Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 gala award finalists

News release

April 10, 2019

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 gala award finalists

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2019 gala award finalists.

Kohltech, Windows and Entrance Systems, has been selected as the recipient of the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award and Ron Meech of Meech Holdings Ltd., has been selected as the BDC Business Person of the Year.

“Kohltech Windows and Entrance Systems and Ron Meech have contributed greatly to the local economy and are leaders in the business community,” said Chamber President Ron Smith. “We are pleased to recognize these two outstanding businesses and we invite the business community to join us in honouring their contributions.

“It was a difficult decision for the judging committee to select the 2019 award recipients given the high-quality nominations received. It was an honour to have an opportunity to review the nominations which highlight amazing things that are being driven by business in the area.”

The awards will be presented on April 25 during the Chamber’s 129th annual gala dinner celebration at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is invited to celebrate the accomplishments of local business at the Chamber’s gala, which is open to members and future members. Tickets cost $50 plus tax for members and $60 plus tax for future members. To reserve seats by April 17, call the Chamber office at 902-895-6328, or  email [email protected].

The Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award recognizes leadership achieving demonstrated growth in sales, workforce investment, community involvement, support of the local business community, innovation and job creation.

The BDC Business Person of the Year Award acknowledges a founder, owner, CEO, president or manager who has achieved significant success showing strong leadership skills contributing to the growth of the business.

Nominations for the Chamber awards were open to all businesses in Truro and Colchester County.

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Media Contact:

Sherry Martell

Executive Director

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

902-895-6328

[email protected]

 


2018 Small Business Awards

Oct. 12, 2018

For immediate Release

Outstanding local businesses to be honoured with 2018 Small Business Awards

TRURO - The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s Small Business Week award recipients.

“The Chamber received more than 30 nominations from the community to recognize the many small businesses in this region deserving of an award,” said Chamber President Joanne McRae.  “These were quality nominations and the vetting committee deliberated each one at length. We congratulate all our nominees wishing them great success in the future.”

McRae said Business Growth was one of the seven categories that stood out for receiving the greatest number of nominations.

“We are so pleased to see businesses in Colchester and Truro area thriving and growing,” said the president. “The jobs they create have a tremendous impact on the overall economic growth of our region.”

The award recipients of 2018 are: New Small Business of the Year, Levels Game Loft; Small Business Achievement, Blenkhorn Auto Recyclers Ltd.; Small Business Innovation,  Ditch Doctor Atlantic Ltd; Export Achievement,  PURE Paint Laboratories; Excellence in Community Development, Aggregate Equipment Atlantic Ltd;  Small Business Growth, Coldstream Clear Distillery; and Agriculture/Agri-Small Business, Searle's Gardens and Florals.  The seven awards are sponsored by Community Credit Union, PWC, RBC, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Town of Truro, BDC and MNP LLP, respectively.

Recipients will be honoured at this year’s Small Business Week Award Luncheon, Oct. 18, 12 p.m., at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre. All nominees will receive recognition for their contributions to the local economy during the luncheon. Guest speaker will be Sandra Quesnel, program manager for the Yarmouth Association for Community Residential Options. Mitchell Johnston, owner of 360 Bin Cleaning and the 2017 Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce Start-up Legacy Award, will also be speaking about the growth of his business in the past year.

The chamber will also present its second annual Legacy Start-Up Award at the luncheon. The award includes a $2,500 cash prize along with more than 20 hours of mentorship from member award partners. This year’s award partners are: Alliance HR Consulting Services, Atkinson Accounting Ltd., Burchell MacDougall Lawyers LLP, Caldwell Roach Insurance, CBDC-NoBL, Colchester Printing Company Inc., Hub Now, White Leblanc Wealth Planners.

To reserve seats at the luncheon, contact the Chamber of Commerce office by calling 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]. Seats cost $25 for chamber members and $30 for future members (plus tax).

The Chamber will be hosting Small Business Week activities from Oct. 15 to 19.

Watch the chamber website www.trurocolchesterchamber.com and Facebook page for a schedule of chamber-hosted events and details on other Small Business Week events in the area.


Chamber Hosting Roundtable on Federal Agriculture Policy

Chamber Hosting Roundtable on Federal Agriculture Policy

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a roundtable this month seeking input on agriculture related issues.

The roundtable will be held on Aug. 29 at the Marigold Cultural Centre at 10 a.m.

