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Fall Flavours Sept. 29

Celebrate the best of local with us on Sept. 29 at the Truro Farmers' Market. 12 local chefs will be serving  dishes featuring a variety of locally sourced meats, produce and other ingredients. Sample beer, wine and spirits from Coldstream Clear Distillery, Caldera, Steinhart Distillery, Benjamin Bridge, Tatamagouche Brewing Company and Nook and Cranny, while enjoying a taste of local dining under the outside pavilion at the Truro Farmers' Market. Cost is $30 per person for Chamber members, $40 for non-members. Live entertainment. Watch our Facebook page for updates on the Chef's menu.

Book your seats in advance by calling 902-895-6328 or email
TD Business Builders Series

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce will be launching a new program on Sept. 28 - The TD Business Builder series. This series of 10 early morning workshops will provide Chamber members an opportunity to connect with an expert on a variety of topics providing information and tools to build their business. This program is sponsored by TD Canada Trust and is offered FREE of CHARGE to Chamber members. Participants can chose to participate in one or more sessions or register for all 10.
The TD Business Builder series will be held  from 8 to 9 a.m., at the Marigold Cultural Centre Workshop, 605 Prince St., Truro.
Schedule (first five):
Sept. 28- Marketing on a Shoestring Budget -Carolyn Pierce,  communications manager, DivertNS
Oct. 26 -Making your organization a better place to work - David Mitchell, Workplace Rights Solutions
Nov. 23- Tips to write an effective press release - Jeff Gill, Hub Now, Advocate Publishing.
Dec. 14 - Grant writing and how to find funding opportunities - Farida Gabanni.
Jan. 25, 2017- Business security and Insurance - Commissionaires Nova Scotia.
 * Dates and topics of the remaining five sessions in 2017 will be released later this fall. 
Book early by calling 902-895-6328 or email
Member News

Wave 1 of the Atlantic Canada Business Confidence Index has been released
Earlier this year our Chamber joined dozens of others across Atlantic Canada by participating in the inaugural 2016 Atlantic Canada Business Confidence Index Bench Mark Study undertaken by Corporate Research Associates Inc. This is a comprehensive survey of business of business owners and executives across industries, providing insight into current economic business conditions, anticipated business conditions for the coming year, capital purchase intentions and hiring intentions. The semi-annual initiative provides important economic indicators for industry, the business community and the region's policy makers.

Golf Tournament Sept. 23

  Register by Sept. 12 to participate in the 2016 Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce golf tournament! This year we will be playing at the Mountain Golf and County Club. Shotgun start 9 a.m. Individuals are welcome. Team registration is $400 plus tax ($100 plus tax for individuals) and includes a cart for every two people, 18 holes of golf, lunch, prizes and lots of fun.
Email or call 902-895-6328 to book your team.

Workplace Education
The fall line up of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) Workplace Education courses will begin in September.
Courses being offered are:  Engaging Employees through Smart Performance Management and Coaching, WordPress for Small Business, Marketing 2-Finding success Online, Dollars and Sense and Building Stronger Relationships.
For more details or to register, email or call 902-895-6625.

Business After 5

Business After 5 socials will begin for the fall season on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. featuring our hosts Big Dog 100.9/ Cat Country 99.5. Meet some of our local radio hosts, see inside the station, 1897 Industrial Ave., Truro, and connect with Chamber members. This is a free event for Chamber members only.
Round Table Discussion

On Sept. 12  The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce will welcome Nancy McKay, Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations CN -  Corporate Services and Andrew de Freitas, Account Manager - CN, for a discussion about CN's service delivery in the area.
This is an opportunity for people using their service to provide them with helpful feedback on their service delivery.

For more information, email
Fundy Gateway Public Meeting

The Municipality of Colchester and the Town of Truro are undertaking a masterplan process to re-develop the former Palliser property into an outstanding Bay of Fundy visitor experience.
The information and ideas  provided through  stakeholder sessions, online survey and public meetings have helped shaped this new attraction. Initial design concepts are now ready to be presented for review and additional input. A public meeting will be held Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the RECC in the Millbrook Room.

For more information CLICK HERE 
Lunch & Learn Sept. 22

Jeff Bishop of Forest Nova Scotia will present an economic impact study about the forestry industry.
He will be joined by Bob Fraser, presenting an economic impact study completed for Northern Pulp and its direct link to business in Colchester County. The event will be held on Sept. 22 at the RECC, at noon (12 p.m.).
Sponsored by Grant Thornton.
The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
Reserve a seat by calling 902-895-6328 or email
5 Minutes for Business

Trade Trouble: We're Headed for Two Years of Zero Growth

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, looks at Canada's struggling export performance and outlines three actions Canada must take to improve its export outcomes and grow the economy.

Read 5 Minutes for Business to find out what Canada must do to improve its export performance.  

CEED seeking ideas to improve NS curriculum

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) is looking for individuals within the private sector to help identify the skills, competencies and knowledge that are going to help develop a strong entrepreneurial culture in Nova Scotia. They are asking people to share expertise and experiences to help guide the creation of innovative new curriculum that will be launched across the province. 
The Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development has engaged CEED  to lead a consultation process on Entrepreneurship Education at the high school level with key stakeholders. 
To contribute and participate in this province-wide initiative, complete the following survey. The survey deadline is Sept. 11. Contact Francois Tardif for more information,  
Member Activities
36th annual Terry Fox Run but for NSCC Truro Campus
Sunday, Sept.18, 2016 , 1-4 p.m.
NSCC Truro Campus, 36 Arthur Street
Contact Sheila or Rose for more information on registration, donations or how you can participate! 902-893-5399.

STARS harvest auction in Stewiacke
STARS) is a group of Stewiacke and area residents looking to support a refugee family in their community. They will be holding an auction on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Stewiacke Community Centre, viewing from 8:30 to 9 a.m., live auction starts at 9 a.m. More than 100 items. Silent auction table every half hour. Harvest boxes to purchase for $30

For more local events visit our online events calendar
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