Promoting local enterprise with Gentle Dragons

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Farming is a huge and extremely part of our culture and there is an upcoming opportunity for farmers and local food entrepreneurs to get funding for the endeavours. The FarmWorks Entrepreneurs’ Showcase with the Gentle Dragons takes place Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Wandlyn and on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Gillespie House in Parrsboro.

Presentations are invited from Nova Scotian food producers seeking to increase sustainable production of food, whether or not they are seeking funding from FarmWorks.

Each presenter will have five minutes and, if desired, up to 10 slides to tell their stories, followed by Q&A and comments from the Gentle Dragons and the audience.

Presenters are encouraged to promote their businesses with literature, samples and conversation. This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of your businesses and products and to build relationships with potential investors, the public and other businesses.

An objective of the sessions is to raise awareness and encourage people to invest in local food-related businesses.

Please review the criteria for loans if you are seeking capital. FarmWorks is already supporting 21 enterprises and we’re looking for more great opportunities for Nova Scotian investment.

FarmWorks’ Mission is to promote, and provide, strategic and responsible community investment in food production and distribution in order to increase access to a sustainable local food supply for all Nova Scotians.

The goals of the Entrepreneurs’ Showcases are to promote local enterprises that provide food and beverages; to raise awareness of potential opportunities for investment in food-related businesses that require funding in order to provide more local, sustainable, healthy food; and to inform the public about the Nova Scotia Community Economic Development Investment program.

The African Heritage Month launch takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 4 starting at noon at Amherst Town Hall.

Those taking part in the launch include CANSA (Cumberland African Nova Scotia Association), Amherst Mayor Robert Small, Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter and Tony Ince, minister of African Nova Scotia Affairs, in celebrating this year’s theme, “Rising Stars”- Celebrating Our Youth. There will be music from Connor Ruddick and the Immani Children’s Choir.

Tonight. Steve Wells is at Duncans Pub from 4 until 6 p.m. and will be followed at 8 p.m. by Ruth Nichols while Bella's Cafe will be featuring the sounds of Mike Blakeney.

There are two events at the Four Fathers Memorial Library on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The library hosts an eReaders and eBooks Course from 2 until 4 p.m. followed by the Classic Movie Night presentation of Pal Joey at 7 p.m.

The Town of Sackville will be holding the 7th annual Winterfest starting on Jan 31 and running through Feb. 2.

The event is to bring families together for some wintertime fun. There will be many events over the three days including a Legion Luncheon, a blues concert, Lions Breakfast, and a full day of activities for the whole family at Beech Hill Park on Saturday afternoon.

Go to sackville.com for a complete schedule of events.

 

Andrew MacGregor’s arts and entertainment column appears weekly in the Amherst News.

 

Organizations: Gillespie House, Nova Scotia Community Economic Development Investment, Nova Scotia Association Amherst News

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Amherst, Cumberland County Nova Scotia Sackville Beech Hill Park

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