Enter the 5th Annual Small Business Challenge!

This week marks your last chance to enter for a chance to become a winner of the 5th annual 2015 Small Business Challenge contest presented by TELUS and the Globe and Mail.

This contest offers a unique opportunity to help your business overcome a current business problem with prizing worth over $150,000, including a $100,000 business grant, new technology from TELUS, and national coverage from The Globe and Mail.

This year's prize categories include:

- 2015 Small Business Challenge Winner
- 10 Regional Winners
- 3 Most Promising Startups
- 50 Honourable Mentions

Last year's winner was Vancouver Island Salt Co. This year, it could be you!

It's simple – Tell them your biggest challenge, how the $100,000 business grant can help solve it, and the results you expect. More details can be found here and the contest closes on Monday, June 1st, 2015.

Member News: Motel 6 is now Home Inn Express - Medicine Hat

As of June 1, 2015 the Motel 6 - Medicine Hat will operate as a Home Inn Express - Medicine Hat and is a very exciting transition for d3h Hotels, as this is the first Express line of its kind in Canada. 

The hotel will feature a lobby that is designed to be a comfortable, home-like gathering space with a large common area, high-tables with plug-ins for technology. and a games area featuring Pac-Man and a large wall-mounted Scrabble board as well as a variety of rooms suitable for a range of different situations.

M2M Discount of the Week: 10% off at Perfecting You Fashions

If you are seeking some fun new clothing to celebrate our fast approaching summer days, head downtown to Perfecting You Fashions and save 10% off all regular priced fashions when you show your Member Card.

Benefit Highlight: Earn a free Membership!

Did you know that every new member you successfully refer gains you a credit towards 10% off next year's membership dues?  Simply refer a member, fill out the application for credit, and when we process renewals we'll be certain to credit you 10% off for each new member who signed up based on your referral.  Sign up 10 members and your membership next year is FREE!

5 Minutes for Business: The Loonie Takes Flight, but for How Long?

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, The Canadian Chambers Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, looks at how our loonie is performing.

Right now, our loonie is performing well, but as we look ahead, the loonie will hit some turbulence. As the lift from oil prices tapers off, the dollar will be pulled down by slower growth in Canada and rising interest rates in the U.S., which will attract investors away from Canadian securities. This means our loon will flap around, eventually perching at an average of 80 cents in 2015 before improving to 83 cents next year.

 Read 5 Minutes for Business.


A new chapter in the story of Alberta

Alberta’s 17th Premier, the Honourable Rachel Notley, and her Cabinet, were sworn in on the steps of the Alberta Legislature on May 24.
 
Press Release
Watch the Swearing-in of Premier Notley and Cabinet
Listen to interviews with Premier and Ministers following the ceremony
View Photos from the event

Funding Opportunity: Canada 150 Fund

If your organization is planning a celebration or rejuvenation of existing infrastructure for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, you might be interested to know that there is fund available and created specifically for this purpose.  The Canada 150 Fund is available to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.

Eligible funding recipients under the Canada 150 Fund include the following types:
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations, including corporations, trusts, cooperatives and unincorporated associations;
  • Canadian business corporations, including partnerships, trusts and joint ventures where projects are non-commercial in nature;
  • Canadian schools; and,
  • Canadian municipal governments and their institutions.

Examples of eligible projects under the Canada 150 Fund may include:
  • Celebratory or commemorative activities and events;
  • Community building activities and events;
  • Sport and active-living activities and events;
  • Exhibits;
  • Plaques, monuments and permanent installations;
  • Ceremonies for site dedications;
  • Interpretive programming and tours;
  • Documentary films;
  • Learning materials and activities;
  • Theatrical or musical performances;
  • Large-scale artwork projects;
  • New Canada 150 fairs and festivals; and
  • Specific Canada 150 programming added to regular or recurrent fairs and festivals.
There is no established deadline to submit a funding application under the Canada 150 Fund. It is suggested that prior to completing a funding application, you contact a Canadian Heritage program officer to discuss your proposed project:

By phone:
780-495-3350 or
1-866-811-0055

By email:
[email protected]

By mail:
Canadian Heritage Canada Place
Canada 150 Fund
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1132
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4C3

For more information, please visit:
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
Canada 150 Fund
New Building Canada Plan

Policy News: 2015 Summer Hours for Wild Horse Port

Summer hours for the Port of Wild Horse will begin on May 15 for the port of Wild Horse on both the Alberta and Montana side of the border. The port will operate 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 15 to Sept. 30. The winter schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume on Oct. 1.

Wild Horse, Montana, is a CBP permit port, which means that a cargo permit is required to import commercial merchandise into the United States through this port. Permits must be approved in advance of cargo arrival. The CBP Area Port of Great Falls, which processes permit applications, has implemented a streamlined process to facilitate permit approvals. Contact the Supervisory Entry Officer at 406-453-7631 for more information.

For additional questions or clarification on information related to CBP and entering the United States, please visit the Know Before You Go page in the Travel section at www.cbp.gov.

For additional questions or clarification on information related to CBSA and entering Canada, please visit the Travel Tips Section on www.cbsa.gc.ca or call 1-800-461-9999.

New Member: Sandler Training

A licensed member of the global Sandler network, Sandler Training in Calgary, led by President, Hamish Knox works with COPs (Chief Executives, Owners and Presidents) who seek the edge an accountable, growth driven organization has over their competition. Hamish worked in sales across a variety of industries including media, communication services, software and professional sports before joining the Sandler network, which melded his passions for sales and education. Early in his Sandler career Hamish was anointed a Sandler "Rising Star" for quickly building his business and helping fellow Sandler colleagues with their businesses.

Hamish is a former Sandler Global Rookie of the Year, is a current member of Sandler's Franchisee Advisory Council and his book, Accountability the Sandler Way was published in November 2014. Committed to giving back so other entrepreneurs can enjoy the same opportunities he had when he launched his business, Hamish is an active mentor with Futurpreneur Canada, is a Maple Leaf Club donor to Enactus Canada and is a volunteer judge for regional and national student entrepreneur competitions.


M2M Discount of the Week: Spring Clean your Carpets!

Spring cleaning isn't always a breeze, but with the carpet cleaning expertise of Medicine Hat Drymaster you can get a jump on refreshing your home and save your sanity!  With their No Steam Carpet Cleaning Technology, you can go back to normal in 3-4 hours instead of 1-2 days and to help you save, they offer Chamber members and their employees 10% off any carpet cleaning job when you mention your membership and show your card.  Call (403)548-8735 to book your appointment today!

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