November 25th, 2020


Business Beat: OK getting DIRT-y to land a big fish

By Sandra Blyth on November 20th, 2019

Wondering what it takes to land a big fish? Well, it takes more than a fishing hook and some bait. It requires just the right amount of DIRT. The City of Medicine Hat’s Development Investment Readiness Team has been driving progressive changes within City Hall, changes that have secured global investors who are applauding the ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Workforce skills needed

By Mark Keller on November 13th, 2019

Finding the talent and skills needed to move our organizations forward is a challenge shared by the private and public sector so I’m not surprised to see education, training and hiring challenges appear in data recently collected from regional businesses. As one example, a large number of employers said hiring was more challenging because potential ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Developing action plans

By Elizabeth Blair on November 6th, 2019

The Business Retention and Expansion and Workforce Development survey, referred to as “BREWD” has now been completed. Nearly 500 regional businesses, 476 to be exact, have shared their input and the data is showing us some very interesting information. Responses came in from businesses in Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Bow Island, Cypress County and County of ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Building an economic roadmap for the future

By Lisa Kowalchuk on October 30th, 2019

“Canada’s 43rd Parliament has been elected to govern on behalf of all Canadians, in all regions and in all sectors of the economy. Now that the campaign is over, MPs of all parties need to put our country’s needs ahead of narrow partisanship. Businesses and investors are watching carefully to see how we come together ... Read More »

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Business Beat: B2B opportunities in hemp and cannabis for the region

By Tracy Stroud on October 16th, 2019 This past summer I had the pleasure of working with a young new business owner, who completed a hemp and cannabis inventory for southeastern Alberta. Not only did she find that there is predicted to be about 1,000 new jobs in these industries, she also uncovered a fast growing industry with many opportunities for ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Where do you stand in the 2019 Canadian general election?

By medicinehatnews on October 2nd, 2019

Our recent Canadian Chamber Conference hosted a Pollsters and Pundits panel with our pollster providing an in-depth analysis of the opinion polls and our pundit providing expert political analysis on what is impacting the voting decisions of Canadians. Polls showed that Canadians increasingly believe that the country is off on the wrong track with a ... Read More »

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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 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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