Benefit Highlight: Grand Re-Opening, Expansion or Anniversary?

If your business is celebrating a Grand Opening, Expansion, Relocation, Anniversary or Ground Breaking, we want to help! Let us know in advance, and in addition to providing you with all of the information you need to know to host a successful and well-attended event - and having staff and/or board members on hand to assist or bring greetings - we can provide the use of our Ceremonial Grand Opening scissors for a great photo op! 
Contact us about your event today!

M2M Discount of the Week: 10% off at Deadbolt Construction & Bamboo Innovations

Spring is on the way and perhaps you’ve been thinking about redoing something in your home or yard? Perhaps a deck, new fence, new flooring or something else entirely? If so call Deadbolt Construction/Bamboo Innovations at (403)952-6266, mention your Chamber membership to save 10% on products and installation and see how they can help make that dream a reality!

Find answers to help you create the workforce you need

Find answers to help you create the workforce you need.
Free resources available to help you plan, recruit and retain employees.
Government of Alberta has created a series of publications that focus on helping employers plan, recruit and retain employees.  These free online publications provides information on a variety of topics such as:
- employer best practices and solutions to workforce challenges
- retaining your staff
- strategies for employee development training
- workforce adjustments and layoffs
- and many more
As an Alberta employer, you also get access to resources such as occupational profiles to help create job descriptions, online workplace tips, and information on occupational health and safety, as well as learning about employment standards.   
These publications are available through the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more, you can email [email protected] or call Workplace and Career Planning at 780-422-1794.  

Advocacy News: Clarity in Council Minutes policy marked as complete

At the January 2014 Board of Directors meeting a policy titled Clarity in Council Minutes was adopted as a result of requests from our members to extrapolate data from city council minutes during the 2013 municipal elections race. During our research it was determined that specific information was difficult to extrapolate from municipal council minutes, including determining the direction of council, based on the information provided. Recommendations from our policy included providing more detail and clarity in motions, recording individual voting records of each motion and to make available a single resource to search motions.

During the past year the City of Medicine Hat has been working towards improving their access to information through the ‘Minutes Plus’ software. This new software, launched in December 2014, encompasses many of the recommendations we had sent to the city within our Clarity in Council Minutes policy. Any member of the public is now able to search municipal minutes online by date, keyword or meeting type, the motions contain more information and are more clear, there are documented voting records showing those in favor, against, or absent, and the motions also name those who voted against. Agendas and minutes from the past 24 months can be searched online on the City’s website HERE.

Chamber News: Perrin Beatty named one of the top 10 lobbyists in Canada

The Hill Times, an independently-owned newspaper based in Ottawa producing Canada’s politics and government newsweekly since 1989, recently produced a list of the Top 10 Lobbyists of 2015. The article states ‘The overarching measure for the list is the lobbyist’s influence with government, track record to produce results, and overall reputation. Other factors include the lobbyist’s presence in Ottawa, political affiliation, network, prestige of position, and success in the past year.’ Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is placed 6th on the list. To review some of the Canadian Chambers advocacy and lobbying efforts visit their website HERE.

February 20th- News We're Following

Benefit Highlight: Group Health & Dental Benefits for Small Business

Employee health & dental benefits are an important tool used by employers to attract new employees and retain experienced ones.  If you are seeking a way to retain your talent the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is Canada’s largest group benefit program for small businesses, serving over 25,000 firms. Thousands of small business owners join the Chambers Plan each year because it’s the simple, stable, smart choice for their business: combining accessibility, flexible options and pooled benefits that add stability to their employee benefits. Comprehensive benefit packages apply to home-based businesses and small business firms – with no industry restrictions - and for-profit businesses with three people and up are eligible for guaranteed coverage.  JoAnne Letkeman, our Chambers Plan Advisor, can help you select the right options for building as comprehensive a plan as you wish to meet your exact needs and fit your budget. Call her at (403)504-2166 ext 2 to request a quote.

M2M Discount of the Week: 20% off Acupuncture

If you’ve ever contemplated trying acupuncture now is the time to give it a try -  The Medicine Hat Acupuncture Clinic inside Associates Chiropractic is offering Chamber members and their employees 20% off their first 4 treatments.  Call (403)580-3336 to book your first appointment today!

New M2M Discount: 20% off Mavericks Tickets!

2014 was a great year for our team – the Medicine Hat Mavericks wrapped up the 2014 season as the Western Division Champions and they want you to join them in 2015 to see them do it again!
To sweeten the deal, Chamber members get a smokin’ 20% off Premium Season Tickets or 24 Game Bleacher Packs for the 2015 season. Contact the Mavericks by email or call (403)580-5811 to book your tickets or for more information.

Did you know? You can file your taxes online for free.

File your taxes online for free! Click here for more info.