Initiatives

CHAMBER INITIATIVES

NEWCOMER WELCOME CENTRE – The Chamber is partnering with the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library to establish the local libraries as centres where newcomers can access resources to help them settle in our communities, from information on housing and child care, to making connections related to jobs, support groups and language training. The Centre will play an important role in recruitment and retention for local businesses.

PICTOU LANDING FIRST NATIONS BAND OFFICE PROJECT – The Chamber facilitated a unique partnership among the Pictou Landing First Nation (PLFN), MacGregors Industrial Group, Solar Global Solutions and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to build a one-of-a-kind energy efficient band office in the PLFN community. With an integrated energy management system, this unique steel fabricated building will be used to showcase modern efficient building techniques with potential to market similar structures in Canada and beyond.

BUSINESS ROUND TABLE – Each month several local business owners meet at the Chamber offices for confidential discussions to provide support for one another as they face a variety of business challenges in today’s economy.

PROVINCIAL REGULATORY REFORM – The Chamber is working closely with the provincial Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness on behalf of the local business community. This initiative is providing a strong voice for rural businesses toward the reduction of “red tape” and business costs.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING – From time to time the Chamber sponsors training programs for its members. Most recently 17 Chamber members completed a unique Leadership Training program presented for the first time in Pictou County by Bluteau DeVenney, consultants from Halifax.

PARTNERSHIPS – The Chamber, as the voice of business, with an engaged Board and staff, has the ability to help a variety of community and business related organizations move forward to improve our local economy. We provide a platform and resources to accomplish results which the Chamber and its partners cannot do alone. Our partners include PULSE Pictou County (a group of young professionals), Pictou 2020 (a volunteer group encouraging citizen engagement), the Centre for Women in Business at Mount St. Vincent University, Efficiency Nova Scotia (encouraging the reduction of greenhouse gasses and energy cost reduction), The Pictou Antigonish Regional Library, and others.

NORTHERN NOVA SCOTIA CHAMBERS PARTNERSHIP – The Pictou County Chamber has been a leader in bringing together other local Chambers to strengthen individual effectiveness by working together. Our partners are the Antigonish Chamber, Truro and Colchester Chamber and Strait Area Chamber. Together we represent over 1,000 members.