Economic Growth – Invest Medicine Hat

Business Beat: Shaking the Money Trees

separator

COVID-19 has made accessing capital very difficult for businesses. In response, provincial and federal governments released different stimulus packages including grants. The last few months I have gone through countless programs and there definitely are many options out there. Grants can be a great resource in times of economic uncertainty, as they usually provide a […]

Read More

Show me the money!

separator

In the fall of 2019, a total of 476 local businesses were surveyed through the Business Retention & Expansion and Workforce Development (BREWD) strategy. This study identified a few barriers for growth and one of them  being access to financial capital. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the realities of COVID-19, and those needs have […]

Read More

Redcliff Bakery expands to downtown Medicine Hat

separator

Having successfully reinvigorated the original Redcliff Bakery, local entrepreneurs Melissa and Joel Graber are rising up the challenge of a second location, taking over the “Sweet Caporal Building” in downtown Medicine Hat. “We’ve been shopping for the perfect location for over a year now,” said Melissa. “With our friends at Station Coffee and Mad Hatter […]

Read More

Welcome to your new backyard

separator

Looking for a unique outdoor experience this summer? Look no further. Local entrepreneurs, Darren Howes and Josh Hopkins, have been hard-at-work constructing a family-friendly, outdoor patio between two heritage buildings downtown Medicine Hat. “On a visit to Philadelphia a few years back, I noticed a trend with outdoor, seasonal patios in between buildings rather than […]

Read More

There is something about Downtown Medicine Hat

separator

  There’s something about downtown that keeps pulling Ben back…   Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of working in an area with over 130 years of local history.   Maybe it’s the good natured neighbours and fellow business owners who stop by to chat and check on local business. Or it could be the way the […]

Read More
Winter View of Medicine Hat, Alberta

What does it really take to create economic growth?

separator

  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 […]

Read More

The Results Are In!

separator

  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 […]

Read More
Bridges in Medicine Hat over the South Saskatchewan River

BREWD: Taking Action for Business

separator

  BREWD stands for Business Retention and Expansion and Workforce Development Strategy. The goal of the survey is to ensure Southeast Alberta is providing a competitive business environment where new and existing businesses have the support they need to succeed and grow. It is managed through Invest Southeast Alberta.   Invest Southeast Alberta (ISA) is […]

Read More

Next Generation Economic Development

separator

Economic Development has greatly evolved over the past several decades. This evolution has occurred in relation to who has held the responsibility for its practice and as well for the approaches that have been used in its application. Economic Development was once largely the responsibility of federal and provincial governments however, today the responsibility is […]

Read More

Creating an Ideal Economic Environment

separator

Taking a look at the eight central components of a competitive business environment. 

Read More