12 Days of Local Boxes are back!

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A gift box filled with 16+ local products perfect for the holiday season. Perfect as a present for a loved one, for yourself, or as a corporate gift!

A new addition to the box this year is our local coupon book filled with special offers from Member businesses.
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Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media for the announcement of goods and foods that will be in the box this year including snacks, gifts, foods, drinks & more.
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Box valued at $150
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To order, Click Here, call (902) 895-6328, or email [email protected]

Fall in Love with Small Business

Fall in Love with Small Business

Shop Local & Win!

Shop at any participating business in Truro or Colchester to receive a stamp on your shopping passport.

Click HERE to download our passport.

Click HERE to upload your passport by December 15th, 2022.

 

1 stamp = 1 entry

5 stamps = 7 entries + 1 Bonus Prize entry

25 Stamps = 35 entries + 5 Bonus Prize entries

100 prizes (valued between $25 and $50)

6 Grand Prizes (more than $10,000 in Grand Prizes)

1 Bonus Prize

 

Contest opens October 24th.

Send in your passport by December 15th.

Prize draws on December 16th.

Passports can be dropped off or mailed to 105B Walker Street, Truro, B2N 4B1 or send in a picture on trurocolchesterchamber.com

Keep an eye on this page for contest updates!

 

Participating Businesses

Anther & Apiary

Barnyard Grill

BellyUp BBQ & Grill

Big River Cafe

Butter Trail Naturals

Capture Theraputics

Celene Bartlett Health & Fitness

Centerstage Dancewear

Charm Diamond Centres

Community Credit Union

Elegant Steps

Forage

Great British Grub

Inglis Jewellers

Jamieson's General Store

Jean's Flower's & Gifts

Kabitenyos Asian Store

Laurie's Bakery

Mary & Larry's Diner

Masstown Butcher Shop

Masstown Creamery

My Home Mercantile

Noveltea Bookstore and Gifts

Noveltea Coffeehouse & Bakery

Nook & Cranny

Nook & Cranny

Precious Art Works & Prints

Raging Crow Distillery

Ross' Furniture

Sisterhood Fibres

Tatamagouche Ice Creamery

Thrown Together Pottery

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

Truro Nissan

Wandering Jasmine Gardens

Warmth by Design

WingS Academy

 

Click here to read the contest Terms & Conditions

 

 

 

 


2022 Small Business Start-Up Legacy Award

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to issue a call for submissions for its 5th annual Rising Star Start-Up Award Investing in Entrepreneurs provided in partnership with several of its members to offer support to a budding entrepreneur.

This award will be presented in October during the Chamber's Small Business Week Awards Luncheon, sponsored by MNP LLP on Oct. 21 to assist the recipient in taking their venture to the next level.

Its purpose is to identify a viable start-up - a business that is just beginning to develop, located within Truro and Colchester region - and provide it with a one-time $2,500 cash prize as well as in-kind supports, products and services, from partnering member businesses.

Criteria

  • You must live within Truro or Colchester Region
  • The business must operate within Truro & Colchester Region
  • Open to an individual or partners with a business idea that needs capital and professional support.
  • All entrepreneurs must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase and have earned less than $5,000
  • Your business idea should stand apart from current business offerings, giving you a unique edge on the competition.
  • Demonstrate the grant money and support services will have a meaningful impact on business growth and job creation in the local area

2022 Small Business Start-Up Legacy Award

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to issue a call for submissions for its 5th annual Rising Star Start-Up Award Investing in Entrepreneurs provided in partnership with several of its members to offer support to a budding entrepreneur.

Submissions will be received by the Chamber until Sept. 26, 2022. Awards will be presented at the 2022 Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards luncheon at noon on Oct. 21. Chamber at 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]

Selection Process:

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce will appoint an internal preliminary adjudication committee to review submissions consisting of Chamber Board of Directors and members, which determines the eligibility of each nominee. Submissions will be treated with the strictest of confidence. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to present to a judging panel consisting of Chamber members and/or representatives from sponsoring partners.

Applicants/nominees understand and agree that merely by applying for these Awards does not entitle the applicant/nominee to any other form of consideration.

Decision of the Chamber-appointed judging panel on all matters is final and binding on all applicants/nominees and no correspondence will be entertained on the same.

The Chamber reserves the right to withdraw or amend the terms of the Awards at any time, and does not take the responsibility for any loss or damage that any person / organization / Applicant / Nominee may suffer as a result of the Awards being withdrawn or its terms amended.

 


Small Business Week Award Nominations Now Open!

 

Small Business Week Awards – Oct. 21, 12 p.m., Inn on Prince

*All Nominees will be contacted to fill out a questionnaire from the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce that will be used by the panel of judges to determine the award recipient.  All responses will be kept strictly confidential.

