Chamber hosting Spring Ice Breaker at Raging Crow

Join us at our new Spring Ice Breaker social event!

March 26th, 4-6pm. Raging Crow Distillery, North River

To encourage shopping local, we are welcoming members currently offering a Member-to-Member (M2M) discount to bring information or promotional materials about their offers to showcase at this special social event. This will give members a chance to “break the ice” with one-on-one conversations and learn about current offers while having the opportunity to take a break from winter weather and network.

It is also an opportunity for members considering participation in the program to find out more details.
Raging Crow Distillery will be providing samples of their products and light snacks will be provided.

This is a free event open to Members (including all employees) and their friends.

Come break the ice with us to learn more about other businesses in the network that can help you save money and strengthen your local business connections.
RSVP to [email protected] by March 20. M2M participants should let us know in advance if they require table space.

Share Your Bright Idea!

Young entrepreneurs (under age 25) are invited to apply to the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce to showcase their products and services at the WTH Youth Expo, April 27, 2019
Selected applicants will join us at the Chamber's expo booth.
How to apply: Send us a 200-word essay detailing your business. It may be submitted here, emailed to [email protected], dropped off or mailed to 605 Prince St., Truro, NS, B2N 1G2
Deadline: April 5, 2019
Those selected will be contacted by a member of the Chamber's Youth Engagement, Investment and Retention Committee by April 12 to confirm participation.


EBAY / E Commerce skills development program / FREE program



Applications are now open for Retail Revival – a new e-commerce training program by that empowers businesses in Halifax and Nova Scotia to grow.   Retail Revival is eBay’s comprehensive training and support program that empowers “main street” retailers to thrive locally by taking full advantage of the digital marketplace and accessing new customers around the world.


Learn more at and apply by February 22, 2019.


Ideal Retail Revival Sellers: I have attached a description for the ideal companies. A few key points:

  • A businesses desire to grow their e-commerce business is paramount
  • A commitment to spending time (apx 10 hrs/week) on their e-commerce business is what will make a difference for any business (ie: listing new items, taking photos, packing, shipping, responding to inquiries)
  • eBay doesn’t sell food items in Canada

eBays’ Retail Revival Program should be of interest to any SME looking at enhancing or developing their eCommerce platform. The free program is designed to help Nova Scotia retailers, resellers and/or manufacturers.  It’s a 12-month commitment - providing one-on-one support, training, eBay Concierge services, free storefront, etc.  Details attached.

The application deadline is this Friday, Feb 22. The application is quick and easy. If Truro | Colchester businesses need assistance, they can connect directly with Emily Neil at the Halifax Partnership. Her line is 902-223-6821 and email is [email protected]

A taxing issue for Canada

Remember the days where important working files were saved on a floppy disc, not the cloud? Or bills were paid via mail, not just instantly with the touch of a button on your smartphone? Lots has changed in the last few decades, but unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Canadian taxation. The last time Canada undertook a comprehensive review of its tax system, humankind had yet to set foot on the moon.


It has been five decades of the same old and, sure, it is no a secret that nobody likes the tax man, but that does not mean he should be ignored. Canada has a choice, either keep pace with the rapid rate of change or be left behind.


Now more than ever, it is crucial we recognize a modernized tax system can be a key driver of Canada’s business innovation and economic growth. So, what else needs to change? How does it need to change? And most importantly, why is our federal tax system 41st in the world when it comes to the time it takes Canadians to prepare and pay taxes? All of these questions and more are addressed in our latest report, 50 Years of Cutting and Pasting: Modernizing Canada’s Tax System.


You can also read this month’s 5MinsForBusinessTaxRoyalCommission190212  to find out about the benefits of a Royal Commission on taxation. Instead of dreading tax time, it is time we understand why we need to push it directly into the spotlight.

BUSINESS BUILDER BREAKFAST - Finding Your Inner Champion

Join us for a presentation by Robert Shea, Client Consultant for Caliper Canada, on building your staff for success!

Tuesday, December 12th 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Marigold Cultural Centre


To reserve your seat, please call  (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected].


