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I attended the Kings 2050 presentation at the AVCC luncheon today. I've heard about it a lot, but hadn't heard a lot about it. I wanted to hear the details. So far it seems there are no details. At this point the County of Kings have a vision to have a vision.

This is an important endeavor and can be an important planning tool for the future. However, it needs to be approached in the right way... methodically starting with the big picture and leaving the details for later phases.

I pointed out at the meeting that they should not get caught in the weeds at this stage. They need to determine what Kings County wants to be from a high level... How do they want to be described? Each town and village needs the same process to be conducted within this visioning process and coordinate with other towns, villages, and the County. This had been started to some degree with each municipality's Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), but needs more depth and coordination.

Communities should plan to be complementary to each other, rather than competitive. This is a process that can help that happen. We have a community that is a shopping centre, one that is a cultural centre, and one that has evolved into a professional services centre. Some communities don't have a clear identity and need some help. Some have not embraced their identity, so need to make decisions on how to do this or change direction. These can all be part of this collaborative and integrated process.

Smaller communities play a large part in this as well. Do they want to be an agricultural community, a fishing community, an attraction for tourists, athletes, festivals, events, conventions, etc. -- or some defined combination of these? How do neighbouring communities work together to complement each other's offerings to families, tourists, and businesses?

This is essentially a large-scale branding exercise. Once it is done, the details and planning can be developed to fit and foster growth toward making these brand identities a reality. It will not happen overnight, but a well-defined vision will guide strategic planning to get us there.

Kings 2050 is in early stages. I am hopeful our leaders will be focused on developing the vision in a methodical, collaborative, and disciplined way.


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Based on this article, I guess I am preparing to scale my business.
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Young people face many challenges today and the best options for their future are not always to do what is expected or what has been done before. We need to support and encourage innovation is laying out a career path.
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These are so true. Every entrepreneur certainly does not fit all of these stereotypes. I know I don't.
14 answers from the YEC to the question: What do you consider to be the most common misconception about entrepreneurship?
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Some of this seems obvious, and some of it not, but a good read to bring the points top-of-mind.
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A great Mother's Day gift for the mom that has everything.
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Great tips. I think many tend to discount the value of the freemium model, but it has many proven successes.
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Not exactly PC, but rings true.
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Leading people is difficult. Leading myself is even more difficult.
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Marketing through social media is something I realize the value of, but have difficulty making myself do it. It makes sense conceptually, but I never seem to know where to start.
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Nova Insights Market Research & Consulting
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  • Nova Insights
    President, 2009 - present
  • Thinkwell Research
    Vice President, 2007 - 2009
  • KLJ Field Services
    Vice President, 2005 - 2007
  • The Taylor Research & Consulting Group
    Director of Operations & Strategic Planning, 1997 - 2005
  • Becker Institute, Inc.
    Project Associate, 1995 - 1997
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Market Research Specialist, Husband, Father, Barbershopper
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I worked for 10 years in New England learning market research from the ground up.  I married a high school crush and moved back to Nova Scotia where we have a son, two dogs, and a cat.

I founded my own market research firm in Kentville, N.S. where I serve clients across Canada and the U.S.

My primary hobby for the past 25 years has been singing barbershop harmony in a chorus and quartets.
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  • Acadia University
    Business / Finance, 1989 - 1993
  • RIVA Inc.
    Moderator Training, 1999 - 1999
  • Cornwallis District High School
    1983 - 1989
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