Live for Local Rally begins!

The Live for Local Rally is a contest aimed at promoting shopping local. Upload a receipt from any business in Colchester County to earn an entry for our amazing prize giveaways. If you upload a receipt from one of our "Participating Businesses" you will receive two entries. Keep an eye out on our social media and our website for other fun and creative ways to enter to win!

Click here to enter!


Women in Business Breakfast - Oct. 20

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SEAT

The Chamber will  be hosting a Women in Business Breakfast on Oct. 20 at the Inn on Prince. There will only be 50 seats available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  This year’s special guest speaker will be Cynthia Kennedy, Axe to Grind foods founder and national champion axe thrower.  h


Fall Celebration - Live for Local Kick off

Small Business Week 2021 will kick off on Oct. 18 with an event marking the Live for Local Rally launch, a regional contest designed to encourage local spending by offering prizes and incentives. The contest will be held from October to the end of December. The kick-off will be a social night featuring a taste of local experience with the Kilted Chef Alain Bossé at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

The cost is $40 per seat or a table of 6 for $200 plus HST

CLICK HERE TO BOOK SEATS

NOTICE:
The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has implemented an Events Vaccination Policy.
Attendees at Chamber events must attest that they have received two doses of a Health Canada - approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to the event (or have a written medical exemption). If one person is purchasing tickets for other individuals in their party, they must attest that each individual has received two doses of a Health Canada - approved vaccine at least 14
days prior to the event (or have a written medical exemption).
By authorizing this purchase you are conforming you meet the requirements of this policy. Public Health will require that vaccine passports be checked prior to entry to the event. Tickets are non refundable after October 13th.

Nominations open for Chamber Small Business Awards

Award Applications

TRURO

Click here to submit a nomination on the online form

Click here to download a PDF form and email it to [email protected]    SBW award nomination form 2021

Click here to fill out the online application for a Rising Star Start-up Award

Click here to download a PDF of the form and email to [email protected] SBW Rising Star Award

Sept. 29, 2021

NEWS RELEASE

Chamber to present 2021 Small Business Week Awards

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to celebrate the many outstanding businesses in this region in October with business-focused activities and award presentations.

Nominations are now open for the prestigious awards, paused in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, and will be presented to recipients at a luncheon on Oct. 21 in Truro.

“Thank you to all businesses in Colchester County for your perseverance during these tough times.  We are so fortunate and looking forward to being in person for our Small Business Week. Through these awards, recognizing the outstanding work being done to help grow our local economy,” said Chamber President Matthew Mossman.

“The tradition of these awards dates back many years. We felt it was so important to try and bring back everyone together in 2021, following public health guidelines, so we can celebrate the accomplishments of many in our business community.”

This year a new award is being added to the line up, the Newcomer Small Business Award, sponsored by the Truro-Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity (TCPEP) – Northern Connector Program.

“The Truro Colchester region has, over the last number of years, become a modern, vibrant community,” said David Phillips, Acting CEO/Business Development Officer of TCPEP. “And this is largely the result of new people coming with new ideas and new businesses. It just made sense to us to recognize the incredible contribution of new business leaders in our community.”

Along with the new Newcomer Business of the Year Award, the Chamber is now accepting nominations for the following small business awards: New Small Business of the Year, Small Business Achievement, Small Business Innovation, Excellence in Community Development Award, Agriculture/Agri Small Business Award, Small Business Growth Award, and Export Achievement Award. The awards are sponsored by Community Credit Union, Grant Thornton, RBC, Town of Truro, BDC and MNP LLP, respectively.

Along with these awards, the Chamber will also present its Fourth Annual Rising Star Start-Up Award -Investing in Entrepreneurs, provided in partnership with several of its members. The award includes a combination of $2,500, expertise in key business development areas, and products and services.

The award is designed to offer support to a budding local entrepreneur. Professional mentorship offered as part of the award is key in helping a new business build a strong foundation for success in the future.

A viable start-up located within Truro and Colchester region, a business that is just beginning to develop, will be identified through a submission selection process.

Details and criteria can be found on the Chamber’s website www.trurocolchesterchamber.com. The Chamber will accept nominations for the Small Business Week Awards until Oct. 8th, 2021.

The Awards Luncheon will take place on Oct. 21, at noon at the Inn on Prince. The cost per person is $30 plus HST for members and $40 plus HST for non-members.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SEAT

The Chamber will also be hosting a Women in Business Breakfast on Oct. 20 at the Inn on Prince. There will only be 50 seats available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  This year’s special guest speaker will be Cynthia Kennedy, Axe to Grind foods founder and national champion axe thrower.  To book your seat, visit www.trurocolchesterchamber.com and visit the events calendar.

Small Business Week 2021 will kick off on Oct. 18 with an event marking the Live for Local Rally launch, a regional contest designed to encourage local spending by offering prizes and incentives. The contest will be held from October to the end of December. The kick-off will be a social night featuring a taste of local experience with the Kilted Chef Alain Bossé at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. For more details about the contest or event, visit our website.

Chamber events are open to members and future members.  Join them in supporting the local business community. For more information about Chamber activities and events, visit www.trurocolchesterchamber.com or Truro Colchester Chamber Facebook page.


Chamber one-on-one interviews with 41st Election Candidates

The Chamber recorded one-on-one interviews with some candidates from Colchester North, Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley and Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River.
Note* - Candidates from the four recognized parties in all three ridings were contacted by the Chamber welcoming participation in these interviews.
Sponsored by Nova Scotia Association of Realtors.
Listen to them today:
Colchester North
Sean Foley - NDP (Colchester North) Click Here
Tom Taggart - PC (Colchester North) Click Here
Merlyn Smith - Liberal (Colchester North) Click Here
Ivan Drouin, Green Party  ( Colchester North) - Did not participate
Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River
Dave Ritcey - PC (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Shaun Trainor - Green (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Tamara Powell - Liberal (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Darlene DeAdder - NDP (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
Rhonda MacLellan - Liberal (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) Click Here
Janet Moulton - NDP (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) Click Here
Larry Harrison - PC ( Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) - Did not participate

Chamber launches E-commerce 2.0

APPLICATION

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 extending  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.

