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Dear Valued Chamber Member,


The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce recognizes the deep struggles many traditional businesses have faced during the recent COVID-19 pandemic operating from traditional bricks and mortar locations.


Not only have they faced great challenges in staying connected with customers, many have been impacted by great financial losses. There is an immediate need to assist our small business community in moving into virtual service platforms to carry out E-Commerce. Consumer habits have shifted and the Chamber is working hard to support businesses to be prepared to serve customers in new ways that will increase profitability, raise confidence and help them rebound.


The Chamber is launching a project, supported by ACOA, to assist businesses in supplying existing customers and creating new markets by selling online. Our goal is to support small businesses in using E-commerce to their advantage in a way that fits their business model, as well as support businesses currently engaging in E-Commerce to enhance their services or streamline processes.


We will also be offering educational workshops, both in person and online, on a number of E-commerce related topics.


We look forward to working with you to expand E-commerce offerings in the community.


Sherry Martell
Executive Director
Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce


We're Moving!

We're Moving!

We have some very exciting news to share that we hope will benefit many of our members in the year to come.

After 14 years based at the Marigold Cultural Centre, the Chamber office is on the move!

We will be transitioning to our new location during the month of December. As of January 1, 2021, our new home will be 105 B Walker Street, Truro.

This move will enable us to offer a new opportunity to our entire membership. While the plan to relocate our office has been in the works for more than a year, the need for increased space to support social distancing for staff and patrons during COVID-19 has become a necessity.

One of the most popular requests we received in 2020, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, was from members asking if we could provide a safe space for them to use highspeed internet which they may not be able to access from their businesses or remote work spaces.

Our new location will include a spacious meeting room and private office for the use of our members at no cost (some restrictions apply) through a generous sponsorship of Wilsons Heating.

In January, any member wishing to use the meeting space for business purposes such as staff meetings, training, interviews, etc. can book it by emailing [email protected] (Depending on availability and public safety protocols.)

We look forward to meeting with you at our new location in the New Year!


Take care,

Sherry Martell

Executive Director

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

New Gift Local Newsletter

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all of our business partners to support members by choosing to Gift Local First this year. For the next seven weeks a list of local businesses who sell online will be sent directly to your inbox on Tuesday afternoons. The list will be updated weekly, and is a perfect "one stop shop" to help you find the perfect gifts this holiday season. Listings in this newsletter are a FREE service for members, with additional options at a cost.
For more details on how to have your online store or special offers included in the shop local listing email [email protected]
Newsletter - Dec. 22 Shop LOCAL deals and ideas - CLICK HERE

Happy Halloween from the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

Download your colouring page by clicking here:

Page 1 - witches

Page 2- Cat

Page 3- Cauldron

Page 4 - Pumpkin


Does your business need masks? We've got you covered!

Does your business need masks? We've got you covered!

Come to the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce (605 Prince St, Truro) to pick up a FREE 20 pack of disposable masks! Call 902-895-6328, email [email protected] or message us to make arrangements for pick up. These masks are being made available through the generous support of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Truro, Municipality of the County of Colchester and the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity.

#voiceofbusiness #tcchamber

#CanadaUnited to promote shop local

The #CanadaUnited campaign is a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local.

RBC, ‘Corporate Canada’, Business Associations and Major Media Partners have teamed up to start a movement, Canada United™, where everyday Canadians and large businesses come together in support of small and local businesses. The movement will start with a #CanadaUnited campaign where Canadians are asked to complete ‘micro-actions’ (likes, views, etc.) in support of small and local businesses on social media. In short, Canada United encourages action from everyday Canadians and Corporate Canada and kickstarts the recovery of local economies and small businesses.

Learn more at

Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC. Funds can be used for PPE, renovations, or e-commerce capabilities.

To determine if you’re eligible to apply for a relief grant or learn more about this program, visit

Conditions apply.

Free Re-open kits for business

May 29, 2020
News release
Local support offered as more businesses set to reopen

May 29, 2020

News release

Local support offered as more businesses set to reopen

TRURO – Two local organizations are teaming up to provide support for businesses preparing to reopen or expand services, supported by municipalities and other partners.

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Truro Partnership (DTP)  are preparing packages free of charge for businesses in Truro and Colchester that will include front of store signage, a physical distancing floor decal, resources to find appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) encouraging support of local providers and resources and tips for developing COVID-19 Workplace Prevention Plans.

