Community Initiatives Program Project-Based Grants Accepting Applications Until September 15

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Project-Based grant stream supports projects that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta by providing assistance to non-profit organizations for new programs and initiatives, community events and community publications. The program has been designed to support the efforts of organizations that contribute to their communities and create opportunities for Albertans to engage with their communities. For more information on grant guidelines click here. Information on how to apply for CIP Project-Based grants is available here.

Nominations Open For Stars of Alberta Awards

Albertans are invited to help honour the people making a difference in their communities by nominating individuals for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards. The Stars of Alberta awards recognize the exemplary service of volunteers whose contributions have made a lasting impact on their communities and lives of their fellow Albertans. Six awards will be presented: two in each category of youth, adult and senior at a December 5th ceremony to be held during celebrations marking International Volunteer Day. Albertans are encouraged to submit nominations online or download the nomination form. Read More

Business Beat: Business Model Canvas Explained

Writing a business plan can be a daunting task for entrepreneurs. But it doesn't have to be. In fact, writing a solid plan can be a fun collaborative process that helps entrepreneurs save time, improve team collaboration, and look deeply at the integral pieces of any new product or business venture. The business model canvas, a graphical business model worksheet, was developed by Alexander Osterwalder of Strategyzer, with a goal in mind of helping entrepreneurs be more innovative and focus on the value they provide to the customer when validating and moving a business forward.  Read More

Fill Out the Local Authorities Election Act Survey

The Local Authorities Election Act establishes the framework for local elections in the province and is traditionally reviewed following each municipal election cycle. Albertans are invited to complete an online survey and provide their comments by July 31. Topics covered in the consultation include:

  • campaign contributions and finances
  • campaign expenses
  • third-party advertising
  • school board trustee elections
  • voter identification
  • advance votes
  • residency requirements

Based on feedback, proposed changes may be introduced in a future session of the legislature.

New Member: Vision Energy Inc.

Vision Energy Inc. is an electrical contractor and consulting engineering firm that specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems. My background is in electrical engineering and the electrician trade. I spent close to a decade in the wind industry, and within the last two years have switched my focus to the growing solar PV industry.

2018 WISE 50 Over 50 Award Nominations Open Until June 30

The fastest growing segment of business start-ups in Canada continues to be over the age of 50. It's time to recognize their accomplishments and let Canada know what they have to offer! Do you know someone over 50 that has started a business? Or someone that has started a business as an encore career prior to or after retirement? Why not celebrate this special group of entrepreneurs by making them aware that they can apply for a 50 over 50 Award. The 2018 WISE 50 over 50 Award recognizes and celebrates hard-working, experienced Canadians who have started their business after the age of 50. The awards are given to 50 business owners who deserve recognition for their success. You can find out about each of the 2017 winners on the program website. Open to Canadian residents who started their business after turning 50, applications/nominations must be submitted by June 30. A group of the 2017, 50 over 50 Award winners, will be this year's judges. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2018. More information & the application form for the #50over50 awards can be found here. Any questions should be sent to Wendy Mayhew.

Member 2 Member Discount: BGS Body Shop

10% off regular priced items

New Member: Remerge Rehabilitation Inc.

Remerge Rehabilitation is a locally owned company that has a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) on staff as well as 2 Occupational Therapists who have completed the Matheson Functional Capacity Certification Course. We only use Matheson equipment to ensure reliability and validity for medical legal cases. Remerge also offers a wide range of additional services tailored to our client’s needs; Medical Legal Assessments, Ergonomic and Worksite Assessments, Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluations, Cost of Future Care Assessment / Life Care Planning, Home Care and Home Assessments, WCB Assessments, Long-term Care Assessment & Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management
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Reminder: Assessment Request for Information Forms Must Be Submitted by July 3, 2018

The City of Medicine Hat sent out Assessment Request for Information (ARFI) forms to non-residential property owners, which must be submitted by July 3, 2018. Pursuant to Provincial Legislation, the July 1, 2018, market value of property will form the basis of the 2019 tax year assessment and all properties much be reassessed annually. Your assessment value is one of the factors used to calculate your property tax amount. The other factor is the tax rate (mill rate) which is set each year by our municipal council. Current information supplied by property owners assists in obtaining more accurate data and to help reach a fair and equitable assessment.  Read More

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Network Supports Government Actions on Trade and Tariffs

The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), alongside the nine provincial, regional and territorial chamber presidents representing every region of the country, have united to publicly support the government's efforts to defend Canadian interests in the face of unprecedented trade actions by the United States government. In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, chamber of commerce representatives from across the country have stated that they stand with the Canadian government in its efforts to achieve a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as well as to dismantle any trade barriers, despite the context of uncertainty created by the U.S. government's actions. Click here to read the letter to the Prime Minister.