There are many changes coming around the corner to Shelburne’s marine industry with the expansion of aquaculture and boat building.
With those changes comes questions from businesses both local and from away that are wondering how they can benefit from employment and business opportunities.
A team of economic development partners for Shelburne County has created the first Marine Trade Show and Forum that will be held in Shelburne on Nov. 16 and 17.
The event is a trade show and forum focused on the marine sector in Shelburne County, free to the public and an opportunity for small business owners to learn about opportunities related to both existing and new marine industry projects.
“Whether you’re a small business or entrepreneur interested in providing services to the marine sector or a public resident interested in the economic growth and sustainability of your community this show will be of interest to you,” said Dixie Redmond, executive director for CBDC Shelburne.
The event begins on the Friday with keynote speaker May Taylor talking about transforming rural communities through marine sector development.
“Max Taylor has been involved with many aspects of the growth and expansion of aquaculture in the Coast of Bays region in his community in Newfoundland,” said Redmond. “He can speak first hand from obstacles overcome and lessons learned on how businesses can prepare to capitalize on growth opportunities.”
He is presently mayor of the town St. Jacques in Coomb’s Cove and has supported aquaculture moving in the Coast of Bays region and has seen the industry playing a major role in the region becoming sustainable. But he is clear to government and industry that expansion has to be done right.
“Young people can make a better living now at home in the aquaculture industry than they did relocating to urban areas in search of employment,” said Taylor. “As a result the area is witnessing more young families moving back home. A good part of their workforce is made up of 30 to 40 year olds.”
Redmond said that these jobs are not just entry level but also skilled labour jobs.
The town’s population is similar to the Shelburne area with a population of 8,000 and there are 800 direct jobs, an increase in residential building by 25 per cent, an increase in property values and a significant increase in spinoffs including accommodations, food service, construction, trades, small engine repair, retail, real estate and health care.
“Everything expands when 300 people come to the area. This event is not about supporting Cooke’s or even Irving,” said Redmond. “It is about being prepared for what is coming.”
The weekend will teach how companies are planning for sustainable growth and how the community can help prepare to maximize on the economic benefits.
Friday will start with the keynote speaker, Max Taylor at 6:00 p.m.
From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. there will be the trade show booths open with information, employment and business opportunities.
Saturday will include a networking breakfast with Max Taylor that has a $15 registration fee. People must be register early.
Trade show booths will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and there will be a panel discussion at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m.
At 2:00 p.m. there will be a marine industry think tank.
People will get the opportunity to experience the NSCC navigational simulator, a mobile training unit used to simulate navigation equipment found on board coastal vessels.
It allows fishers to train on equipment including the life boat simulator, the only mobile simulator in the world that can be used to train students top deploy from a vessel in a an emergency. It can also be used to train for man over board.
For more information or to register contact Lynn Winfield at 902-874-0802 or by email: Shelburne@cbdc.ca