Foothills MP John Barlow, Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food (Associate) and member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food., and Bow River MP Martin Shield will be in attendance.

Barlow and Shield are touring the Cumberland-Colchester region to meet with local stakeholders to discuss federal agriculture policy, such as its effectiveness, issues that are faced by industry and how it could be improved.

Pre-registration is required to attend this session, email [email protected] or call 902-895-6328.


Fall Flavours Festival

Join us as we celebrate Fall with our Annual Fall Flavours Festival on September 26th.
From 6-9pm at the Truro Farmers Market we will celebrate local with over 12 chefs using as many local ingredients to create delicious appetizers, main courses, and desserts for our guests to sample. We will also have local beer, wine, and spirit samples as well as live music, cash bar, and LOTS of prizes! Guests will vote on their favourite dishes from each category and our top chefs will receive a prize. We will also be featuring a Guest Chef!

Tickets are limited. Please call Amanda at (902)895-6328, or email [email protected] to reserve yours


Reachability

Opening Doors for Everyone

reachAbility Association and The Truro and District Chamber of Commerce is extremely enthusiastic to be presenting:

Opening Doors for Everyone (ODE)

Under the direction of The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, reachAbility is introducing you to this ground-breaking program for your small-medium business!

ODE will cover the following topics, ensuring attendees leave with a comprehensive tool kit of resources available while providing straight forward answers to your inclusion questions and addressing your business needs.

  • Facts, Flags, and Forward Thinking
  • Disability Awareness in Practice
  • Accessing available grants and partners
  • Next Steps!

Beyond the free training component, ODE is also dedicated to creating a sustainable resource toolkit that will support participating businesses in learning about and accessing; available grants, local community agencies with whom they can partner, opportunities to be part of the disability community across Nova Scotia and most importantly encourage hiring of persons with disabilities, which, studies show, will improve overall customer satisfaction and loyalty as well as customer base.

reachAbility is a Halifax based, grassroots, non-profit organization; specializing in equalizing the playing field for persons facing barriers. Through self-management and employment services, reachAbility provides individuals from diverse backgrounds the opportunities needed to reach their full potential. In addition to the many programs and services offered throughout the community, reachAbility has been a leader, across Canada, for almost 20 years in providing businesses a variety of training opportunities to diversify their workplace and increase disability and diversity education.

ODE is the natural evolution of this work; a program dedicated to ensuring the right accessibility information is made readily accessible to businesses across Nova Scotia.

Join us May 24th at 1pm or May 25th at 9am at The Holiday Inn Truro, Aspen Room for this innovated and informative 2.5-hour workshop!

To reserve you seat, please email [email protected] with your date preference!

Full details available on at reachAbility's website


boys and girls club

Boys & Girls Club seeking board members

The Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester is currently seeking new board members with a need for individuals with a marketing or financial background.

The Boys and Girls Club provides programming in education, leadership, physical activity and nutrition that helps children and youth develop the skills they need to succeed. Volunteering as board member is an excellent way to contribute to the lives of the youth in our community. The time commitment is minimal: averaging only an hour a month.

For more information, please visit our website at www.bgctruro.ca.

Interested individuals can also contact the Club at 902-895-5008 or by email at [email protected].


Award Finalists

2018 Gala Award Finalists Announced

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce announces 2018 gala award finalists

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2018 gala award finalists.

Inglis Jewellers, owned by Paul Clark, has been selected as the recipient of the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award and Leo Rovers, owner of L & R Construction in Stewiacke, been selected as the BDC Business Person of the Year.

“Inglis Jewellers and Leo Rovers have contributed greatly to the local economy and are leaders in the business community,” said Chamber President Joanne McRae. “We are pleased to recognize these two outstanding businesses while acknowledging Rover’s work restoring an architectural gem in downtown Truro and Clark’s dedication to expanding and growing his business during the past 27 years.”

The awards will be presented on April 12 during the Chamber’s 128th annual gala dinner celebration at the Best Western Glengarry. To reserve your seat, please call the Chamber office at 902-895-6328, or email [email protected]


The Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award recognizes leadership achieving demonstrated growth in sales, workforce investment, community involvement, support of the local business community, innovation and job creation.


The BDC Business Person of the Year Award acknowledges a founder, owner, CEO, president or manager who has achieved significant success showing strong leadership skills contributing to the growth of the business.


