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Volunteering with Junior Achievement

On January 22, I had the pleasure of presenting my first Junior Achievement program. Twenty-two eager and engaged students in Mrs. Walker’s grade 4/5 class at Greentree School were participants in the More than Money program. Students learned the role of money in everyday life and how to track their money as they earn, spend and save. They also learned about creating a business, building a business plan and operating a business. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience sharing my knowledge and presenting the program to the students. I would encourage anyone in our community who has an interest in educating youth about business to consider being a volunteer with Junior Achievement. There are several programs offered to various school grade levels. All training and course materials are provided to volunteers. For more information, please feel free to contact me about my experience or visit their website, www.jasab.ca.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Bitz
Executive Director

Alberta Chambers releases budget recommendations

MEDIA RELEASE—January 28, 2019
For immediate release

Recommendations focus on strengthening fiscal competitiveness

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce released its recommendations for the 2020 provincial budget today. The recommendations—which were sent to Finance Minister Travis Toews—focus on strengthening Alberta's fiscal competitiveness through accountable government.

The Alberta Chambers network's recommendations for Alberta's 2020 budget follow.

1. Continue to freeze operational expenditure growth until the budget is balanced.
2. Negotiate government labour agreements due for renewal with a target of zero staffing increases and zero per cent salary increases. This target should remain in place until the currently depressed labour market has rebounded sufficiently to justify wage growth.
3. Ensure that Alberta’s small business corporate tax rate does not exceed the lowest tax rate in other Canadian provinces or territories.

The recommendations are supported by data recently collected through the Alberta Perspectives market research program, which show business confidence at both the municipal and provincial levels is suffering. More information on these findings is available here.

The Alberta Chambers' full budget submission is available here.

Looking into 2020

2020 is knocking on our door and we are pleased to start the year with 2 great events:

  • On January 21, we are partnering with Community Futures Big Country on an Instagram Workshop
  • On January 29, join us for our first Lunch & Learn of the year with Drumheller-Stettler MLA Nate Horner. Tickets are $20 for Chamber members and $25 for nonmembers, lunch is included. Register here.

Stay tuned for details on more Lunch & Learn sessions and our Annual General Meeting in March! 

Alberta Chambers of Commerce Fall Board Meeting Highlights

On Tuesday, November 26 I had the pleasure of attending the ACC Fall Board meeting and Deputy Ministers’ Dinner in Edmonton. The sessions during the day were very timely and informative, followed by an evening Q & A with the Deputy Ministers.

Initial results from the Alberta Perspectives Survey, which focused on red tape reduction, were shared. Across the province, the top three barriers to business identified at a municipal level included municipal franchise fees, mill rates and permitting fees. The survey also showed that business confidence has decreased 20% since the first survey was conducted in June. Please stay tuned for full survey results to be released.