May 11th, 2021


Business Beat: Innovation Series…

By Sandra Milne on June 3rd, 2020

As a business owner during the province-wide re-launch, what are you doing to make yourself, your employees and your customers feel safe when they enter your establishment? We’ve all read the Provincial Re-launch Guideline documents, the general guideline and/or the industry specific guidelines located on We know we are required to perform a hazard ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Invest Medicine Hat has had to pivot, too

By Sandra Blyth on May 20th, 2020

Despite the obstacles, there are courageous businesses that are persevering through this challenging time. Businesses that two months ago had a different operating model, and have virtually changed overnight to meet the needs of today’s reality. At Invest Medicine Hat, we have been sharing these stories of bravery – from companies offering curbside pick-up, to ... Read More »

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Business Beat: The impact of COVID-19 on small business and what the Chamber is doing to help

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 29th, 2020

Over 96 per cent of businesses in our region are small businesses and through provincial survey data, over 50 per cent of businesses had to lay off employees, with the same number having used up most of their cash reserves. There are concerns about mid- to long-term impact, particularly with an extended shut down and ... Read More »

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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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