Member News: MHC names new dean of science and health

Following a comprehensive search, Medicine Hat College has selected Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh as the new dean of science and health.

With a PhD in geography from Simon Fraser University, and Masters and Bachelors of Science from the University of Calgary, Vanderburgh brings with him thirty years of experience both in instruction and administration in post-secondary environments.

Vanderburgh’s official start date at MHC is May 1.  Read more here.

Member News: A-Win Insurance Ltd. has moved!

Effective April 1, 2016 A-Win Insurance will be moved to their new location at Bay 109, 2201 Box Springs Blvd NW.  For more information call Jackie Doell at (403) 487-5132. 

Member Spotlight: Premium Sausage

Premium Sausage has been in the business of producing quality homemade sausage since 1990, and has been a Chamber member since the day they opened! The smell of our hickory smokehouse will welcome you as soon as you enter our store. We, together with our son Kurtis, and our qualified and friendly staff endeavor to provide old fashioned farmer-style sausage through exceptional customer service. Our in-store mixed spices allow us to offer our customers gluten, MSG and allergen-free product. Our butcher shop also offers custom cutting throughout the year, with an especially busy hunting season where customers bring in their wild game for us to process. Premium Sausage takes pride in carrying many products from other local businesses from baking to honey and preserves. Over the past 26 years, Premium has grown through 3 buildings to our current building design of a grain elevator. The building itself stands as a reminder of past elevators that were present in every little town on the prairies. It has become a tourist attraction for travelers on the #3 highway with a small museum and great view in the elevator itself. You will always be welcome at Premium Sausage and you will definitely enjoy the smells and tastes of our many unique products.

New M2M Discount: 10% off plumbing & drain cleaning

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce members and employees receive 10% off labour costs with CSC Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

Please mention your Chamber membership before being provided your quote, and present a valid membership card if required.

New Member: Poo Patrol Inc.

Poo Patrol provides professional pet waste removal services for both residential and commercial applications in Medicine Hat and surrounding area. We use the latest technology, safety procedures and techniques to ensure excellent service quality. We have a variety of service packages to suit our customers' needs. We offer discounts to seniors, the disabled, pet foster homes and new pet adoption families. We strive to be actively involved with our community and support many local businesses and organizations. We are also Canada's only members of APAWS (Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists).

News We're Following March 24, 2016

Downtown 2nd Street Project to Continue - City of MH - The 2nd Street improvement project will be continuing, and an information session has been scheduled to provide information and answer questions.

Alberta to diversify markets and increase trade opportunities with new international presence in southern China - AB Gov - Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous has opened Alberta’s newest international office in Guangzhou to help unlock business opportunities in the region.

Government launches formal review of Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board - AB Gov - As part of the Government of Alberta’s review of agencies, boards and commissions, an independent panel will review the WCB system and make recommendations.

Chamber of Commerce 2016 Federal Budget Reactions

The Chamber of Commerce on a local, provincial and federal level had a chance to review and report on the 2016 Federal Budget following the federal budget announcement on March 22, 2016.

Chambers of Commerce appreciate the investments in skills, the efforts to stimulate the economy and the focus on green technology, however, collectively are disappointed by the cancellation of legislated reductions in the small business tax rates and that infrastructure spending was so oriented towards social spending goals rather than economically productive investments.

Ottawa needs to concentrate its spending on investments that will benefit long-term economic growth and focus on business, economic development and strategic infrastructure spending.

The previous budget legislated that the Small Business Tax rate would fall by 0.5% per year from 11% to 9% in 2019. The rate is currently at 10.5%, and the government has deferred the decreases that were coming in future years. There was no date or estimate given for the duration of the deferral. This means that small businesses across the country will pay over $1 billion more than expected.

“Done right, the government’s commitment to building infrastructure can be an important investment in the future. However, every dollar being committed is borrowed money that we can’t afford to waste,” says Canadian Chamber  President and CEO Perrin Beatty. “The government must focus on the projects that will benefit Canada’s economy the most: trade-enabling infrastructure, urban infrastructure and measures to support our resource and manufacturing sectors. We hope to see more of these concrete measures in the second phase of the infrastructure plan.”

“We are disappointed at the government’s decision to push back the small business tax reduction and we question the idea of contemplating increases to CPP at this point. As businesses struggle, this added pressure could slow down job creation and investment” stated local Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce President, Khrista Vogt.

“We will be closely monitoring the government’s economic strategy. With the right choices, Ottawa can help grow business and make Canada more competitive. With the wrong choices, these are deficits that could easily spiral and hobble our economic competitiveness. The business community is ready to work with the government to make sure that, collectively, we take the right path,” says Mr. Beatty. 

Chambers across the country will be eagerly awaiting the coming announcements on Phase 2 of Canada's infrastructure plan as well as the upcoming Innovation Agenda.

Read the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Reaction to the Budget here:

Read the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Budget Scorecard here: 

Read the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Reaction to the Budget here: 

Member News: Valhalla Pure has moved!

Valhalla Pure Outfitters is all moved into their new location in beautiful downtown Medicine Hat!  Check out their newly renovated store-front at 621 2nd Street SE. 

New Member: A Better Life Consulting and Counselling

Dr. Gail Eastman is a Registered Psychologist who helps individuals and couples reach for their dreams and desires.  Helping to create change to  reach for a better life at home, work, and play.  Dr. Gail is also a certified Gottman Therapist (specializing in couples) and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (exploring topics of worthiness, courage, vulnerability, and shame.)  If you're struggling with an issue, tired of not feeling good enough, want to stop living below the radar/living below your dreams and desires, or are looking to improve your relationships and are ready to makes changes to create a better life, it’s time to call A Better Life Consulting & Counselling.

Member News: What could your business do with $100,000?

The $100,000 Telus and Globe & Mail Small Business Challenge is back for the sixth straight year.  Businesses can find out more information, or enter online here by telling the panel of business experts how a $100,000 grant would help them conquer their biggest business challenges, and allow them to grow. 

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016.