Quarterly Review

Executive Director's Message

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Message from the Executive Director

During the first quarter of 2013 the ACSBE team  has continued to deliver various programs and services of value to our clients and community. We are excited to be starting our new fiscal year with renewed focus. We have aligned our services with desired outcomes for increasing entrepreneurship and socioeconomic development. Services will now be provided under the areas of Advisory, Training, and Business Incubation.

We are particularly proud of our partnership with Acadia University in the development of the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation. The intent is to help accelerate innovation in our region and support the growth of companies. We are collaborating with Acadia and Innovacorp to develop programming and services. The Centre will include
business incubation services and related programming for Centre clients and the community. We recently appointed Melissa Quinn as manager of the Centre, who will also contribute to business development for ACSBE.

We value the relationships we have with you, our clients and partners, and look forward to working with you, as well as new partners, to meet the needs of clients and our communities.

Findlay MacRae


Innovative Entrepreneurial Course Award Finalists

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ACSBE and Acadia University were jointly nominated, and chosen, as finalists for the Innovative Entrepreneurial Course Award at the 2013 CCSBE conference, to be held in May 2013. The nomination was for the Acadia Student Support Program, which ACSBE helped Acadia redevelop over the summer of 2012 to implement in the first semester of the 2012/13 school year. Stay tuned for more information. michelletom2
  In the photo from left to right: Tom Dalmazzi, Community Development Facilitator, ACSBE; Oonagh Proudfoot, Acadia University; and Michelle Byers, Business Counsellor, ACSBE.



Putting Experience to Work in Lunenburg and Queens Counties

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ACSBE has provided training and support to unemployed Older Workers in Lunenburg and Hants Counties – and now we are pleased to have recently introduced this program to Queens County.

In the first quarter of 2013 programs have been completed in both Lunenburg and Queens County.

With a primary objective of preparing participants, between 55-64 years of age, for new and immediate employment, ACSBE has played a vital role in helping older workers gain, not only the skills, but also the confidence to rejoin the workforce.

To be eligible to participate in this program, Older Workers must meet the age requirement: be unemployed; be a resident of the community the program is being offered; be legally entitled to work in Canada; and lack skills needed for successful re-integration into new employment.

Additionally, all participants are interviewed to determine both eligibility and suitability for the program.


Shelburne Get Connected for Small Business

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12 business and not-just-for-profit leaders in Shelburne, NS are now connected after successfully completing ACSBE’s Get Connected And Grow Your Business program.

Designed to enable rural-based small businesses in Nova Scotia to explore, develop and implement a growth strategy using web-based technologies, this is the second year this program has been offered in the Shelburne Area.

This six month program included technology experts from Nova Scotia to Hong Kong and was led by Craig Place, with business counselling provided by Denise VanWychen.

Thanks to our partners and funders: Dixie and Ardith at Shelburne CBDC,  ACOA, NS Dept of ERDT, the municipal units in Shelburne County and townships – and the local Barrington and Shelburne Chambers of Commerce for coming together to provide opportunities for these 12 small business and not-just-for-profits.



Leadership Legacy Launched in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

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In November 2012 the Canadian Federation of Independent Business released this statement...

”Canadians will see a massive transfer of small business assets in the next decade – possibly more than a trillion dollars – but there’s a problem: many entrepreneurs don’t have a succession plan in place.”
ACSBE and ACOA are leading the charge to change that perspective. Launched in April, the Leadership Legacy program is aimed at  business leaders throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The bilingual program is designed for business leaders, 5 to 10 years away from retirement, who want to build a strategy to review their succession options and what they need to do inhouse to make their business more sustainable after their exit. The majority of the program is virtual allowing leaders to focus on operations while thinking about one of the most important leadership roles in the life cycle of a business.

ACSBE is pleased to partner with Nova Scotia Dept. of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Nova Scotia BDC, both the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Associations of Community Business Development Corporations, New Brunswick Women in Business, New Brunswick’s Cassie Populaire, and McInnes Cooper (NS and NB).


Workshops & Events

So, You Want to Start a Business (Bridgewater
Thu Aug 15 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM

Cash Flow Management (Bridgewater)
Tue Aug 20 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM

Human Resource (Bridgewater)
Tue Aug 27 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM

APEC Training & Certification (Cobourg,ON)
Mon Sep 23 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM

APEC Training & Certification (Saskatoon, SK)
Mon Sep 30 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM