pressure on the Alberta economy, small business in particular. On November 13, 2020, the Alberta government instituted targeted public health measures with additional enhanced public health measures announced on November 24th with the State of Public Health Emergency declared. Medicine Hat’s…

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Weekly Update: November 13 – 19, 2020 Supports for Business Red Tape Reduction Highlights The Government of Alberta’s first annual report on red tape reduction highlights the red tape burden that Albertans have to deal with which is expressed by the baseline count. The Alberta government has a baseline count of almost 671,000 regulatory requirements…

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Business Beat: Make it a Local First Holiday Season You know the holidays are just around the corner because whether you’re watching television or on your phone, ads keep popping up to remind us that we need to get that perfect gift for someone special. The good news is that you can combine getting the…

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