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Technology for Mental Health

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While the ongoing pandemic is hard on everyone, the stress and uncertainty can be particularly difficult for people with mental health disorders. Today, there is widespread mobilization to accelerate innovation and research in this field. For Stacey Steele, a registered provisional psychologist at Stacey Steele Counseling, staying current in the field of mental health and […]

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Botanicals takes root

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Home-based business opens downtown Start up phase Maternity leave brought a completely new outlook for Karri Montean, and opened her mind to new possibilities as an entrepreneur. “I was a new mom and my priorities had shifted,” says the young entrepreneur. “I knew I wanted to be my own boss.” Her keen desire to start […]

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Growing like a mushroom

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Downtown Medicine Hat welcomes The Kommon.

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Redcliff Bakery expands to downtown Medicine Hat

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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 […]

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Welcome to your new backyard

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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 […]

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Business is sweet for local baker

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No matter what’s happening in the world, there will always be room for cake and special celebrations. Local entrepreneur and baker, Sara Zacharias, has been busier than ever completing the renovation in her garage for her bakery business – The Sweetness Bakeshop, creating custom pastries and cakes, and being a mom and loving wife. Sara […]

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Tech Innovation emerging amidst challenging times

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Local entrepreneur set to launch mobile app with support from Harvest Builders, a new venture lead by Skip the Dishes co-founder, Chris Simair Even in challenging times, innovative companies are emerging from Medicine Hat. Since the fall of 2019, local entrepreneur and community resident, Mike Reinheller, has been researching, designing, and collaborating to create a […]

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When it comes to helping others, our region has no borders.

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  When it comes to helping others, our region has no borders. Claude Bilodeau, Vice President and General Manager at the Black Velvet Distilling Company, is a man who cares deeply about the safety of the people around him. Black Velvet was founded in Lethbridge in 1973 with a mission to make great Canadian whiskey […]

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Employment Law in the time of COVID

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  In a typical business environment, Luke Day- a partner at Stringam LLP, would find himself on the other side of the table from Alberta Employment Relations. It goes without saying that we all find ourselves outside of that typical business environment, and with that comes a new way of collaboration to ensure that employers […]

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Kicking the Learning Curve to the Curb

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  Jamie Droeske started at SACA, a local kickboxing club, in 2006/2007 for fun and immediately fell in love with the sport, leading her to participate as a competitor. SACA was originally started by Shane Morgen in 2003 for those looking to add to their fitness routine or push to the limit in competition. A […]

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Connecting and Carrying On Through Change

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  Local businesses are finding new ways to keep the doors open, and the owners of Madhatter Roastery, Josh and Katrina Borrows, are no exception. After returning from a trip to Bali they were greeted with a rapidly changing business environment due to the onset of Covid-19. Josh and Katrina were quickly able to pivot and […]

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A Business Love Offensive

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  As with many business owners in Medicine Hat, Carole and Brendan Hillson, owners of McBride’s Bakery, have had to pivot in order to stay open and profitable during the new economic environment they face with the onset of COVID-19. Never one to back away from a challenge, they immediately began finding solutions to continue […]

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There is something about Downtown Medicine Hat

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  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 […]

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Thai Orchid Restaurant

From Thailand to Medicine Hat; The journey of one local entrepreneur’s story of success.

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  One of Sounantha Boss’s first memories comes from growing up on her family’s rural farm in Thailand. She recalls being only 3 or 4 years old while playing in the wooden house they lived in, supported by stilts sticking out of the brown mud that made its own home below. Sou was playing inside […]

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Economic growth potential

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Downtown growth potential on the horizon for downtown Medicine Hat.

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Service at home

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Southland Surgical Centre is open for business.

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Sunny expansion

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Medicine Hat Nissan is building a new dealership with staff wellness and solar power in mind.

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Hometown hospitality

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Stampede goers fill Medicine Hat’s hotels.

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The search for a city

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The Gauthiers chose Medicine Hat for their new chiropractic clinic and home.

