Business Beat: Improve Business Efficiency And Profitability In Five Areas

Healthy things grow. You have enough to know how to run your business, but do you have the tools to grow? What is the best environment to nurture growth in your business? Growing a business can be difficult, but with the right people, tools, leadership, vision, planning and strategy it is possible to move your business to the next level. APEX Alberta is continually working with an experienced network of professionals and is connecting business leaders and entrepreneurs to tools, programs and resources in our network to help businesses in their journey to start, grow and innovate. For decades, companies have been following the methodology of a popular approach to running their business called Lean and Six Sigma. The concept of Lean was made popular by Toyota and it is defined as a method to improve efficiency through improved workflow processes. Motorola developed Six Sigma, which is a set of techniques to reduce defects and errors that occur during work processes. Lean Six Sigma, then, is a combination of the two approaches: a commitment to quality management along with the efforts to reduce wastes within a process. Read More

Downtown Development Incentive Program 2018 Launch

The Downtown Development Incentive Program (DDIP) is set to return for 2018. The Business Support Office will begin taking applications on Monday, March 19 at 9 a.m. The DDIP continues to offer downtown property owners a series of incentive to assist them to redevelop or initiate new developments in the city centre and includes five options for financial assistance:

  • Commercial Development - Access up to $25,000 towards major renovations or new construction of a commercial building.
  • Multifamily Development - Access up to $25,000 towards redevelopment or new construction on a multi-family project consisting of 4 or more residential units  with units a minimum size of 74 square metres (800 SF).
  • Live/Work Residential Development - Access up to $5000 to develop residential living space with a minimum unit size of 93 square metres (1000 SF) connected to their commercial building.
  • Architectural/Visual Enhancements - Access up to $5000 for facade or exterior building improvements.
  • Environmental Site Assessment and Remedial/Risk Management - Access up to $20,000 to assist in the costs of environmental site assessments and completion of a remedial or risk management plan.

These grants are available to qualified properties located in the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan only. A cap of $50,000 remains as the total for which any one civic address can qualify. The 2018 DDIP offers $200,000 in total funding availability and will be allocated on a first come-first serve basis. Grant disbursement will end when the budgeted funds are fully subscribed.

To review details and/or download an application form click here. Property owners interested in arranging a time to discuss the programs and how to get started can call the Land and Business Support Office at 403.529.8048 or by email.

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NAFTA Negotiations - Now is Not the Time to Panic

NAFTA negotiations have opened for a seventh round in Mexico City and will continue until March 5, 2018. Talks are being complicated with the added pressure of political deadlines looming starting with Mexican federal elections set to begin in late March, U.S. mid term elections later this year and the Canadian federal election slated for 2019. While the government remains optimistic, the Canada West Foundation (CWF) has released a report outlining possible outcomes if the United States withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Click here to read The 'Just in Case Plan' which presents how Canadian small businesses can prepare for the potential end of NAFTA.

Member News: Local Vet Wins Young Veterinarian of the Year Award for 2017

Dr. Andrea Storch of Cypress View Veterinary Clinic in Medicine Hat, Alberta received the Young Veterinarian of the Year Awards on February 24th, 2018 a the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Leadership Weekend in Edmonton, Alberta. "This award is presented to a new Alberta Veterinary Association member who has shown enthusiasm for veterinary medicine and demonstrated leadership in the profession, particularly the ABVMA. This award is normally presented to a veterinarian who as graduated within the last five years." Dr Storch was nominated out of a possible 567 candidates and then chosen as the recipient by the council of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. They must be a member in good standing of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, have good character and high ethical standards. Dr Storch graduated from the University of Calgary Veterinary Program in 2015. She stared work at Cypress View Veterinary Clinic in May 2015 and in February 2016 she became part owner. She has also recently completed her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist accreditation. She is often involved in many projects that involve encouraging women to pursue the sciences and promotion of veterinary care.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Looks to Budget 2018 to Improve Competitiveness for Canadian Business

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in anticipation of the Federal Budget being tabled on February 27, 2018. "Canadian competitiveness is eroding across the board and our membership - which includes thousands of small - and medium-sized businesses across the country - is deeply concerned.

We regularly hear from businesses that the rising cost of running a business in Canada and the uncertainty caused by potential changes to the tax system are having a negative impact on their ability to grow, to create jobs and to compete for investment and customers at home and abroad. The Canadian Chamber looks forward to the federal budget to see what concrete steps the government will take to address these concerns.

"Budget 2018 presents the federal government with an important opportunity to share its plans for creating the conditions that will allow Canadian businesses to grow and contribute to a more prosperous economy for all Canadians. The business community remains ready to work with the government to make sure that, collectively, we take the right steps to achieve this."

Read the full press release here.

New Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebates Available

Industrial-specific rebates have been added to Energy Efficiency Alberta's Business Non-Profit and Institutional (BNI) Energy Savings Program. The program helps organizations reduce their energy use and green house gas emissions by replacing outdated and inefficient equipment with new energy-efficient technologies. Most industrial facilities that are not large final emitters qualify for the program. Read More

New Member: Fire Dragon Taekwondo

At Fire Dragon Taekwondo our Head Instructors are Award winning, National and international Champions, which means that the techniques you are learning are from the best. So whether you want to learn the superior skills of Taekwondo, or simply the attitude and mind set of what it takes to achieve greatness, you will find it at Fire Dragon Taekwondo. Fire Dragon Taekwondo is more than a martial arts school, it’s a place where students can feel at home. Many of our students refer to Fire Dragon Taekwondo as family because of the support each student gets from their school. We pride ourselves on our customer service, and our people are simply extraordinary.

Natural Gas Innovation Fund Issues Call for Funding Applications

The Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) is accepting submissions for funding to support natural gas cleantech research, demonstration and deployment innovation projects in Canada. NGIF, created by the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), supports the funding of cleantech innovation in the natural gas value chain. It seeks to fill a technology development gap in the sector and invest in innovation enabling natural gas solutions for current and emerging challenges facing Canada's energy system. This call is for applications to NGIF's Round 4 funding cycle. Read More

New Member: Canadian GunHub Inc.

Canadian GunHub Inc is a firearms retailer, the only public access indoor shooting range that anyone use with or without a firearms license. They provide training courses needed to acquire a firearms license.