New Member: Safe Keeping Storage

Safe Keeping Storage is locally owned and operated. Sealed containers keep weather and rodents out. The fenced and gated facility allows for 24 hour secure access. We specialize in customer service.

Winners Announced for the 2017 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction

This past Friday, Recipients of the 2017 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction were announced. The twelve award categories recognize the achievements of organizations and entrepreneurs who make outstanding contributions in the province by advancing business best-practices. We’re pleased to announce that two of the recipients are from Medicine Hat.

Export Award of Distinction- Weddingstar Inc
Premier’s Award of Distinction- QinetiQ Target Systems

Click here to see the full list of winners. Congratulations to all of the finalists and to the award winners.

New Member: Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon offers a free greeting service for the individuals we visit and personalized marketing services for businesses we represent. We bring community information and free gifts to the businesses and households we visit. We have been in business for over 85 years and are Canadian owned and operated. We welcome those new to the community, planning a wedding, expecting a baby, a new executive, manager or professional.

Government of Alberta releases third quarter fiscal update

As reported in the government’s 2016-17 Third Quarter Fiscal Update and Economic Statement, Alberta’s economy is forecast to return to growth in 2017, following a prolonged downturn due to the oil price shock.
Here are some of the fiscal highlights:
  • The 2016-17 deficit is forecast to be $10.8 billion, consistent with the forecasts provided in the first and second quarter updates. Increased expense is offset by higher revenue and removal of the $700-million risk adjustment. It has been removed as the end of the fiscal year approaches.
  • Total revenue is now forecast at $42.9 billion, $1.5 billion higher than at budget, mainly due to improving resource revenue, federal transfers and investment income. The forecast for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is now US$48/bbl, US$6 higher than estimated at budget.
  • Total expense is forecast at $53.7 billion, an increase of $2.6 billion from budget. In addition to the one-time expense being reported for the coal-transition agreements, main operating expense increases include:
    • $284 million for health system pressures and drug costs
    • $179 million mainly to support higher caseloads for social services related to the downturn, such as Income Support and AISH; and child intervention
    • $104 million primarily for school enrolment growth to ensure there are teachers in every classroom
    • $72 million increase for agriculture-related spending such as income support to producers affected by low cattle prices
  • Capital Plan spending is forecast at $7.3 billion, a $1.2 billion decrease from budget. Poor weather, soil and site conditions, and local permitting approvals contributed to construction delays. A number of projects in Fort McMurray, including the Northern Lights Health Centre repairs and heliport and three schools, were delayed due to the Wood Buffalo wildfire. Most of these funds are committed to specific projects and will be re-profiled to the next fiscal years. Even with the decrease this year in the Capital Plan, spending is still about $1 billion more than the average of the last five years.
To read the press release click here and the full fiscal update here.

News We're Following for the Week of February 20 - 24, 2017

Member 2 Member (M2M) Discount: Pamper My Senses Wellness Day Spa

Escape to your happy place at Pamper My Senses Wellness Day Spa. Show your key tag and get 10% off spa services!

Business Beat: Making trade shows part of your marketing tool kit

Many individuals and businesses don’t realize that the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce organizes the local Sunshine Home & Garden Show in the spring and the Great West Home & Leisure Show in the fall. The Chamber of Commerce has committed to hosting these trade shows each year because of the commerce it brings to our community and the ties it has to our organization’s mandate. Commerce by simple definition is the activity of buying and selling, especially on a large scale and can also be described as the social dealings between business and people. It helps us to connect our business community to the general public, it builds our business network, it supports commerce and promotes our business community. Read More...

New Member: Douglas Meats

Douglas Meats has been a part of the Medicine Hat community since 1979. It has changed hands a few times over the years, but the recipes and quality of our sausage has not changed. We still make the same Garlic sausage, also known as (Douglas Original) made by the very first owner and operator, along with our popular ALL BEEF Sausage, FARMERS sausage, and our most recent addition is the JANS Old Fashioned German Sausage”. All our products are made with AAA Grade Alberta beef & a hickory OR apple wood, smoked in one of our natural gas powered smokers. Pop in today and try one of our classic frying sausages, or for the on the go customer’s we have an entire cooler filled with a variety of full cooked items. Perhaps you would rather bring home a package OR box of pre-seasoned, lean beef hamburgers for a weekend barbeque. If you have some deboned wild game, we can easily turn it into one of our sausage recipes, or bring in your own recipe for us to use!

New Member: Under The Stars Special Occasions

Under the Stars Special Occasions (formerly Over the Moon Boutique and Birthdays) commits to maintain the memorable experiences that OtM is known and loved for creating. Find your shooting star and make a wish - we will be there to enhance your themed party and help you dream up new ways to delight and transport your guests! From planning & decor, character visits & rentals to scenery, backdrops and sensory enhancements: Under the Stars Special Occasions will weave your dreams into a fond memory for all ages. As the host, you can focus on enjoying the celebration. Under the Stars, where fairy tales happen and your dreams come true. Call, message or email us to make an appointment to visit our boutique to view the full selection of items for rent or purchase.

STEP application deadline is February 24

Hundreds of Alberta employers have already applied to the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and are creating summer jobs for student hires. Students will gain valuable workplace experience and eligible employers will be reimbursed $7/hour in a wage subsidy.
STEP will support over 2,500 summer jobs across Alberta this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to boost your workforce while contributing to the future success of a student. Application deadline is February 24, 2017.

Apply for STEP now.