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Latin infusion

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A Latin restaurant has joined Medicine Hat’s culinary community

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Family first

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Medicine Hat will be home to Alberta’s fourth Ronald McDonald House.

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Green thumb

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Big Marble Farms is expanding their greenhouse by 10 acres and adding a six megawatt cogeneration facility.

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Award winning business

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The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce was recognized as best in its class.

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Putting in foundations

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The Whitla Wind Facility is taking shape near Medicine Hat.

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Village people

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Retirees snap up a high quality of life in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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Getting creative

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Deanna Haysom saw an opportunity to create a workspace for Medicine Hat’s creative professionals.

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Serving the market

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South Country Co-op cut the red ribbon on their Strachan Road gas bar and liquor store development.

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Legal eagles

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Stringam LLP cut the ribbon on their new law office on May 23.

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Open for business

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Strachan Corner’s anchor tenants are open for business.

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Sunny start

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Physiotherapy graduates are building healthcare careers in Canada’s sunniest city.

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QinetiQ’s win

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QinetiQ has landed a $51 million contract and will expand their Medicine Hat operations.

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Powered by solar

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Terralta is growing a solar energy business in Canada’s sunniest city.

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New king in town

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Kingsway Gas and Carwash has a new owner and a new look.

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Going global

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Aurora Sun to supply the growing global demand for cannabis from Medicine Hat.

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Home of the Caesar

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Lucky Speed Sauce joins Medicine Hat’s specialty food manufacturers.

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Now Selling

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A new Medicine Hat neighbourhood, Heron Crossing, is under development.

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Total makeover

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Medicine Hat’s Comfort Inn & Suites has a new look.

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Building a community

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Phase II of Masterpiece Southland Meadows is under construction.

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Boost it!

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Froze Pops launched a crowdfunding campaign through ATB Booster.

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Edible opportunity

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Cannabis edibles present a significant business opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs looking to call Medicine Hat and region home.

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Lake life

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A proposed development, Coulee Ridge, offers large lots with coulee and lakeside views.

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Batter up!

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Swanny’s Baseball and Training is Medicine Hat’s new indoor sports centre.

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Local labour market

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The big questions of 2018 are about the local labour market.

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Running on solar

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Five new solar projects are coming online in Medicine Hat and region.

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Rosey start-up

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Young entrepreneur Beth Lewis is up for Alberta Chamber of Commerce Award of Distinction.

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Borea Construction is hiring

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Borea Construction is hiring up to 80 workers to build the Whitla Wind Facility.

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Location, location, location

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Strachan Corner selected as the perfect location for Browns Socialhouse.

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Building in

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A new infill property in River Flats combines 21st century lifestyle with 100-year-old charm.

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Hemp hub

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Folium Biosciences is building a new facility, bringing 250 jobs to Medicine Hat.

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Sun city

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Natural Resources Canada is contributing over $15 million to a new solar energy project near Canada’s sunniest city.

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Hockey host

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Medicine Hat will co-host the 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge.

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Soul of beer

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Craft malt and hops opportunities are ready for the taking in Medicine Hat.

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Home sweet home

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X-Calibre Industries found their forever home in an 11,000 square foot shop.

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Wind city

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500 megawatts of wind energy projects are taking off near Medicine Hat.

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Wicked kombucha

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Medicine Hat’s first kombucha brewery is open for business.

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Sew successful

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Since changing ownership six years ago, Dueck’s Sewing Centre has quadrupled their square footage.

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Fully charged

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Crews are laying the groundwork for a new renewable energy microgrid testing facility at Medicine Hat College, known as the Community Renewable Energy Microgrid Demonstration Project (CREMDP).

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Major projects of 2018

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After a year of major announcements, Medicine Hat and region enters 2019 with nearly $1 billion in construction projects underway.

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Cancarb expands Medicine Hat plant

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Cancarb is investing $40.1 million in a plant expansion.

