Press Release September 2, 2014

The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce and Scotiabank have announced that Barbara Stegemann, award winning entrepreneur, author and the “top game changer” in the history of CBC’s Dragon’s Den will be guest speaker at the Chamber’s Business Achievement Awards dinner October 16.

Stegemann is the founder of The 7 Virtues fragrance collection, a popular and innovative line of perfumes. The basic materials for The 7 Virtues products come from countries which have significant economic and social challenges. Her business is dedicated to improving the lives of people in places like Afghanistan, Haiti and the Middle East.

“We are very excited about having an individual of her international stature come to Pictou County’, said Chamber Executive Director Jack Kyte. “We know her presentation will be inspirational for our local entrepreneurs and innovators and we are excited to partner with Scotiabank to make her appearance possible”.

The Chamber also announced that the Achievement Awards dinner, the premier business event of the year, is moving back to the Decoste Entertainment Centre in Pictou and will be catered by The Pictou Lodge Chef Thomas Carey. Kyte said that the dinner is being held during Small Business Week, October 16th, about a month sooner than last year.

“We owe a lot to our friends at Scotiabank for sponsoring Ms. Stegemann’s presentation and to Eastlink as our Event sponsor this year,” Kyte said.

“We anticipate tickets to the dinner will go quickly so we are encouraging people to contact the Chamber office as soon as possible if they would like to take part and have an opportunity to meet our guest speaker”, he said.

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