Member to Member Christmas Promotion

Members of the High River Chamber of Commerce,

As the August summer air turns cool the team at the Highwood and Foxes Den are already thinking Christmas!

For Chamber members we have  created special pricing and incentives for you to take advantage of!  Please follow the link provided to view our High River Chamber of Commerce Christmas Offerings

Book by August 31st and enjoy…

  • Preferred Chamber Pricing on meal packages.
  • Waived Room Charges.
  • Complimentary Late Night Snack
  • Complementary Non Alcoholic Punch.
  • Free Meals for guests.
  • Christmas gift for every guest.

View our Packaging Here:

Greig Burnie

Executive Golf Professional &

General Manager

Highwood Golf & Country Club

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Will the UCP, be good for business.

High River Chamber of Commerce President Steven Muth is supportive of the merger of the Wildrose and PC Parties into the United Conservative Party.

He says time will tell whether or not the UCP, if they win the next election, will be “good for business.”

“Unfortunately, some administrations, ergo the current Provincial administration and current Federal administration, have different ideas as to what “business friendly” is, or “small business friendly” is versus what the Chamber of Commerce and what a lot of business owners would.”

He says the Chamber of Commerce supports any movement to support and help small business grow and flourish, which he says is good for everybody.

Muth says cuts proposed by UCP leadership hopeful Brian Jean to balance the budget would have to show where money will come from to replace the money brought out of the budget in his proposed cuts.

Stats Canada

Stat Can recently released a large dataset with income estimates for cities with 10,000+ population. In 2015, the latest available year, median employment income fell 1.5% in Alberta (from 2014). The largest declines were registered in Lloyminster (down 7.3%), Sylvan Lake (down 6.2%), Brooks (down 4.4%), Cold Lake (down 4.1%), Medicine Hat (down 3.7%), Red Deer (down 2.9%) and Lacombe (down 2.8%). Employment income continued to increase in seven cities/towns with the largest increases in Lethbridge, Canmore and Wetaskiwin. The estimates are pretty reliable as Stat Can sampled about 95% of the population. In Alberta the number of persons reporting employment income and/or Employment Insurance was 2.4 million in 2015.


The Canadian Federation of Independent Business Survey.

High River Chamber of Commerce President Steven Muth isn’t surprised by the CFIB’s latest survey of small business owners showing a decrease in their confidence to operate.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the confidence of Alberta business owners dipped in July after eight months of stability or growth.

High River Chamber of Commerce President Steven Muth says he’s seeing it.

“You know in my practice here and from talking to other business owners in town, there are some people that are definitely feeling some pressures that they maybe weren’t a couple of months ago, or they aren’t seeing some of those pressures relieved. So, yeah, their confidence is starting to get beat down a little bit.”

According to the CFIB’s July Survey, small businesses confidence in Alberta dropped 4.3 per cent to 57.3 per cent from June.

Businesses are telling the CFIB that increased taxes and regulatory costs, combined with higher fuel and labour costs is what’s driving the uncertainty.

Proposed changes to the tax structure may have negative implications on farmers.

Proposed changes to the tax structure may have negative implications on farmers.

Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, announced plans last Tuesday to stop higher income earners – such as doctors and lawyers, from “income sprinkling”.

The federal government wants to target high- income Canadians who use their private corporations and family members to reduce taxes.

Accountant and partner of Muth & Co LLP, Steven Muth, says this change will effect more than just whom their targeting.

“Many agricultural producers have family working on the farm. That’s the only way farming is sustainable, you have the family work, and for taxation purposes you pay them an income. If the CRA brings in these changes in a broad sense, and does not allow for rational thinking and feedback, it’s just one more level of burden upon the average business owner.”

The proposed changes would prevent business owners from using their private corporations as a way to shift their income to family members; even if they are not involved in the business.

Town of High River Promotional Video

The Town of High River has released a promotional video highlighting the largest industry in High River; Agriculture.

This is the second of four videos being created in the Town’s Rooted in People Series, which began in May 2017.

The company hired to make the video, has been busy collected material from local producers and stakeholders for the past couple months.

Angela Groeneveld, Business Development Specialist for the Town of High River Economic Development Department, says they are pursuing stakeholders in the agriculture industry to invest in High River.

“The new video highlights Agriculture, High River’s largest industry. We have learned that from doing an analysis of our business licenses from the past, future,our trading region, and surrounding area.”

She adds, it’s an excellent place to set up shop, since High River is home to some of the most diverse farm land in the world.

The next videos in the series will focus on family, community, and adventure.

For more information, you can visit their website.

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