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Small business investments 2018

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As 2018 winds to a close, it seems like a good opportunity to present some of Medicine Hat’s top small business investment stories from the past year.

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Powered by the sun

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Municipal and provincial incentives are attracting new renewable energy companies.

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Familiar place, new design

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites invested in a new design concept.

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City seeking infill development

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The City of Medicine Hat is putting some of their best infill development opportunities on the market.

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Plant proteins

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Plant protein is a strategic opportunity for Medicine Hat and region.

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Green rush

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Cannabis retailers are open for business.

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Investing in history

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Medicine Hat entrepreneurs continue to invest in historic buildings.

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Executive suite

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Kelowna-based Braemar Group is building Medicine Hat’s first Marriott.

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Room to Run

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Is optimism for Medicine Hat’s future warranted? Let’s take a look at what the data says.

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Moving on up

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After 10 years in business, Crystal Metz has found her forever home.

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Farm to flask

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Grit City Distillery is tapping the premium, local spirits market.

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Whole harvest

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When the new regulations come into effect on Oct. 17, Medicine Hat and area hemp producers will be in a position to capture the full value of this year’s harvest.

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All aboard

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Building by building, North Railway is being transformed.

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Modern family

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Brost Developments’ contemporary neighbourhood, The Mill, is under construction.

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Machinists wanted

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Growth in precision manufacturing creates demand for machinists.

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Making Space

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The old warehouse-style space on North Railway needed someone with vision to bring the property into the 21st century.

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Shifting focus

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New business invests in Medicine Hat real estate market.

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Sask. Bound

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Riding the craft beer boom, Medicine Hat Brewing Company expands distribution to Saskatchewan

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The economic impact of cannabis production in Medicine Hat

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When all is said and done, construction and operation of Aurora Sun is projected to have a significant positive economic impact on the region for many years to come.

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New rental units will hit the market in 2019

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Seymour Pacific Developments breaks ground on two new apartment buildings

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Moving Dirt

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With site preparation nearly complete, construction of Hut 8’s data centre is well underway.

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Yes, we Cannabidiol

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With Aurora Cannabis preparing to break ground on its 1.2-million-square-foot Aurora Sun facility, it seems like a good time to explore opportunities further along the value chain as it relates to cannabis and hemp.

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Flying J breaks ground

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Pilot Flying J travel centre under construction near Trans-Canada Highway

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Go for a spin

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Spotting an opportunity for a downtown spin studio, Sabrina Moore is reviving a heritage building with a well-known history as a bakery.

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10 years of fitness

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Temple Fitness is celebrating 10 years in business.

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Growth story

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Stringam LLP is building a new office to accommodate the expanding law firm.

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Aurora Cannabis lands in Medicine Hat

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Aurora Cannabis is building a new facility, bringing 450 new jobs to Medicine Hat.

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Hop to it!

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Spring is around the corner and opportunities to serve Alberta’s fast growing craft brewing industry are ready to sprout.

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Fresh and fast

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Franchisee sees expansion opportunities in Medicine Hat’s commercial centres

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On the grid

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Medicine Hat College will host Alberta’s first microgrid testing facility.

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Commercial real estate spring outlook

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Medicine Hat’s commercial real estate market is having a stable year with increasing demand for industrial space.

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A luxurious fire hall

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A Medicine Hat couple has redeveloped an old fire station into a luxury retail destination.

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Little forest on the prairie

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Approximately one quarter of Alberta’s new forests are grown in prairie greenhouses in Medicine Hat and shipped to reforestation projects across the province.

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Wind project taking off

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Capital Power’s 200 megawatt Whitla wind project presents opportunities for Medicine Hat companies

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Media Release | Medicine Hat’s newest brewery to attend Alberta Food and Beverage Expo

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Travois Ale Works looks forward to meeting Hatters on Feb. 24 Travois Ale Works, Medicine Hat’s downtown brewery, is pleased to announce that it is attending the Alberta Food and Beverage Expo on February 24, 2018, providing attendees a first glimpse of what’s to come from one of Alberta’s smallest breweries. The new brewery is [...]

