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Alberta has little choice but to innovate: Senator

Innovation must become Alberta’s new advantage, says Alberta Senator Doug Black.

The collapse of world oil prices and the uncertain future of major pipeline projects crucial to getting Alberta oil to world markets means the province has little choice but to restructure its economy, Black told the Red Deer Rotary Club on Monday. READ

Wild Child Brew kombucha microbrewery sets up shop in Riverlands

Wild Child Brew will soon be stamped — made in Red Deer. READ

Ben Moss Jewellers shutting down in Bower Place, Parkland Mall

Mall operators in Red Deer have been notified that one of their long-term clients will shut down by the end of December. READ

Insolvency numbers tell a grim tale

Economic statistics make for sober reading in Alberta right now. READ

Canadian producers face challenges amid world honey glut

Canadian honey producers can commiserate with Gucci, Prada and Rolex. READ

Finance minister promotes breweries grant at Troubled Monk

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says Alberta is finally catching up to others when it comes to supporting local business by introducing its new grant program for small breweries. READ

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

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

Agri-Trade will have an international flavour

There will be plenty of farm talk at Westerner Park when the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo kicks off on Wednesday. But if you listen carefully, you might also hear Spanish, Turkish and other languages. READ

Bower Place Shopping Centre rebranding

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

Local companies make Venture provincial list of highest revenues

Central Alberta companies have strengthened their presence on Alberta Venture magazine’s annual list of the provincial companies with the highest revenues. Parkland Fuel Corp., High Arctic Energy Services Inc. and Gamehost Inc. of Red Deer, and Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) of Lacombe all remained on The Venture 250 for 2014, and improved their placement from last year’s list. 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

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

Rifco still among the country’s fast-growing companies

Red Deer-based Rifco Inc. remains on Profit magazine’s list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. 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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