 

Small Business Awards 2022 - Nominations Form

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2022 Small Business Award nominations are currently being accepted in the following categories:

Note: Qualifying businesses must employ less than 100 people.

 

New Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Community Credit Union

Criteria: The New Small Business of the Year award recognizes a Truro or Colchester County business person whose dream of opening their own business has earned them the title of “Start-Up Entrepreneur” over the past year. Their business must have shown innovation, and they must offer a unique product or service to Truro and Colchester County.

 

Small Business Achievement, sponsored by Grant Thornton

Criteria: The Small Business Achievement Award recognizes a local entrepreneur who has been in business for more than 10 years and demonstrates new product or service achievements, business growth and a commitment to their community.

 

Export Achievement, sponsored by Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Criteria: The Exporter of the Year award will recognize a Truro or Colchester County business that has demonstrated excellence in exporting outside Nova Scotia. The business must have achieved noticeable growth as a result of entering the global marketplace and has made a significant contribution to the growth of the local economy.

 

Small Business Innovation, sponsored by RBC

Criteria: The Small Business Innovation Award will recognize a Truro or Colchester County entrepreneur who has been in business for more than five years, continually modifying to demonstrate innovative leadership through technology, development of new or value-added products and services and improved productivity. Those nominated for this innovation award portray community spirit and generosity towards clients past, present and future by consistently supporting community causes and grow employment in the local area.

 

 

Excellence in Community Development award sponsored by the Town of Truro.

Criteria: The Excellence in Community Development award will recognize a business or social enterprise that has made significant and notable contributions to its community (cultural, social, environmental and/or economic) and that serves as a catalyst for positive action, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership. 

 

Agriculture/ Agri Small Business Award, sponsored by MNP LLP

Criteria: Recognizes an individual, group or organization or business where the principles of running a successful agricultural or related operation are applied and result in a thriving and environmentally friendly endeavor. The enterprise must derive more than 50 percent of its annual revenue from agricultural-related activities.

 

Small Business Growth Award, sponsored by BDC

Recognizes a business that has been in operation for more than two years, demonstrating growth in a measurable way such as expansion, increased customers, new employees, and new products. 

 

Workplace Excellence Award - Payworks

 This award recognizes a small business employee that goes above and beyond in their job duties. The employee delivers excellent customer service, engages in professional development and places a high level of importance on corporate culture, teamwork and ensuring a happy and healthy work environment.

 

Small Business of the Year Award – CBDC NoBL

Honors an outstanding business with 1 – 20 full-time employees that demonstrates commitment to performance excellence in their business or industry and embodies the spirit of the business community. Must be an independently-owned business for at least 3 years. Recognizes outstanding achievement in some or all of the following: Research & Development, Company Growth, Customer Service, Products & Services, Market Development, Sales & Marketing, and Community Service. The nominee must be a registered business operating in Colchester County. 

 

Newcomer Business Award – Sponsored by TCPEP 

This award recognizes the contribution to the local economy by a business that has opened in Truro or Colchester County by an individual who has moved to the community in recent years and is not an original resident of this region. 

 

Tourism business of the year – Municipality of the County of Colchester 

This award recognizes an individual, group, organization or business operating in Central Nova Scotia where the principles of running successful tourism or related operation are applied and result in a thriving attractive business for visitors. The enterprise must derive more than 50 percent of its annual revenue from tourism-related activities.

Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award - Sponsored by the Town of Stewiacke

This award recognizes a business that keeps environmental stewardship at the forefront of its operations. They keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them, and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. Their focus on environmental stewardship may reduce waste, drive greater resource productivity, address emerging resource security/scarcity issues in the future, while implementing a plan to extract the maximum value and use from raw materials, products and waste, fostering energy savings and reducing Green House Gas emissions.

 

Nomination forms are also available from the chamber office at 105B Walker Street, Truro and online at www.trurocolchesterchamber.com 

Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 26, 2022

 

When will the awards be presented?

The award luncheon will be held at the Inn on Prince on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 beginning at noon.


Butterfly Sculpture - Request for Proposal

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, along with our partners, is creating a series of interactive, human-scale butterfly wing sculptures to be placed in key main street neighbourhoods throughout Colchester County. These art installations will beautify our downtown and main street neighbourhoods and provide aesthetic, artistic and interactive benefits which will enhance the pedestrian experience for visitors, businesses and the community.

5 x Butterfly Wing Sculptures with moveable display bases, made to human scale that can be decorated by local artisans and can withstand the elements.

For more information, click here to download the Request for Proposal.


Shop Local Boxes - Summer boxes available now!

