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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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Help us help you: take our business survey

By Valley REN | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Valley REN wants to see businesses succeed and grow in the Annapolis Valley. We can help make this happen by working with the business community and government decision-makers to fix problems, remove barriers and create a better business climate in the Valley. By attracting investments and residents to grow the regional economy, we can also…

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Annapolis Valley in the spotlight at Boston Globe Travel Show

By Rachel Brighton | February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

MEDIA RELEASE Jointly issued by the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Regional Enterprise Network                                     The Annapolis Valley was in the spotlight at the Boston Globe Travel Show from February 10 to 12 in Boston, Massachusetts. Regional tourism partners shared a booth with Bay Ferries to promote Nova Scotia destinations. During the weekend…

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Opportunities Now! for business growth

By Rachel Brighton | February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is an immediate opportunity for business development in the Annapolis Valley. We heard about it over and over again at our Sector Table Workshop. The opportunity is to build stronger links between the business community and the students and researchers in our post-secondary institutions. Our facilitator at the Sector Table Workshop was Andy Horsnell…

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Better together

By Rachel Brighton | January 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Annapolis Valley is not only a fertile place for growing food – it is a fertile place for growing your business. Our Valley is home to a strong network of business associations with a shared purpose: to support local business and grow the regional economy. This week, the Valley REN was delighted to host…

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Annapolis Valley Advantage: campus-based R&D

By Valley REN | January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

“A new article from Maclean’s reveals the world-class research and technology at the Annapolis Valley campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.” The Annapolis Valley has a strong post-secondary education sector, supporting niche and world-class research opportunities. These research centres are housed at Acadia University, in Wolfville, and at Nova Scotia Community College, which has…

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2016: A good year for jobs in the Annapolis Valley

By Valley REN | January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Annapolis Valley region recorded a steady and significant rise in employment in 2016 compared with 2015. According to preliminary annual figures just released by Statistics Canada, the Valley gained 1,200 jobs in 2016, an increase of 2.2 per cent. Most of the new jobs, however, were part-time. This rise in part-time work relative to…

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Helping employers with workforce challenges

By Valley REN | January 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many businesses and industry sectors in the Valley region have workforce challenges. Some employers say they have trouble finding people with the right skills, qualifications, or experience. Others say they can’t find enough workers, or they can’t find them at the right season, or at the pay scale they’re offering. Others say they have a…

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Business success: lessons from a Valley entrepreneur

By Emily Konrath | December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Valley REN recently joined in a curated discussion with John Frost, a local entrepreneur and technology enthusiast, at an event hosted by Refresh Annapolis Valley. We were inspired by the lessons John learned and shared, and think you might be, too! Like many entrepreneurs, John and his team faced various challenges in growing Frostbyte.…

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Developing priority economic sectors in the Valley

By Emily Konrath | December 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

On behalf of our municipal partners and the province, the Valley REN is working with the business community to develop five key sectors: agriculture, tourism, information and communications technologies (ICT), manufacturing, and sustainable energy. We do this by bringing businesses together to spark ideas and pursue innovative ways to build on our assets and competitive…

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