New Member: Molly Maid

MOLLY MAID offers a flexible and customized maid service at an affordable price, based on a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate. Professionally trained, bonded and insured staff work in teams of two to efficiently clean your home. They arrive in MOLLY MAID decaled cars and bring all necessary cleaning equipment and supplies.

Value Added Benefit: Grand Opening Package

The Chamber has prepared a Grand Opening Package which includes a press release done by the Chamber, event planning tools, a list of dignitaries, media and government officials you may wish to invite. Also available is use of our giant ceremonial scissors. Free for all members. Also an option is having an on-location live broadcast from CJCY for only $700 (Regular cost is $1400)!

2018 Oslo Business For Peace Award

The International Chambers of Commerce  is looking for nominations for the 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Award by nomination exceptional individuals who have been able to achieve business success while acting in an ethically responsible way. The annual award recognizes the important role of business leaders and is the highest distinction given to a businessperson for outstanding accomplishments in business. Through the partnership with the Business for Peace Foundation, ICC searches the world through our vast global network of chambers of commerce and National Committees for business leaders who have been able to demonstrate that ethical business practices can promote economic value, stability and peace among nations and cultures, moving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The nominees are being selected according to three criteria. Submit nominations online until 21 November 2017.

Agri-Food Exporter’s Guide to CETA

On September 21, 2017, the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) entered into force. The agreement upholds and promotes values that Canada share with the EU and sets new standards in the trade in goods and services, non-tariff barriers, investment, government procurement, as well as other areas like labour and environment. CETA covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to eliminate barriers. CETA will open new markets in the EU for Canadian exporters and reduce the costs of exporting into the European market. Read More

Member News: Canadian Tire Presents The 1st Annual Spirit of Giving Gala

We have wonderful businesses in our community to be supporting such a great cause to help everyone have a Merry Christmas with the Spirit of Giving Gala and Christmas Tree Auction. Thank you to Canadian Tire, The Medicine Hat Lodge, QinetiQ, Labels for Men, South Country Coop, Methanex, Leon's and Servus Credit Union. Please call 403-528-9900 for tickets or more information.

Alberta Treasury and Revenue Administration (TRA) Client Self-Service Account

A Treasury and Revenue Administration Client Self-Service Account TRACS is available to claimants and filers who have an account with TRA. TRACS administers a variety of programs depending on the program in which you have an account and the system privileges assigned to you. Some of the functions that are available through TRACS allows users to view receipt dates and progress of submitted returns and claims, access financial information and view account period balances, update account address and account contact information, and a variety of other functions. It is also possible to register for a direct deposit for Corporate Income Tax and Carbon Levy Claimant programs. For more information about TRACS click here.

Business Beat: Think About the Customer

It’s simple. If you don’t have a customer, you don’t have a business. Customers are the key to a growing and starting a successful venture. It matters not that you have a passion for your product, or that you think people will buy it — it matters most that customers actually want what you have to offer and that what you offer, solves a problem for them. It’s not easy to think about your business or your product offering from the perspective of the customer. But it’s well worth the time it takes to do it. A recent Simon-Kucher and Partners statistic states that about 72 per cent of new products and services fail to gain traction in the marketplace. This means that potential customers don’t care about seven out of 10 new products introduced to them. Here are three easy ways to think about the customer when designing new products or reimagining your current business offerings: No. 1 Break out the Business Model Canvas – Value Proposition Tool No. 2 Think about what job the customer is trying to hire to get done No. 3 Get to know your customers on a personal level Read More

Update on North American Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Canada, the United States and Mexico held a fourth round of talks in Arlington, Virginia last month to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA partners are working hard to ensure the new agreement provides a solid framework to create jobs, economic growth and opportunity for middle class families in all three countries. Ministers have reaffirmed their mandate to Chief Negotiators to reach an agreement in a reasonable period of time. More than $85 billion in agricultural trade flows between the three nations each year. The deeply interconnected North American trade networks - which exist today largely thanks to NAFTA - support millions of jobs. The Canadian government is also consulting with stake holders and the public on the negotiations. All Canadians are invited to share ideas, perspectives and priorities on NAFTA. Read More

Member News: Medicine Hat College Has New Board Chair

A longtime city councillor and local sports writer will head the Board of Governors at Medicine Hat College. Graham Kelly brings more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, Medicine Hat councillor and Medicine Hat News sports columnist to his new duties as chair. As chair and public member of the board, Kelly brings his keen understanding of community interests to his leadership. Kelly has made other lasting marks on Medicine Hat. He helped develop community football and sports facilities, and his 45 years as a Medicine Hat News sports columnist earned him a place in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame reporters’ division, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the City of Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame. He has also received the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Kelly earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Regina and a masters of arts degree from the University of Montana. Read More

Notice of Scheduled Airport Closure: May 7-May 31, 2018

The City of Medicine Hat along with their contractors recently completed Phase 1 of the Airport Runway and Taxiway Rehabilitation Project that began in August 2017. Phase 1 included the replacement of the subsurface drainage system and airfield electrical system.

Phase 2 of the project is set to begin in May 2018 with the rehabilitation of the Airport’s main runway and taxiway pavement surface. The structure, which was originally constructed in 1964, has not seen any major surface treatments in over 20 years. Project personnel have been working with the various stakeholders to minimize disruption to airport operations. Using a 24 hour a day construction schedule, the removal of the existing pavement surface, placement of additional gravel structure and the repaving of the over 8000m2 airport runway will take 24 days to complete. Construction will begin May 7, 2018 at 7 am and wrap up May 31, 2018 at 10 pm. During this time all runways will be closed and all scheduled airline flights will be cancelled.

Customers who have bookings during this time will be advised accordingly by their booking agent. For alternative travel arrangements, customers should contact their travel agent or visit the City of Medicine Hat Regional Airport Page for further information.

Alberta Health Services is working on alternatives to allow for the continuation of their air ambulance operations. Further details will be provided as they become available. 

The City of Medicine Hat recognizes those impacted by these changes and appreciates their patience and understanding.