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Enjoy market day in downtown Kentville

By Valley REN | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Kentville Farmers Market is a great place to buy local food, crafts and other products. Every Wednesday is market day in downtown Kentville. From May to October, 10 am until 2 pm, Centre Square in the historic downtown springs to life as a community gathering place for vendors, customers and musicians. In October, the…

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Valley REN reports on softwood lumber duties

By Rachel Brighton | May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Valley REN Business Insight: May 2017 As Nova Scotia is caught up in a fresh trade dispute over exports of softwood lumber to the United States, how will the new situation affect forestry-based businesses in the Annapolis Valley? In April, the United States Department of Commerce imposed preliminary countervailing duties on imports of softwood…

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Cultivating local markets for local food

By Emily Konrath | April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

“What do you care enough about to act on?”  For the 50 business owners, producers, and interested consumers in the room on April 26 for our discussion on the importance of buying local and what it means to our economy, the answer is building a strong, local market for the goods and services we produce.…

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Farmland in the Annapolis Valley is in strong demand

By Rachel Brighton | April 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The strong market for farmland in the Annapolis Valley is one positive signal of a healthy rural economy. According to Farm Credit Canada’s nationwide report on farmland values for 2016, “competition for farmland in the Annapolis Valley region remained strong and parcels did not stay on the market for long.” The April report suggests Valley farmland…

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Enjoy our photo gallery of historic downtown Windsor

By Valley REN | April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The rural-urban corridor through the Annapolis Valley has many beautiful towns with recreational, retail and cultural amenities to enjoy, thanks to our dedicated small businesses, local government and historic downtown streets at the heart of so many communities. In the spring sunshine in April, Downtown Windsor was brightly lit with a colourful mix of storefronts…

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Manufacturers Exchange helps businesses learn

By Emily Konrath | April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

“I learned about so much … through the conversation.” – Margie Lamb, Owner, Meadowbrook Meat Market in Somerset Valley manufacturers shared more than business cards at the Valley REN’s first Manufacturers Exchange on April 4 in Berwick. Employees and owners representing small and large manufacturers discussed the challenges of transportation during a two-hour exchange of…

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Building a Stronger Start-Up Ecosystem in the Annapolis Valley

By Emily Konrath | March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

On March 20, knowledge-based ICT firms and relevant business support organizations from across the region came together for a roundtable discussion at Acadia University, made possible by the Valley REN, in partnership with Innovacorp. Permjot Valia, founder of MentorCamp Inc. and a respected player in Cape Breton’s start-up community, was the guest speaker and facilitator. Permjot…

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“Buy local” business supplies

By Rachel Brighton | March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Businesses can grow our regional economy by sourcing more supplies locally. It sounds simple. But in practice, it’s not always easy to switch from an import to a local product or service. “Is it competitive?” may be the first question people ask. Or: “Is it equivalent?” “Is it reliable?” “Is it consistent?” “Does it meet our…

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Workplace learning helps businesses & students

By Rachel Brighton | March 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

  What are the benefits of engaging students in your business? You develop working relationships with future local graduates who want to stay in the Valley. Students bring value to your business through new knowledge, insight, talent and skills. They can even point you to new markets. You get connected with the talent pool and…

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Opportunities abound in the growing tourism market

By Rachel Brighton | March 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

Nova Scotia enjoyed its best tourism year on record in 2016, generating $2.6 billion in revenue and marking the third consecutive year of growth. Tourism plays a key role in the Annapolis Valley and it can play a bigger role in our economy. For every $1 invested in tourism enterprises, another $3.2 is generated in…

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