Survey launches to help understand challenges faced by local business community

Pictou County business owners and entrepreneurs are being invited to participate in a 10-minute online survey. The Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN) and the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce are launching this survey to better understand the needs, opportunities and challenges faced by the local business community now and in the future. “Over the...

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‘Green’ business proposal could spell jobs for county

To say that the chairman of Pictou County Chamber is excited about a new business prospect for the community is an understatement. Blair van Veld is over the moon. The prospect is an investment proposal that comes from an international consortium represented by British businessman Richard Spinks who wants to develop a second generation biomass...

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Groundbreaking partnership to address labour shortage

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Two local groups have joined forces with a humanitarian organization to address labour shortages. Glen Haven Manor and the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network have joined forces with RefugePoint, an international non-profit that serves at-risk refugees to form a groundbreaking partnership with the potential to help Canadian employers facing significant labour shortages...

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Local REN joins transition process

NEW GLASGOW — Pictou County’s Regional Enterprise Network (REN) has increased its input with the transition process in response to Northern Pulp’s impending closure. Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, the network’s CEO, outlined its work with the transition team the province established to address the forestry disruption the closure has caused. Premier Stephen McNeil announced during a teleconference...

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Info sessions planned for forestry sector

Workers and business owners affected by the announced closure of Northern Pulp will have access to information that will help them make decisions about their future. Government is working with Service Canada and Nova Scotia Works to hold open houses for those who wish to access employment programs and services, whether they are currently unemployed...

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Shirley Murray and family announce funding for deCoste, new library

PICTOU – A major funding announcement on Thursday helped to open the Pictou County Chamber awards gala at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. Executive director Troy Greencorn introduced Advocate President and CEO Sean Murray and his mother Shirley Murray, who jointly announced the $400,000 funding commitment for proposed improvements to the centre and construction of...

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Growing again: New Syrian families welcomed to community

The word “flurry” comes to mind for Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman. It’s been a busy few weeks for the chairperson and other volunteers of Pictou County Safe Harbour, getting five homes set up for families from Syria. “All it took was the wonderful people who come out of the woodwork to help,” she said about getting things...

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Students get big-time help

It has been said that all many of us need to succeed is a break, or a lift, or a second chance. Nova Scotia Community College students officially got a huge boost last week with the official launch of a public financial campaign called Make Way to complete the NSCC Foundation’s goal to raise $25...

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Hopes for brighter future

NEW GLASGOW – Excitement and chatter filled Trinity United Church last week as newcomers to Pictou County graduated from an intensive six-week English as an Additional Language course. The students, numbering in close to 30, consisted of three Syrian families as well as two Indian families; ages ranged  from small children to adults. “It’s been...

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