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Thanks to all who helped make Small Business Week 2014 a success. A special thanks to our board members, members and future-members who were able to attend, our sponsors and most importantly our staff who put in countless hours into the week long events.

We began the week on Monday at the Celtic Music Interpretive Center in Judique. The luncheon was focused on Funding and Support for Small Business. There were representatives from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Department of Rural Development and Tourism, InRich BDC, Innovacorp, Cape Breton Partnership, Inverness County, Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Development and AramaxIP.

Tuesday was one of our two signature events for the year, our Small Business Dinner and Awards Gala. This was an evening to celebrate the importance of small business in the Strait Region where we honored a number of businesses across the region on their accomplishments. JR and Pauline MacDonald of Northend Home Building Center in Port Hood were awarded the Excellence in Business Award, Haven Coffeebar of Port Hawkesbury were given New Business of the Year, Cheryl MacEachern of East Coast Credit Union was given Excellence in Customer Service, Exporter of the Year was given to Premium Seafoods of Arichat, and Excellence in Safety was given to Port Hawkesbury Paper of Point Tupper. Our Club 25 inductees were Hughie’s Collision Center of Port Hastings, Eastern Sanitation of Port Hawkesbury and Haus Treuberg of Port Hood.

Wednesday was a Business after 5 event at Louie’s Cosy Corner in St. Peter’s. We had a great turn out with a number of individuals and businesses from Richmond County. There were a couple short presentations by InRich BDC and CEED, as well as an update to our membership on Chamber of Commerce activities.

Thursday we travelled to Cheticamp to the All Aboard Restaurant. Our focus at this luncheon was “Bringing Tourism to the Forefront”. It was emceed by Karen Malcolm of the Municipality of Inverness County and the presenters were Stephane Songe of Sky Squirrel Technologies- he spoke on how he came for a visit to Cape Breton only to start a business and stay here. He was followed by Hon. Rodney MacDonald, CEO of The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s. Mr. MacDonald spoke about the importance of Culture in Tourism. The afternoon was concluded by Mary Tulle, CEO of Destination Cape Breton as she updated everyone on the 2014 tourism season. Thursday evening, the Municipality of Richmond County hosted Ray Ivany as he spoke on the One Nova Scotia Report. The evening was also highlighted with partnership agreements between the Municipality and Junior Achievement Nova Scotia and Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Friday morning was a historic day as the four Municipalities in Cape Breton (CBRM, Inverness, Richmond and Victoria) signed a partnership for the Regional Enterprise Network (REN).

We ended Small Business Week on Saturday with Celtic Oktoberfest, a celebration of everything local. In the afternoon, we had a Pumpkin Launching contest hosted by Big Spruce Brewing as 5 trebuchet’s were constructed and shot pumkin’s out into the Strait of Canso. The evening concluded with eleven local food establishments, eight Nova Scotia Craft breweries, one local winery and two local bands. This all inclusive event was a HUGE success and you can expect to see it happen again next year. You can check out the website for pictures of the event at

Thanks again to our sponsors:

Entertainment Sponsors:

Nova Scotia Community College, Business Development Bank of Canada, Richmond County, East Coast Credit Union, Dundee Hills Vacation Village

Supporting Sponsors:

TD Bank Canada, Nova Scotia Power, Cape Breton Partnership, Worker’s Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Innovacorp, InRIch BDC, Louie’s Cosy Corner, Select Nova Scotia, One Stop Entertainment and Eileanan Breagha

Media Sponsor :

101.5 The Hawk

Please support local.


Damian MacInnis

Executive Director

Strait Area Chamber of Commerce





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