Member News: Helping the future of business

The Enactus club of Medicine Hat College has been working with about 60 students from Elm Street School to teach entrepreneurship to the next generation.  Their time together is drawing to a close, but the final project is a Christmas trade show where the students have the opportunity to display and sell their products.  90% of the profit goes back to the students, and 10% is going to charity.  Come support our future entrepreneurs on Thursday, December 12, 2013 beginning at 5:30 pm at the Elm Street School.

 


Local Chamber Members Promoted Internationally

In the spring of 2013 the Chamber released a promotional video to highlight the benefits of joining the local Chamber of Commerce which featured some of our members who explained the reasons why they found Chamber membership beneficial to their business.

 

We originally developed the video as a way to market our Chamber to potential members, but it became so much more than that, and our members are seeing the residual benefit.

 

The video has now been featured at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM, has been sent to multiple Chambers of Commerce across the province and is now being used as a “how-to” marketing tool by Chamber of Commerce guru and public speaker, Kyle Sexton, who featured our video at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Fall Conference.

 

We received feedback from one of the Fall Conference attendees who said “I was at the Illinois Chamber Conference and Kyle Sexton spoke about your Chamber’s example of marketing. It was a big hit, you are a star in Canada and the USA.”

 

We are so happy to hear that our video is making its rounds through the Chamber network, as it is great promotion for our Chamber and our business community. The video can be viewed here.

 

Send us a video clip or testimonial of the reasons why you are a Chamber member! You never know where you might be featured…


Policy News: Disaster Recovery Program Review

In review of the KPMG report on Disaster Recovery and the subsequent Government Action List that was provided in follow up to the report, the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see its recommendations taken into account:

The Chamber of Commerce had recommended that in order to improve accountability and transparency of the administration of the Disaster Relief Program, that the Alberta Emergency Management Agency:

  1. Create comprehensive general guidelines document, which includes, but is not limited to,

    1. An overview of the program

    2. An explicit outline of the process for residential, small business, large business, agricultural operation, and municipal government claims.

    3. A description of detailed coverage for residential, small business, large business, agricultural operation, and municipal government claims.

    4. A detailed eligible and non-eligible description and break-down for residential, small business, large business, agricultural operation and municipal government claims.

  2. Implement a service level program that details the program’s 

    1. Communication and transparency policies

    2. Claims procedure

    3. Claim account processes including a claim numbering system in order to facilitate easy accessibility to file information by phone, in person, on-line, or through mail-out updates

    4. Point of Contact updates which dictate that claimants are updated once every 10 days on the status of their claim

    5. Policies for consistent implementation and recursive measures should there be a failure to achieve the standards set forward.

  3. Include in the creation of the comprehensive general guidelines document, the specific processes outlined in Schedule A as well as other, and specific language for all procedures and for qualifications on eligibility.

  4. Review all related policy documents in order to remove all ambiguous language with the intent of streamlining the DRP and facilitating faster service.

The full recommendation and action report released by the Government of Alberta can be accessed online: http://aema.alberta.ca/documents/ema/0905_KPMG_Recommendations_and_Actions.pdf

The reports can be accessed online at http://aema.alberta.ca/901.cfm.

 


Reminder: Last day to submit responses to Flood Follow-up Survey!

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is conducting a follow-up survey to analyze the experience of affected businesses during the recovery process of the 2013 flood. Deadline to submit your feedback is today at 4:00 pm. If you were affected by the flooding in June, including anything from business closure/evacuation to sustaining damage, please consider completing the short survey here.


News We're Following - November 29, 2013


New Member: Ross Creek Business Center

Located in the Medicine Hat Clay Industry’s National Historic District, and less than 5 minutes from downtown, Ross Creek Business Center is Medicine Hat’s first office space in a center designed to help you simplify the way you do business: because we believe that business can, and should, be simple - it only requires that the right supports be in place.

