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Chamber of Commerce to recognize outstanding businesses at awards luncheon

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce will honour five local enterprises during its Small Business Week awards luncheon in October.

To highlight the importance of small business, the chamber is hosting several events in Truro and the surrounding area from Oct. 20 to 23, bringing the business community together to share achievements, network and showcase information and supports for local entrepreneurs.

“Small businesses contribute immensely to the economy and social fabric of the communities they operate in,” said chamber president Andrew Lake.  “Small Business Week celebrates those businesses that excel in the delivery of their products and service.”


Lake is pleased to announce Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., the business development agency for the province of Nova Scotia, will be the special guest speaker at this year’s awards luncheon.  Broten is a former Bay Street lawyer, Ontario Cabinet Minister, public policy expert, advocate and mother of twin boys, Zachary and Ryan.

She earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University, followed by a juris doctorate from the University of Western Ontario. Upon graduation, Broten was selected as a law clerk to Madam Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has extensive experience in cluster economic development and job creation with positive impact on creative industries, food processing as well as the green energy and clean tech sectors.


Award nominations are currently being accepted in the following categories:  New Small Business of the Year, sponsored by WBLI Chartered Accountants; Small Business Achievement, sponsored by PWC; Export Achievement, sponsored by Nova Scotia Business Inc.; Small Business Innovation, sponsored by RBC; and new this year is the Excellence in Community Development award sponsored by the Town of Truro.

Nomination forms are available from the chamber office at 605 Prince St. (Marigold Cultural Centre), Truro; online at and the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.


Click here to view nomination forms:

New Small Business of the year

Small Business Achievement

Export award

Business Innovation

Excellence in Community Development

Print the form, fill it in, scan/email it using [email protected] or drop it off at the chamber office in a sealed envelope. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 9.

The award luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday, Oct. 21, beginning at noon. Reserve your seat in advance by calling the chamber office, 902-895-6328; tickets cost $25 for chamber members and $35 for future members (tax inc.).

Watch the chamber website and Facebook page for a schedule of chamber-hosted events and details on other small business week events in the area.


Small business week events hosted by the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce:


Oct. 20 – Young Entrepreneur showcase. This event is designed to foster entrepreneurial spirit in youth, while connecting them to resources in the community. This event will be held at the Marigold Cultural Centre, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by BDC.


Oct. 21-Small Business Week awards luncheon, Holiday Inn, 12 p.m., featuring Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. Tickets cost $25 for chamber members and $35 for future members (including tax).


Oct. 22– Women in business breakfast. This free event will provide an opportunity for women business owners to network and learn about important resources in the community to build their business. Guest speaker will be Tanya Priske of the Centre for Women in Business. This event is sponsored by BDC.


Oct. 23– Social Media 101 and Q and A, lunch and learn with Michelle McCann of Bold and Italic Social Communications at Nook and Cranny, Prince Street. Cost is $8 per person, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. This event is sponsored by Elegant Steps.


Watch the chamber website and facebook page for updates, or call 902-895-6328.




Watch the chamber website and facebook page for updates, or call 902-895-6328.