Nominations for the Chamber awards were open to all businesses in Truro and Colchester County.


Everyone is invited to celebrate the accomplishments of local business at the Chamber’s 128th Annual Awards & Dinner Gala, which is open to members and future members. Tickets cost $50 plus tax for members and $55 plus tax for future members.


Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol Live!

Paw Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure" is coming to Truro!

 

You are invited to get your tickets today, BEFORE they go on sale to the public. Just use the presale password VMAIL to purchase your tickets here by Thursday April 5th!

 

Show Info: 
Rath Eastlink Community Centre, November 10, 2018
Ticket prices start at $22.00 plus ticket fees
*Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices subject to change at any time.Be a V.I.P. - Very Important Pup!
The V.I.P. package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a V.I.P. ticket.


Strategic Plan Session

TCPEP Strategic Plan Session Invites

Strategic Plan Session

 

 

March 29, 2018

Dear Community Partner,

The Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity (TCPEP) is a new organization dedicated to increasing business opportunities, attracting talent and increasing investment in the Colchester region.

We are reaching out to the community to seek assistance and input with the creation of our Regional Economic Development Strategy. The Partnership has engaged Frank Gallant with Peak Experiences Consulting to facilitate our strategic planning process, and we are asking you, a valued community stakeholder, to provide input into the plan’s development.

There are two key ways you can provide input:
• Provide input online via the Peak Experience portal
• Attend one of our upcoming focus group meetings

Details on the online portal and information about the focus group meeting are listed below.

We look forward to hearing about your ideas and inspirations. If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss aspects of this process with us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Sincerely,
Brennan Gillis Frank Gallant, President
Truro & Colchester Partnership Peak Experiences Consulting
Tel: 902.890.3120 Tel: 902.499.7585
Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]
Web: www.tcpep.ca Web: www.peak.ca

The Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity is supported by:

Our Mission -- To guide and navigate economic development in the Colchester region, supporting business growth in communities.
Our Mandate - The Truro & Colchester Partnership is mandated to oversee the development and implementation of a regional economic development strategy. The strategy should consider assets, the business community, sector strengths, and regional challenges and opportunities. The strategy should align with local business priorities and provincial priorities to maximize our region’s ability to leverage of programs, policies and services. The strategy will outline the results the TCPEP will achieve over a three-year period.

Get Involved!

1. Online Portal
Provide your input to our Strategic Planning process by visiting www.tcpep.ca/strategic-plan. You’ll be taken to the Peak Experience portal and asked for a password. Use Partnership1 (please use capital “P” and the rest of the letters are lowercase). Please enter your name, organization, email address, age category and complete our six questions.

2. Focus Group Meetings
Attend one of our Community Stakeholder Engagement Sessions planned during early April mid-May 2018. Some of the focus groups have themes.
Meeting 1: April 12, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme: Education & Entrepreneurship
Location: Dalhousie University, Bible Hill – Jenkins Hall
Meeting 2: April 17, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme: Business, Industrial Parks & Developers
Location: Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert - Hudson Room
Meeting 3: April 19, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme: Colchester Promotion & People Attraction
Location: Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC)
Meeting 4: April 24, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme Regional – West Colchester
Location Victoria Hall, Bass River
Meeting 5: April 26, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Regional – Millbrook
Location: Millbrook Community Centre
Meeting 6: May 01, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Regional East Colchester / Stewiacke
Location: Stewiacke Legion, Stewiacke
Meeting 7: May 03, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Youth & Community Groups
Location: Truro Fire Hall, Truro
Meeting 8: May 09, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Regional Session – North Colchester
Location: Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche

 

Interested stakeholders do not need to RSVP, but doing so will help us plan for attendance

If you plan to attend a session, please send an email to [email protected]


Atlantic Chamber of Commerce municipal

Municipal Charter Amendments

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Charter Amendments

Dear Members,

The Nova Scotia members of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce have expressed their objection to the piecemeal and negative approach proposed by the provincial government in granting economic development powers to a single municipal entity.

The attached letter sent the Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs outlines the chambers’ concerns that such an approach will instigate a situation where municipalities across the province vie for competitive advantage by according targeted tax breaks and short-term business subsidies.

Our members reject this uncoordinated approach to reforming municipal governance and submit that a province-wide modernization of the act will provide a more effective and positive solution to sustaining municipalities.

For more information:
Sheri Somerville
CEO Atlantic Chamber of Commerce