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Government’s return to stage 1 a huge blow to businesses – Red Deer Chamber of Commerce


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The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce shares the business community’s disappointment with the Government of Alberta’s decision to revert back to phase 1 and fundamentally shift the goal posts, parameters and trigger points of the relaunch strategy.

When first introduced, the phased plan was a welcome addition for the certainty it provided and businesses ability to plan based on public data relating to hospitalizations and ICU capacity. Unfortunately, when phase 2 was modified despite hospitalizations being well below the target, business owners felt misled, betrayed and lacking confidence in government plans. These feelings were exemplified with the postponement of phase 3 along with the April 6 announcement that represented a structural change in the plan.

Chamber CEO Rick More commented on the latest announcement: “Businesses do not turn on and off like a light switch. Operators and owners must have adequate staffing, inventory and so on. For the government to ‘switch-off’ a big portion of our hospitality industry is a devastating blow to weakened industries that made significant investments and adaptations to operate in a safe manner.”

Working with local businesses and the Alberta Hospitality Association, the Chamber sent a letter to the Premier and members of the Emergency Cabinet Committee advocating for the government to create a plan that enables a sustainable business-led recovery with better communication and a focus on risk-mitigation and safe-as-possible operation – not additional restrictions. A full copy of the letter can be found here.

More continued, “this step backwards is clearly a huge blow to business confidence and hope for a sooner than later economic recovery. Neither government nor effected businesses retain the fiscal capacity to survive these types of restrictions. Additional and ongoing supports are required from the provincial and federal governments to assist in the survival of businesses effected by restrictions. On a local level we are continuing discussions with the City of Red Deer and pressing the urgency of measures they can take on a local level to alleviate the financial stress and help our local businesses.”

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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Business spotlight: MCG careers

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This week’s Business Spotlight shines on MCG careers; This amazing company is helping Albertans get back to work! They offer many programs geared at getting their clients into good employment. all services are at no cost!

When did your business open? 

MCG has been around since 1989. This office opened for business June 1st, 2022, in a new location with new programming.  


What makes your business unique? 

Our mission is innovative career development training and human resource services which enable individuals and companies to achieve their full potential.  


What are some products/services that you offer?   

Resume/cover letter – resources, professional development recognition programs, communication skills, job search techniques, everything we can do to help people with employment.  


Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?  

Easy access to non-profit and clients 


What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?  

The amazing businesses, the people, the history and the no-cost activities 


Finish this sentence; I love downtown red deer because… 

Of its history and quaintness. The flowers baskets, street markets and entertainment 

 For more information check out 

MCG Careers | See Good Things

# 105 – 4807 – 50th Ave.

Red Deer,  AB  T4N 4A5

Direct : 403-304-9252


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Business spotlight: Marlin Travel

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This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Marlin Travel, a travel agency with a fantastic team that will help you achieve the travel you need. 

What is your business?

Marlin Travel

When did your business open?

Proudly serving Red Deer for 50+ years! 

What makes your business unique?

Many specializations such as group travel, Leisure, Corporate, Emergency and awards won throughout the industry.  

What are some products/services that you offer?  

All aspects of travel, Car rentals, HTL, Packages, Adventure, Exotic, Group, Corporate and more

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

Central location to accommodate clients coming to visit us from all directions. 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

Beautiful parks and trail systems, coffee shops and friendly neighbours. 

Visit their website to learn more – Marlin Travel | Agency in Red Deer | 48th & 52nd

or reach out to them on Facebook – Marlin Travel Red Deer | Facebook

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