April 2018 Print

Monthly Commentary

Spring is here!  What result(s) from Q1 are you pleased about?  What are some things you are thinking of updating or amending to yield better results for Q2? We would love to hear your success stories! 

We are very excited to work with McLEOD Windows & Doors for a unique 2 in 1 event to be held on Wednesday May 16 in their showroom, 15311 128 Ave.   Two major theme have been combined into one!   

A Customer Appreciation Event by McLEOD Windows & Doors for their clients, suppliers, networks and potential clients.  They've reached out and invited many communities and industry participants to attend. 

Combine this all the marketing efforts for a NEBA Business Mixer and Networking! 

What do you get? A great event to come to for networking, face to face interactions, building opportunities one introduction at a time.   

Thinking about doing some renovations or upgrades? How about checking out some options available for windows and doors in McLEOD's showroom while enjoying a glass of wine or refreshments and light appetizers?   

It's going to be a very exciting time and first event of it's kind in North Edmonton!  Register now to RSVP and join us on Wednesday May 16 - see you then! 

Tradeshow tables are still available for booking - NEBA Members $65 or Non-Member $80.   Want to get more visibility for your company? Consider sponsorship opportunities for this event starting at $200.00 [FULL DETAILS - May 16, 2018 Event  / Register Now to Attend]

Have you been thinking of getting your photos for brochures, website, marketing updated?  Irene Lay with Irene Lay Photography will be on site at the event - so please check out how she can assist you with this!

This week is National Volunteer Week.   This year's theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. 

We like to thank every volunteer whose involvement, help, efforts and participation continues to build strong results (2018 NEBA Website visits (average 3300 per month), LinkedIn connections (2140+), Twitter (2100 followers), Facebook Page Likes (880)) - all these help to increase our sponsors, members and the association visibility.  With the high percentage of consumers going online and doing their research before approaching a company, we are looking forward to seeing these marketing results translating to potential benefit for our sponsors and members.  It is through the work and efforts of our volunteers who make this possible!  Thank you.

North Edmonton Business Association is a membership based organization with a focus of building opportunities by hosting events where networking, interactions, conversations and meetings can occur.

Regardless of where your business may be located (North, South, East, West or Surrounding Areas), let's build opportunities through interactions!  Join us as member and let's work on getting you connected and working with more North Edmonton & area businesses and communities. 

To join as member, please click on link for  online membership application and payment can be made with VISA or Mastercard. 

We always welcome feedback so please reach out to us by email: info@neba.ca or by phone 780 803 1678. | Loan Gowers, Executive Director & President | (Connect with us on LinkedIn, Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook Page).



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North Edmonton - MLAs (Provincial)

Last month, I had the pleasure of hosting my third annual Job Fair in Edmonton’s northeast. I want to thank the 40+ businesses that provided information – and even conducted on-site interviews – to about 300 job-seekers at the Kingsway Legion. Needless to say, the event was beneficial to our vibrant business community and to those who attended.

Alberta’s small businesses are the backbone of local economies and businesses in Edmonton northeast are no exception.

Things are looking up in Alberta and here in the northeast. Alberta’s economy grew by 4.5% last year and yet again, we will be leading the country with 2.7% growth. Edmonton is poised to be the second fastest growing city in the prairies, right behind Calgary in 2018.

This good news extends to us here in the north east. We are pleased to announce new development in Alberta’s industrial heartland.

With the construction of North West Redwater Refinery to be completed and come on line this year, the first new refinery in Alberta in a generation and Interpipline new $4 billion dollar polypropylene plant.

In addition to these new facilities the provincial government has announced $1 billion dollars with the passing of Bill 1, The Energy Diversification Act for partial bitumen upgrading to ensure we receive a fairer price for our provinces resources.  

The provincial deficit has been reduced by $1.5 billion without having to fire thousands of teachers and nurses. Jobs are up with 90,000 new full-time jobs created over the last year and the unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in two years.

This good news for Albertans and their families but there is still more work to do. I will keep working hard to make sure all businesses and residents in the northeast feel Alberta’s economic recovery.

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North Edmonton - MPs (Federal)

Update on Government’s Small Business Tax Changes

Last summer, the Liberal government announced that it would be changing how small businesses are taxed.

First, the Liberal government announced that they would be restricting “income sprinkling” for small business owners.  Income sprinkling is a common practice, whereby income is shifted from a person with a higher personal income tax rate to a family member who may have a lower personal tax rate. The Liberals announced that they would apply a so-called “reasonableness test” to determine if a family member’s contribution to the business corresponded to the income they received.

Second, the Liberals would be limiting the availability of the small business tax rate for passive income – that is, income earned by the corporation through its investments, rather than income earned from conducting business. These measures would be grandfathered in, forcing businesses to keep track of pre-change and post-change investments.

