Business Voice

Latest Issue: May 2019

Cover story

Integration and Representation Matter

May 1, 2019

Incoming Chamber Chair Margaret Chapman sets her sights on a welcoming and diverse business community

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Positive business environment

The city’s five-year economic plan launched in 2016 aims to grow the population from 416,000 to 470,000 by 2021, and to 550,000 by 2031. The target for GDP growth is from $18 billion to $30 billion over those same 15 years.

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Member Profile

“We realized the shop was a win/win/win — a win for Dress for Success Halifax and the clients we serve, a win because we were helping more women in the community and a win because of the positive effect the boutique was having on our volunteers."

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Trends

Doing what you do best

March 1, 2018

It’s all about finding your SPACE. Things are moving at a fast-pace — the world is changing, business is changing, technology is rapidly changing.

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Guest Post

WIPSI, Nova Scotia’s workplace professional development program, made it possible for Chris and Anna Hutchinson, of Hutchinson Acres, to access the training that they and their staff needed to improve their production processes.

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Working for you

Testing the waters

March 1, 2018

Matching post-secondary student development to employer needs is an integral part of the Halifax Chamber’s 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. Focusing on this goal led the Chamber to shift toward leveraging co-operative education to help with staffing needs.

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Member Profile

Of tweets and twirps

March 1, 2018

The waters of social media can be treacherous to navigate, even for those of us who grew up sailing them, so when it comes to the small business community and their need to advertise online...

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Working for you

We all know what will happen if we don’t plan properly. Really, we do. As in your own businesses, relentless attention to debt, how it accumulates and how to reduce it is not just common sense — it’s how you stay in business.

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From the President

Joined forces

March 1, 2018

At the end of January, the eight largest Chambers of Commerce in Canada, 11 American Chambers of Commerce and eight Mexican Chambers met in Montreal to ask their respective governments of the three member-states to renew NAFTA...

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Guest Post

Have you heard of SkillsonlineNS? In Nova Scotia, we offer a program for employers to help nurture the best trained and most productive workforces possible.

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Guest Post

Through the Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) program, Sherri Robbins, Executive Director of Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, was able to introduce a new position to the organization while getting help to cover some of the salary costs.

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Working for you

Work Integrated Learning model boosts student and employer opportunities The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is going through a period of evolution.

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Trends

Apparent in foresight

February 1, 2018

Halifax is the next Singapore. Two years ago, as I was walking out of a boardroom having successfully concluded a presentation and my CEO commented, “Good job Jena, so what’s next?”

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Trends

Positive outlook for 2018

February 1, 2018

Building on the momentum of 2017. Last year was another great one for Halifax, with the top headline being our record population growth.

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Working for you

Growth and success

February 1, 2018

As we embark on a new year in Halifax, we see before us rich opportunities to grow abroad, more innovative and more inclusive economy. Together, we are taking up the challenge of finding Halifax’s niche in a rapidly-evolving knowledge economy.

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Working for you

Appreciating our members

February 1, 2018

At the Halifax Chamber of Commerce there are a huge number of activities — from advocacy to events to benefits and services — but members are at the heart of everything the Chamber does.

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Working for you

How to turn perceived disadvantage into real advantage. We have an aging population in our region. That is pretty obvious. In fact, the percentage of seniors in our population is expected to grow from 19.9 percent in 2016 to 28.8 percent in 2030.

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From the President

Where does a year go?

February 1, 2018

Change and momentum at the Chamber. With membership on the rise our network has steadily expanded. At the end of 2017 we were happy to welcome more than 300 new members to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

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Positive business environment

Going Green

February 1, 2018

Halifax business owner Christopher Enns has been repeatedly arrested, had his business and home raided, and then saw many of the charges dropped as Canada’s marijuana laws change.

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Trends

Optimistic Future

February 1, 2018

Creating opportunities for young people, businesses and success. The New Year has started with a tremendous accomplishment — the Halifax Convention Centre has opened its doors.

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Trends

Emboldened by growth

February 1, 2018

Women accelerating business growth. This year, I’m celebrating 15 years at the Centre for Women in Business.

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