May 11th, 2021


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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Business Beat: Fueling business growth through connections, support and influence

By Lisa Kowalchuk on July 10th, 2019

My activity over the past couple of months has been primarily focused on building our connections, while enhancing our supports and building our influence. It has been rewarding to see how a strong network with both breadth and quality of connections compounds our influence, effectiveness and success in the business community and fuels business growth. ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Last year was a tough one for local employment

By Jon Sookocheff on July 3rd, 2019

Every three months, Invest Medicine Hat publishes an economic report card. This is a backward-looking document that allows us to glean valuable insights into the state of local economy. Every quarter includes a special report. Recently, we did a deep dive into 2018’s job numbers. What we found is worth sharing. Looking at the report, ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Don’t be afraid to let your inner entrepreneur shine

By Christie Wilson on June 26th, 2019 The value of entrepreneurship is much more than dollars and cents. While we often focus on the revenue generation of a business as a guiding marker of success, there are many added benefits to the practice of entrepreneurship than cash alone. The advantages of entrepreneurship cross over cultures, demographics and financial status. The ability ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Group taking action for business

By medicinehatnews on June 19th, 2019

Entrepreneurs, there is a new initiative underway! Are you ready to join the movement?   With a focus on existing and developing businesses, and a changing landscape to employment, our region is facing a shift in how we view economic diversity. A newly-formed consortium of business, governments, and service agencies called Invest Southeast Alberta is ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Why your assessment request for information form is important

By medicinehatnews on June 12th, 2019

In order to prepare an estimated value of your property an assessor needs to know about the physical characteristics and condition of each property. Providing this information is important, as this data is used to prepare not only your assessment, but the assessment of other properties throughout the city using a mass appraisal process. A ... Read More »

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Business Beat: An edible insect opportunity?

By Jon Sookocheff on June 5th, 2019

I was out for coffee the other day with an investor that I admire. He suggested I look into edible insects as an opportunity for Medicine Hat. So, I did. This is what I found. The edible insect industry started back in 2013, when the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a ... Read More »

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Business Beat: You need a plan for your business exit

By medicinehatnews on May 29th, 2019

Last year the Canadian Federation of Independent Business reported that 47% of Canadian business owners are planning to exit their business within the next five years.  With statistics like that, if you are a business owner, there is a one in two chance that you are thinking of making an exit yourself. Eighty-one per cent ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Three days could change your business

By Tracy Stroud on May 22nd, 2019 Having worked with a variety of business owners in southeastern Alberta for more than a decade now, I feel very fortunate to have met many who are the best at what they do. From an engineer who sold one of her first sports technologies to Nike, to others who made a name for themselves ... Read More »

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Business Beat: The seven burdens of business

By Lisa Kowalchuk on May 15th, 2019

Canada has long represented a country of opportunity with businesses being the backbone of our economy, driving opportunity and prosperity forward. Within Canada 97.9% of all businesses represent small businesses, with 96.5% of our businesses locally representing small business in our region. These businesses have to make hard decisions everyday about labour, investment, cash flow, ... Read More »

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