Third, the Liberals would eliminate the ability of small businesses to convert income into capital gains which is subject to a lower tax rate.

Small businesses are the bedrock of the Canadian economy.  They create jobs, invest in local economies and provide services to Canadians.  Running a business is not the same as being employed by a business. Small business owners need to save money within their companies to prepare for unexpected emergencies, a sudden drop in business, future expansion and eventual retirement. These funds act as the severance, the pension, the employment insurance, and the emergency fund of a small business. Under the Liberals proposal, saving, investing and growing the business would have been be harder.

I heard from hundreds of concerned small business owners, many of whom were concerned that these changes would affect their ability to maintain and grow their businesses, save for emergencies, and eventually retire. 

My Conservative colleagues and I brought the concerns of everyday small business owners to Ottawa and raised these concerns at every possible opportunity as loudly as we could. Eventually the Liberals were forced to back down from their initial plan. Instead, they have released a revised plan.

First, the new plan would eliminate the “reasonableness test” for certain categories of family members: spouses 65 years or older, family members 18 years or over who make a substantial labour contribution to the business of at least 20 hours per week, and family members 25 years or older who own 10% or more of a business that earns less than 90% of its income from the provision of services. Any person who does not meet these categories would still have to face the “reasonableness test” by the CRA.

Second, the Liberals simplified their plan to limit passive income that qualifies for the small business tax rate.  The new plan gradually reduces the small business deduction rate for passive income above $50,000 and eliminates it completely once passive income rises above $150,000.

Third, the Finance Minister announced that the government would not be going ahead with its plan to restrict the conversion of dividend income into lower-taxed capital gains.

Although these changes responded to some of the concerns raised, small business owners continue to worry that these measures hurt their ability to start, maintain and grow their businesses. I will continue to stand up for small business owners by urging the Liberal government to stop targeting small businesses and scrap these unfair measures.

Michael Cooper is the Conservative MP for St. Albert –Edmonton

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Greetings from McLeod Community League!

Our community league is a non-profit organization that delivers social & recreational programming for our neighbours, and advocates to improve our area through civic involvement.  We work with many organizations that share our goals.

Using our community centre & two outdoor ice rinks, we program for all ages, during all seasons:


Baseball                       Softball                            Indoor Soccer

Outdoor Soccer             Hockey


Stay & Play Tots            Sport Explorerz             Dance Program


Yoga                   HITT/Fitness Kickboxing


Adult rec softball team

3-on-3 Del Golinoski adult hockey tournament


Monthly movie nights               Children’s craft afternoons

Holiday family parties               Newcomer skating party


Thanks for the booth at the NEBA Lunar New Year Celebrations where Leanne, our President brought new year greetings, and gave away over 1000 lucky red envelopes!

Our membership comes from the neighbourhoods of McLeod, Hollick-Kenyon, McLeod Park/Matt Berry, Miller and Casselman. This is the area between 144 Ave and 167 Avenue, and between 66 Street and the Manning Freeway.

We look forward to our continued relationship with NEBA, and meeting more of the member businesses.

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Donna Ballantyne

Civics Director, McLeod Community League


Ward 4 Election Forum Oct 2017 

Front Yard in Bloom

McLEOD Community League Day

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Member News, Events & Announcements


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Clareview Community Recreation Centre
3804 139 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5Y 3G4

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Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about the City of Edmonton's diverse collection of programs designed specifically for Edmonton's business community. From our distinctive meeting spaces and affordable advertising mediums to employee membership discounts and customized recreation experiences, this exciting showcase promises to educate, inspire and entertain.

Drop by anytime between 3:30pm and 6:00pm and enjoy a facility tour, door prizes, tasty refreshments from Good Earth and Jugo Juice and connect with the collection of dedicated City staff responsible for our corporate rentals, advertising, membership and program opportunities.

Complimentary passes will be given for guests to enjoy our facility amenities such as the swimming pool, fitness centre, gymnasium after the event. Guests can also join our drop in programs happening that evening. 

Zumba - 6:30 - 7:30PM

Bootcamp - 7:45 - 8:45PM 

Please register by April 17 to be eligible for special early bird door prizes. 

Remember to ENTER to WIN a Fantastic Doorprize - $500.00 Value

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you can make it!Cheers,City of Edmonton



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Calendar of Events

Meeting/Event Information

Future Meetings

NEBA Business Mixer & Networking Event

May 16, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

McLEOD Windows & Doors
15311 128 Ave
Edmonton, AB 

Business Mixer, Networking - Tradeshow Tables & Sponsorship Available

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If you are interested in sponsorsing an event, advertising opportunities or membership, please contact us:  info@neba.ca or call Loan Gowers, Executive Director at(780) 803-1678

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