AVCC eNews: Oct. 27, 2022

Valley’s Best 2022 

We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who voted, all of our sponsors, all of the Top 3’s that came out & congratulations to all of the winners. You can find the full list of winners here.

It was a fantastic way to spend a fall evening, casually socializing with friends and establishing new connections in the business community.

We can’t wait to get planning for future events!

More photos from Kay, Forever After Photography to come! 

As most of you know, we just hosted our 2022 Valley’s Best awards at Millstone Harvest Brewhouse. It was a beautiful venue, I hope those of you who hadn’t been, found a lovely new place to bring your pups.

The Food trucks, TJ’s Burgers and Homemade Fries & The Caribbean Pot provided delicious food. Guy Paul Thibault was there with great tunes and Darrin & Shane from Rewind 89.3 were as entertaining as usual. Despite a miscommunication about what “dressing up” meant on Darrin’s part, everyting went smoothly.

Strategic Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

On October 4th we hosted a Social Media Strategy Workshop for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs at the Valley Business Hub in collaboration with Julie Ogilvie, who was also Top 3 in Best Marketing Business for Valley’s Best this year.

This workshop was intended to help business owners and employees reduce stress and increase efficiency in their social media marketing role. How to use social media as a strategic tool, and thoughtfully identify your audience, right in class with the help of your peers and Julie!

The workshop was a hands-on deep dive  with a small class size to allow for  time to engage and apply what was being taught, leaving with a workbook to reference for future projects.


By implementing a couple lessons we have seen an increase of profile visits across all channels already. The goal for us is to increase engagement with existing followers and it appears we are doing just that!

Jennifer Hartman

Client Navigator, Gates Insurance

Meet a Board Member – Drew Redden

👋 Meet Drew Redden, our new Board Member & Chair of the Agriculture Committee 👋
After spending the last 14 years in Ontario, my family and I moved back home to the Valley late last year. As I returned home and joined Atlantic Poultry Incorporated as the Director of Sales and Corporate Development, it was important for me to get involved in my community and contribute in a meaningful way. When the opportunity presented itself to join the Board of the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce it was an opportunity I was excited to take on. I believe in the power of the Chamber network, and I believe that a strong business community is vital to a healthy community. I spent my last four years in Ontario leading the team of nine at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and volunteering with Chamber organizations like the Chamber Executives of Ontario. I am ready to support the dedicated team at the AVCC and play my part in ensuring the AVCC is a strong united voice for business and works to ensure that business thrives in the Annapolis Valley.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Agriculture Committee and happy to have you on board, Drew 👏👏
We would like to take a moment to thank Gary Morton for being the Chair of the Agriculture Committee, dedicating his time and continuing to dedicate time to the Chamber as a member of the Agriculture Committee, it’s greatly appreciated 👏👏

Valley Business Hub

What a great use of the Valley Business Hub rental space –
We’ve had a lovely guest in the Valley Business Hub, you may recognize Alyse Hand from Global News 💁‍♀️
She’s had a pop-up set at the Valley Business Hub to film her segment all week.
We’re happy to have you in the space and appreciate all the love you’ve shown for the Annapolis Valley while here 🍎

Welcome – New Members!

Additional Resources from Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Website

Previous News

Physician Community Navigator News

Welcome! 😀
Join us in welcoming Family Physician Dr. Miller Makramalla to the Annapolis Valley! 🩺 We’re so excited to have you as a new member of the community.

Smarter, Smartphone Photography

In-person Workshop

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
From Bridget…
Today’s smartphone cameras are really setting a new standard when it comes to taking great photos, but if you’re not getting the kinds of shots that you’re looking for, then my upcoming Smarter, Smartphone Photography & Editing Workshop can help.
📱In this workshop, we’re covering just a few camera basics and then really focusing on the art of composition and editing!
💁‍♀️Marketing yourself? Let me show you how to take selfies that look more like portraits!
🥪Do you have a product you want to market? I’ll teach you how to compose your shot to capture images that make your products stand out.
🎨If you’re interested in photo editing and don’t know where to start, let me introduce you to 2 of my favourite editing software applications to use right on your phone.
Whatever your subject, let’s transform the way you take pictures!
Cost: $125 + tax (includes nibbles provided by Gather Here, Charcuterie by Kelli)
Registration: link in bio.
*Photo taken by Bridget on her iPhone 13 max pro, in her backyard, without a filter!

Opportunity for Existing or Aspriring Entrepreneurs

Mashup LABs, Dream Business Program is an intense, hands-on process that allows aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as existing businesses looking to grow in a new direction, to understand the foundational underpinnings of their business model and the next steps they need to take to begin to validate the viability of their business idea.

The Program is 100% free for participants and delivered 100% online over 6-weeks. We work entrepreneurs giving participants access to peer-to-peer support, as well as 1-on-1 coaching from other experienced entrepreneurs that can provide advice and guidance grounded in their personal experience.

Applications for the program will be accepted until TOMORROW, October 28th.