April 3rd, 2020


Business Beat: What is machine learning?

By Sandra Milne on March 11th, 2020

If you’ve ever Googled machine learning (ML), you’ll notice that your list of articles will include in-depth discussions about algorithms, articles about the different types of ML (i.e. artificial intelligence (AI), ML and/or deep learning (DL)), several articles on what computer languages you should learn to work in the ML industry and then there are ... Read More »

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Business Beat: How many consumers would you like to have visit your business?

By Lisa Kowalchuk on March 4th, 2020

I think most, if not all, businesses would love to have thousands of consumers see their business and have customers walk through their doors over the course of just a few days. However, businesses may not associate that desire for exposure and the opportunity to expand their customer base with the potential that trade shows ... Read More »

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Business Beat: What does it really take to create economic growth?

By Sandra Blyth on February 26th, 2020

Economies are complex and the responsibility for economic growth is often largely placed on governments. But the truth is there are many players who impact whether an economy will grow. For example our educational institutions must produce the skills and talent necessary to fill jobs needed for industry to produce goods and services. Research facilities ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Training is an investment

By Mark Keller on February 19th, 2020

Imagine this scene around a board table. Times are tight and balancing the budget is becoming an increasing challenge. As the costs for staff training are shared, one manager leans across the table and whispers to another, “Imagine spending that much money training our staff, and then they all leave.” The second manager whispers back, ... Read More »

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Business Beat: New face and new voice at Community Futures Entre-Corp

By Sandra Milne on February 12th, 2020

My name is Sandra Milne and I’m the new Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Coordinator for Southeastern Alberta. I was hired about a month ago to replace Elizabeth Blair who after a long 17-month wait, was finally reunited with her family in Frisco, Texas. Congratulations Elizabeth! everyone at CFEC wishes you an abundance of success and ... Read More »

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Business Beat: What is the state of our city?

By Lisa Kowalchuk on February 5th, 2020

Invictus was a fitting conclusion to the State of the City address held by the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 28 with Mayor Ted Clugston delivering the annual address. With more than 300 community leaders in attendance, that message summarized the fortitude of our community in the face of adversity, with ... Read More »

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Business Beat: The Results are in and business has spoken

By SANDRA BLYTH on January 29th, 2020

In previous articles, I’ve addressed how a sound community economic action plan requires business to be at the front end of what we’re doing. You can’t identify economic problems and implement solutions without the insight of local business. No one understands the issues and have thought about how to solve them more than businesses themselves. ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Solve a problem, change the world

By Christie Wilson on January 22nd, 2020

Building and selling products around a passion is not enough to ensure a business concept has a valid market opportunity. There is plenty of commentary encouraging entrepreneurs to take a passion and convert it into a business but it takes more than inspiration to build a venture that works. It is though, a promising area ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Fuelling our business community in 2020

By Lisa Kowalchuk on January 8th, 2020

Our local Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven and people-focused organization who believes that the positive impact we create for local businesses ultimately affects the lives of business owners, employees and our community. That’s why we’re active problem solvers, equipped to help our business community by connecting our members with various resources and representing their ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Next generation economic development

By Sandra Blyth on December 18th, 2019

Economic development has greatly evolved over the past several decades. This evolution has occurred in relation to who has held the responsibility for its practice and as well for the approaches that have been used in its application. Economic development was once largely the responsibility of federal and provincial governments however, today the responsibility is ... Read More »

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