Jim Sutherland and the rest of the crew at the...
© Ken Partridge
Maritime Laser Cutting's new mascott in the Woodside Park.
• Jim Sutherland and the rest of the crew at the Highfield Park Drive fire station send out a special and heart-felt thank you to everyone at Mills Painting and Sandblasting on Simmonds Drive for graciously stepping up to the plate and donating time and materials to do a special project for the fire station. The Highfield Park station recently added an antique fire hydrant to its front flowerbeds. As it is a beg/borrow kind of job due to budget restraints, the crew at the station did the flowerbeds and secured the hydrant through contacts and partnerships with businesses and municipal entities. They were able to secure the old fire hydrant (dated 1895, one of the oldest in HRM) from the Old Mill Tavern property prior to demolition, but were left with a rust encrusted relic that was in dire need of refinishing. The fire crew is very thankful that a Burnside business would be willing to do an expensive job for next to nothing, and want to give them a proper thank you. By stepping up to the plate and giving back to their area, Mills helped complete a project that may not have otherwise been completed.
• Nova Communications, a Motorola Radio Solutions Partner and the largest independent wireless systems integrator in Eastern Canada, has earned the Partner of Excellence Award for Canada. The award recognizes Nova Communications' achievements in marketplace success, investment in new technologies and innovative solutions for their customers. Andrew Boswell, President of Nova Communications, accepted the award at the recent national Motorola Solutions Channel Partner Event. "This award is a credit to our customers, our team and our partners," Boswell says. "We're proud to be recognized by our world-class partner and look forward to continuing this success in delivering wireless innovation to our customers." Nova Communications led one of the largest Motorola broadband network deployments in the world. Nova Communications also deployed Canada's first next-generation trunked MotoTRBO voice and data digital two-way radio system for a major North American international airport. Celebrating its 30th year in business, Nova Communications is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia with employees throughout the region.
• SimplyCast.com has redesigned its company website. The updated look and feel was implemented to coincide with the release of version 7.6 of the company's powerful all-in-one marketing platform. The new website provides comprehensive information on all of SimplyCast's products, including email marketing, online survey creation, fax marketing, SMS marketing, autoresponder marketing, event management, online form creation, list management, IP monitoring, link tracking, Twitter marketing, Facebook marketing, landing page marketing and voice broadcasting. Saeed El-Darahali, president and CEO of SimplyCast says, "If early feedback is any indication, we have created a site that not only is loved by web visitors, but also backs up the design with easy-to-digest information." SimplyCast is also celebrating El-Darahali's recent honour of being named this year's recipient of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award presented by Saint Mary's Alumni council. Each year, the award is granted to Saint Mary's University Alumni within 10 years of receiving a Bachelor's degree or within five years of receiving a Graduate degree. El-Darahali, who has served as SimplyCast's president and CEO since 2009, attended Saint Mary's University from 1998 through 2004 and graduated with Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Certificate of Human Resource. "I am deeply honored to be selected from the thousands of outstanding alumni that Saint Mary's University boasts," El-Darahali says. "Nova Scotia is the best province to build and grow a company and Saint Mary's provided me with all the skills needed to not only influence and grow SimplyCast, but my community as well."
• The Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR) raised $16,169 for Feed Nova Scotia through the Realtors Miles for Meals campaign. This province-wide effort united realtors in an effort to raise funds and awareness for its 2012 Charity of Choice as part of the national campaign. "As Realtors we are constantly giving back to the communities we live and work in," says Wayne MacIntosh, NSAR's president. "The Miles for Meals campaign is our way of concentrating those efforts to have a bigger, broader impact." Since every dollar donated allows Feed N.S. to distribute $14 worth of food, the Miles for Meals campaign makes a big difference. The highlight of the Miles for Meals campaign was a two-week journey spearheaded by NSAR's Executive Officer Roger Boutilier, who cycled from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Yarmouth. He was joined by member realtors, some who cycled with him and others organized fundraising events along the route or made donations.
