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Small Business Week takes place between October 15 to 21

Small Business Week is an opportunity to recognize and honour small business owners across Nova Scotia and the significant contributions they make to our province.

“Small businesses are the core of our communities. They’re where many of us got our first jobs. They’re our favourite local spots, we visit regularly. They’re the sponsor on our kids’ team jerseys. But their impact goes far beyond what most of us see,” said Economic Development Minister Susan Corkum-Greek. “Small businesses are a big employer in our province. They fuel innovation and power our economy. That’s why this week and throughout the year, I encourage Nova Scotians to get out into their communities and support small businesses.”

The Minister is also working to implement Nova Scotia Loyal, an economic strategy and incentive program to drive demand for locally made products.

Excellence in Business Awards

Here in the Third, the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the end of Small Business Week with the 33rd Annual Excellence in Business Awards on October 20.

“It’s a way to pay homage and celebrate the business community,” says Jenna Lahey, CEO of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It’s our opportunity to let them know that they play an important role in the community.”

The awards night is an annual night to gather the business community and recognize the best of the best in 11 business categories and five People’s Choice Awards.

Through the years the award categories have come and gone. Recently the Chamber has added two new awards. The Economic Development Leadership Award and the Circle of Love Award, which is awarded to a non-profit in the Third. Last year’s Circle of Love winner was Molly’s Mission. That win earned the organization the honour of choosing this year’s inductee. They chose Bottles for Kids, which will be recognized at the awards.

Another change has been creating a single award for Businessperson of the year. Gone are gender-based categories.

Lahey proudly notes that last year in this category, all three finalists were women in their 50s.

She also points out that that the Young Entrepreneur Award and Newcomer Entrepreneur Award are also new award categories that help to build awareness of new local businesses.

“Knowledge of these new businesses gives us even more reason to get out to check out the awesome things that our businesses are doing.”

For Lahey, the event will be a time to exhale and enjoy all the hard work that goes into planning an event like the Excellence in Business Awards, but what she will most enjoy is watching the business community come together to support each other.

“It is a night where there is collaboration over competition,” she says. “It is a fun time. Businesses don’t care that they didn’t win. It’s just a supportive, fun environment.”

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