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Telus “Leg-Up” booths available at Spruce Meadows for High River Businesses

TELUS, a founding sponsor of Spruce Meadows is offering the TELUS “Leg Up” Program at the Spruce Meadows “Masters” Equi-Fair trade fair show September 4-8. This opportunity is to provide retail booths at no charge to High River businesses that have been effected by the flood.

This opportunity is available to High River area businesses that have been displaced by the floods. There is no limit or restriction on type of business.
The booth would usually cost $980.00 for a 10’x10’. We currently have 10 booths available for TELUS “Leg-Up” applicants. If demand is greater than the ten booths, TELUS will look to expanding the program they are offering.

The Spruce Meadows “Masters” attracts on average 250,000 visitors through the gates over the course of the 5 days. There are 3 exhibit halls and all are well visited as they incorporate art, equine product, jewellery, artisans, a kids zone and International food and wine areas over-looking demonstration areas.

Please find the 2013 EQF Application and Equi_Fair 2013 Brochure at these links.

Please contact Spruce Meadows Equi-Fair directly to take part.

As quoted in the Western Wheel

“The announcement comes on the heels of the Province’s proposal to provide assistance to businesses with up to 20 employees as well as the Hand-up program which provides low interest loans and rebates for flood affected areas.
It was welcomed news to Lynette McCracken, High River and District Chamber of Commerce general manager.

“What the Alberta chambers of commerce were definitely hoping for is to expand the program to 50 employees — which they did,” McCracken said. “In High River, we do have, on my membership left, nine to 10 businesses that fit into that criteria and we wanted to make sure they fit into that criteria. We wanted to ensure they weren’t being left out of the program.”

She estimates there are approximately 10 businesses, which are members of the High River chamber which would fall in the 20-plus category.

“Small business are the lifeblood of our community and play a tremendous role in our economy,” Horner said. “There is no denying it will be a long time before it will be business as usual… This calls for swift action. That is why from the very beginning, we have acted quickly to help those affected.” “


Rodeo Refunds & Temporary Location

Rodeo Refunds:

Cash refunds for ticket holders for the cancelled Guy Weadick Days 2013 can be obtained at the High River Rodeo Grounds between 11 AM and 4 PM weekdays. We are located on the second floor of the main building in the conference room.

Please have your tickets with you.

If you no longer have your tickets we are still able to provide a refund. We ask that you email us at with the subject line: Ticket Refund with the approx date of purchase, amount, number of tickets purchased and we will go from there.

Temporary Location:

The temporary location for the Chamber of Commerce is at McBride Career Group, 2nd Floor #6, 28 – 12th Ave SE. You can reach Lynette at 403 601 2660.

The regular phone # of 403 652 3336 is still active but is only in use for messages. Our emails remain the same as well.

More Support For Flood – Affected Small Businesses

News Release

July 30, 2013
More support for flood-affected small businesses

Small businesses impacted by the recent floods in southern Alberta and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo are now eligible for additional support for their recovery efforts.

The Small Business Rebuilding Program will provide support to small businesses with 21 to 50 full time employees and is fully funded by the Government of Alberta. This new program complements the existing Disaster Recovery Program (DRP), which provides assistance to organizations with up to 20 employees, as well as the recently announced Hand-Up plan, which provides low-interest loans and interest rebates.

“Small businesses play a big role in every community and the Alberta economy, and we want to give them the best possible chance to return to normal operations,” said Doug Horner, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance. “Businesses can apply now for this additional boost. This program, along with the Disaster Recovery Program and the Hand-Up Plan, is another important part of the Redford government’s strategy to rebuild Alberta.”

The eligibility criteria for the Small Business Rebuilding Program mirror program eligibility requirements for small businesses under the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP). This program also uses the same application form as DRP. It can be downloaded and mailed to the address provided on the form.

“A lot of businesses that were affected by the flooding are at risk of not being able to reopen their doors and can use all the assistance they can get. The Small Business Rebuilding Program will help businesses in the Calgary region get back on their feet and get back to business as quickly as possible,” said Adam Legge, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Sherene Khaw
Treasury Board and Finance

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.