April 21st, 2019

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Business Beat: The provincial election is over. What’s next?

By medicinehatnews on April 17th, 2019

At the time of writing this column, the election results are still unknown. However, as a Chamber of Commerce, we couldn’t possibly have a column in the Medicine Hat News the day after the election and not have that as our focus. What we do know is that there were 13 registered political parties in ... Read More »

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Business Beat: What National Landing, Virginia can teach Medicine Hat, Alberta

By Jon Sookocheff on April 10th, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Holly Sullivan, director of worldwide economic development at Amazon, and Stephen Moret, president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, speak about Amazon’s decision to locate a second corporate headquarters in National Landing, Virginia. When Amazon decided in 2017 to create a $5 billion second corporate headquarters ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Elevator pitch always needed in business

By medicinehatnews on April 3rd, 2019

At the Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) at Medicine Hat College, we help students and recent alumni start businesses. Spring time, in particular for us means the excitement of aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas through our Start Up Company program. In preparation for this pitch, we get students to focus on their key messaging. Students ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Social media is a powerful tool to reach prospects, customers

By Medicine Hat News on March 27th, 2019

Social media marketing is a powerful way for businesses of all sizes to reach prospects and customers. It can also be a painful and time-consuming monster you don’t have the capacity to understand it, let alone master it. In order to understand social media, we must understand digital marketing first. So, what is digital marketing? ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Vote prosperity

By Medicine Hat News on March 20th, 2019

In 2019, Chambers of Commerce across the province and across the country will be highly engaged in the conversations around both our provincial and federal elections. Now more than ever, we are finding that a focused perspective around good public policy is needed to combat political propaganda. As a non-partisan organization, we are well suited ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Cannabis edibles are coming, and the market will be enormous

By Medicine Hat News on March 13th, 2019

Proposed amendments to the Cannabis Regulations mean that cannabis edibles will be legal on Oct. 17. These amendments will usher in a wave of new regulations, not to mention a significant business opportunity for Medicine Hat-based entrepreneurs and investors. Already we are seeing some market activity in southern Alberta, with Namaste Technologies, a licensed cannabis ... Read More »

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Business Beat: The gig economy

By Medicine Hat News on March 6th, 2019

Being little in business is big, and the “gig” economy influence is making that easy. Let’s face it, we know how traditional resource based economies focused on production, distribution and retail operations work. These traditional economies are often constructed around local resources, factory production styles and retail distribution. That is changing, but not entirely. Modern ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Labour market strategy needed to deal with industry explosion in Medicine Hat area

By Medicine Hat News on February 27th, 2019

We’re only eight weeks into the new year, but the good business and economic news that was a hallmark of Medicine Hat’s business beat in 2018 looks set to continue apace in 2019. In January, Folium Biosciences announced plans to build an industrial scale cannabinoid extraction facility in the northwest quadrant of the city. Upon ... Read More »

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Business Beat: A national day of action

By Medicine Hat News on February 20th, 2019

Canada’s chambers of commerce, representing more than 200,000 Canadian businesses, are coming together today to demonstrate widespread support for Canada’s resource sectors and asking our governments to do more for these embattled sectors and the Canadians they employ. Our natural resource sector provided 1.81 million jobs in 2017, accounted for 17 per cent of the ... Read More »

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Business Beat: What you need to know about employment law in 2019

By Medicine Hat News on February 13th, 2019

Did you know that the Alberta Government made sweeping changes to the Employment Standards Code in 2018? On Feb. 27, APEX will be sponsoring a free seminar outlining some of these key changes. Staying informed on employment law changes is important for both employees and employers in our region. This two-day program will feature a ... Read More »

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