TRURO –The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of its inaugural Start-Up Legacy Award Investing in Entrepreneurs provided in partnership with several of its members.

This new award, designed to offer support to a budding local entrepreneur, will be presented in October during BDC Small Business Week to assist the recipient in taking their venture to the next level.

“Encouraging new business start-ups is important for the future economic prosperity of our region,” said Chamber President Alex Stevenson. “The Start-Up Legacy Award is one example of how the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce is working to support these efforts.

Stevenson said the new award aligns with the organization’s vision, where they see the Colchester business community as collaborative, connected and thriving.

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 and provide it with a one-time $2,500 cash prize as well as in-kind supports, products and services, from our partnering businesses Caldwell Roach Insurance, Burchell MacDougall Lawyers, Colchester Printing, Sid Sells Signs, D & D Bookkeeping, Caliper Canada, CBDC and Hub Now.

The total prize package is valued at about $9,000.

The Chamber is now welcoming submissions for this legacy award. Details and a submission form can be found on the Chamber’s website and Facebook page. Finalists will be selected from submissions received by Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 and will be invited to share their idea with a panel of judges from partnering sponsors in early October.

Legacy award -link

This program is open to an individual or partners with a business idea that needs capital and professional support. To qualify, you must live within Truro or Colchester region and your business must also operate here.

All entrepreneurs must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase and have earned less than $5,000. Your business idea should stand apart from current businesses in the area, giving you a unique edge on the competition.  You must also demonstrate that the funds and support services will have a meaningful impact on business growth and job creation in the local area.

The Chamber is excited to include this new award in its lineup of events during BDC Small Business Week.

The Chamber is now accepting nominations for the following small business awards: New Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Community Credit Union; Small Business Achievement, sponsored by PWC; Export Achievement Award sponsored by NSBI; Small Business Innovation, sponsored by RBC; Excellence in Community Development award sponsored by the Town of Truro; Agriculture/ Agri Small Business Award, sponsored by MNP LLP; and Small Business Growth Award, sponsored by BDC.


“Small business represents 97.9 per cent of all employer businesses in Nova Scotia, therefore hosting the small business awards is very important to the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce,” said the President. “We’re also very honoured to play a role in recognizing small business excellence in our region.”

Award nominations link

A link to the nomination online form is posted on and the Chamber Facebook page.  You may also download a form from those locations or hard copies are available from the chamber office at 605 Prince St. (Marigold Cultural Centre), Truro. Nominations for the Small Business Week Awards will be accepted by the Chamber until Oct. 5/17.


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 our website or our Truro Colchester Chamber Facebook page.