August 30, 2022

September is the time of year where we all ease back into a routine and our children go back to school. As a business owner, what are you doing to invest in yourself and your employees through extra training or empowerment?

Are you connecting with your employees and asking them “What do you need to do your job better?”

Investing in your employees reaps a lot of benefits, not only for you, but for them as well.

An employee that feels valued and is confident in their job contributes to job satisfaction. It is crucial for employees to be treated with genuine respect, otherwise, their working environment becomes toxic and they just do what they need to do to get through the day.

The following article will give you some tools to create good, positive and happy employees!

Why Businesses Should Invest in Employee Training

1. It helps attract and retain great talent.

2. It can identify which employees are worthy of promotion.

3. It can increase employee engagement.

4. It translates into savings for the company.

5. It helps shape the future of your organization.

CREDIT: Chad Brooks, Editor,

 Business Success Highlight: All Through the House

Karin Macoun founded All Through the House in 2005. Her sister, Monika McLachlan, acquired the company in 2007 and now provides a large DIY centre for people remodelling and restoring furniture. They provide both vintage hardware and the broadest collection of replica hardware in southern Alberta. They also host classes where people can learn to paint, engage in creative activities, and enjoy a relaxing setting.

Many antique and vintage antiques are kept inside, along with projects that the staff has repurposed and painted to sell. There are 20 incredible local sellers inside the store, offering anything from artisan works to antique, collectible, vintage, retro, mid-century modern, and recycled items. There is a sizable yard outside that is filled with all kinds of goods, like reclaimed wood and barnwood, spindles, vintage tools and hardware, rustic farm objects, and a storage tent filled with DIY projects. To build a community of sellers to work with their own in the store, we offer monthly "Junk in the Trunk" sales outside in the parking lot. Music and a food truck are typically present.

They have held neighbourhood fundraisers to assist other Okotoks & area companies such the Sheep River Health Trust, Okotoks Food Bank, Okotoks Friends of the Library, Pound Rescue, and Heaven Can Wait. All Through the House is a must-visit location with a house full of treasures, a wide selection of DIY supplies, a customer-focused staff, and stellar reviews on Google, Facebook, and Instagram.

All Through the House has been in Okotoks for over 17 years, is a part of the economic development in Okotoks, has been selected as the top 5 destinations from Calgary and is currently highlighted with In the Jumpseat with Jacqueline on Telus TV. It is located directly behind the Okotoks Cinemas in the same parking lot and is across the parking lot from Karin Macoun's Red Barn Mercantile.
Monika McLachlan

All Through the House: Building 185, 100 Stockton Ave, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A9

Contact Info:
: 403-995-2399


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Upcoming Town Events 

Town of Okotoks in-person events, festivals & more are back! Have a look at this list to plan the rest of the year! The 2023 event listing will be shared later this fall. 


  • Alberta Day - September 3 
  • Kairos Blanket Exercise - September 9
  • Bill Robertson Park Naming Ceremony - September 10
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day - September 30

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Building Your Marketing Plan: Actionable Strategies to Implement
Wednesday, August 31, 11:00AM-12:00PM


Business Foundation Series - Bring Your Business Idea to Life
Wednesday, August 31, 2:00-3:30PM


Level Up Series: Websites that Work
Thursday, September 8, 1:00PM-2:00PM


Building Your Marketing Plan: Actionalbe Strategies to Implement
Wednesday, September 14, 11:00AM-12:00PM


Market Research for Business Success
Tuesday, September 20, 10:30AM-12:00PM


The 8 Deadly Wastes: What You Can't See that's Silently Killing your Business
Wednesday, September 21, 11:00AM-12:00PM


Level Up Series: Digital Advertising
Thursday, September 22, 1:00PM-2:00PM


Building Your Marketing Plan: Actionalbe Strategies to Implement
Wednesday, September 28, 11:00AM-12:00PM


Immigrant Entrepreneur Symposium: Building a Succesful Busingess as an Immigrant Entrepreneur
Thursday, September 29, 9:00AM-3:30PM


Small Business Energy Saving Tip

There a many ways to help small businesses save energy; here is the seond tip in a series of 12!

Purchase energy-efficient office equipment. Before you buy or lease office electronics, check to see if they are ENERGYSTAR-rated. An ENERGYSTAR-rated appliance has been evaluated and deemed energy-efficient, which can save you money and help you manage your small business energy costs, especially in the long run.

Did You Know? 

If you work 40 hours per week from the age of 20 to 65, you will work just over 90,000 hours!

New businesses in Town

New Business Listings

The Town of Okotoks is thrilled to welcome the following new businesses to Town:

Homebased: Clean and Fresh Cleaning: Cleaning Services
                       Magic Brooms Cleaning Service: Clearning Services
                       Red Sky Contracting: Construction and Renovation            

Storefront: Brenda Berube Yoga: Yoga Classes 
                    Derma Glo: Skin Care

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