Chamber Initiatives

The Shelburne & Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC) works in a variety of ways to help to foster new business and support the current business community. Examples include:

Highway 103 Signage Project

The SACC has spearheaded an ongoing project to encourage the removal of derelict business signs from our region’s section of Highway 103. This initiative¬† aims to maintain a clean and inviting entrance to our area that presents the best possible image to the travelling public.

Along with communicating directly with business owners who own highway signs, the chamber has also worked to advise the Municipality of the District of Shelburne on creating bylaws that enforce private upkeep of highway signage.

In addition to highway signage, the Chamber has taken efforts to advise the Town of Shelburne regarding the beautification of Exit 26. As the main highway entrance to the Town for all travelers, the SACC understands the importance of maintaining a clean and inciting “front door”, encouraging travelers to visit and stay in our area.

Beautification of Downtown Shelburne

The SACC works in a variety of ways to assist with the beautification of the downtown business district of the Town of Shelburne:

      • Loyalist Flags – the Chamber sells and distributes United Empire Loyalists Flags to Shelburne businesses in the summer months. These flags act as a historical brand for our area and also add bright colour to our streets.¬† Businesses are encouraged to fly them throughout the tourist season.
      • Mood lighting – the Chamber has worked with the Town and the Municipality to purchase and install additional mood lighting (i.e. LED solar lights) in the Town of Shelburne. Recommended as part of Roger Brooks’ downtown revitalization keynote, simple mood lighting creates a more welcoming and attractive environment for visitors and residents alike.
      • Murals and large posters in empty storefronts– the Chamber has commissioned a local visual artist to create painted mural panels which are installed on boarded storefront windows on Water Street in Shelburne. The chamber has also designed and printed large promotional posters of the area that have been displayed in empty storefronts specifically for the 2019 Albacore International Championship Regatta sailing event which took place in the town. Both initiatives aim to beautify the downtown and create a more welcoming business district that attracts both visitors and new business owners.
      • Facade improvement programs – the Chamber is in support of and encourages its members to take advantage of facade improvement programs occasionally offered by the Town of Shelburne which help to fund costs related to the improvement of a business’s building exterior appearance.

In Support of Local Festivals and Events

The SACC regularly supports and helps to fund local festivals and events that celebrate our community. The events help the local economy by drawing visitors to our area. Examples include:

              • Shelburne Founders’ Days festival
      • Shelburne Whirligig and Weathervane Festival
      • The purchase of a Remembrance Day wreath in Shelburne

Rural High Speed Internet

The SACC is in support of and encourages efforts made by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne to expand high speed internet service to all rural areas of the municipality. The Chamber understands the high economic value of high speed internet availability to attract new internet-reliant businesses to the area.

Annual Chamber Bursary Awards

Annually, the SACC awards one graduating student from Shelburne and one graduating student from Lockeport with a $250 bursary. Qualifying students must have worked part-time during the school year and carried full academic courses. Applications are sent to the two high schools in April. Chamber board members select the recipients and awards are presented at the school closing in June.

Political Events

Leading up to federal, provincial and municipal elections, the SACC will host a “Candidates Meet & Greet Breakfast” event which offers the public an opportunity to meet the candidates in our area’s riding, learn about each party’s platform and ask questions from the floor. The Chamber aims to support local businesses by locating these events at a local restaurant or lounge. The events are free to the public and all officially-registered candidates are encouraged to attend.

Christmas Social

The SACC annually hosts a Christmas social event in early December open to all. This event offers a relaxed, festive environment to socialize with fellow Chamber members and colleagues, network with business owners and representatives in our region and encourage new business owners to become members of the SACC.