Lunch and learn to showcase business-university partnership success

BIBLE HILL – Innovative thinking and a spirit of entrepreneurship can take your business to places you’ve never thought possible.

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture on May 5 to host an inspirational event “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” The event will showcase support programs for local business, is open to everyone at no cost and lunch is provided.

Dr. Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University, will be the guest speaker at the event. There will also be presentations about the successful partnership between the Chamber and Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business (RSB) and the university’s Cultiv8 program encouraging students to grow their own businesses.

“We are fortunate to have the resources and expertise of Dalhousie University in our community,” said Chamber President Andrew Lake.  “The partnership between the business community and Dalhousie has helped many businesses overcome challenges, freeing up time for entrepreneurs to focus on other aspects of their business.

“The school’s Cultiv8 program is further inspiring young entrepreneurs; stimulating potential business opportunities and exposing students to entrepreneurism.”

During the past year, local Chamber members worked with Dalhousie Commerce students on eight-month long projects through the RSB Connects program to aid in business growth, strategic planning or new product and service development at little to no cost.  Along with assisting businesses in realizing potential avenues for growth and opportunities to streamline efficiencies, these projects gave students real-world, hands-on learning experience.

“The One Nova Scotia Report, appropriately called Now or Never, clearly challenges us all to explore ways to make our province more attractive for entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Dr. David Gray, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie Agricultural Campus.

“Dalhousie University is a leader in integrating entrepreneurship and innovation into its curriculum and The Faculty of Agricultures’ Sandbox, Cultiv8, is a prime example of this.”

He added that working in partnership with the local business community, the university is able to offer students a fantastic learning experience, helping them gain skills that will make them competitive in today’s industry while benefiting the community, region, province and local economy.

The University will also share details about a new Bachelor of Technology in Small Business Management, two-year, post-diploma program it is launching, specifically envisioned for those who wish to become business owners and managers.

This event will be held on May 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dal AC campus, Jenkins Hall, Riverview Room. While lunch is provided free of charge, advance registration is required by April 29. RSVP to [email protected] or call 902-895-6328.