November Quarterly Report

November 28, 2017

Advocacy

The Advocacy committee continues to work on alternative energy solutions and educate ourselves as much as possible. AVCC also took action on the Proposed Changes to Taxation holding two town hall meetings to help our business community understand the proposed changes and what they could mean to their business.

Professional Development

We are coming to the end of our six professional development sessions running in partnership with Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education. This fall we presented Project Management, Growth & Profitability, Online Marketing, Quickbooks and Excel. Stay tuned for planned sessions for the winter and spring of 2018.

Agriculture

Our agriculture committee has been busy getting ready for this past, Agriculture Innovation Accelerator Award Ceremony, over the past many months. We are pleased to be able to include the entire Annapolis Valley and we hope that will help us continue to grow the award. The committee is also working on a follow-up session to last years' Succession Planning session with John Fast.

Tourism

Our tourism committee is currently without a Chair so that role is taken up by our staff. We are at the point of going out for funding once again from our Municipal partners to enable us to market the Valley through television, print, and social media. Also with the funding support of the Valley Regional Enterprise Network, and Annapolis Valley Map was created and printed.

Young Business Leaders

AVCC has created a committee of young entrepreneurs who have taken on the challenge of changing the message when it comes to living and working in the Annapolis Valley. These 20-30 year olds are looking to take that message to high schools, colleges, and universities. These are passionate business owners who have experienced success doing business right here at home in the Annapolis Valley.

Board and Staff

AVCC Board of Directors meets monthly (except for August) on the second Wednesday either at noon or in the evening.
Our board, committees, and staff continue to work diligently to bring programs and presentations that are advantageous to our members.
In September, Executive Director, Judy Rafuse attended the Canadian Chambers Executives of Canada AGM and conference and then was joined by 2nd VP Jessica Clahane for the Canadian Chamber AGM and conference. There was much discussion around proposed tax changes at this event as well as over 60 policies were voted to go on record for the Canadian Chamber to advocate on behalf of all Canadian Businesses. We also received our re-accreditation for our Chamber. AVCC has been an accredited chamber since 2010.
The nominating season is upon us. If you are interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please let us know!