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Small Business Week 2021

Small Business
Week 2021




Five stories of disruption to opportunity

A blue and green graphic with photos of local small business owners, and the text: Small Business Week 2021: Five Stories of Disruption to Opportunity #ThinkExport

October 17–23
BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship. Perhaps there has never been a more important time to come together and recognize what entrepreneurs have achieved over the past 18 months. Read the stories of five Nova Scotia companies that embraced disruption and created opportunity.

LeeWay Marine

A marine company scales up during COVID

LeeWay Marine, a Dartmouth-based marine services company, entered a new market during the pandemic and had one of its best years yet.

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Shivani’s Kitchen

Exporting spices and sauces to appreciative customers

When the pandemic closed Shivani Dhamija’s restaurant, she launched a food production plant in West Hants. Now, the spice blends and sauces she and her team make there are sold in stores throughout Atlantic Canada.

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A tech startup uses Voice AI to help veterinarians

Talkatoo CEO Shawn Wilkie has always loved the pet health industry, and he has spent the past several years working to create solutions that help veterinarians in their day-to-day operations.

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Scotian Gold

An investment in robotics to increase capacity

Scotian Gold stores, packs and markets 60% of the apple production in Atlantic Canada, and now the business is adding a new line and robotics to increase its packing efficiency.

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Graphite Innovation & Technologies

Smoother sailing means healthier oceans

Graphite  Innovation & Technologies has developed a marine hull coating that will save on fuel, reduce corrosion and increase a vessel’s lifespan — without the toxic effects of traditional marine coatings.

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