September 28, 2017
Since May, your Chamber has been very busy.
We were pleased to have Eden Hayes join us as our Summer Student. Eden worked on updating information on our website and was a great help packing our office to ready for our recent move.
On September 1st, we moved into our new office space at 10 Webster Street, Kentville, Suite 210. Thank you to our New Home Committee, Loretta Kalkman, Dave Ritcey, Darryl Pike and Judy Rafuse for their work in finding the space, overseeing the renovations and making sure we had all that was needed. We now have a space that can accommodate our board meetings and our Professional Development sessions.
We hosted our annual Breakfast with Brison in July with a great audience to hear news from Parliament Hill.
Our China Trip closed on July 15th with a total of 63 passengers leaving October 22nd for 12 days in China. Most are now in the process of applying for their Chinese Visas. No simple task.
Tourism Marketing continues through television, radio, and print with a plan to look at a winter print campaign and an early spring campaign to boost our shoulder seasons. In August, we received our brand new Annapolis Valley Region map, created with the funding from the Valley REN. This is a two-sided, very professional map and we're very proud of it.
We have been busy preparing for fall Professional Development sessions. We currently have 6 programs either started or to start next week. We will be meeting soon to discuss our upcoming winter programs and welcome suggestions.
On September 21st, we hosted a Town Hall meeting on the proposed changes to the taxation of small business. Where we had an expert panel on hand to answer questions and clarify how these proposed changes will affect business. A crowd of more than 150 business owners attended. MPs Colin Fraser and Scott Brison were invited but both send their regrets.
This past weekend Judy and 2nd Vice President, Jessica Clahane attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Conference in Fredericton, NB. The weekend was full of 'tax talk' with a presentation from Finance Minister Bill Morneau. As business folks, we are still encouraged to write to your MP's with your personal experience. Will it help? We sure hope so. The Canadian Chamber is certainly pressing the issue hard on our behalf.
Applications are now open for our Agriculture Innovation Accelerator Award with a deadline of October 27th. To date, we have awarded over $130,000 of cash and in-kind services. On November 28th we will present the award. Stay tuned for more details.
Young Business Leaders
Our Young Business Leaders committee is still very much in its infancy with growing focus towards youth retention in the Annapolis Valley. The group has been developing ways to reach out to youth, share success stories, and explain opportunities for a future in the Valley.