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Many people see the Chamber as a purely business to business organization. However, they may not be aware of how we are creating connections within our community. The Chamber regularly receives inquiries from individuals, both in town and out of town, for referrals and recommendations to businesses. In addition, we get inquiries about different services,…

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Business Beat: Helping Connect Commercial Properties and Entrepreneurs As a new or seasoned business owner, finding the right commercial building, in the right location can be an extensive process. On the other hand, owning a commercial building and trying to attract a potential lessee or the right buyer can also be an exhausting endeavour. Our…

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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…

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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…

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Business Beat: Shaking the Money Trees 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…

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

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Business Beat: A #CanadaUnited that puts Local First Last week the Chamber of Commerce highlighted four campaigns including Local First, ShopHere, The Big Spend and Canada United, that are all focused on the importance of supporting the business community as they adapt and recover from the challenges posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. By promoting…

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Business Beat: A Sunny Look at Downtown Medicine Hat If you are looking for something to do this summer, I recommend taking a walk downtown Medicine Hat. There is a renewed sense of energy and it is reflected in all the new unique businesses that are opening at the heart of our city. Flower shops,…

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Business Beat: Navigating the Waters As an ex-entrepreneur, if there really is such a thing, I lived through some tough times. I understand the angst that is brought on by economic downturns, recessions, and low commodity prices. The absolute despair that can overtake the toughest, savviest and even most successful business owner when there is…

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Business Beat: Local First – Building our Business Ecosystem through Recovery Almost 98% of businesses in Canada and within Alberta are small businesses with approximately 76% of Canadians employed by private sector businesses. In the southeast Alberta Palliser region, we have 4700 businesses with 96.5% of those being small businesses. When you factor in our…

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