New faces, organizations and ideas

New faces, organizations and ideas

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Patrick Sullivan

It’s summertime in Nova Scotia, the days are longer, warmer and full of sunshine, and for some, that means business slows down. For us at the Chamber, it means planning. We’re gearing up for a busy fall with six luncheons already scheduled. Summer gives us a chance to think strategically about what we have left to do for our year and to plan for the coming year. We’re updating communications plans, planning our policy documents and cleaning up databases.

This summer, we’re kicking off our planning with an all-day session led by our new Chair of the Board and a few new Board members. If you missed May’s issue of Business Voice, we introduced our new Chair, Margaret Chapman, COO and Partner of Narrative Research. In this issue, you’ll meet our five new Board members on page 28. It’s important for us to have new members every few years, to ensure diverse and fresh representation. We’re thrilled to welcome members across key Nova Scotian industries, like transportation and business development.

As many of you know, one of the Chamber’s pillars has long been immigration, but we’ve expanded that focus with the addition of underrepresented groups to the workforce to ensure that our members have access to the pool of talent they need. In this issue, inspired by one of our new Board members, we tell the story of Ulnooweg. I’ve learned a lot about this organization in the last few weeks. Ulnooweg plays a huge role in business development in Indigenous communities. They offer access to capital, business plan support and so much more — read the story here:

We engage our members by finding issues that impact their business and then looking for solutions. Did you know 83 per cent of our members are small businesses with less than 25 employees? We support our members however we can, and this issue we’re tackling energy efficiency opportunities for small businesses. Read about Efficiency NS’ programs to save your business money here:

We’re constantly looking for new ways to engage our diverse membership and telling their stories here in the magazine is one of our favourites. Keep an eye out over the coming year for new faces, new organizations and new ideas.

Our last event before the summer months is happening on Friday, June 21. We hope you can join us for the newest edition of the Wonder Women conference. The Wonder Women series offers female-driven content featuring local professional superheroes. Build meaningful relationships with women across all industries and participate in workshops on personal branding, owning your ambition, breaking down barriers and unleashing your superpowers. All superheroes welcome — regardless of gender. Hope to see you there.

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