New Member: Spice Hut

Try the subtle and complex flavours of East India today at Spice Hut! Whether you’re familiar with Indian cuisine or a newcomer to this style of cooking, Spice Hut’s six family-owned locations are sure to provide a dining experience you won’t soon forget. Our menu offers the gamut of made-from-scratch East Indian cuisine, including: delectable appetizers, bold curries, several vegan and gluten-free options. We’ve been delighted by the positive response from our customers. We love to share our culture with our guests, so don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more about Spice Hut’s many locations and menu options! Spice Hut offers you a 10% discount when you hold your parties, business lunches and business meetings at Spice Hut. We also have a VIP room to celebrate your special occasions. We serve imported Indian beer and wine and host free Wi-Fi for our dining guests. Spice Hut offers dine-in, take-out and delivery options for your convenience. For world cuisine with local hospitality, try Spice Hut! You’re sure to find something deliciously out of the ordinary at Spice Hut, so stop in or call us today to let our chefs take you on a tour of authentic East Indian dining.

New Jobs and Investment to Come From Renewables

Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program is expected to attract at least $10.5 billion of investment into the Alberta economy by 2030, creating more than 7,200 jobs for Albertans. The Alberta Electric System Operator is set to open the first of a series of competitions to create greener energy in the province, putting Alberta on track to achieve its target of 30 per cent renewable electricity by 2030.

The first competition will see companies bidding to provide up to 400 megawatts of renewable electricity, which could power up to 170,000 homes. Successful projects will be announced around the end of the year. The expression of interest stage officially opens on March 31. The program will not be funded by consumer electricity charges. Successful projects will be private investments supported by carbon revenues from large industrial emitters. As a competition-driven process, it will achieve the most renewable energy development for our investment, keeping costs as low as possible while maintaining a reliable and sustainable electricity system.

The projects are expected to be operational by the end of 2019. In total, the Renewable Electricity Program will support the development of 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030. The recent proclamation of the Renewable Electricity Act formally brings into force the Renewable Electricity Program, sets the 30 per cent of renewable electricity target and allows for the development of interim targets for the program. In addition, it ensures that environmental protection is in place for all large renewable projects, including wind and solar projects, under the program. More information about the Renewable Electricity Program is available from the Alberta Electric System Operator.

Click here to read the full press release from the Government of Alberta.

New Member: Agro Plus Solutions

Agricultural Crop Inputs retail focused on providing agronomic solutions to producers in Southeastern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan. Agro Plus Solutions is independent which enables us to have the ability to provide solutions based on best agronomic practices and products options that are flexible and individualized to each of our customers unique business situation. We have three locations in Southern Alberta: Medicine Hat, Foremost and Lethbridge. We specialize in agrologists, agronomists, Pioneer Hi Bred Dealer, agricultural seed, inoculant & pesticide products, agricultural chemicals, agricultural consulting.

New Tools and Training for Rural Businesses

Small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in rural Alberta will have new support to start and grow their businesses through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program. To help entrepreneurs turn their ideas for new products or services into a business, Community Futures Network of Alberta will receive $109,887 to support their What If project.  The funding will help add new components to training workshops and video segments focusing on new business communications strategies. Funds will also go towards improving the BizStream program which provides information and mentoring to rural Alberta businesses.

Following the first CARES application intake in 2016, the program evaluated 88 applications from regions and communities. These projects are among many throughout the province slated for funding support through the first intake of the CARES program. Successful projects in other regions will be announced soon.

The second intake for the CARES program will run from April 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017. Eligibility criteria and more information on how to apply are available here

Value Added Benefits: Bank Merchant Discounts w/ First Data

First Data will confidently “Meet or Beat” any offer in the marketplace or they will pay the business a $1000 pre-paid MasterCard. To get started, all they need a copy of your current statement.

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Member 2 Member (M2M) Discount: Pita Pit

Who doesn't like free cookies?? Order a platter and get $5 off PLUS 10 free cookies at Pita Pit! Remember to tell them you are a Chamber member!

Nominate Someone for the 2017 Inspire Award

This year marks the fifth year for the Inspire Award! Nominees inspire you to do more, give more and be more. Nominees are not necessarily business owners but they come from the the world of business. The criteria used by an independent selection commitee will include the following areas:
  • Trendsetter & Risk Taker
  • Achievements
  • Mentor & Role Model
  • Visionary Leader
  • Contribution: to the business world and community
  • Medicine Hat and area resident for a minimum of 5 years
All nominations must be completed by Friday, March 31. The nominees will then be contacted and provided the opportunity to include additional information for submission. Finally, an independent, local review committee of engaged community members will review the material and make the final decision. Read more...

Business Beat: Entrepreneur training to help you succeed

Community Futures Entre-Corp offers a suite of services to assist entrepreneurs in our region. Since 1988, we have helped entrepreneurs and existing businesses get started and connected to the programs, resources, tools and services to help small business succeed. Whether it is financing, business advisory services, or training, we encourage you to come in and discuss your ideas with us. So what are the basic steps to create and finance a business? We believe that an important first step is education. If you believe that small business ownership is a viable career choice for you, our Self-Employment Training Program will guide you through the fundamentals of starting a small business. The Self-Employment Training Program is an Alberta Labour initiative that Community Futures Entre-Corp has delivered collectively for 21 years. With notably high unemployment affecting individuals and families and continual economic challenges, considering entrepreneurship as a career choice continues to increase in popularity. The self-employment (SE) training program is a one-year commitment that will provide training and mentorship on how to start and run a business. It begins with seven-weeks of classroom-led business training. Read More...

New Member: Align Doors & Maintenance

After 22 years in the door business, Neil Water finally decided to go out on his own!  Align Doors and Maintenance Ltd covers all your commercial and residential garage and pass (front, side, etc.) doors or general home maintenance and repair.