“The province has been clear with its message that businesses need to have a plan in place to demonstrate safe operation of their locations to customers,” said Sherry Martell, Chamber Executive Director. “As businesses in Truro, and throughout Colchester County, get ready to reopen and expand operations, we want to support them to ensure customers see consistent safety messages to reduce fear while boosting confidence that it is safe to come out and support our local economy,”

The Chamber and Partnership combined resources to organize the business reopen packages, which are also financially supported by the Town of Truro, The Municipality of the County of Colchester, Village of Bible Hill and Town of Stewiacke.

“We hope that these reopening packages ease a little bit of stress for business owners as they prepare to reopen their doors. We are doing our best to listen to businesses and support their needs as we all transition into the next phase.” said Jenn Mantin, Downtown Truro Partnership Executive Director. “The next steps will be ensuring that there is consistent messaging so customers feel safe and also understand the importance of supporting local at this time.”

The Partnership and Chamber hosted a series of three information sessions to help businesses prepare for reopening following a more than 70 day-long State of Emergency order in the province of Nova Scotia. The province announced on Wednesday that many businesses previously mandated to close could reopen as of June 5 if they have a Workplace Prevention Plan in place.

“The Chamber and Partnership want businesses to know we are here to help them during these challenging times that are overwhelming for so many people,” said Martell. “Our organizations offer support in a variety of ways and connect businesses with the resources they need to comply with new guidelines for operating with the increased risk of COVID-19 in our workplaces.”

The partners anticipate packages will be ready for distribution to businesses during the first week of June. More details on how to receive packages will be available on the Chamber and Partnership’s websites and social media channels. Businesses that would like to be added to a distribution list to receive a package are asked to email [email protected] or [email protected] .

For more information on this project visit or .


Media Contact:

Sherry Martell

Executive Director

Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce


[email protected]


Jenn Mantin

Executive Director

Downtown Truro Partnership

(902) 223-6768

[email protected]



Information for business on COVID-19

Click this link for more information about COVID-19 information for business



Please remember that up to date information regarding COVID-19 can also be found from the Nova Scotia Government at



Chamber calls for an immediate end to rail disruption

News Release

February 19, 2020

Chamber calling for an immediate end to rail disruption

TRURO – Jobs are being put at risk as the supply chain to manufacturers and other businesses in this region is strongly affected by the disruption of rail service.

“We have the highest number of manufacturers per capita in the province operating in Colchester County and those businesses employ hundreds of people in this area,” said Ron Smith, President of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce. “It is absolutely vital that businesses depending on rail service to deliver raw materials to them for manufacturing can receive those shipments, along with being able to send finished products to reach their destined markets.”

The Chamber has heard from several members impacted by the rail disruption and is encouraging others to reach out to them by email [email protected]. They are also joining chambers from across the Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to call for an immediate resolution to the issue.

“Along with the economic implications for our manufacturers, we know many local businesses are reliant on propane for their operations, from heat to food preparation,” said Smith. “This disruption will have wide-sweeping impacts on businesses here, now and into the future, as contracts are broken because supply demands cannot be met. It also puts the safety and security of our residents and institutions at risk.”

From grocery and retail stores, to vehicle dealerships, construction and manufacturers, members are sharing the many ways the disruption of service is impacting business in Truro and Colchester, an area already feeling the economic impact of the closure of Northern Pulp. Many are facing challenges as they attempt to seek alternate means of delivery. Rationing of basic daily consumables has already begun and material shortages are imminent.

Smith is deeply concerned about the safety of all people as the disruption continues.

“This isn’t just a business issue, this is a national emergency impacting all people, families and children,” he said. “It’s about providing the necessities of life to people and ensuring the safe operation of our institutions.”

The local Chamber supports the statement issued by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce regarding ongoing rail service disruptions:
“From propane to grain and food and consumer items, Canada’s supply chains are being severely damaged by the continuing interruptions to Canada’s rail services by protestors.
The rail system affects the entire Canadian economy and Canadians everywhere, including people trying to get to and from work. They must be allowed to continue to serve the thousands of businesses that depend on them.”

Smith is calling on all parties involved, including all levels of government, law enforcement, business and protesters to work together to bring an immediate end to the blockades and to restore all rail service.

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of business in this region for 130 years. It represents more than 475 member businesses and advocates on their behalf at all levels of government on issues of political, economic and social importance. For more information, visit



Media Contact

Sherry Martell

Executive Director

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce


[email protected]

Join us for lunch with CEO of Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Join us for our Annual General Meeting followed by a lunch with guest speaker Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

March 11th
Holiday Inn Truro
11 am with lunch to follow
Meeting is free of charge
Lunch: $25+tax for members or $35+tax for future members

Register at (902) 895 - 6328, [email protected] or at