May 30th, 2020

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Business Beat: Preliminary business data is in

By Sandra Blyth on September 25th, 2019

Here’s a surprise. City and region are not pointing to local government taxes as their No. 1 issue. At least, that’s one impression gained from the first 160 responses to the BREWD business survey launched online last week supporting Business Retention, Expansion and Workforce Development. It will be interesting to see if that holds true ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Are entrepreneurs born or made?

By Christie Wilson on September 18th, 2019

edc@mhc.ab.ca This summer with fishing on the banks of the Elk River with my two teenage sons, I was asked if I think entrepreneurs are born or made. It’s a common question posed when people find out that I work with entrepreneurs of all sorts and ages. I would have liked to give a simple ... Read More »

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Business Beat: We’re in this together

By Mark Keller on September 11th, 2019

I’ve been struck in the last few weeks by the number of organizations seeking information from the community to help guide decisions and actions. Here at the college, we’ve launched a planning process that will shape what this organization does in the future. The first step we’re taking is looking outward at the region to ... Read More »

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Business Beat: A regulatory report card for government

By Lisa Kowalchuk on September 4th, 2019

With our children now returning to school, we tend to focus on goals we want them to achieve and we wait with bated breath for the report card to see if they are meeting certain standards and achieving their goals. Serving as a communication tool, along with consultations held with our educators, report cards are ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Selling Medicine Hat to the world

By Jon Sookocheff on August 28th, 2019

Foreign direct investment to Canada rose 5% in 2018, to $877 billion. This was the largest increase in four years, with most of it originating from North America and Europe. Measurable growth took place in chemical and food manufacturing, as well as wholesale trade and agriculture, forestry and fishing. A good percentage of that foreign ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Entrepreneurship lessons from a high school classroom

By Christie Wilson on August 21st, 2019

edc@mhc.ab.ca Large sheets of white paper labeled “Business Model Canvas” flew about in parking lots and bounced around in the back seat of my SUV as I made my way into rural high school classrooms over the past year. Thinking back to last fall when I began weekly visits to Grade 10-12 students in Bow ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Beef’s Place in a Healthy Environment

By Lisa Kowalchuk on August 7th, 2019

With increasing information in the media now about the environmental footprint of agriculture and greater attention around food sustainability, there is a need to provide education and raise awareness around where our food comes from and recognize the vitally important role of agribusiness. Most recently, sustainable beef production in Canada has been a focus of ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Creating regional business advantage

By Elizabeth Blair on July 31st, 2019

The 21st century has brought an economic reality that includes a new era of global competition, global supply chains and global market opportunities. While these concepts may seem remote, there is strong local impact. Quite simply, with global purchasing capacity on everyone’s phones, our local businesses and industries must be world-class in their offerings and ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Flip the three reasons you’ll fail

By Christie Wilson on July 24th, 2019

edc@mhc.ab.ca I’ve got no money. The people I hired don’t do their job. No one buys my product. These assertions represent three of the top reasons startups fail – money, people and market. Not only are these conditions for a new startup to flop, they are causes to flourish. The exciting part of acknowledging possible ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Medicine Hat has a plant-based opportunity

By Jon Sookocheff on July 17th, 2019

Beyond Meat, the world’s No. 1 plant-based burger maker, is up big since its initial public offering in May. Early investors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Gates, Jack Welch and Justin Timberlake have made out like bandits. Even Don Thompson, former CEO of McDonald’s, is in on the action. Which begs the question. When, exactly, is ... Read More »

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