Member News: Basketry Bug is for Sale!

Basketry Bug Inc. is a unique business that was created from the dream of two local entrepreneurs. The mission behind Basketry Bug has always been to provide the highest quality products, presentation and service in the gift basket industry and now you have the opportunity to own this great business! Basketry Bug is for sale through Better Homes & Garden Real Estate and you can contact Ed Benning or Patrice Morrison for more information.

New Member Benefit: First Call HR Services

All business owners who have employees share one thing in common: employee issues.

For only $8.50/employee/month First Call will assist your business with: recruiting, prescreening, and reference checking applicants, legal consultation and documentation, employee file management, and addressing human resource issues through your assigned HR Manager. Chamber members can take advantage of First Call’s 'first month free' offer and enroll at a discounted rate.

Visit their website at and watch their informative video for more information.

Member News: Report on SE Alberta released

The Report on Southeast Alberta has arrived and full delivery is complete. An online version of the Report can be viewed here.

Canadian Chamber releases new podcast series

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is excited to tell you about their new podcast, The Voice of Canadian Business. As part of a pilot project the CCC will be briefing us every two weeks on the events, people and policies affecting Canadian business, all in 15 minutes or less.

New episodes available for viewing are:

Click here to view the current podcasts and watch the 'News We’re Following' section of this newsletter for future podcasts available from the CCC.

Advocacy news: Alberta improves highway network in southern Alberta

Drivers across southern Alberta will have smoother travels on provincial highways and bridges with increased spending in Budget 2014.

Southern Albertans will see more construction crews on roads and bridges in their region as part of the Alberta government’s three-year, $5 billion investment to expand and rehabilitate the provincial highway network. Work on high-priority projects will increase load limits and improve travel for residents, tourists and industry.

In 2014, residents will see the completion of many ongoing capital projects in southern Alberta, including the $23 million TransCanada Highway and Dunmore Road interchange in Medicine Hat.

Click here to view more southern Alberta projects underway or planned.

Member News: CHBA welcomes new Executive Officer

The Canadian Home Builders Association - Medicine Hat welcomes Jackie Velcoff as new Executive Officer. Jackie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in marketing, customer service, management and communication skills. Jackie can be reached at [email protected] and 403-977-6722.

M2M Discount of the Week: Get your RV ready for camping season!

Camping season is rapidly approaching and now is the time to get your RV in shape!

To help you out this spring, Holiday RV is offering 10% off parts and accessories for Chamber members!  Give them a call at (403) 548-7087 for more information.

Please present your Member Card to redeem this discount!

Advocacy News: Land Use Bylaw 4168 (Draft Residential Changes)

In the summer of 2013 a new Land Use Bylaw was approved by Council, adopting many of the recommendations made by the Chamber of Commerce. During the process there was also a commitment that the Land Use Bylaw would be a “living” document that would be updated on a regular basis to respond to the needs of the community. Based on observations over the past 8 months and feedback from stakeholder groups, City staff have prepared an amendment package specifically addressing the residential section of the Bylaw.

Some of the aspects that are addressed within this amendment include:

Changes to development standards e.g. driveway width, rear setback, garage heights and sizes, etc.

Additional uses defined and listed e.g. Duplex Housing, Townhouses, etc.

The addition of a general rules for residential districts

A new Master Planned Residential District

Please review the proposed changes and provide any comments (good or bad) or other suggested changes either by email or at one of the upcoming City sessions that will be planned. Please note that this is a draft that is not set in stone The goal is to have the amendment before the Municipal Planning Commission and Council by early summer.

Non-Residential Property Assessment Methodology

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a Non-Residential Assessment Methodology Webinar on Wednesday, March 26 to help owners of non-residential properties in the city understand the process and assessment methodology used to determine market value. This included an overview of capitalization rates, terminology, process, and timelines.

The webinar is now available online.

Additionally the resources mentioned in today’s session can be found via the following links:

City of Medicine Hat Assessments

MRAC (Matters Relating to Assessments)

Application for Property Tax Exemptions:

City of Medicine Hat Property Tax Exemption

Municipal Government Act Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation

Member News: Stampede announces first day of 2014 Farmers Market

The Medicine Hat Farmers Market is gearing up for it's 17th Season, and has announced an opening date of May 17th!

If you haven't been yet and wonder what they're all about, you should know that all the products sold are home baked, home produced, homemade or hand crafted and all prepared by the vendors you see selling them.