January 18th, 2018

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Business Beat: Investment in innovation

By Medicine Hat News on July 19th, 2017

The Government of Canada has allocated millions of dollars to innovation programs because investment in people and technology will continue to transform and drive positive change in our economy. The 2017 Budget, Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, describes a mission to make Canada more innovative. Innovation improves a product or a process; it can be ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Celebrating our heritage

By Medicine Hat News on July 12th, 2017

In our 150th year of confederation, I could not help but explore the history of our Chamber of Commerce and our business network. Interestingly, the first chamber of commerce was established in 1599 in France, with the first North American chamber established in 1750 in Halifax. While our chamber hasn’t been around for quite that ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Medicine Hat’s youth movement

By Medicine Hat News on July 5th, 2017

There’s a youth movement happening in Medicine Hat, with young professionals, designers and artists choosing Medicine Hat as the best place in Alberta to advance their careers. Recently we have been speaking with talented young professionals about why they picked Medicine Hat to start and grow their careers. We spoke with young lawyers, accountants and ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Don’t use alternative facts to make business decisions

By Medicine Hat News on June 28th, 2017

With so much information coming at us everyday, it’s hard to tell what is truth and what is just garnering headlines. We live in a politically charged world and some individuals and organizations put out false information for their own gain. Business owners often don’t have the time to sift through all the mediums, yet, ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Get back to basics with customer service

By Medicine Hat News on June 21st, 2017

Consider this: 68 per cent of customers who experience poor customer service will not come back, and most who leave do not take the time to provide their feedback after having a bad experience. Whether customer service is a key part of your business or not, customer experience can spread like wildfire and proliferate through ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Investing in effective advocacy

By Medicine Hat News on June 14th, 2017

As a Chamber of Commerce, we often say that we’re the “voice of business,” which is a simple definition for our overarching role. While we don’t have the resources or mandate to advocate for all issues within our community, we do focus on those that have a direct correlation to our vision, mission, membership and ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Medicine Hat is experiencing a commercial building boom

By Medicine Hat News on June 7th, 2017

Medicine Hat is in the middle of a commercial building boom. Construction in the south end alone runs into the $100-million range. Add in the projects downtown and at Box Springs Business Park, and the number goes even higher. A quick rundown of work announced and underway only serves to illustrate the depth and breadth ... Read More »

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Many Canadian professionals don’t disconnect from work while they’re on vacation

By Medicine Hat News on May 31st, 2017

CNW TORONTO Are vacations where people completely disconnect from the office a thing of the past? Research shows “workations” may continue to be common for some professionals today In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, 33 per cent of Canadian workers said they typically check in with the office at least once or twice ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Starting a business? Consider the bootstrapping method

By Medicine Hat News on May 31st, 2017

Bootstrapping is truly one of the most effective and low risk modes to start a business. While the term bootstrapping may sound old world, there is nothing outdated about it. Among methods of starting a business, bootstrapping, which leverages personal savings and the selling of products or services to fund initial business operations, is a ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Overcoming obstacles in your business

By Medicine Hat News on May 24th, 2017

A friend of mine just returned from an athletic race in Kalispell, Mont. The Montana Spartan Beast is a trial of strength, endurance and resolve, and it attracts competitors willing to test their limits and push past them in a quest to find their personal best. Over the course of a gruelling four hours and ... Read More »

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