COLUMN: East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce

ELMSDALE: Here is this week’s weekly roundup from the East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce.

Business Planning Through a Crisis Webinar
Join Wanda Leese and Greg Mosher of the National Accounting, Tax, and Business Consulting firm MNP, who will deliver a business planning presentation covering cash flow considerations, tax implications, qualifications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), entrepreneur support programs, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to lead your business through the coronavirus crisis.
June 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Please register here to receive the link which will be sent the morning of June 4th.

Set Yourself Up for Success with an Ergonomics Home Office Webinar
Join Pamela Dempster of Dempster Wellness for a live and interactive webinar to learn how to transform a typical at-home work space into a more healthy space using basic on-hand items around the home. With many of us working from home during this time, it is important to be set up in your home space correctly to prevent injuries and for optimal wellness
Thursday, June 11th at 2pm

Please register here to receive the link the day before to the event.  

Return to Work & COVID-19 Webinar: Answers to your pressing employment Questions
As government begins to lift business restrictions, local Labour and Employment Lawyer, Jennifer Weston (Barteaux Lawyers), answers your most pressing questions on managing employees through this “new normal”.  This webinar will help you prepare to make informed decisions quickly as issues come up. The Chamber of Commerce is here for your business – submit your employment question to by Wednesday, June 10th for inclusion in the discussion.  Jennifer will answer questions on important topics such as:

  • managing the recall process
  • deciding on layoffs and rollbacks
  • considering requests for leaves and accommodations 
  • dealing with work refusals 

Friday June 12th from 12:00 – 1:00pm 
Please register here to receive the link the day before to the event  

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Approved plans for reopening by the Nova Scotia government can be found here: This will get updated as industry sector plans get approved. 

A general resource page for reopening with links to info and government guidance can be found here:

Build Your Online Presence Webinar by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Facebook. 
Wednesday, June 3rd from 2:00 – 3:00 pm 
Learn how to build your business’ online presence with a Facebook Business Page and find out about the free Facebook tools to jumpstart your business online. We’ll cover everything from building your Facebook Business Page, to communicating with your customers, and managing and measuring your page.
Tune in to hear answers to the questions you submitted during registration.
Register Here

Cyber Security Webinar with Field Effect Webinar by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Field Effect.
Thursday, June 4th from 12:30 -1:30pm 
Many companies have transitioned their teams to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. What precautions do you need to take to protect you and your organization from an increase in cyber threats during this unprecedented time?
What will be covered during this webinar: 
·           Cyber threats you need to be aware of 
·           Data trends we’re seeing during the pandemic 
·           Equipment needs. Is it okay to work on your own computer?  
·           Video conferencing – is it secure?  
·           Email security 
For more information and to register visit: Cyber Security Webinar 

Virtual Presentations Skills Course offered by FRABA 
Comprehensive end-to-end course for professionals. Participants will take part in class discussions and active demonstrations related to presentations skills for their potential audiences of one or many. 
Tuesday & Thursday afternoons June 9- July 23rd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm 
For more information and to register please visit:FRABA Course Registration

Local Supply of PPE
Sangster’s Automotive in Elmsdale has a good supply of PPE: 
Surgical Masks – sold in 5’s, 10’s and 50’s – $1.75 each
KN95 Masks – sold in sets of 2 – $6 each
KN95 Masks – sold as 10 per package – $5 each
Nitrile Gloves – Powder free – 6ml thickness – box of 50 – $16.98 
Nitrile Gloves – Powder free – 8ml thickness – box of 50 – $21.98
Liquid Hand Sanitizer – 1L – 80% alcohol – WHO approved – $18.98
Instant Gel Hand Sanitizer – 236ml – $10
Face Shields – Plastic – $13.98

Webinar Series for Businesses During COVID-19

The EHCC is organizing a series of FREE webinars that would benefit the business community during this time of social distancing. The idea is to provide the tools and knowledge for businesses to pivot the business platform, to be better prepared when the State of Emergency is lifted and to help them spend this time productively.   

We need your help!
The Chamber is looking for those who are experts in their field and who have content that would benefit small businesses in this time of crisis. 
Do you have information that could assist businesses during this time? 
Do have solutions that may help other businesses? 

If you’re interested in hosting a webinar for the business community, please email your topics with a brief outline of the content to

Advertise with the Chamber!

  1. On our website: Place your ad on our home page. Just $80 plus HST for 1 month (members only). Details for graphic can be found here:
  2. In our newsletter:
  • Members News: Member News: you can place a brief 150 characters in this section. News can include an upcoming event, anniversary, award, etc. There is no cost and you can place 1 item of news up to 4 times a year.
  • Paid ad: This is an opportunity promote any upcoming sales or promotions that you have, new products, or to help get your logo out there. Contact for more details. Just $40 plus HST for 1 month (members only).


As always, if you have any questions, run into roadblocks, or identify gaps in programs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us – we’re here to help! Please contact us at (902) 883-1010 or

For the latest information and resources, visit our COVID-19 Resource page