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Helping the new prospective home buyer

For most people, purchasing a home is the biggest financial transaction of their lives. Yet many do so with little or no formal instruction.

The Home Program helps fill this void by providing prospective buyers with education, counselling, referrals and other assistance in their quest for a house to call their own. Launched in Edmonton in 2001, the program has been offered in Red Deer, but disappeared in recent years. READ

Avoid the Christmas crowds and support charity with Red & White Night

Looking for a way to avoid the crowds when you do your Christmas shopping this year? Bower Place shopping centre is offering a $10 solution that will also support local charity. It’s staging a special shopping night on Sunday, Nov. 23, when participants will have exclusive access to the mall and its stores from 6 to 9 p.m. READ

BDC economist discusses keys to success

There’s no secret formula for operating a successful business. But the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) may have come up with the next best thing. READ

All-weather tires lauded

When it comes to tires, “all-season” doesn’t necessarily include winter. That’s the message Bill Gardiner is driving home during a national tour promoting the advantages of all-weather tires. The resident mechanic on TSN’s long-running TV program Motoring says all-season tires can come up short when the temperature dips below 7C. READ

Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees made lasting impressions

It may not be as high profile as Alberta’s Sports Hall of Fame on the highway near Red Deer, but our province does have an Agriculture Hall of Fame. READ

Auto groups recognized for building import demand

A pair of Red Deer auto groups have been recognized by an industry magazine for their success in building local demand for import vehicles. The Gary Moe Auto Group and the Scottsville Group are featured on the front of the October issue of Canadian AutoWorld, an independent publication geared to members of the automotive industry. READ

There is no supervisor gene

Work in any business environment requires the co-ordination of effort. This is crucial to any organization’s success. There are numerous roles and processes that enhance productivity and positive results. Two of the critical positions are the roles of a manager and a supervisor. READ

Servicing nearing completion at Energy Business Park

You can add Energy Business Park to the list of industrial parks in and around Red Deer. Servicing of the approximately 43-acre parcel on the east side of Gasoline Alley in Red Deer County is nearing completion, with paving expected to occur early next spring. READ

September home sales set record

The “R” word hasn’t been used much in real estate circles since the heady days preceding the 2008 recession. But it’s becoming tough to discuss Central Alberta’s residential resale market without talking about records. READ

Alberta Agriculture estimates 2014 harvest nearing the end

The end to the 2014 harvest is in sight for Central Alberta farmers, with only a few clouds to obscure the finish line. READ

Red Deer among the most business-friendly cities in the country

It’s slipped a bit down the entrepreneurial pole, but Red Deer can still claim to be one of the most business-friendly cities in the country. READ

New music store downtown

Downtown Red Deer will soon have a melodious addition to its retail lineup. Music Centre Canada is preparing to open at the corner of Gaetz Avenue and 48th Street at No. 107, 4815 50th Ave. — the former site of the Business Development Bank of Canada. READ

Pig virus found at handling facility

A deadly pig virus has been found in Alberta. Alberta Pork reported on Thursday that swine delta coronavirus (SDCV) was detected at a pig-handling facility in the province during a recent check. It said the infected sample was not taken from a farm or a sick animal, and pointed out that SDCV is not transmissible to people and does not present a human health risk READ

Trail Appliances relocating to Gasoline Alley

Red Deer is losing a longtime business to Gasoline Alley. Trail Appliances plans to relocate from 2823 Bremner Ave. to 557 Lantern St., which is northwest of Cam Clark Ford. READ

TFW cap impacts labour shortage: Kobly

Think Alberta’s labour shortage is severe now? Wait until July 2016. That’s when the federal government’s cap on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers that a business can employ will have been ratcheted down to 10 per cent of its workforce — a reduction that, when combined with Alberta’s current labour shortfall of about 50,000 people, will leave a provincial deficit of 90,000 employees. READ

Tilted Kilt slated to open this week in Bower Plaza

Central Albertans will soon be able to munch on Irish nachos, Gaelic chicken, shepherd’s pie and a variety of other British Isles-themed dishes. And they’ll have a choice of 36 draft beers and an assortment of bottled beverages with which to wash that food down. READ

Facility vows to end abuse

The chairman of the Western Hog Exchange says his organization is taking steps to prevent the kind of animal abuse that was shown on video broadcast by CTV’s investigative program W5 on Saturday. READ

No shortage of opportunities to donate to charity

Derek, I am interested in ways to donate to charity — what are some ideas here? I strongly applaud and encourage charitable interests during your lifetime and through your estate. Each of us knows of a charity that is close to our heart and there is certainly some benefit in helping these charities succeed. READ

Red Deer jobless rises

Unemployment in the Red Deer region moved upward last month, despite an overall decrease for the province as a whole. Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey found a jobless rate of 4.0 per cent for the area in September, up from 3.7 per cent in August. The rate a year earlier was 3.7 per cent. READ

Warm weather hastens harvest

Recent warm weather has given Central Alberta farmers a boost in their efforts to bring in the 2014 crop. READ

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