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Local business community frustrated with the economy, taxes and red tape

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Chamber survey shows frustration with economy, taxes, and regulations

On September 6th, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce published a survey asking about the state of business conditions in Central Alberta. Respondents were asked how their business is affected by government policy, crime, and the economy. Also included were questions regarding management of the city, and future expectations for economic growth.

Chamber CEO Rick More commented on the results, “we’re grateful to all those that took the time to complete the survey and share their insights. These results strongly verify what we’ve suspected and heard anecdotally from the business community. While the economy is clearly the largest impediment to business growth, the City of Red Deer must remain focused on allowing our businesses to be competitive and grow. We’ll continue to work with Council and the City Manager on solutions that allow the city to utilize the levers it has available to alleviate the financial and regulatory strain affecting the success of our business community and our ability to retain and attract new businesses.”

The overall state of the economy was identified as having the largest impact on businesses growth followed closely by red tape and regulations, taxation, and crime. Compared to one year ago, 74% said business conditions in Red Deer have gotten worse and looking ahead a year, only 15% are expecting business conditions to improve with 35% expecting them to remain about the same and 40% think they’ll get worse. Finally, when asked whether they expect their own business over the next 12 months 21% expect to grow, 58% think it’ll stay about the same and 20% think their business will contract.

The results strongly demonstrated frustrations with the cost and regulatory burden of doing business. 69% of respondents think businesses outside the City of Red Deer have a competitive advantage due to less regulatory burden and red tape and just 26% think that business permits are approved by the city in a timely fashion. On the topic of budgeting and taxation, 26% felt businesses within the city get good value for the property taxes they pay and 27% approve of how the city manages it’s budget.

For a full breakdown of survey results, see the infographic here.

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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. Learn more about the Chamber here.

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WATCH: DataCan Services wins Business of the Year in the “+21 Employee” category

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As a proud platinum sponsor of the 2019 Business of the Year Awards, we hope you enjoy these videos, produced by Todayville in association with Are You Social

Our first story is about Datacan Services, winner of the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award in the “+21 Employee” Category.  Please watch their video below and learn more about this great local organization! 

“…DataCan is a design, engineering and manufacturing team that specializes in creating products for down-hole tool data collection solutions.

In 2006, DataCan was founded. DataCan first designed and produced quartz and piezo resistive memory pressure gauges. DataCan quickly became known as a worldwide supplier of innovative, high-performance, pressure and temperature recording devices and systems. In 2014, DataCan purchased the electronics divisions of Quinn’s Energy Services, formerly known as Lee Specialties. We now manufacture and support the Lee Specialties line of Production Logging Tools, Data Acquisition Systems, and Software.

There were 2 other finalists in this category.  Click on the links and watch these short videos to learn more about these amazing local businesses!…”

Budal Group

“…Budal Construction was founded in 1979 by father and son, Bud and Dallas McPeek. They joined both their names and their commitment to workmanship together and created the solid foundation for our company.

With over 25 years history of successful projects and growing respect in the community, Budal’s leadership is now in the hands of the third generation. Todd McPeek our current general manager literally grew up building with his father and grandfather and now charts the course for the future of the company…”

Famosa Cosmopolitan Pizza

“…A PIZZERIA WITH PERSONALITY! We love to be the neighbourhood pizzeria that everyone comes to. At Famoso, we want to create a fun and lively atmosphere for you to relax with your friends and family any day of the week. There are plenty of choices in our menu – from Neapolitan to New World pizzas, to artisan pastas & delicious beverages to friendly and energetic staff, we hope to make each visit a memorable one. See you soon!…”

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About the Chamber:  The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business association in Central Alberta. We are committed to promoting business growth and prosperity in the region by providing networking opportunities, educational and relevant speakers, benefit programs like group insurance and discounted merchant card rates to save you money, and being your advocate on issues that matter. Chamber membership is the most effective way to raise your business profile and capitalize on business development opportunities.

All companies, Chamber members and non-members, are eligible for nomination for an award in their respective category.

Todayville is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the 2019 Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards.

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WATCH: Dance Magic Studio wins Business of the Year in the “11-20 Employee” category

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As a proud platinum sponsor of the 2019 Business of the Year Awards, we hope you enjoy these videos, produced by Todayville in association with Are You Social

Our first story is about Dance Magic Studio, winner of the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award in the “1-11 Employee Category.  Please watch their video below and learn more about this great local company! 

“…Dance Magic Studio is committed to providing lessons in a fun, upbeat and positive atmosphere; supported by teachers with a passion for learning and the arts.  Our goal is to share our love of dance and music with those in our community while encouraging positive growth and development in every aspect of their lives.  Our non-competitive atmosphere aims to nurture self-confidence, personal friendships and lasting, lifetime memories. Personal attention and care is taken in every aspect of your Dance Magic experience…”

There were 2 other finalists in this category.  Click on the links to learn more about these amazing companies!

Berry Architecture and Associates

“…Berry Architecture + Associates delivers thoughtful, well-developed, dynamic architectural solutions to clients across Alberta and Western Canada. Its hands-on, client-focused approach enables the team to be fully integrated in a project, supporting clients throughout the process and ensuring success…”

Messinger Meats Artisan Butcher and Bistro

“…At Messinger Meats Mirror we believe that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs and as a result – a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We are a family oriented business and we care. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and provide you with only the freshest and healthiest local meat…”

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About the Chamber:  The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business association in Central Alberta. We are committed to promoting business growth and prosperity in the region by providing networking opportunities, educational and relevant speakers, benefit programs like group insurance and discounted merchant card rates to save you money, and being your advocate on issues that matter. Chamber membership is the most effective way to raise your business profile and capitalize on business development opportunities.

All companies, Chamber members and non-members, are eligible for nomination for an award in their respective category.

Todayville is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the 2019 Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards.

 

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