Small Business Week celebrations begin in Amherst

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Chamber, CBDC, community college working collectively on celebration

 Small Business Week celebrations are underway.

Carys Messenger from Cumberland CBDC, newly-elected Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell and Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce president Gladys Coish helped launch Small Business Week locally on Monday.

AMHERST – Small Business Week celebrations are underway.

Representatives from the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cumberland CBDC joined together early Monday to officially launch a week of events to celebrate small business in Cumberland County.

“It’s great to show our support for small business and by having a week specified for small business it’s a way to encourage and support their growth and development,” CBDC executive director Carys Wood said. “It’s also a way for people to be more aware of the role of small business in the community and to support those businesses in their community.”

Along with the official launch, the CBDC is hosting a business seminar on Monday that includes an introduction to what it offers, how to start or expand a new business, business planning and financing a business venture.

On Tuesday, the NSCC Amherst Learning Centre is hosting the Why Not Amherst! Seminar.

Rhonda McDougal, director of the investment readiness program for NSBI, will speak about Nova Scotia Business Inc. while the afternoon will feature an interactive panel discussion on Why Not Amherst.

Wednesday’s events include the first ever Chamber Pit from 10 a.m. to noon while the Small Business Week Banquet goes from 6 to 9 p.m. at the NSCC Amherst Learning Centre.

The banquet will feature presentations by the chamber president, Wood, Tanya Bellefontaine from All Ships Rise and Jamie O’Neil from Beluteau DeVenney.

There will be a small business expo at the Amherst Centre Mall from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and a chamber membership services information session at the chamber office from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Organizations: Business Week, Area Chamber of Commerce, Nova Scotia Business Chamber Pit

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County

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