Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network

Posted at 6:55 am on October 19, 2017

A start-up competition based out of Port Hawkesbury is down to 10 contestants, hoping to win a package that will spin their small business dream into a reality. The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network is encouraging the entrepreneurial culture in Port Hawkesbury by giving contestants the chance to win 2 years of rent free in the town, along with a $20,000 business loan and a slew of other perks.
Misty MacDonald is the Project lead with the REN, and says that it’s refreshing to see a wide variety of business ideas coming from the 10 remaining contestants. MacDonald says that the diversity of business ideas range from a doggy day care, a photo studio and music stop.
MacDonald says the groups will now prepare a Dragon’s Den style two minute presentation for judges.

Posted at 1:32 pm on October 11, 2017

The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network has an Economic Development Officer for Guysborough and St. Mary’s.  She’s Maria Ludlow, a Guysborough County

Maria Ludlow

native, with more than ten years of combined financial and administrative experience.  Ludlow, who has spent the past decade in Ottawa, is a graduate of St. FX University’s Business Administration program.  Ludlow will be posted to the REN’s Guysborough office.

Her responsibilities will be to identify and establish economic development opportunities in the area.  That includes business retention and expansion, industrial sector development through research and promoting the region to new and existing businesses.