AVCC eNews: June 13, 2024

🌈 Happy Pride Month from the Annapolis Valley Chamber! 🏳️‍🌈

This Pride Month, we stand with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in the fight for acceptance, equality, and justice. Let’s continue to create a world where everyone can live authentically and without fear of discrimination.
We want to highlight events hosted by our members in support of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community:
Monday, June 17 · 6 – 8pm, Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main Street Wolfville
This workshop provides an overview of how organizations can support and prioritize the needs and diversity of Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and other gender-diverse people. It covers obligations under human rights legislation, pronouns and names, and other practical information about gender diversity and inclusion.
Drag Trivia
Friday, June 14th, 7-9PM
Still a few tables left, book your spot before it fills up! Email sealeveltrivia@gmail.com to book your table.
Connecting Youth with Community 
Friday, June 14th, 6:30 PM
Join Bee’s Knees General Store & Bakery this Friday evening to hear from some of the members of the Middleton GSA. Questions are welcome and we are hopeful that this evening will inspire some meaningful and respectful dialogue.

Twilight Tastings Wolfville Farmers' Market June 20th, Doors Open at 6:30pm

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in style at our evening gala! Immerse yourself in a night filled with culinary delights, enchanting entertainment, and vibrant community spirit. Savour an exquisite menu showcasing the finest local ingredients and flavours from our vendors, by Chef Dany Duguay. Your ticket also grants you entry into our exclusive door prize draw for a luxurious two-night stay at the Fisherman’s Daughter Bed & Breakfast in Mahone Bay. Discover what the future holds with mystical tarot readings, adding a touch of magic to your night. Enjoy and relax to the soulful tunes of Graham Howes, setting the perfect summer vibe. Bid on incredible offerings at the silent auction, with must-have items and experiences for everyone!

This evening serves as a fundraiser for the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, and is the first of its kind! The Market is thrilled to showcase our vendors and local businesses in an event full of fun and community spirit! We hope to see you there!

Job Opportunities:

Valley Regional Enterprise Network:

The Portal Youth Outreach Association: Summer Essentials Drive

Help The Portal Us Spread Sunshine! 
They need your help to make this summer a little more awesome for kids in our community. They’re collecting essential items like sunscreen, bug spray, hats, lip balm, sunglasses, and reusable water bottles.
Join them for their Summer Essentials Drive Barbecue on June 26th from 11 AM to 3 PM at The Portal in Kentville!
How You Can Help:
✔️Donate Anytime: Drop off items anytime before the event. The need is there!
✔️Come to the BBQ: Bring a summer essential item or cash donation and enjoy a burger or hot dog and a drink—their treat!
✔️Spread the Word: Please share this post to help them reach more people!
Your support helps keep our youth safe and healthy. Plus, as part of their Orange Door Campaign, Home Depot is matching all cash donations during the event, so your impact is doubled!

Welcome! – New Members:

Business Awards 2024

The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce is honored to unveil the exceptional winners of the 2024 Business Awards, a testament to the vibrancy and innovation within our local business community. This annual ceremony serves as a beacon of celebration, spotlighting the entrepreneurial drive, visionary leadership, and unwavering commitment to excellence displayed by businesses and individuals across the Annapolis Valley region. From pioneering startups to established enterprises, each nominee has demonstrated remarkable dedication and ingenuity in navigating obstacles and driving progress.

We extend our congratulations to all the winners, whose achievements exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship and community stewardship. Nova Heat Pumps & Air Conditioning, recognized as the New Business of the Year, has swiftly emerged as a trailblazer in energy efficiency solutions. Annapolis Valley Air Management, hailed as the Small Business of the Year, embodies the spirit of local enterprise and customer service excellence. The Lew Murphy Restaurant Group, honored as the Large Business of the Year, continues to set the standard for culinary innovation and hospitality in our region. Bee’s Knees General Store & Bakery for their tireless advocacy for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, earning them the Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion Advancement Award. Entrepreneur of the Year, Julie Ogilvie, stands as a beacon of inspiration for her transformative vision and bold leadership. Open Arms Resource Centre, recipient of the Not-For-Profit of the Year accolade, epitomizes compassionate service and community empowerment. Benjamin Bridge’s groundbreaking innovations have rightfully earned them the title of Innovator of the Year, while Pete Luckett’s enduring legacy of excellence is celebrated with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you to our sponsors whose unwavering support has been instrumental in making this event a success: Bishop & Company, TMC Law, CBDC Hants-Kings, TD Bank, Municipality of Kings, Town of Kentville, Michelin, Scotiabank, Southwest Nova Insurance, Muttarts Law Firm, Invest Nova Scotia, The Chambers Plan, and Valley Regional Enterprise Network.

Special recognition is also due to Cindy Viner & Shauna Selig, IG Wealth Management, for their sponsorship of the Networking Cocktail Hour, Acadia University, DJ Dance Express, for providing the lively beats, and Amy Holloway Photography, whose skillful lens captured the the memorable occasion.

As we look ahead, let us remain steadfast in our dedication to advancing the collective interests of our business community and nurturing an environment where innovation, diversity, and collaboration thrive. We invite you to stay engaged with the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce as we continue to champion growth, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

LAST CHANCE: Tuscany!

Discovering the timeless beauty of Tuscany, our journey unfolds in Florence, where historic treasures like the Florence Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio capture the essence of art and culture. Moving on to Montecatini Terme, the soothing spa town offers a tranquil escape with its thermal springs and verdant landscapes. Lucca’s medieval charm beckons with its well-preserved architecture, while Borgo a Mozzano introduces us to the mystical Devil’s Bridge. Traversing the scenic Gotnic Line reveals Tuscany’s rustic allure, leading back to Florence and then onward to Pisa, where the iconic Leaning Tower stands tall. A detour to a local cheese farm adds a flavorful touch to our adventure, followed by the medieval splendor of San Gimignano, where towers punctuate the skyline. Woven together, this kaleidoscopic journey through Florence, Montecatini Terme, Lucca, Borgo a Mozzano, the Gotnic Line, Pisa, a cheese farm, and San Gimignano creates an unforgettable tapestry of Tuscany’s rich history, captivating landscapes, and culinary delights.

Deadline: June 18, 2024 

Chamber Perks App, Perk Partner: Rogers

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Business Expectations Index signals budding optimism as interest rates fall, but labour disputes could spoil the party.

[OTTAWA] — [June 12, 2024] — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Business Data Lab (BDL) has just released its Q2 Canadian Survey on Business Conditions Report, which shows budding green shoots of business optimism, after the Bank of Canada’s first interest rate cut last week.

The BDL’s Business Expectations Index moved into positive territory for the first time in the past year, hitting 101.8 in the second quarter of 2024, driven by a brighter outlook for sales. Businesses are also looking to hire in the coming quarter, as the labour market comes into better balance between supply and demand.

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