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Q&A with Cam Inglis, President, Poko Popcorn

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Poko Popcorn is looking for a Medicine Hat franchisee as the company expands across Canada

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Where the action is

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Reliance Insurance is doubling their square footage in downtown Medicine Hat.

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2018 Manufacturing Outlook

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Medicine Hat’s manufacturing sector expects a steady 2018, mirroring provincial trends

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What’s next for NAFTA?

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This month’s column in the Medicine Hat News looks at one possible, yet worst case, scenario for Medicine Hat should the United States withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Fresh Start

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Same local flavor, new location

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Fresh sells

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Medicine Hat’s local food movement is flourishing.

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Demo Day

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Medicine Hat Meat Traders to pitch at District Ventures’ upcoming Demo Day

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Recipe for success

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Skinny’s Smoke House expands into the supermarket, all the while putting the finishing touches on a new 6,300 square foot restaurant.

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Powering Growth

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Canada’s greenhouse operators are growing their square footage to take advantage of rising vegetable prices in international markets.

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Crafting an opportunity

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The craft beer industry is having ripple effects in the marketplace.

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Sweet start-up

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Local entrepreneur Stella Sehn shares her sweet secret to the success of her small business, Sweet Pure Honey.

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Betting big on hemp

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A Vancouver investor is on a mission to make Medicine Hat the hemp hub of Canada.

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In it for the long haul

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Methanex solidifies the long-term future of its Medicine Hat-based Canadian methanol operation

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Local start-ups think globally

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Medicine Hat College’s Global Entrepreneurship Week is fostering startups in Medicine Hat.

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No place like home

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Landsdowne’s newest residential subdivision comes online in record time.

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Act fast

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Commercial development picks up the pace in Southlands with only a few major parcels remaining.

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Retail Revival

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Bouyed by a strong local economy, 8th Street undergoes a small business makeover.

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Investor Ready

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Medicine Hat-based Alternative Farming Solutions is approved to take part in Alberta Investor Tax Credit program.

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Digital ceramics

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Anchored by the Shaw Centre, Medicine Hat is now a destination for international artists creating work for customers around the world.

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In the driver’s seat

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From Medicine Hat, photographer and videographer Luke Fandrich has amassed over 11,000 Instagram followers while his website has reached more than 40 million people. His photo library serves clients across North America, leading to influencer marketing work.

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Less is more

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Medicine Hat’s business community is in the middle of a youth movement with millennials who are drawn to a business-friendly community that has grown steadily and intelligently for decades.

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Testing, testing

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Jim Sodero and Stan Burton developed a software that has grown Medicine Hat-based Solutions Thru Software into a multimillion dollar software company.

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Success story

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Thriving in Canada’s competitive photography industry means keeping the finger on the shutter and being ready to move when the right opportunity presents itself.

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Medicine Hat’s aerospace and defence industry attracting new talent

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Canada’s billion dollar aerospace & defense industry is attracting engineers to Canada’s sunniest city.

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Advanced technology attracts new talent to Medicine Hat

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Thanks to its location a stone’s throw from Defence and Research Development Canada’s (DRDC) Suffield Research Centre, Medicine Hat has little trouble attracting new engineers.

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Manufacturing a turnaround

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Medicine Hat’s industrial sector keeps pace with optimistic economic forecasts.

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Branching out

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Kim Harper is growing her graphic design business throughout Western Canada from her home-base in Medicine Hat.

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Refreshing the nest

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As home renovation spending hits record highs in Alberta, a fixture of Medicine Hat’s home décor and building industry is focusing its attention on custom kitchens.

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Rustic Pickle to expand after hitting social market

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Since Kristine Russell found her market on Instagram her children’s clothing line, Rustic Pickle, has taken off.

