June 25th, 2018

Business Beat: New year, new beginnings

By Medicine Hat News on January 11, 2017.

Welcome 2017!

According to anthropologist Anthony Aveni, many New Year’s traditions stemmed from the desire to ward off evil spirits. While I’m sure many people are happy to say goodbye to the upsets of 2016, Aveni, who has researched extensively the roots of seasonal holidays at Colgate University in New York, also says a new year is a time for transition.

That sure fits the mood here at Medicine Hat College where we’re looking forward to launching new businesses and innovations.

As always, there are new students and new faces. In the Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC), we are very excited to announce that Christie Dick will be joining us to help create the next generation of business owners.

Christie has dedicated 10 years to working with rural communities, providing leadership and consultative services to nine municipalities in southeastern Alberta. She has targeted initiatives focused on entrepreneurism, collaboration and leadership development, as the main drivers for her work in building better communities.

Christie says she’s eager to begin her new role with the EDC and looks forward to working together to build on the proven success of the program. Last year alone, the EDC and the many mentors and supporters engaged in the program, generated four business start-ups which in turn created 19 much-needed jobs in the region.

Christie will be offering a variety of services — not only to students — but to the business community as well.

She can help connect your company to our employment and career centre where your jobs can be posted for free. Or, she can provide information on free training events and seminars being held on campus, and guide your access to innovative spaces and technologies including the MHC Makerspace and the 3D printing lab. If you see an opportunity, and think the college might be able to help, call Christie. We’ll do our best!

Let’s work together to make 2017 the year of innovation and business success in Medicine Hat.

For more information about these offerings at MHC or to connect with MHC’s business services, please call me at 403-504-3585 or Christie at 403-502-8433.

Tracy Stroud is manager of business development at Medicine Hat College.

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