Tourism continues to be a priority for the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce.

Once again this year, the chamber is supporting nine local Visitor Information Centres (VIC) in Colchester, Cumberland and East Hants through a partnership with Tourism Nova Scotia.

Through the provincial program, funds are provided to non-profit organizations and municipalities operating visitor information centres connecting directly with visitors seeking information about our communities.

While there continues to be growth in online searches by tourists seeking information, once they arrive in the area they appreciate the “personal touch” offered by locals staffing these centres to find hidden gems to create ever-lasting vacation memories.

Last year, at least two of the VICs supported by the chamber experienced a record number of visitors.

Tourism statistics from May showed Nova Scotia experienced an increase of about seven per cent compared with 2016 with increased visitation observed across both road and air.

The chamber is still focused on working with key tourism stakeholders to develop a long-term solution to market the region. It will host a discussion later this summer bringing the parties together to work on a common goal to grow tourism in this region.

Chamber staff is also working on a lineup of events and educational opportunities for the fall season.

Beginning in September, the chamber is offering a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Examination Preparation program facilitated by BrenDaniel Production Corp. The chamber is partnering with the province to deliver the program in the Truro area at no cost to participants through the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive program. Participation within the program is limited to 10 people. For more details contact the chamber office.

Fall Flavours Festival will return to the Truro Farmers’ Market on Sept. 21 featuring the best food and best chefs in the Colchester region. Anyone wanting to participate in this event as a chef, to showcase a product, or as a sponsor is welcome to reach out to the chamber for more information.

Registration is also now open for the chamber’s annual Fun Golf Tournament. This year the tournament will be held at the Truro Golf Club on Sept. 29. Pre-registration is required.

Any business wondering how to prepare for the legalization of marijuana in 2018 and its potential impacts on their work force is invited to join us at noon on Oct. 5 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre for a Lunch and Learn with Mary Morris, executive director and senior employer advisor with the Office of the Employer Advisor, Nova Scotia Society.

Her expertise in developing and implementing disability, case management and  attendance management programs, HR policy and program design, has assisted employers throughout Canada in telecommunications, manufacturing, land development, construction, tourism/hotels/gaming, aviation, long haul trucking/transportation and brewing industries. Morris will also speak about incoming provincial legislation slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The chamber is planning an exciting lineup of events and activities during BDC Small Business Week from Oct. 16 to 20. A new award will be introduced this year to support a business start-up with funding, mentorship and support from chamber members as experts in their respective fields. Watch the chamber website for more details, as well as a call for nominations for our small business awards.

The week will also focus on youth and others seeking employment by showcasing job opportunities in this area.

For more information about chamber programs and activities, contact the office at or call 902-895-6328.