Member 2 Member Discount of the Week: Pepper's ProGrass Services

It's that time of year to be beautifying your yard and why not get a little professional assistance along the way?

Pepper's ProGrass Services offers Chamber members free aeration with the booking of the '5 Step Fertilizing and Weed Control Program'. Put your Chamber card to good use and call Pepper's ProGrass Services today at 403-526-0031 or click here for more information.

Benefit Highlight: Rock 105.3 Members Only Offer

Rock 105.3 is a proud member of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. To show their support for the Chamber and its member businesses they have created a unique cross marketing opportunity. Your business will be included in 21 x 30 second commercial messages during the week in the Reach Plan Rotation. Total value of the airtime is $861; Chamber members receive this airtime for only $299! For more information please click here or to book your week please call your Rock 105.3 account manager, or 403-548-7581.

New Member - Prairie Sprinter Shuttle

Prairie Sprinter Shuttle offers daily shuttle service from Medicine Hat to Calgary and back! Prairie Sprinter will pick you up at your home or place of business within Medicine Hat city limits, and will take you to one of their many drop-off locations in Calgary.

Prairie Sprinter also services Brooks, Bassano, Strathmore (each with one drop-off and pick-up location only).

Prairie Sprinter provides transportation for its clients in a luxury 12 seater Mercedes Sprinter which features a high roof and extra leg room for your comfort as well as ample cargo space for luggage. Their experienced commercial drivers will ensure you arrive at your destination safely and on time.

Prairie Sprinter is proud to announce they are celebrating their 1 year anniversary on June 3rd and would like to thank the community for helping to make their first year a success! Watch the Medicine Hat News for a $5.00 off coupon!

Make sure to visit their website for more information on their services.

News We're Following - May 31, 2013

New Member: Fast Times Machining

Fast Times Machining is a full service machine shop conveniently located in the SW Industrial area and dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality products at an affordable price. 

They offer CNC & Conventional Machining as well as Custom Machining & Fabrication.  They are equipped to serve the Oil & Gas, Agriculture and Industrial industries will all of their maintenance, repair and manufacturing needs. 

Fast Times has recently relocated to a larger facility and has opened a Gas Compression division.  In addition to all of their previous services, they manufacture, recondition, repair and supply all components for the Gas Compression Industry as well as On-Site Lubrication services. 

If customer service and quality product are important to you, call Fast Times Machining

Member News: Meggitt named Canada's top defence contractor for 2013

After 30 years in Canada and a number of top-10 placings in the Canadian Defence Review's rankings of defence contractors, Medicine Hat-based Meggitt has taken the top spot for 2013.

Meggitt beat out the Canadian arms of Boeing, General Dynamics, Bombardier and last year's winner, Irving Shipbuilder.  

To find out more information about this substantial accomplishment, please visit their website at

Member 2 Member Discount of the Week - Taco Time

Taco Time is a long time member of the Chamber of Commerce (almost 20 years!) and has been a big supporter of our Member 2 Member program. Be sure to take advantage of their offer and present your Chamber card at the Medicine Hat location to receive 10% off your orders!

Benefit Highlight - Payworks Payroll Service

Canadian-owned Payworks provides comprehensive, innovative and integrated web-based Payroll, HR and Employee Time Management solutions to businesses across Canada. Their integrated online solutions increase payroll accuracy and reduce costly errors, are easy to use and like all Payworks solutions they are backed by unparalleled client support.

Payworks offers Chamber members special pricing on their innovative payroll service. Receive discounts on per run fees, one time
conversion fees and year end fees. Click here for more information.

Canadian Chamber urges federal government to involve small business in Job Grant Program

In this year’s federal budget, the government introduced the Canada Job Grant which takes a new approach to using $300 million of the total annual $500 million in block training funding transferred to the provinces and territories under current Labour Market Agreements (LMAs). 

The Canada Job Grant will require matching funds from employers as well as from provinces and territories. Businesses with a plan to train Canadians for an existing or better job will be eligible to apply for the grant. The grant will provide access to a maximum $5,000 federal contribution per person towards formal training at eligible training institutions (community colleges, career colleges and trade union centres). In total, the grant would provide up to $15,000 per person, including matching provincial/territorial and employer contributions.

It is our intent to ensure the grant program is designed to be effective and accessible to businesses. While small businesses provide a lot of on-the-job training for employees, they are usually less able to offer formal off-site training, as compared to larger companies. Cost and time are cited as the major barriers to small businesses’ ability to offer employee training.

To that end, we are urging the federal government to involve small businesses in the design of the Canada Job Grant program to ensure it:

• is simplified in its requirements, eligibility and paperwork in order to encourage these employers to initiate training of existing or potential employees;

• recognizes that small businesses lack the time to locate training resources and;

• provides consolidated training information and resources in one online location, tailored for small business according to their size.

Communities in Bloom - Together let's Bloom Medicine Hat

Nationally, Communities in Bloom is a program that provides information and education, and awards 'Bloom Ratings' for achievement
in floral displays, landscapes, turf, urban forestry, community involvement, heritage conservation, environmental awareness and tidiness.

This volunteer-based, non-profit organization is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and
beautification through community participation and the challenge of national competition.

Medicine Hat is proud to have been a member of Communities in Bloom for well over a decade. Want to know more about Communities in Bloom Medicine Hat? Visit us at