AVCC Enews: March 21, 2024

Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Urges Nova Scotia Government to Halt Implementation of Controversial “Commercial Winery Support Program”

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Kentville, NS (March 7, 2024) – The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) has issued an urgent appeal to the government regarding the impending implementation of the “Commercial Winery Support Program.” In a letter addressed to Minister Morrow, AVCC expressed deep concerns about the potential negative impacts of the program on local farm wineries and the community.

The proposed program, which aims to provide direct payment to commercial winery producers, regardless of content origin, has raised significant alarm within the business community. AVCC emphasizes the importance of keeping taxpayers’ dollars within Nova Scotia by supporting local farm wineries and highlights the risks associated with funnelling Nova Scotia tax dollars into foreign wine markets.

“Our members fear that this program will not only cause a potential decrease in wine tourism and consumer confusion. They cannot compete with commercial bottling plants should they have access to the same preferred markup at retail,” stated AVCC. “The program’s lack of a cap in place raises concerns about its potential to funnel millions of Nova Scotians’ tax dollars annually to commercial wineries, posing significant risks to local farm wineries and the rural communities they support.” Read more…

Update: March 19, 2024Houston government puts a cork on controversial wine program

Industry group will be formed to redesign program so no part of sector is disadvantaged.

The Houston government is bowing to pressure from Nova Scotia’s farm-wine sector and hitting pause on a program it quietly launched in January to help two commercial winemakers.

Premier Tim Houston announced the reversal at an impromptu gathering of wine-industry workers, who packed the foyer of Province House on Tuesday.

“The commercial wine program, as it has been announced, will be paused,” Houston told the dozens of people gathered around him. 
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Business Awards 2024: Nominations Open!

Business Awards 2024

The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts our annual Business Awards celebrating nominees from our business community. Businesses are nominated from seven separate categories: New Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion Advancement Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, Not-for-Profit of the Year, and Innovator of the Year. The nominees submit a judging package which will be brought before a panel of judges to identify the winners.

We’ve made some changes and added some exciting new categories. Learn more about the categories and eligibility here.

Chamber Travel: Tuscany!

Are you interested in traveling to Tuscany with the Annapolis Valley Chamber and would like additional information regarding the trip?

Join us for an Explore Tuscany Information Session April 3, from 12 PM – 1 PM, virtually on Zoom.

Ask questions, get clarity about what to expect when traveling with your group to this beautiful destination.

You can view the full trip itinerary here. 

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Chambers Perks App

The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer all chamber members as part of their membership the Chamber Perks Mobile App for FREE.

The Chamber Perks App will allow your business to now be featured on our mobile business directory for all chamber businesses and users who have downloaded the app to easily search for your business. The App will also provide you with a great marketing tool for your business to offer perks and discounts not only to other chamber businesses but to users who download the app.

The Chamber Perks App will also allow your business and your employees the opportunity to save money and take advantage of perks and discounts offered exclusively to chamber businesses and their employees.

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Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

2024 Atlantic Chamber Policy Priorities

The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce (ACC) unveils its top three policy priorities designed to propel Atlantic Canada towards sustainable growth in 2024.

Following a period of economic challenges, the focus now shifts to strengthening the region’s economic foundation. These priorities were identified through the 2024 Atlantic Insights survey, which gathered valuable insights from members regarding the most critical issues impacting the private sector.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Perrin Beatty Announces He Will Leave the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on August 3

[OTTAWA] — [March 7, 2024] — Perrin Beatty today announced that he will leave the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on August 31, 2024. His announcement starts a process of leadership renewal on the cusp of the Chamber’s 100th anniversary in 2025.

“This is an opportunity for both the Canadian Chamber and for me to focus on how we can contribute most in the years ahead. I’ve been grateful for every minute here,” says Beatty.

Beatty is the longest serving of the Canadian Chamber’s Presidents. During his 17 years as President and CEO, he has strengthened the organization, leaving a solid base for his successor to build upon.

The COVID-19 pandemic, during which the Canadian Chamber provided critical support for the business community and served as a key advisor to governments, led to a major rebuilding of the Canadian Chamber’s mandate and structure. As the country emerged from the crisis, the Canadian Chamber focused on how the organization could best serve Canadians.

Chamber 2025, the strategic plan produced by this review, has driven the strongest growth in the organization’s history. “Chamber 2025 transformed our organization, making it more relevant and more successful than ever before,” says Beatty. “Not only have we added new tools and services for Canadian businesses and chambers and boards of trade across the country, but we have grown substantially, doubling our revenues over just the last four years.”

“Along the way, we have modernized our governance structure, built a skilled and respected team, strengthened our grassroots network of chambers and boards of trade and provided a strong and influential voice for Canada’s business community.” Read more…

LFS February 2024: Unemployment rate edges higher despite job growth

“Canada’s labour market is on track for decent job growth in the first quarter, but the headline number isn’t the whole storyWith a declining employment rate, the economy is unable to absorb a fast-rising population into the workforce. The sectors that are growing in recent months have been as a result of labour actions or gaining back the workers who left the industry and who face acute shortages, like accommodation and food services. There were some good numbers as hours worked rose 0.3% on the month, which is a signal that the first quarter is maintaining momentum from the fourth quarter. A further normalization of wages, moderating to 5% growth in February, is also welcome news, trending in the right direction to ease core inflationary pressures.”
Andrew DiCapua, Senior Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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