By Eric Bourque
The area’s member of Parliament and Nova Scotia’s premier are scheduled to speak to the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce April 12 and April 23, respectively.
Each will be a lunchtime event.
First up will be West Nova MP Greg Kerr, who is scheduled to be in town this Thursday (April 12) for a session focusing on the recently tabled federal budget.
Kerr is looking for feedback – any questions or concerns regarding the federal budget – and the session with the Yarmouth and Area chamber is part of this process.
Kerr will address the chamber at the Rodd Grand Hotel.
Eleven days later – on Monday, April 23 – Premier Darrell Dexter will speak to the chamber at Marco’s restaurant.
Last month the Yarmouth chamber hosted a luncheon with Nova Scotia Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil.
Fifty-nine people attended that session with the provincial Liberal leader, a pretty good turnout, said Anne Marie LeBlanc, executive director of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber views such events as a chance for its members to hear what political representatives have to say and to talk to them about things pertaining to the local economy or other matters of interest to the Yarmouth area.
“It’s their opportunity to express their concerns and to (ask questions about) any issue that they feel needs to be looked at,” LeBlanc said.
Aside from hosting events such as the upcoming sessions with MP Kerr and Premier Dexter, the chamber also looks to organize other things of interest to its members, LeBlanc said. She cited as an example a new program whereby participating businesses invite other business people to visit them and do some networking.
“We’d like to do at least one a month, possibly two, if we can manage that, and we do have a waiting list for businesses that want to do that and we hope that one will pick up,” she said.
The chamber is looking at other possibilities for events too – workshops, for instance, on different topics – that might be of interest to the local business community.
The Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce has about 185 members.