ELEVATE


With each edition of Elevate, readers from near and far are able to see that Cape Breton is truly open for business, while also showcasing the unique and highly-sought after lifestyle built by the spirited people that live in the communities across the island.

January 28, 2015

DRESSING UP CAPE BRETON: BRITTANY WOODWORTH, OWNER OF TIMELESS MOMENTS

At 25 years old Brittany Woodworth is already making her mark by as an award winning entrepreneur, she is the owner of Timeless Moments dress shop in downtown Sydney.   Brittany has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and participated in Junior Achievement programs through high school to develop her business skills. She had dreamed of owning her own business one day, but didn’t realize how close she was to achieving this dream.   A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University Brittany returned home to Cape Breton after receiving her degree in business and leadership management. Following her graduation Brittney started… Read more >
January 16, 2015

ONENS COALITION CREATES A VISION FOR NOW

Entrepreneurship, innovation and positive change were topics of discussion earlier this week as the One Nova Scotia Coalition met in Cape Breton. The Coalition members visited Cape Breton as part of their provincial tour to gain a more inclusive outlook on planning for the province’s economic future.   Appointed by the Right and Honourable Premier Stephen MacNeil, the One Nova Scotia Coalition is made up of 15 political, business and community leaders from across the province to achieve the goals of the Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians report. The Now or Never report highlights the role that Nova Scotians’ have… Read more >
January 15, 2015

USING NATURE TO BUILD A BUSINESS: THE GROUNDSWELL HOTEL AND SURF LODGE

Ten years ago Damian Phillips visited Nova Scotia on a trip to see his extended family. It was on that trip that Damien fell in love with the province and made a vow that he would find a way to come back.   Originally from the United Kingdom, Damian spent some time after his initial visit to Nova Scotia traveling across the rest of Canada. Nearing the end of his trip Damian ended up settling in Calgary where he started a window washing business to make some extra cash. With no experience, Damian spent the next eight years building his… Read more >
December 12, 2014

ADVANCING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CAPE BRETON

One of the top priorities of the ESP group is the creation of a strategy to guide Cape Breton’s efforts in the development and support of entrepreneurship.  Our advisory team has encouraged those at work on our strategy to:   Provide recommendations to improve the entrepreneurship culture Review entrepreneurship supports and identify overlaps and gaps Outline ways to insert entrepreneurship education in the public education system Suggest tactics to increase the number of business start-ups Identify best practices from jurisdictions where growth in entrepreneurship occurred Outline ways to funnel entrepreneurial ideas into commercial applications   What becomes apparent is the… Read more >
December 9, 2014

BRETON ABILITY CENTRE CREATES NEW JOBS THROUGH A GREEN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

The Breton Ability Centre has launched a new social enterprise that has made being green more convenient and rewarding for residents across CBRM. The Community Bottle Donation Bin directly supports Breton Ability Centre’s employment programs by collecting the money earned from the recyclable donations made in the form of glass and plastic bottles. The new program was designed to create significant and meaningful work opportunities for residents living and working with disabilities at Breton Ability Centre. Money made from the Bottle Donation Bin goes directly back into the Centre, funding program costs, employee compensation and the Life Work Centre.   “The… Read more >