There’s no question that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of our economy and communities. Close to 99% of Halifax’s more than 24,000 businesses are small and medium size – that’s companies with fewer than 100 employees. The majority (98.5%) have less than 50 employees.
Last week, Halifax’s business news was filled with entrepreneurial spirit. In case you missed it, a number of small businesses and grass-roots driven initiatives got some well-deserved attention for their role in driving a vibrant city.
The sibling/wine aficionado duo of Heather and Christian Rankin were the subject of a great story on their new downtown business – Obladee, a wine bar. Since opening in October 2010, Obladee has quickly become one of the hottest spots in downtown Halifax, developing a reputation as a classy but casual establishment. It’s one of several new businesses breathing life back into Barrington Street. Check out the article: http://bit.ly/wvaH7B and follow them on twitter @ObladeeWineBar.
Our city is also home to a new bicycle manufacturing company. John Wesley Chisholm, president of Arcadia Entertainment, recently released the kickstand on the Halifax Bicycle Co. with plans to build a range of bikes with light-weight, rust-resistant frames designed to withstand whatever conditions Mother Nature throws at them. Inspired by memories of his grandfather, the television producer hopes to design and build bikes that are simultaneously stylish and practical, while also igniting a passion of ‘all-things-cycling’ in Haligonians. Read more about John Wesley’s plans to get his new business rolling – literally: http://bit.ly/zqDsiK
And finally, as if it wasn’t enough already, Halifax is about to get more a lot more awesome. Next month will see the launch of the Awesome Halifax Foundation, an initiative whose purpose is to help provide financial support to get awesome ideas- whether businesses, community projects, or funky displays of art- off the ground and up-and-running. For $400, any interested business or individual can become a trustee in the Foundation and have a say in which awesome idea will receive a $1000 grant to get started. With a goal of attracting 30 trustees, one grant could potentially be awarded each month, meaning that Halifax may soon be in line for twelve doses of awesome. Follow them on Twitter @AwesomeHalifax and read the article to find out more: http://bit.ly/zAOwdR.
Mike MacKenzie is the Communications and Marketing Assistant with Greater Halifax Partnership, currently working as a Bachelor of Public Relations co-op student.
A lover of all things ‘key-message’ and strategy related, Mike is often known to spend his free time analyzing the latest-and-greatest PR/advertising campaigns. As a relative newbie to the Halifax scene, he can also be seen strolling the streets of downtown looking for the next cool thing that the city has to offer.