Small Business Week Awards and Criteria

During BDC Small Business Week, The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce will award five outstanding businesses.


Award nominations are currently being accepted in the following categories:


New Small Business of the Year, sponsored by WBLI Chartered Accountants

Criteria: The New Small Business of the Year award recognizes a Truro or Colchester County business person whose dream of opening their own business has earned them the title of “Start-Up Entrepreneur” over the past year. Their business must have shown innovation and they must be offering a product or service that’s unique to Truro and Colchester County.

Small Business Achievement, sponsored by PWC

Criteria: The Small Business Achievement Award recognizes a local entrepreneur who has been in business more than 10 years and demonstrates new product or service achievements, business growth and a commitment to their community.

Export Achievement, sponsored by Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Criteria: The Exporter of the year award will recognize a Truro or Colchester County business that has demonstrated excellence in exporting outside of Nova Scotia, has achieved noticeable growth as a result of entering the global marketplace, and has made a significant contribution to the growth to the local economy.

Small Business Innovation, sponsored by RBC

Criteria: The Small Business Innovation Award will recognize a Truro or Colchester County entrepreneur who has been in business for more than five years, who is continually modifying to demonstrate innovative leadership through the use of technology, development of new or value-added products and services and improved productivity. Those nominated for this innovation award portray community spirit and generosity towards clients past, present and future by consistently supporting community causes and grow employment in the local area.

Excellence in Community Development award sponsored by the Town of Truro.

Criteria: The Excellence in Community Development award will recognize a business, community organization or social enterprise that has made significant and notable contributions to their community (cultural, social, environmental and/or economic) and that serves as a catalyst for positive action, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership.


How to submit a nomination:

Nomination forms are available from the chamber office at 605 Prince St. (Marigold Cultural Centre), Truro; online at and the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Print the form, fill it in, scan/email it using [email protected] or drop it off at the chamber office in a sealed envelope. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 9,15.


When will the awards be presented?

The award luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday, Oct. 21, beginning at noon.
Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., the business development agency for the province of Nova Scotia, will be the special guest speaker at this year’s awards luncheon.

Reserve your seat in advance by calling the chamber office, 902-895-6328,
Cost $25 for chamber members and $35 for future members (tax inc.).