For business owners in all industries, whether you’re a professional, a contractor, a tradesperson, or a non-profit organization, we have the systems and the supports conveniently located on-site to help you do just that. Amenities include:

  • professional reception to meet and greet your clients, take your calls and accept your messages, whether you’re in the office, out of the office, or away on vacation

  • administrative support and document management,

  • business services and consulting designed to help you grow your business,

  • bookkeeping packages individually designed to meet your needs,

  • group marketing opportunities,

  • a video conference ready boardroom for your meeting, training or workshop needs,

  • a central atrium for coworking, collaborating or networking,

  • virtual offices and day office spaces with access to all building amenities,

  • ample free parking for you and your clients,

  • a fully equipped executive gym so you can stay in shape.

We have it all for you – everything under one roof.

With flexible leasing options, flexible signing incentives, and flexible marketing and networking inclusions, our goal is to provide our tenants with what they need to succeed. If you or someone you know could benefit from simplifying their business - and growing it at the same time - call us! We’d love to meet your needs!

 

 


New Member: 640 Professional Building

Conveniently located, the main and second floor of the 640 Professional Building offers to its existing clients a spectacular amenities-built business center and office lease facility.  This business-made center offers unique state-of-the-art systems technology, impressive reception to concierge services, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Outdoor Business Patio, Complimentary Beverage Centers and an experienced support staff to assist your every need.  Our facilities include over 45 full-time, part-time and virtual offices with on-site fitness center, boardrooms, business services and kitchenette for your meeting convenience.

With the fall construction currently on-going, 640PB is adding 26 new offices and has available for immediate agreement/Spring 2014 move-in, two large, multi-office suites and 11 reduced-size suites for our long-term clients.  Inquire for our “up to 6 months FREE Lease options” promotion -- ending December 13th, 2013.

Convenient public transportation, close to major highways and garage parking facilities, the 640 Professional Building is in close proximity to banking, theatres, world-class dining, waterfront walkways, beautiful parks, and retail shopping in Medicine Hat's historic downtown district.  Join us in Medicine Hat at 640 Professional Building, Southern Alberta's finest full-service executive office environment – priced just right!


News We're Following - December 22, 2013


Advocacy News: Airport Expansion Update

The City of Medicine Hat has released a website update regarding the Airport Expansion which is now underway. As part of the City’s pledge to improve, increase and entice air service to Medicine Hat, City Council adopted an Air Service Development Study as one of its 2011-2013 strategic priorities. This included the approval of a terminal expansion and renovation project. The Terminal Expansion & Renovation will not only provide improved facilities for passengers but also position the airport in anticipation of other airlines considering Medicine Hat as a potential market. The City’s Airport Expansion webpage can be viewed here and an artist’s rendering of the finished facility and floor plan can be viewed here.  The website will continue to be updated with photos and work progress as the
5597 sq ft expansion continues on the 5.3 million dollar project.

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce approved a policy, titled Medicine Hat Air Service, in 2012 after significant concerns were raised by the business community related to high airfare, wait times, flight schedules and limited destinations prohibiting both
business and leisure travelers from choosing the Medicine Hat Airport as their airport of choice. The policy recommended the City aggressively pursue options for lower airfares, an additional destination to Edmonton, increased flight
frequency, better connection times and increased load capacity for service to and from the Medicine Hat Airport. The policy can be reviewed here.


Advocacy News: Flood Survey Follow-Up

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey in July 2013 to evaluate the initial impacts to business caused by the 2013 flood. At the time there were varied impacts from the flood, with 91% of respondents closed due to evacuations, 39% experienced no power/utilities, 17% incurred water damage and 8.7% had inventory affected.  We also found that a majority of respondents experienced lost time and revenue due to labour costs and loss of sales.

We are now conducting a follow-up survey to analyze the experiences of business during the recovery process. Deadline for completion is December 2, 2013 with results extracted for reporting following that date.

If your business was affected by the 2013 flood please take a few minutes to complete our short survey which can be accessed here.


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