The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce provides unique opportunities to promote and develop your business through advocacy, advertising, seminars, trade shows, and more. We are an organization of energetic, broad-visioned people. We think that the greatest natural advantage of any community is the organized leadership of its business community – and your Chamber, through its numerous standing committees, events and training, gives you an opportunity to contribute and develop your expertise.
Our benefits have been tailored with you in mind to ensure that you and your business have the tools to succeed and make an impact in the Strait Area.
Exclusive Member Benefits
The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce represents over 380 members from across Richmond, Guysborough and Inverness counties. We support a variety of businesses and have members from many different industries. Members gain exposure through our social media and weekly newsletter and enjoy the networking opportunities offered by our events.
Get access to our Chamber Newsletter, your number one source for business news in the Strait Area. Our weekly newsletter features resources and grants available for business owners, proposal opportunities, advertising to our membership and it includes all of our event news.
promotion & advertising
One of the advantages to signing up as a member is access to our large following on social media, promotion and advertising through our weekly newsletter and e-blasts and the chance to get your event highlighted on many platforms.
In partnership with the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration and the Nova Scotia Government, we are able to offer free professional development courses through the Workplace Education Initiative enabling you to learn the skills you need to run your business successfully. Our courses vary from Microsoft Excel to website design, and give you a wide breadth of knowledge and skills for running your business.
As your Chamber, we run several events per year poising your business for many sponsorship opportunities. We offer sponsorship opportunities for our Fall Golf Classic, Celtic Oktoberfest and many more enabling your business to get some much-deserved promotion whether it’s on our banners, in our social media posts or radio ads giving your business some community recognition.
Through our Step Up For Local campaign, we advocate for our communities to shop locally and support small businesses in our area. We advocate for businesses in our area all year-round and ensure that the voices of trade and commerce are heard.
m2m marketplace & affinity partner Discounts
One of the benefits to being a chamber member is access to our variety of discounts obtained either through our affinity partners or from other members. Being a chamber member gives you the opportunity to save on things like benefits, shipping, teleconferencing services and many more!
As your chamber, we host several events per year giving you the chance to build your profile and network with businesses in the Strait Area.
business Suite 101
The Strait Area Chamber has brought an array of business service providers together under one roof to help businesses navigate through start-up, ongoing challenges, and opportunity development.
BUSINESS SUITE 101 is located at 609 Church Street in Port Hawkesbury. Along with the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, you will find the Cape Breton Partnership, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). Clients can take advantage of free access to our boardroom, wifi, reception services, as well as the regular services provided by the Chamber, ACOA, NSBI and the Cape Breton Partnership.
The Strait Area Chamber was the catalyst behind this concept to develop a collaborative working space that will ensure businesses can access services quickly, and don’t need to spend a lot of time trying to learn to navigate the system. As a chamber of commerce, that’s our role – advocacy is what we do!