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Welders Wanted

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Medicine Hat’s unemployment rate saw a near three-fold decrease year-over-year alongside a demand for skilled tradespeople at local fabrication shops.

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Manufacturers plan for growth

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The owners of Red Arc Manufacturing are planning to add more staff as the company grows into its new shop.

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41 Salsa spices up the food industry

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JMH & Co. Pitch Competition winner Colton Eremenko is using Medicine Hat-grown vegetables to grow his salsa business.

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Co-op’s new HQ plans for growth

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South Country Co-op is opening its new headquarters with future growth in mind.

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Former oilfield workers tap into virtual reality

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Slaying zombies, taking in mountain views and walking with dinosaurs is all possible in Medicine Hat.

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Action Land is looking to fill four new positions

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Environmental services company Action Land is looking to fill four new positions.

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Young professionals seize opportunties in Medicine Hat

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Kevin Kurtz moved to Medicine Hat as an articling student and quickly became regional managing partner of a fast-growing law firm.

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Growing a law career in Canada’s sunniest city

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Ryan Schindel’s career path led him from Calgary to Medicine Hat where he began running his own law practice at the age of 33.

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Fire Hall No. 2 to become retail destination

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A Medicine Hat couple is re-purposing an old firehall into a luxury retail destination.

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A wealth of opportunity

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Swell Private Wealth’s rapid growth prompted a small development boom in a previously underutilized downtown Medicine Hat block.

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20/20 Vision Care doubling their downtown footprint

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20/20 Vision Care is expanding their services into a new office space on 4th Street Southeast.

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Post-war Boom 2.0

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Medicine Hat-based air quality company Squareone Consulting is expanding into Saskatchewan four years after opening shop in Canada’s Sunniest City.

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Seven years of supporting entrepreneurship

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On April 28 nine entrepreneurs will pitch their business plans to a panel of six local business leaders for grants of up to $10,000.

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New Alberta technology aims to reduce methane emissions

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An aerospace technology company and local fabricator are partnering to manufacture a solution to meeting Canada’s methane targets.

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Saucy start-up

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Medicine Hat’s location on the Trans Canada Highway and low operating costs is proving to be an ideal recipe for a saucy start-up to expand.

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Aerospace company grows in Medicine Hat

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Alex Markov, President and Director of Engineering of Amtech Aeronautical, discusses how the company has thrived in Canada’s Sunniest City for more than 25 years.

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Five Hatters to follow on Etsy

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Medicine Hat has a creative sector of entrepreneurs who have opted for online shops instead of traditional brick-and mortar locales.

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Opportunities in Medicine Hat attract new talent

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Mulder Builders is expanding and (Tammy’s) brother, Aaron Procknow, is putting his high-end carpentry skills to work in Medicine Hat.

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Building a modern community in Medicine Hat

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Brost Developments is breaking ground on a modern new neighbourhood, called The Mill, that focuses on millennials.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat’s fabricators ready for UAV market

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As the UAV industry continues to grow, Medicine Hat’s fabricators and manufacturers are already well-positioned to be players in the anticipated $82 billion market.

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Affordability one of the perks to opening shop in Medicine Hat

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Medicine Hat was identified as the most affordable city to purchase a home in Alberta.

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Start-ups receive new investment

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More aspiring entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to cultivate their ideas in Medicine Hat thanks to a multi-million-dollar government grant program. Following the announcement of $342,000 for Medicine Hat’s entrepreneur incubator, Invest Medicine Hat connected with Justine Mann, director of Little Owl Learning Centre, to find out how local education and support boosted her start-up’s success.

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Hotel Makeover

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Stagewest Hospitality completes latest round of renovations at Medicine Hat Lodge including two new restaurant concepts, lobby beautification and room refresh.

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Fit for a King

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How $1.6M in City infrastructure investment spurred investment in downtown Medicine Hat.

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Beyond City Limits

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Township Tees goes global from Medicine Hat, Alberta

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