The Annapolis Valley is not only a fertile place for growing food – it is a fertile place for growing your business.

Andrew May from Fusion Annapolis Valley presents at the Partnership Forum for Economic Development in the Valley Region: January 25

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 a partnership forum where many of these business groups shared their vision and sought new opportunities to work together.

The Partnership Forum for Economic Development in the Valley Region was held on January 25 at the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas.

Ten groups made short presentations to spark discussion. Municipal staff engaged in economic development were also there.

The 10 groups were Glooscap Ventures, Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre / Rural Innovation Centre, Fusion Annapolis Valley, Wolfville Business Development Corporation, Kentville Development Corporation Ltd, Valley Business Leaders Initiative, Sip Chat Connect Business Networking, Avon Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Regional Enterprise Network.

Other associations and agencies, besides these, also serve the business community in the Valley.

This was a great opportunity to raise the level of awareness and appreciation of what we all do.

The fact that the Valley has so many groups with this shared purpose speaks volumes to our self-sufficiency and determination to support and sustain our communities.

Together, we provide a strong foundation to support rural entrepreneurs, spark private-sector growth, engage youth in leadership positions in the business community, and promote the region as a place to invest, work, live and grow.

The Valley REN would like to thank the staff and volunteer board members from these groups, plus the municipal staff, for investing their time in this forum, which we all agreed should be repeated, with a wider circle of participants.

Thank you all!

The Valley Regional Enterprise Network makes connections for businesses and investors, while supporting the development of key economic sectors in the Annapolis Valley region. We believe that by working together we will find greater opportunities to create a more prosperous region.