The Chamber is here
for business, to do
what is necessary in our
advocacy role to improve
and maintain a positive
Past Presidents of The Spruce Grove
& District Chamber of Commerce
This is Your Chamber of Commerce
We are the front door of your business community and the “watch dog” to ensure that government and legislation works to provide the best environment for business to grow and prosper.
The chamber strives for excellence in the business community and advocates best practices for our business members. The chambers principle objectives are the promotion, development and encouragement of trade and commerce, economic, civic and social welfare of the city and area.
Our region is one of the fastest growing in the province and as a chamber we support the tri region (City of Spruce Grove, Parkland County and Town of Stony Plain) in working smarter in representation of their tax payers, sharing services and partnering in programs, projects and events that make economic sense for the region as a whole.
The chamber supports those industries that have the competencies to trade globally and work to ensure that those industries that aspire to do the same are equipped with the information and tools they require to ship to or receive goods from the world market place.
The chamber also considers our Region as unique and encourages all that live here to “Invest in your Community”
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our region our home. Our businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Most local business can make more local purchases requiring less transportation. Small local businesses are the largest employer across the country, and here in the region provide jobs to residents. Local business hire people with a better understanding of the product they are selling and take more time to get to know you, the customer. Local business is owned by people who live in the community and invested in the region’s future. When you make an informed choice to spend your money shopping at your local business you are:
- Reducing the environmental impact
- Creating more good jobs
- Investing in your Community
- Encouraging Local Prosperity
The tri-region has a wealth of history to be proud of and the region will continue to grow and prosper with visionary leadership and a strong chamber of commerce. The chamber’s strength is their members. All business should be members of their chamber of commerce.
History of Spruce Grove & District
Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce
Several years before our present Chamber was organized in 1963, the Spruce Grove community was instrumental in forming, and was active in "Hi-way 16 West Chamber of Commerce", organized to serve the communities of Winterburn, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Carvel and Duffield. Murray Byers of Stony Plain was the first president, Harry McLeod the 1st Vice-President and Ted Gamble, also of Spruce Grove, the 1st Secretary-Treasurer. After a few years of service to this rather large and scattered community, it was disbanded with Stony Plain forming its own Chamber. After a lapse of a few more years, Harry McLeod and some other public-spirited local citizens decided Spruce Grove should also have a Chamber of its own. After a preliminary meeting in September of 1963 an official organizational meeting was held on October 22nd, 1963. Bob Leonard was elected as first secretary, Harold McLaughlin, president and Ev Hall, vice-president. A ten member board of directors included: Claude Eccles, Earl Nelson, Ferd Erhardt, Neville Peel, Bruce Fuhr, Rev. L.F. Schoepp, Richard Fuhr, Henry Singer, Ted Gamble and Don Woods.
From the very beginning, and in keeping with the designation, Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce, our organization, has been very successful in getting active participation from all sectors of the community both town and country. Projects for the betterment of the whole community were actively supported from the start, the very first major one being to promote the provision of adequate recreational facilities for this district, which finally resulted in the development of Serplex (now part of Broxton Park School).
Some additional highlights of projects and programs that the chamber has partnered in, promoted and/or facilitated were: Hootenany Days and community parade, many pancake breakfasts, The Community Christmas Card, Christmas Residential and Business Light-Up, Mardi Gras in conjunction with the Mayor’s Ball, C.A.P. Program which led into the original Job Resource Centre (now Bredin Worksource), R.C.M.P. Musical Ride, Provincial Winter and Summer Games, Overpass on Highway 16 at Campsite Road, Consultations with the Province on the Anthony Henday Ring Road and so much more. Over the years we have hosted investment delegations from Trinidad/Tobago, China, Germany (recycling and garbage management) to name a few and have promoted our region at many Meet the North Trade events in the North West Territories and the Yukon.
The chamber is your front door to business.