APPLY NOW

Eligibility Criteria for applicants:

  • Operating for more than 12 months
  • Registered with the Registry of Joint Stocks or comparable federal body
  • Has not already received direct financial support from the Chamber's E-commerce project from June 2020-March 2021 to set up online sales.

Eligible Expenses

  • Training and coaching related to the operation of the selected online platform.
  • Professional services to assist with the set up of an online platform to allow for sales to customers.
  • Enhancements of existing websites, i.e. support to add widgets or plug ins as outlined in the Needs Assessment along with an explanation on how they would enhance online platforms

The program can provide a reimbursement of up to 100 per cent of the eligible costs (pre HST) up to a maximum amount per business. This amount is based on the results of the applicant’s Needs Assessment completed by one of the four Chamber-recommended E-Commerce and marketing professionals as assigned by the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce project manager.

The Chamber is not responsible for covering the cost of registration for online shopping platforms, ongoing costs related to specific platforms or the volume of sales generated. The Chamber is also not responsible for covering the cost of on-going training, maintenance, equipment or software, or any changes requested that differ from the original submitted assessment for consideration if they are a greater cost than the estimate

Project funding and payments are limited to the funds available in the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce E-Commerce project budget.

This funding is not guaranteed. Any applicant commencing a project prior to approval does so at their own risk.


FREE Rapid COVID-19 testing available for business

Sign up Today for FREE Workplace Rapid Screening
The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to offer FREE rapid COVID-19 testing for business. This simplified program is easy to navigate and report test results. For more information on the program contact the chamber office, 902-895-6328 or email Executive Director Sherry Martell, [email protected]
Businesses that have previously registered for the Rapid Workplace Testing program are encouraged to reach out to the Chamber to learn about the simplified, newly implemented process.
Businesses participating with receive a decal to display at their place of business and letter of recognition from the Province. Creating visible symbols of the prevalence of testing throughout the Nova Scotian community will aid in building consumer confidence.

Patio Lanterns Live Music Funding Program is open

Patio Lanterns Live Music Funding Program

Calling all restaurants and bars to be part of this exciting province wide event. The Patio Lanterns Live Music Funding Program is a program for venues to apply for financial support for booking live music programming and activations throughout the summer and fall of 2021 as part of the Patio Lanterns Festival. Have some fun with this and offer specials drinks, menus, etc.

The Patio Lanterns Festival kicks off July 14 and is ongoing until October 11. Please read on for more information and how you can get involved.

The goal of the event is to have funded performers at existing bars and restaurant patios across the province and The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with  DEANS in helping distribute the funding in our region.

You don’t have to have a patio to participate, indoor performances may be included as well. There will be a maximum of 5 funded acts per venue and venues will receive a promotion kit to help promote the overall festival.

Please note, not all applicants will receive funding.  All live shows will be listed on the patio lanterns website and will be promoted on the site as well.

For eligibility and criteria and to apply click here.

For information on the festival and FAQ click on this link

https://discoverhalifaxns.com/patio-lanterns-business-information/faq

Application Deadline. All applications must be submitted by

Friday, July 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm ADT.

Successful applicants will be informed as quickly as possible following the submission deadline.

 

Patio Lanterns Live Music Funding Program | Coastal Nova Scotia


Chamber Biannual Newsletter

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce have release there biannual Newsletter.

Topics covered:

  • E-commerce 2.0 Project
  • President's Message
  • Advocacy
  • Project Promotions
  • Virtual Gala & Awards
  • Events

View the newsletter here.


NS government releases reopening plan

Phase 1
Begins June 2, 2021 | Target: 50% of population one dose coverage
We are entering this phase because COVID-19 cases and hospitalization
numbers continue to decrease.
Testing Continues
• Informal gathering limit outdoors is consistent social group of 10, household only
indoors.
• Initiate passenger testing at Stanfield International Airport.
• Outdoor patios open with 2 metres between tables and a maximum of 10 people
(close social bubble) per table. Masks required except when eating and drinking.
• Travel permitted between communities in Nova Scotia – except HRM and CBRM.
• Public and private schools open following Back to School Plan. Schools in HRM
(and surrounding communities) and Sydney and Riverview families of schools will
remain in at-home learning for now.
• All retail businesses open at 25% with public health measures like distancing
and masks.
• Outdoor patios open with 2 metres between tables and a maximum of 10 people per
table. Masks required except when eating and drinking.
• Outdoor faith services can have 10 people or drive-in services (no indoor services).
• Weddings and funerals can have 5 people indoors or 10 outdoors, plus officiants
(no receptions).
• Professional artists, musicians, dancers and actors can rehearse with 15 people
without distancing or masks indoors. Amateurs can rehearse in groups of 10 people
without distancing or masks outdoors. No in-person performances.
• Sports practices can have groups of 10 people without distancing or masks
outdoors (no games).
• Gyms, fitness, and sport and recreation facilities can have outdoor programs with
groups of 10 people and one-on-one personal training indoors.
• Personal services open by appointment only (no services that require a client’s
mask to be off).
• Open provincial park campgrounds.
• Private campgrounds can operate following sector plan
(distance between campsites)
• Family visits outdoors with fully vaccinated long-term care residents.

 

Download info graphic HERE

Reopening Safely - Infographic WEB- 1