Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network

Stay up to date with the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network – Serving Victoria County, along with Richmond, Inverness Counties 
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May 2017
Volume 1 | Issue 4


The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN) was established by the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Municipal Affairs and encompasses Victoria, Richmond, and Inverness counties.The network is governed by a board of directors and is administered by the Cape Breton Partnership. Funding is provided by each of the three municipal units and the provincial government. The network’s primary goals are to support the development and attraction of new businesses, and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

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Congratulations Joanne! PORT HOOD – Joanne Schmidt, owner of Galloping Cows Fine Foods in Port Hood, was recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network in April. Joanne has been in business for over 23 years, but for the last 11 she has suffered with an acquired brain injury – the result of a multi-vehicle car accident. She only recently decided to speak publicly about the injury and how it has affected her and her family. “Some days I work a few hours and some days I can’t work, but I am still able to contribute in a lot of areas to the business,” she said. Several local news outlets picked up on Joanne’s story in April, including CTV News Atlantic. Click here for their feature on Joanne. Galloping Cows produces a line of six pepper spreads – red, orange, garlic, cranberry, blueberry, and hot – which retail at Sobeys in the deli section, as well as jams, chutneys, beverage concentrates and gift sets that are sold in gift shops and independent retailers. Last week, the Schmidt’s were in Toronto at SIAL, an international food show, exhibiting their product and meeting with international buyers.


An internationally-renowned business retention and expansion program, BusinessNow is being implemented across Victoria, Inverness and Richmond counties by the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network. Our economic development officers are out meeting face-to-face with local business owner/operators, learning about the businesses and surveying them about the key issues they’re facing. A report on our findings to date is currently being completed but here’s a sneak peak at just some of the data that we’re compiling:

  • Fifty-two per cent of businesses interviewed so far rate the local business climate as good or excellent; 45 per cent rate it as fair, while 3 per cent rate it as poor.
  • When asked what the biggest issue facing their company is, the top four answers among those surveyed are:
  • On a question about internet access, business owners had this response:



Stay tuned for more data and analysis of our BusinessNow surveys in the months ahead.

Inverness County at the Saltscapes Expo: Damian MacInnis, the CBREN’s economic development officer for Inverness County, and Inverness County tourism coordinator Amey Beaton greeted visitors to the Canada’s Musical Coast booth at the Saltscapes Expo in Halifax, April 21-23.

They had a busy three days – talking with thousands of expo attendees, handing out information packages, and promoting all things Inverness County.


Big Spruce Brewing

Nyanza, Victoria County

It is an exciting time for Big Spruce Brewing – their beer is now available in cans at the NSLC.




Big Spruce has also been busy participating in Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week, which is now underway. They were part of the Cape Breton Kitchen Party in Sydney, May 5; and hosted an open house at their location, May 6.


For regular updates on their operation:



Adventures East Campground & Cottages

Baddeck, Victoria County

Shane and Marie Thomsen are the new owners of this well-established campground just outside of Baddeck. They are making improvments to the site and have announced they will open for the season on May 19.



Click here to visit their Facebook page.



JVK Physiotherapy

St. Peter’s, Richmond County

This local business moved into a new location in April. They are now located at the School House Medical Centre at 9941 Grenville St., next to Canal Dental and Sisters by the Sea Spa.



Click here for JVK Physiotherapy’s Facebook page.

Cabot Links & Cabot Cliffs

Inverness, Inverness County

Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs are featured in these videos by Assante Wealth Management, the presenting sponsor of Canada’s Top-Rated Golf Courses. They have been airing on TV, including during The Masters in April. Click below to view.


Cabot Links


Cabot Cliffs


In other Cabot news – PGA Canada has announced that the two courses will host the RBC PGA Scramble National Final, this fall.


Cabot Links & Cabot Cliffs online:



Inverness South Fisherman’s Association

Mabou, Inverness County

It’s a very busy time of year for members of this organization and fishermen across the island. On its Facebook page, the association has been keeping people up-to-date with the latest on lobster and snow crab fishery openings.



Click here to visit their Facebook page.



Port Hawkesbury Paper

Point Tupper, Richmond County

There was good news for Port Hawkesbury Paper in April, as a NAFTA panel sided with them in an ongoing tariff dispute with the U.S. Department of Commerce.



Click here for a Cape Breton Post article on the latest developments.


Hike Nova Scotia event announced for Ingonish area

INGONISH – The 2018 Hike Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is coming to Victoria County. The announcement was made during the 2017 edition of the summit in Tatamagouche late last month. A number of partners have already come on board and planning is underway for next year’s event, which will take place May 11-13, 2018 in Ingonish. An estimated 200 people are expected to take part. For more information visit Naturally Active Victoria County’s (Est. 2011)  website by clicking here.  


Raising the Villages

The Raising the Villages project – aimed at building partnerships, identifying goals and developing a plan to better meet the needs of the youngest members of the community – is continuing. Over the next few months, a team from across the Municipalities of Inverness and Victoria, the Town of Port Hawkesbury, and the First Nations communities of Wagmatcook and We’koqma’q will be working to engage their communities and build solutions. As part of their information-gathering process, the Raising the Villages team is asking people to complete a survey. It can be found and completed online at:



The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network staff are here to work with you. Here’s how to reach us:


Keith MacDonald President and CEO Cape Breton Partnership Office: 275 Charlotte St., Sydney, NS, B1P 1C6 (w) 902-562-0122 / (c) 902-565-8577 Damian MacInnis Economic Development Officer – Inverness County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 375 Main St., Port Hood, NS B0E 2W0 (w) 902-787-2876 / (c) 902-631-0415 Jeff Stanley Economic Development Officer – Richmond County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS, B0E 3B0 (c) 902-631-4044
Patrick Austin Economic Development Officer – Victoria County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 (c) 902-294-0126 Bobby Morris Economic Development Officer – BusinessNow Inverness, Richmond and Victoria Counties Cape Breton Partnership (c) 902-227-5386 Laura Jean Grant Communications Coordinator-CBREN Cape Breton Partnership Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 (c) 902-294-0257



Click the links below to check out past editions of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network newsletter: April 2017 March 2017 February 2017


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