AVCC eNews: May 16, 2024

Municipal Elections

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Attention Annapolis Valley Chamber members!

As municipal elections draw near, your Chamber is providing a unique opportunity for you to engage directly with the candidates. We want to ensure that your concerns and priorities are addressed by those seeking to represent you in local government.

We invite you to submit questions that you believe are crucial for the candidates to address. Your input will help shape the discourse and provide valuable insights into the candidates’ stances on issues that matter most to you and our community.

Please take this opportunity to voice your questions and concerns. Together, we can make informed decisions and contribute to a prosperous future for the Annapolis Valley.

Submit your questions via email, to executivedirector@annapolisvalleychamber.ca by June 15, 2024. Thank you for your participation and commitment to our business community’s well-being.

Thank you to The Flower Cart Group for graciously hosting our Board of Directors’ monthly meeting yesterday!
We were lucky enough to receive a tour of the new space, which was truly enlightening, showcasing not only the physical expansion but also the vibrant sense of community they’ve fostered. It’s inspiring to witness the abundance of opportunities present in their innovative approach. Be sure to explore their website to stay updated on their current initiatives and upcoming collaboration opportunities at www.flowercart.ca

Job Opportunities:

Seats are still available in a wide range of career-oriented programs at Kingstec Campus this Fall. Attend our program fair and find the right option for you. A presentation will take place in the library, with refreshments in the atrium.
Join us to:
• Learn about our programs
• Find out about our supports
• Get details about financial aid
• Meet faculty, students and staff
• Take a campus tour (multiple offered)
• Talk to an advisor and get answers

Welcome! – New Members:

Business Awards 2024

Announcing the finalists for the Business Awards 2024! Congratulations to all esteemed nominees across every category. Your dedication to excellence and innovation exemplifies the pinnacle of business achievement. Let’s honor and celebrate your remarkable accomplishments together! 
The top five finalists were meticulously selected by our panel of judges, and the finalists, in no particular order are…
New Business of the Year:
Tidal Training Club
Valley Motion Physiotherapy
Nova Heat Pumps & Air Conditioning
The Perky Loaf
As The River Bends Retreat Inc.
Small Business of the Year:
Noël & Co.
ENVE hair.
Oaken Barrel Pub
Annapolis Valley Air Management
The Other Guys Automotive
Large Business of the Year:
Valley Ford Limited
Lew Murphy Restaurant Group
Annapolis Valley Home Care Limited
Workplace Essentials
Kings Refrigeration & A/C Ltd
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion Advancement Award:
Maritime Model & Talent Management
Bridge Beauty Bar
Bee’s Knees General Store & Bakery
Wolfville Wedding Chapel
Adaptive Mindset: ADHD Counselling Services
Entrepreneur of the Year:
Kay Drummond, Forever After Photography
Chantelle Webb, Lunn’s Mill Beer Company
Julie Ogilvie, Julie Ogilvie Digital Marketing Strategist
Courtney Foster, Courtney Foster RMT
Not-For-Profit of the Year:
AXE Basketball Club
The Booker School
Windsor Elms Village
The Portal
Open Arms Resource Centre
Innovator of the Year:
Benjamin Bridge
Eastern Manufacturing & Design Inc.
Annapolis Cider Company

Chamber Travel: 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 

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

ACC Supports Joint Letter to Minister Freeland on Capital Gains

“In 2024, no economy is an island. The fight for talent and investment, on a global scale, is more intense that it has ever been. We’d all like to see government revenues climb to allow the government to be fiscally responsible while paying for the services Canadians expect.

The path to fairness for all Canadians isn’t through a cycle of divisive tax-and-spend politics, but instead by fueling economic growth that improves Canada’s financial position, quality of life and affordability, instead of throttling Canadian success with new taxes that will limit opportunities and employment for Canadians.

We’ve just signaled to the world that we intend to punish those who want to bet on Canada, giving everyone yet another reason to look the other way for places to invest, build companies, create jobs and provide economic opportunity.”

Jessica Brandon-Jepp, Senior Director, Fiscal and Financial Services Policy with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Policy Matters: 5 Measures to Fix Canada’s Proposed AI Legislation

If Bill C-27 isn’t amended, it will unintentionally limit investment and adoption of AI by businesses of all sizes, further hindering Canada’s already stagnant productivity levels.

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