The Chamber is currently working on Shop Local boxes for Summer, Fall and Winter that will be filled with all local foods and goods.
Our Celebrate Summer boxes filled with 15+ local products as well as samples and specials are now available for purchase. Don't miss your chance to get one of these amazing boxes. Limited supply available!
To order a box click here
COST: $80.00 +hst
Do you have a product that you think will be a good fit for our fall or winter boxes? Fill out the form below to let us know!

Shop Local Boxes Application

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News Release - Temporary Physician Housing Pilot Project Announced

May 9, 2022

News release

TRURO – Two business-led organizations have launched a pilot project that will provide temporary
accommodations to support physician recruitment in the county.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce and the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic
Prosperity have partnered to lease a fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment located close to the
Colchester East Hants Health Authority.

“This as a fantastic opportunity for two major business groups in Colchester County to come together and
partner with this project,” said Chamber President, Matthew Mossman. “To be able to create this
opportunity to help bring in physicians to our area by offering temporary housing is so beneficial to
recruitment efforts.”

The partnering organizations are members of a Community Physician Recruitment Committee for Truro
and Colchester, along with the three local municipalities and Millbrook First Nation. The group has been
working with the province for more than five years in an effort to recruit physicians to this region.

A lack of housing in the region is impacting the ability for employers to recruit new employees and
unfortunately this issue has also been identified as an ongoing barrier to physician recruitment.

The Partnership, partially funded by the business community, has a dedicated employee working handson with physician recruitment activities.

“Our objective with this project is to provide incoming doctors with a soft landing in the community”,
said Mark S. Wood, TCPEP Chair. “As opposed to having to scramble to find a place to live, a doctor
coming to our community can settle into a comfortable, ready-to-go space”. Wood added that TCPEP is
happy to be collaborating with the Chamber on this innovative new offering. “It is just another important
piece in our ongoing effort to attract family doctors to our area.”

An estimated 20 per cent of the population of Truro and Colchester is currently not assigned to a Family
Physician.

The Chamber and Partnership have combined funds to invest about $30,000 to support the pilot project
including the lease, insurance, cleaning and other associated costs. The project launches this month with
clients ready to move in on a short-term basis.

The apartment will be available for short-term accommodations for new physicians moving to the area,
those providing locum (temporary coverage for another in the region physician) or residents and medical
students needing accommodation as part of their education such as job shadowing or work terms in the
region.

The Chamber will manage the financial part of the project while the Partnership will co-ordinate with
physicians requiring accommodation support.

“I’m happy to see the Chamber, along with our partner, be a part of an idea and once again turning that
idea into solution-oriented action that will positively benefit our community,” said Mossman.

While the organizations are pleased to offer this support, they also recognize it is a temporary solution.
Wood added that, “while this pilot project is a big step forward in our effort, the important work to close
the physician gap continues”.

We will continue to do and try new things to ensure that doctors know they will be welcomed and valued
in Colchester County”.

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Media Contacts:
Sherry Martell
Executive Director
Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce
902-895-6328

J. David Phillips
CEO
Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity
902-222-8839


Call for Nominations open for Gala & Awards

The call for nominations is now open for the BDC Business Person of the Year Award & the Business Excellence Award. Nominations will be received by the Chamber until April1st, 2022. Awards will be presented at the 2022 Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala & Awards taking place on April 21st at the Best Western Glengarry. The cost is $65 for members and $75 for future members. To reserve your seat, call (902) 895-6328, email [email protected] or visit the Events Calendar.

 

Nomination form for BDC Business Person of the Year Award

Nomination form for the Business Excellence Award


AGM announced for March

Join us as we welcome a new slate of officers, and to learn about Chamber activities.

 

March 9th

AGM at 11 am

Truro Legion - 42 Brunswick St, Truro

 

Luncheon at 12pm

$30 for Members and $35 for Non Members

 

Guest Speaker

Arnold Hagen

Owner of Harris Home Hardware (Truro & Bible Hill) and Truro Mall

Speaking on his Development Projects in the area

 

To register click HERE

 


Download our Health & Wellness Kit for Business today!

Health & Wellness Kit for Business

Health and Wellness programs support employee well-being

Designing and managing an employee wellness program is an important step in improving the health and productivity of employees and potentially improving the overall cost of employer-provided health care.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Truro and Area Community Health Board Wellness Funds program, and several local groups to support the business community in establishing health and wellness programs for their staff.

Within this Workplace Health & Wellness kit, we have provided local and global resources to build a workplace wellness program, a sample plan and activities to inspire you to try new things while also offering challenges with incentives to boost participation.

Download the Health & Wellness Kit for Business HERE

Download the  Health & Wellness Activity Kit HERE