M2M Discount of the Week: It's too hot to cook...

...So don't!  Instead take advantage of these two great Member 2 Member discounts until the end of this month:

$2 off a Crisp or Soft Beef or Veggie Taco Combo Meal from Taco Time (Medicine Hat locations only)

Get double the meat for half price on any pita at Pita Pit - Dunmore Rd.


Renew now to win a free membership next year!

Renewals for next year went out in early July, so if you haven’t received one yet, please contact us to have another copy sent. Renewals are due by Monday, September 1st, 2014.

If you have already renewed - thank you for your continued support!

All those who have sent in their renewals prior to August 9, 2014 are entered to win a free Chamber Membership for 2015-2016.


Benefit Highlight: Pacrim Hotel Discounts

Pacrim Participates extends an exclusive discount on participating hotels to all members of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, which our members are associated with through their membership locally.

Members receive 15% off the Best Available Rate for standard rooms in each of their 60 participating hotels across Canada and the USA. all year long by booking through their website www.preferredhotelrates.com or their Reservation number 1-866-908-7666.

In addition to receiving the same rates as major online travel agencies and enjoying Pacrim's award-winning customer service you can also make day of arrival cancellations with no penalty, and no prepayment is required.  

Please present your Alberta Chambers of Commerce Community Membership Card when checking in.  If you have not received one of these cards, please contact us to receive one.


Non-Residential Property Assessment Request for Information Forms

The Non-Residential Property Assessment Request for Information (RFI) Forms were mailed out on June 13, 2014. There are some businesses who are uncertain as to whether or not they are required to fill out this form and we wanted to advise that the RFI form is a requirement under the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

The reference to the MGA is below:

Section 295 (1) of the MGA reads: “A person must provide, on request by the assessor, any information necessary for the assessor to prepare an assessment or determine if property is to be assessed”.

Additionally, you would relinquish your right to an appeal if this is not filled in under Section 295(4) of the MGA: “No person may make a complaint in the year following the assessment year under section 460 or in the case of a linear property, under section 492(1) about an assessment if a person has failed to provide the information requested under subsection (1) within 60 days from the date of the request”.

If you need assistance with the RFI Form, there is an instruction video to assist with filling out the form online.

We want to ensure all our members and businesses have a right to be heard if there are issues with the assessment and we want to ensure accuracy in the assessment roll by having the most complete and comprehensive data available.

New M2M Discount: 15% off at Posh Wash

Who has time for laundry when the weather is this nice?  Check out Posh Wash at #105 20 Northlands Way NE and receive a 15% discount on laundering comforters, coveralls or drop off laundry as a Chamber member!

Please present your Chamber member card to redeem this discount!

News We're Following - July 25, 2014

M2M Discount of the Week: Mystery Shopper Program

As a business manager, you know the importance of customer retention. Competitors attempt to erode your existing customer base through advertisements, promotions or product enhancements, which in turn raise expectations for new customers. Although a shopper's life will not come to a grinding halt if their expectations aren't precisely met, little things do influence his or her overall shopping experience.

The role of the mystery shopper is to identify gaps that the customer might not voice - whereas the actual customer might simply decide to shop elsewhere.

For a fraction of the cost of setting of your own, this Mystery Shopper Program will provide you with a comprehensive report on the performance of your establishment.  Participation in the mystery shopper program is open to retailers, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and other service providers who are members of the Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, click here, email [email protected] or call Jim Davidson at 1.877.447.5189 or 416.447.7219.

Have you Renewed your Chamber Membership Yet?

Renewals for next year have gone out, so if you haven’t received one yet, please contact us to have another copy sent. Renewals are due by Monday, September 1st, 2014.

All completed renewal forms and payments received by August 9, 2014 will be entered into a draw to win a free Chamber Membership for 2015-2016. We look forward to serving you again in 2014-2015!

Member News: Special Deliveries Doula Services - World Breastfeeding Week


Make Breastfeeding Your Business is a local initiative aimed at building community supports for breastfeeding families. We encourage businesses to develop an accepting attitude and supportive spaces within our communities that allow women to feed their children.  Businesses can show their support by posting a Breastfeeding Welcome sticker.

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, on Wednesday, August 6th, Special Deliveries Doula Service are hosting an online poll where you can vote for your favorite local business that is supportive of breastfeeding. Go to Special Deliveries Doula Service Facebook Page to vote https://www.facebook.com/special.deliveries?ref_type=bookmark  Top businesses will be awarded Breastfeeding Friendly Certificates.

Webinar- Temporary Foreign Worker Program

To help our members navigate the changes that have been announced regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar on July 29 from 1-2PM Eastern (please check your local time zone).

The presenter will be Colin Spencer James, Director, Program Policy & Design, Temporary Foreign Worker Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada.

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to better understand how the new program will work. Please join us on July 29 by registering here: https://chamber.adobeconnect.com/_a1175894621/tfwprogram/