Development Projects and Stories
Hants-Kings Business Development Centre
undertakes a number of special projects and assists community groups
with their projects throughout the year. The following is a summary
of some of these community economic development projects and stories:
In March 1999 the CBDC signed a contract
with HRDC in cooperation with Annapolis Ventures to deliver a Canada
Job Fund Program in Kings and Annapolis Counties. The CBDC's responsibility
was for Kings County, where seven people were funded. Individuals
receive $200 a week for 34 weeks while starting their business.
Over the Summer of 1999 the CBDC participated
in successful negotiations with the other partners of the Enterprise
Centre of Hants County and HRDC to deliver the youth entrepreneurial
program Future Quest. The program consisted of six months of financial
support, counseling, and training; followed by six months follow-up.
The BDC managed this project, which allowed three youth interns
to gain invaluable training.
The CBDC assisted with the development
of a business plan and funding proposal for the Hockey Heritage
Centre. A commitment was received from Howard Johnson's to work
with the group to build a hotel in Windsor as part of the project.
The project group found a franchisee for the hotel and sports complex
and submitted a Millennium proposal for developing physical and
electronic displays for the museum.
The CBDC assisted
the completion of a business plan and funding proposal for the East
Hants Museum Society and the Municipality of East Hants to operate
a Tinsmith economuseum in Shubenacadie. A proposal was submitted
to the Millenium Fund and the Municipality of East Hants has reviewed
the business plan and committed up to $60,000 over two years to
the project that has many community economic spin-offs.
The CBDC assisted with the organization
of the Hants County Crafters and Artisans Association and its first
annual training conference that was held in Milford in January 2000.
High quality, professional development sessions were held, and a
commitment was made by 67 crafters in attendance to start an association.
The CBDC assisted with the development
of a business plan for a high tech multimedia school in Windsor.
The school would be similar to the famous Vancouver Film School
and operated by one of its founders. A Community Economic Development
Investment Fund application was completed and submitted to the province.
The CBDC arranged for a retail and
wholesale craft marketing plan to be developed for Hants County
craft and cottage industry producers. A trade name of "Handmade
in Hants" was established and the development of a website
started. The Craft Association will monitor and implement the plan.
A proposal to the NS Department of Culture & Tourism to develop
a Cultural Strategy for Hants County was a spin-off of this project.
The CBDC assisted in the establishment
of a Hants County Micro Loan Fund for Social Assistance recipients,
first of its kind in Nova Scotia. Initially tested on the youth
participants of Future Quest Program, it was anticipated the fund
could continue to be utilized by community residents in need.
The CBDC provided assistance to a
Windsor Forks resident to develop a Community Economic Development
Investment Fund application and business plan to produce an IMAX
movie in conjunction with LEGO and Doug Trumbull, who won an Oscar
for doing the special effects for 2001, A Space Odessey.
The CBDC assisted in the development
of a retail coop in Windsor for community residents with significant
barriers to employment.. The coop was to assist youth and Social
Assistance recipients to create permanent jobs for themselves. The
idea has been put on hold to allow for the development of a eco-tourism
coop structure that would bring visitors to the area, create employment,
and promote the Fundy shore.
In April 2001 the CBDC discussed "The
Changing World of Work" with two entrepreneurship classes at
Hants East Rural High School. This is only one example of the CBDC's
contribution to the development of the entrepreneurial spirit in
youth of all ages. This effort is reinforced annually through the
CBDC's volunteer efforts through the multitude of Junior Achievement
Programs available at a variety of education levels, including the
Economics of Staying in School, Business Basics, and the Business
In April 2001 the CBDC partnered with
the Department of Community Services in Hants and Kings Counties
on a pilot project to provide financing to Social Assistance Recipient
clients to start their own business.
In October 2002 the CBDC participated
in a "Go Venture" presentation on an interactive entrepreneurship
tool for youth. It was then launched in partnership with the Kentville
Career Resource Centre, Elmsdale Job Search Centre, and Open For
Business in Windsor. Another high tech tool for youth entrepreneurs,
"Spotting the Entrepreneur and Business Survival Guide CD-ROM's",
was launched in partnership with a number of community stakeholders
and funding partners in 2003.
Spring 2003 the CBDC developed and
facilitated the workshop "The Nuts & Bolts of Becoming
and Entrepreneur". This workshop continues to be offered through
a new partnership with Futureworx Job Search Centre developed in
June 2004 to assist their clients with their entrepreneurial aspirations.
In June 2004 the CBDC assisted the
Hants Regional Development Authority and the communities members
involved in the Burncoat Park Project with their proposal to secure
The CBDC over a span
of two and a half years, June 2007 to December 2009, worked with
CBDC Restigouche and the National HR Pilot Project. In particular
staff worked with two small local businesses in East Hants to test
and implement a series of HR tools / practices, including the development
of a comprehensive HR Practices Manual for each of the participating
As these short stories demonstrate,
Hants-Kings Business Development Centre is an active community partner
that assists both its counties in their community economic development.
Using a grassroots approach community projects are brought to light.