Thank you for participating in the 'Gingerbread House Auction Fundraiser'. With your help, we are closer to our goal of a new swimming pool. Lets congratulate and thank the winning bidders.
We welcome Scott Wolsey of Wolsey's Works as out latest member of the Chamber of Commerce. His company information is now posted at magrathchamber.com/wolseys-works-scott-wolsey
Guest presentation by Lonnie Mesick and associates of Ag Spectra/Starfield Center (Magrath Greenhouse project) was made at our Wed 22 Mar 2016 7pm Chamber meeting. They are currently seeking investors and preparing for phase 1 of project - the first three (orchard/fruit/veggie) of proposed six building greenhouse complex to be built in 2016. Mr Mesick described some of their plans and goals. Questions addressed timeframes and plans for implementation, employment (expect to need 30 fulltime and 30 more fulltime equiv jobs starting mid 2016). What obstacles? Money: Local investment preferred, hope to raise 1.2 million from investment or co-op funding plus federal 1-1 matching grant with estimated 11 million per year gross profit when in full production. They plan to return 2% of those profits to town via Sustainability Board. Working on completion of Terms Sheet, Use of Funds document, and Securities Offering (not yet filed with Alberta Securities, but plan to once 50 investors obtained). Office at former Home Hardware location (behind Roosters) currently open M,W,F from 10am-4pm. Initial open house was held last month with about 100 attending. Next public open house scheduled for Sat 2 Apr 2016 with time TBA. Their website link is www.starfieldcentre.com
Guest presentation made by Darlene Sinclair and Morley Belle of Lethbridge Community Futures at our Tue 22 Mar 2016 7pm Chamber meeting. Consulting services, loans, training, programs, feedback available to local/potential business owners: "We provide a wide range of small business services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business. We also run a number of specialized business programs, organize exciting business events and actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth.". Also referenced ACCA.coop Alberta Community and Cooperative Association as potential method for funding community projects. This group could be invited to present at future meeting. Community Futures website is lethbridgeregion.albertacf.com
Guest Speaker Ron Wiggins of Canadian Federation of Independent Businessmen CFIB attended our last chamber meeting and presented on benefits and operation of this organization. See www.cfib.ca website for more details. Summary: they 1) lobby government on behalf of members on issues of importance to them, 2) Provide business resources to members, 3) several Privilege Partners provide savings to members. DT asked, what is next big issue? Response: CPP premium increases re outstanding unfunded pension liabilities. Thank you for coming!
Axia is in discussion with our Town to invest over $5 million dollars to provide us with a new super high speed fiber optic internet service. Kudo's to our town council for moving forward with this initiative on our behalf!
Fri 3 Jul 2015 will be another (our 2nd) First Friday event for Roosters and the Town of Magrath! Contact Jay Mackenzie of Roosters to sign up or for more details!
First Friday event!!! From 4-8 on Friday June 5 come out and enjoy fun for the whole family. This first First Friday will feature the following...
Roosters "Ask the expert will be Laurie Ann White. Come ask her about massage therapy, nutrition and healthy living advice.
Roosters will also be giving away a BBQ Fun Prize Package including a Broil King BBQ, Retro Sushi Maker and a BBQ Food Hamper. Fill out ballets in Roosters or at any vendor table. Draw will be at 7:30!!!
Source: Magrath Forum posting at https://www.facebook.com/groups/magrathforum/permalink/838546879570686/
Thanks to Shannon Sabey and crew (some 75 helpers and performers) .. for an amazing Mardi Gras event!
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