News We're Following - October 3, 2014

News We're Following - September 26, 2014

Inspire September Update - Inspire Cafe

Show off your Member Pride -- One Day Left!

Members who have renewed for 2014-2015 should have received their membership packages which includes the Membership decal.  This decal identifies businesses as a member in good standing of our Chamber and gives your customers the peace of mind to know they are dealing with a recognized, reputable entity in the community.

These decals are capable of being mounted by placing either the front of the decal on the glass facing outside or the protective backing can be removed to be placed on a smooth surface on the exterior of the building or even on a company vehicle. They are easily removable and transferable and should leave absolutely no residue.

Show off your Chamber membership by sending us an email, tweet, or posting on our Facebook page a picture of your decal on display at your business and be entered to win $200 in Chamber Bucks which can be used towards Chamber Events (like the 2014 Business Awards!), trade show booth space, advertising (on our website, e-newsletter or on our Highway Cluster Signs) or for your Chamber membership for 2015-2016.

Closing date for the contest is tomorrow, September 30, 2014 with the draw to take place on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Member News: Surehire is moving!

Surehire Occupational Testing is moving locations on October 1, 2014!  

Their new location will be at 1611 Broadway Ave NE in Redcliff.

M2M Discount of the Week: Advertising with a Bonus!

Chamber members receive 1000 free full-color, double-sided business cards with a 6 month Mini Billboard rental agreement, or one free 33" x 81" pull-up full color banner stand or full colour outdoor vinyl banner when you sign a 1 year Mini Billboard rental agreement with Postcard Portables.  Additionally, graphic design is free on all print product orders over $250.

Please present your Chamber card to redeem this discount.

Less than one month until the Great West Home & Leisure Show

The Great West Home & Leisure Show is less than one month away and is currently 75% sold out.  If you have ever been interested in finding out how one of our shows can benefit you business, give us a call at 403.527.5214 or send us an email to inquire about becoming a part of the 2014 Great West Home & Leisure Show or the 2015 Sunshine Home & Garden Show.  Chamber members receive 10% off the cost of their booth space!

Additionally, like our brand new Medicine Hat Trade Shows Facebook page for up-to-date information on vendors and chances to win free admission to the show!

The 2014 Great West Home & Leisure Show runs from Friday, October 24th-Sunday, October 26th.

Friday, October 24, 2014: 12:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, October 25, 2014: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Sunday, October 26, 2014: 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Tickets Available at the Door:

Adults: $5.00

Seniors 65+ and Students: $3.00

Children 11 & under: FREE

Member News: Medicine Hat awarded five-bloom rating by Communities in Bloom

Medicine Hat has received top scores and a special mention by Communities in Bloom in the 2014 national program.

"We have once again been awarded to the highest rating of five blooms," said Corlaine Gardner, Chair, Medicine Hat Communities in Bloom. "And we received special mention for our Heritage Preservation, both of natural and man-made heritage."


Scam Alert: Event Fair/The Exhibitor's Index Listing

It has come to our attention that previous exhibitors of the Chamber's Petroleum shows and Chamber members may be the target of scam where a foreign company known as Event Fair is offering a 'free listing' in a publication which appears to be endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce. The form allegedly serves to check that company details are correct for an upcoming publication.  Please be advised that the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce does not endorse this company or this guide, and we hope this advisory reaches all our clients prior to any of them taking part in this fraudulent listing opportunity.

Fair Guide/Event Fair, which is operated by Construct Data Verlag AG, is already known to government bodies such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Federal Trade Commission in the United States. Their fraudulent tactics include a direct mail campaign urging exhibitors to take advantage of a 'free' online listing in their publication. The fine print of the form included details a 1177 EUR charge per year and a binding three-year agreement. This service is not solicited nor endorsed by the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.

A member company of the Chamber has already received one such letter of solicitation, as a previous exhibitor at the Southern Alberta Energy Expo.

We are advising that all recipients disregard any such letters and marketing materials and advise and warn all front-line staff about their existence. This issue is already being tackled on an international scale.

Should you have any questions regarding this advisory, please contact our office at (403)527-5214 or via email.

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

Although the weather is currently cooperating, winter is just around the bend, but that means now is a great time to get your RV ready for next camping season.  Take advantage of your membership by receiving 10% off of parts and accessories at Holiday RV in Redcliff!

Please present your Chamber member card to redeem this discount!

New M2M Discount: 30% off at Boutique Blinds

Chamber members now receive 30% off all Hunter Douglas window treatments at Boutique Blinds.

Please present your Chamber card to redeem this discount!