Lunch & Learn with Richard Fewell

Join us Monday, December 4th from 12 - 1 p.m. at the Stewiacke Legion for a Lunch & Learn on buying & selling a business with Richard Fewell, Controller at White LeBlanc Wealth Planners.

To RSVP, please call (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected]

$10 + tax – everyone welcome!

Meet & Greet with Anne MacDonnell

Join us for a meet & greet with Anne on Dec 4th from 1-2 pm at the Stewiacke legion. Refreshments will be provided.

Everyone welcome!


Join us for a business networking breakfast featuring:

Greg Forbes, Chairman of NSCDA

Nick Langley, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness

Darrell Kuhn, President & CEO of Community Credit Union

Andrea Jackson, Community Development Manager for Community Credit Union

Following the presentation, there will be a roundtable discussion on barriers to business growth in local areas.

$10 plus tax – everyone welcome!

RSVP by calling 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]


Chamber hosting Project Management Professional training program

Chamber hosting

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Examination Preparation Program Training

From Sept. 6 to Nov. 8, 2017

Ten weekly sessions: 1 PM to 4:30 PM on Thursdays

If you qualify, the course fee of $5,000 will be covered by Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive Funding (WIPSI) by applying through the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce. Space is limited so apply early.

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is one of the most highly regarded and in-demand certifications today. Many organizations manage their work as projects, and knowing the Project Management Institute's (PMI) proven methodologies is an asset to anyone who manages projects.

To get a PMP certification, you need to meet PMI's experience and educational requirements, and pass an exam geared to project management knowledge. This program prepares you thoroughly for the exam.

The facilitator, Dan Fay, M.Eng., PMP, of BrenDaniel Productions Corp. has assisted thousands of individuals and organizations in getting their PMP certification.


About the Program:

35 hours of education in project management

Project Management Institute (PMI) membership and Nova Scotia Chapter membership

The PMP Certification Examination Application Fee

The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

Audio files for PMP Preparation, from   BrenDaniel's e-learning system

A Workbook

Practice Tests

Guidance on your PMP application

Coffee/tea and snacks during the course


To learn more,

please come to an information session and lunch at the Chamber on July 20, from noon to 1 PM. 

Contact the Chamber office to register:

902-895-6328 or [email protected]


 Why Become a PMP?

* You will produce better business results 

*Studies show PMP's earn higher salaries than non-certified Project Managers 

*You will have the confidence that you are managing your projects according to an international standard 

*You will experience smoother running projects as you will have tools and techniques from project definition, planning, execution, monitoring and control and closing.  

*Your organization will benefit from better communications, leadership and implemented processes.  

Chamber looks forward to working with newly elected MLAs to strengthen economy

News Release

May 31, 2017

Chamber looks forward to working with newly elected MLAs to strengthen economy

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce congratulates the region’s three newly elected MLAs and looks forward to working with them on local issues.

Chamber president Alex Stevenson said the organization will build on established relationships with Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann, Colchester North MLA Karen Casey and Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MLA Larry Harrison. The three incumbents retained their seats following Tuesday’s provincial election, which saw the Liberals return to government for a second consecutive term.

“Constituents in this region had tough choices with many quality candidates in the race for seats,” said Stevenson.

Prior to the election, Nova Scotia chambers reached out to each of the parties to ask what their government would do to create an environment for business to thrive. Responses were shared with the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce membership.

Stevenson said while a majority Liberal government provides an element of confidence and stability to the provincial economy, the Chamber will continue to monitor the progress of the party’s election platform that named creating a competitive tax environment, improving trade-enabling infrastructure, addressing service effectiveness within government, supporting innovations and investing in workforce attraction and retention as key priorities to support business.

The Chamber was also pleased to host a series of debates for the nine candidates running in each of the three local ridings prior to the election that offered them an opportunity to share their party platforms with the public.


The Chamber is looking forward to meeting with each of the newly elected MLAs in the coming weeks.

“Maintaining a respectful relationship with all of our elected officials is important to the Chamber,” Stevenson said. “We will continue to foster an awareness of issues impacting the local economy working together in the best interest of our business community.”

The local chamber represents more than 400 member businesses and has been the principle voice of business in the Colchester region for more than 127 years in matters of economic, social and political importance.