New Member: WebGenii Consulting Ltd.

WebGenii Consulting Ltd. offers a wide variety of technical services to help you get the most out of your computer software for reasonable rates. They offer: Custom Template Design, VBA Programming, Web Design and Web Writing , Technical Writing, PDF Conversion, Software Training and User Support for the novice and advanced user. Need a temporary help desk? There’s a genii for that.

Occupational Health and Safety Futures Research Grants

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Futures Research Funding Program provides health and safety funding for academic institutions, industry, and labour organizations. Eight new projects have recently been selected for funding for 2018. The new OHS Futures research grand funding cycle is now launched with a call for Notice of Intent. For more information on past recipients and the upcoming funding cycle, please check the website

Value Added Benefit: Purolator Discount Program

As a member of the Chamber of Commerce you gain access to the shipping services and experience of Purolator, where you will enjoy preferential pricing through a volume discount program. The Purolator volume discount program can save you up to 30% every time you use their services including Purolator Express and Purolator Ground suite of services.

Nominate for the 5th Annual Startup Canada Awards

The Startup Canada Awards recognize outstanding achievements in Canadian entrepreneurship. With 18 awards, there's a category for every entrepreneur, innovator, Startup Community, and champion. Nominate yourself or someone you know before April 3. For more information click here. And don't forget to also nominate an outstanding business for our local Chamber of Commerce Business Awards!

The Partnership Supports Alberta's Agriculture Sector

The federal and provincial governments are partnering to support innovation, growth and sustainability in Alberta's agricultural sector. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial agreement that focuses on increasing trade, expanding markets and supporting innovative and sustainable growth in the sector while creating jobs and strengthening the middle class. Minister MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Oneil Carlier, Alberta Minister of Forestry and Agriculture, announced that over the next five years the Canadian government and the Alberta government plan to invest $406 million to support strategic programs and activities under the Partnership.  Read More

Business Beat: The Benefits of Self-Employment Training

An important first step for many who dream of taking the journey towards self-employment is the Community Futures Entre-Corp self-employment training program. Funded by Alberta Labour, this program has been delivered in Medicine Hat collectively for 21 years. The self-employment training program is an outstanding free resource for entrepreneurs in our region who wish to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to start and run a successful business. The basic criteria to enter the training program is that the candidate is currently unemployed or under-employed. They must have a viable business idea, the personal abilities and a proven business concept that would be suitable in today’s economic times. They should also have the ability to access the required capital necessary to start and run the business, as well as the capacity to commit to the training program requirements. Read More

Member 2 Member Discount: The Shapener

10% off sharpening 

Investment in Agricultural Societies

Alberta's 283 primary and seven regional agricultural societies will receive $11.5 million per year in government funding for the next three years to help build a rural economies and promote a sustainable agriculture sector. This longer-term commitment is meant to ensure that agricultural societies can plan ahead and budget for facilities, events and education they provide in their communities. 

Buildings such as curling and hockey rinks and community halls are often run by agricultural socieities in small communities, giving families access to activities and gathering spaces in their hometowns. Many societies also put on rodeos, summer fairs, bench shows, workshops and countless other events that bring people together to celebrate and learn about agriculture and rural life.

Agricultural societies operate about 700 community facilities throughout Alberta, and collectively have more than 65,000 volunteers who support activities.

Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: Export Opportunities

On March 14, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) partnered with the Trade Commissioner Service and the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business to host a seminar to promote export opportunities stemming from the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). CETA presents opportunities for SMEs and larger businesses. The Trade Commissioner Service is working to ensure CETA delivers for businesses of all sizes, but they are acutely aware of the challenges SMEs face, especially if they are first time exporters. 

The CCC look forward to working with local and regional chambers, association members and corporate members to ensure businesses have the best information on how to make CETA work for them. They will continue to advocate that the Canadian government diversifies our market access opportunities abroad, and that the trade promotion services offered by the Trade Commissioners are reaching their full potential. 

Celebrate Your Green Workplace: Sign Up For Canadian Chamber of Commerce Contest

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is partnering with HP Canada and the WWF on an Earth Day Contest to celebrate green workplaces. April 22 is Earth Day, and opportunity to celebrate our environment. The CCC is working with the World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet @Work Campaign and HP Canada to recognize the businesses making Canada's workplaces more sustainable. The contest is looking for testimonials for the following question: What have you done to make your workplace more sustainable? Submissions must include: 1) a photo, and 2) a brief text, no more than 200 words, explaining your workplaces contribution to sustainability.

The CCC will feature 15 submissions from different regions in Canada on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages on Earth Day. The three most compelling stories get a permanent home on the WWF Living Planet @Work's testimonial page. The business with the best story will also receive a Sprocket Photo Printer courtesy of HP Canada.

To submit your story, send your photo and testimonial to Natalie Bergeron, Marketing and Communications Officer. The closing ate for submission is March 30, 2018.