Looking ahead, making space

Looking ahead, making space

< Back to Articles | Topics: From the President | Contributors: Patrick Sullivan | Published: February 7, 2022

Welcome to the February 2022 issue of Business Voice magazine! This issue focuses on two important, connected topics: inclusion and strategy.

February is African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia. This year’s theme is Through our Eyes: The Voices of African Nova Scotians. Our cover story presents the stories of three remarkable Black-owned businesses in Halifax: R&B Kitchen, Natural Butter Bar, and Blue Nile Massage & Wellness. If you haven’t already, take the time to visit and discover these businesses!

February is also a month for strategy. We reflect on lessons learned last year, and we make plans for the months ahead. We are delighted to present informative updates from the Halifax Partnership and Discover Halifax for this purpose.

Part of our strategy at the Chamber this year is to strengthen our efforts when it comes to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEA&I). We’re excited to launch our DEA&I toolkit this month, featuring resources to help you build your own policy, hiring supports, funding to make your workspace accessible, and much more. The toolkit is ever-evolving and we would love to hear your feedback. Ken Partridge of My East Coast Experience speaks about the Amplifying Voices project, and Josh Creighton with the Chamber outlines our goals for DEA&I and the Surge program, which will provide 100 free one-year Chamber memberships to businesses from underrepresented communities in Halifax. We also have the pleasure of featuring MetroWorks in this issue — read about how they support job-seekers and employers to create inclusive work environments.

Visit our website for more information about our upcoming workshops, training series, and special events. We’re committed to keeping you informed and keeping you on track for success this year.

As always, the Chamber team is in your corner. ■

< Back to Articles | Topics: From the President

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