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New café hopes to bring a little taste of Europe to Red Deer

As any world traveller knows, Europeans know how to do cafés and bakeries.

They are more than a place to grab a coffee and a quick bite. They are part of the culture. READ

Economy adds 12,000 jobs in September, unemployment rate rises to 7.1 per cent

The Canadian economy added 12,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate climbed to its highest level since February 2014 as more people entered the labour force. READ

Greek government asks for 3-year aid program, races to submit suitable reforms proposal

Greece requested a new three-year rescue program from its European partners on Wednesday and rushed to complete a detailed plan of economic reforms in time to avoid the country’s descent into financial chaos. READ

Two new fitness clubs planned for Parkland Mall

Side-by-side fitness clubs operated by the same company are planned at Parkland Mall next year. Located in the former Sears site at the mall, a 63,000-square-foot GoodLife Fitness and a 12,000- square-foot Fit4Less by GoodLife are expected to open next spring. READ

An all-women brew

The latest beer to emerge from the Olds College brewmaster and brewery operations management program is a pale ale that owes its existence to a woman’s touch — or, more accurately, the touch of seven women. READ

Cineplex to offer UltraAVX

Red Deer will officially become an UltraAVX community on Friday. Movie enthusiasts will recognize the UltraAVX name as Cineplex Inc.’s premiere offering, with its sharpest picture, crispest sound and most comfortable seating. It was rolled out in a handful of Canadian theatres in 2010, and has since spread to about 60 locations. “They’ve been hugely popular,” said Mike Langdon, director of communications with Cineplex. READ

Bower Place Shopping Centre rebranding

Bower Place Shopping Centre has rebranded itself as Bower Place. READ

Nortel not just Canadian company, IP not solely created in Canada: U.S. lawyer

TORONTO — It’s a fallacy to think of Nortel Networks as just a Canadian company and that its intellectual property was created solely in Canada, a lawyer for its U.S. subsidiary said Tuesday at a cross-border bankruptcy trial that will decide how remaining assets are shared among creditors. READ

New buildings for Netook Construction, Moody’s Equipment well underway

The landscape east of Olds continues to evolve, as development progresses at Netook Crossing. New buildings for Moody’s Equipment and Netook Construction are well underway, with Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. planning to build there as well. READ

Five levels of an entrepreneur

In his online article in “The Owl” in early August, Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, reported some revealing statistics. In June 2014, 395,991 companies were registered in Alberta. According to Statistics Canada, nearly 60 per cent of those companies were “micro-businesses,” employing just one to four people. Another 17 per cent employed fewer than 10 people. READ

Business confidence up in August

Alberta business owners regained some of their swagger in August, according to the latest survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. READ

Oliver rejects report calling for spending to create jobs, less focus on deficit

Finance Minister Joe Oliver is rejecting a recommendation from a report issued by the C.D. Howe Institute that he focus more on creating jobs than eliminating a tiny deficit. READ

Building blitz in Blackfalds

If residential growth is an indicator of economic health, the town of Blackfalds is hale and hearty. READ

Mancuso motivated to give back

Dom Mancuso blames Don Oszli — with a good measure of gratitude. Mancuso, who is general manager and a partner at Red Deer’s Northland Construction Supplies, became chair of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce executive committee three weeks ago. READ

Kenney’s TFW overhaul a gutting of program, say small businesses

OTTAWA — The Conservative government’s controversial temporary foreign worker program got another makeover Friday with limits on where low-paid hires can work and strict penalties for companies that fudge their requests for cheap help. READ

Plenty of opportunities for growing hemp

Ruth DeSantis has a word of advice for Central Alberta farmers who are tired of seeding canola and grain. Hemp. READ

Central Alberta companies making a global impact

Garett Cupples knows his way around an atlas. His company, GenTex Oilfield Manufacturing Inc., has sent oilfield heating and pumping equipment to nearly 20 countries. In fact, exports have accounted for 30 to 50 per cent of his Red Deer company’s sales over the years. READ

2013 a strong year for residential construction in Red Deer

The value of residential construction and renovation work in Red Deer jumped more than 27 per cent in 2013, according to a report commissioned by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association — Alberta. READ

Former ambassador not confident Keystone will be approved

MONTREAL — A former Canadian ambassador says he’s less confident now than he was a few years ago about the U.S. giving the Keystone XL pipeline project the green light. READ

31,000 square-foot Plaza W. unveiled at former Parsons Clinic site

Workers were putting the finishing touches on a downtown renovation project on Wednesday that transformed a drab medical clinic into an eye-catching commercial building. READ

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