• Recent polling by the Red Cross shows that nearly 40 per cent of Canadians say they have been in an emergency situation where they have had to perform first aid, but only 18 per cent are currently certified. "Although 68 per cent of Canadians say they can recognize the signs of a life-threatening health emergency, like choking or cardiac arrest, fewer than half believe they have the skills to provide life-saving basic first aid," says Don Marentette, national manager of first aid programs with the Canadian Red Cross. "The Red Cross believes lapsed training and Canadians' low confidence in their ability to save a life are directly related, and pose a risk in emergencies." While many people believe first aid is usually administered on strangers, polling shows that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians who have had to provide first aid did so to help a family member. There is a significant gap between Canadians' perception of the importance of taking a first aid course and actually taking one. Although nearly 98 per cent of Canadians say knowing how to perform first aid is important, 82 per cent have not taken a first aid course within the last three years.
• Confidence among Nova Scotia's small business owners showed little change in August, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Nova Scotia's Business Barometer® Index remained low, but steady at 54.4, registering as the second lowest confidence level in the country. National confidence stands at 60.0. "One of the factors driving confidence down is fuel and energy cost pressures," says CFIB Atlantic Vice President Leanne Hachey. "The number of Nova Scotia small business owners reporting fuel and energy costs as one of their main concerns is among the highest in Canada, and with energy costs projected to increase in next few years, small businesses see no relief in sight." A one-page provincial summary is available at www.cfib.ca/ns along with the national report.
• The scales can't open until 6 p.m. on October 11, but Feed Nova Scotia says you can start collecting food donations now. For the third year in a row, the non-profit is entering the Great Canadian Food Fight, a national food drive where organizations across the country compete to see who can collect and weigh the most donations in a 48-hour period. Although the official collection and weigh-in period is slated for 6 p.m. on October 11 until 6 p.m. on October 13, the organization is asking the public to start organizing food and fundraising events now. On October 4 and 5, volunteers will be visiting businesses in Burnside to seek their commitment to organize a food drive, with proceeds going toward the total weigh-in. "The Burnside business community has always been a strong supporter of Feed Nova Scotia and we're counting on everyone to rally together more than ever in the coming weeks," says Executive Director Dianne Swinemar. "This event has the potential to help thousands of Nova Scotians who struggle with hunger. Although it has a competitive, playful angle, supporting families in need is what the Great Canadian Food Fight is really all about." Go to feednovascotia.ca/foodfight for more information and to register through the online form to make your food and fundraising efforts known.
• Jazz Airlines is moving to Burnside. The regional carrier is leaving its current Enfield location and will make its move into the Park early in the New Year. Management is currently planning the logistics involved and employees will be presented with an orientation package on Burnside and its environs to help ease the transition.
• Northeastern Protection Service Inc. has appointed Mike Duffy to the role of Business Development Manager. Duffy will be responsible for the development of all divisions of Northeastern, technical, electronic and personnel. Duffy has an extensive background in management and sales. Based in Burnside, Northeastern is one of a select few companies in Canada that can provide full-service protection solutions.
• MLA Trevor Zinck has announced his intention to run in the next provincial election – even though his court case on fraud and breach of trust charges is still pending. Zinck's case won't go before a judge until next June, while it appears more and more likely the government will call an election in the spring. Zinck says he's aware his court case will be a subject for discussion at the doorstep during a campaign, but he still maintains his innocence and says he has nothing to hide.
In other business park news:
• Woodside Business Park: A special place named in honor of a three-legged wonder has been created so that others can celebrate the lives of their four-legged friends and those who loved them. On September 15th, Trio's Place officially opened at the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter in Woodside. "Trio's Place is not a cemetery; it is simply a serene place where we can remember and pay tribute to a loved one's life," says Bide Awhile President Nancy Mansfield. The community garden is named in recognition of Trio, the shelter's chief resident for over 23 years, who passed away as plans were being finalized. "Trio was exceptional and we want our garden to be exceptional. The name for this special place in our community was obvious," says Chris Hornberger, chair of the planning committee. For more information, please contact Bide Awhile at (902.469.9578) or visit the website at www.bideawhile.org.
• Woodside Business Park: Maritime Laser Cutting has a new mascot that also showcases the company's skills. A T-Rex scale model produced by the company's technicians graces the parking lot outside its Estates Road location. If you like what you see, you can also 'Like' it on Facebook.