Member 2 Member Discount of the Week - July 1, 2013

Cranes Upholstery and Clean Ltd. is pleased to offer Chamber members a 15% discount on upholstery and cleaning services! Specializing in flood and sewer cleanup, odor removal and mold remediation. Click HERE for a printable coupon and details.


Benefit Highlight - Corporate Spa Package

If you are looking for a great way to reward your employees or embark on a team building exercise, look no further. Ambiance Spa offers Chamber members a discount on corporate spa packages. These packages can be tailored to each individual client and food and beverage service is also available. Visit their website for more information on their wide array of services! www.ambiancespa.ca


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Urge Swift and Effective Government Response to Businesses Affected by the Alberta Flooding

On behalf of the networks of local chambers of commerce and boards of trade serving communities affected by the past week’s flooding, today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Alberta Chambers of Commerce called on governments to respond swiftly and effectively to the needs of businesses—particularly small and medium-size businesses—to help ensure their survival and the ongoing prosperity of the communities they support.

The effects will be felt well beyond the flooded areas themselves. The disaster has damaged buildings and destroyed inventory and financial records. It continues to prevent many businesses from restoring operations. Our members employ tens of thousands of Canadians. While it is too early to assess the exact economic impact of the flooding, governments must address the needs of business in their assistance, recovery and reconstruction plans.

We call on all levels of governments to recognize the challenges businesses face in making payments, producing records and meeting filing deadlines as a result of the disaster. We request governments to direct all departments to actively seek ways to reduce the administrative burdens for all business during these very difficult times. Additionally, because many of the losses incurred will not be covered by insurance, any financial assistance for which businesses are eligible must be provided as rapidly as possible
 
The chamber network will work both with its members and with governments to assist with the recovery in any way it can.


News We're Following - June 28, 2013


Member News - EDA offers to assist businesses with Disaster Recovery Program application

The Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta (EDA) is offering small businesses and agricultural operations, within the region, assistance in applying for the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) administered by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA). This program offers financial help to business owners who have property that was damaged as a result of a disaster. The intent of the program is to help return uninsurable property loss to pre-disaster conditions.  Municipalities apply for the DRP on behalf of their residents and once approved businesses can apply directly to the program for financial aid.

“We work closely with companies in southeast Alberta and we also work with the agriculture sector- both have been affected by the flooding, “said Nichola Kondra, associate director for the EDA. “Therefore, we want to ensure that we are being proactive by offering our assistance in the application process, as well as sharing information as it becomes available.”

The EDA will be posting updates on their website at www.edalliance.ca and through their Twitter account @EDAsealberta. The business team encourages companies to contact them through their toll-free number: (877) 787-7780 or by email: [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


Flood 2013

The Chamber of Commerce commends its members, their employees and families, as well as the entire community for coming together in generosity and support during Flood 2013. For up-to-date information on flood conditions, please refer to City of Medicine Hat updates via twitter @medicinehatcity, Facebook or on their website (once it's back online).

The coming days and weeks will be most difficult for those who have been directly affected, and as the city works through the cleanup process and assessment of damage we're confident that the community spirit and pride we've seen over the last few days will continue. Any member business or organizations that can help those affected in some way are encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce and we will distribute the information through our communication channels accordingly.

The Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta (EDA) is offering small businesses and agricultural operations, within the region assistance in applying for the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) administered by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA). This program offers financial help to business owners who have property that was damaged as a result of a disaster. Click HERE for more information.

 

 


Member News: Name Change & New Partnership for Medicine Hat New Holland

Medicine Hat New Holland Ltd. and Robertson Implements have formed a Partnership and purchased the assets of Milliken Farm Supplies of Taber Alberta. The new Partnership, in Alberta, will have three dealerships (Medicine Hat, Brooks and Taber) that will operate under the name Robertson Implements Alberta. The officers of the partnership are Doug Robertson CEO, Gail Halderman President and General Manager, and Jim Robertson Secretary-Treasurer. Gail Halderman President & GM of the new partnership said: “This partnership and acquisition represents an excellent strategic fit and will strengthen our presence in Southeastern Alberta with the addition of great employees, excellent stores and an exceptional customer base.” Doug Robertson CEO said: “The new partnership will put us into a strong position to compete even more effectively within the changing and increasingly competitive equipment landscape. We are committed to continue our focus on our customers, and parts and service that will create excellent growth prospects for all involved”.

 


Member 2 Member Discount of the Week - June 24, 2013

Your storefront or commercial property is often the first thing customers or clients see, and maintaining your property can be a big task. So why not have the experts take care of the maintenance for you? Chamber Members can take advantage of 5% discount on commercial property maintenance contracts through Best Bet Yardworks. Click HERE for details and contact information.


Benefit Highlight - Mystery Shopper Program

Mystery Shopping is a form of market research where an individual poses as a typcial customer (mystery shopper) and  observes service quality in an establishment. Participation in the mystery shopper program is open to retailers, restaurants, hotels, and other service providers who are members of the Chamber of Commerce. Click HERE for more information!


Member News: Leadership change at MHC

The Board of Governors of Medicine Hat College announced today that Ralph Weeks, president, is no longer employed by the
college. The college will not discuss the circumstances of an individual’s employment.

Don Bruce, chairman of the board, will work with the entire board and administration to ensure seamless operations of the college.
“Meeting the needs of our students and community is always our first priority,” said Bruce. “The board has full confidence in the commitment and dedication of every employee.”

The college has already begun the search for next president of Medicine Hat College and the board is committed to an open and collaborative selection process.


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