Job Opportunity – Festival & Event Support

Summer Student Job Opportunity with the North End Business Association
Released May 30, 2017

The North End Business Association (NEBA) is seeking a student who is enthusiastic, independent, and a lover of all things North End, — to become part of our team for the summer of 2017.

NEBA represents over 400 businesses and actively promotes, supports, and advocates for a resilient business community that contributes to a diverse, inclusive, vibrant North End.  This position requires someone who is willing in be involved and engaged in all aspects of NEBA’s activities. It will be an excellent opportunity to work in a professional environment while engaging with the community in a number of different ways. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director, as well as work under the supervision of the Event Coordinator.

This position is being partially funded through Canada Summer Jobs. As per the funding agreement, an eligible applicant for this position:

(a) is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;

(b) was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;

(c) intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;

(d) is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;

(e) is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;

(f) is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

*Foreign students are not eligible.

The successful candidate will assist NEBA with:

  • Festival and event coordination including site planning, logistics, volunteer coordination, set-up and breakdown;
  • Marketing and promotion through social media and the distribution of promotional materials;
  • General maintenance work as required;
  • General office administration duties including organizing meetings, taking minutes, communications, copying, running errands, etc.
  • Working shifts at the waterfront NS Tourism kiosk

Applicants must have:

  • General computer skills including how to use Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • A passion for working with social media platforms;
  • Ability to assist with general labour activities;
  • Ability to work independently and with the team;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Be able to work flexible hours on event dates;
  • Demonstrated initiative, follow through, and ‘can do’ attitude;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment;
  • Have a real passion for working with North End Halifax community!

Start date: June 26th

Finish date: September 1st

Pay: $14.00 hour / 30 hours a week

To apply for this position, please provide a resume that states your employment goals, your work experience, and 3 references; along with a letter about why you want to work in the North End, what assets you bring to the job, and what job skills you want to develop through this experience. All applications can be sent to info@gonorthhalifax.com by June 12, 2017. NEBA sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you!

NEBA Member Engagement Session


60 (exactly) North End businesses responded to NEBA’s the “Next 5 Years” survey, and shared their thoughts on the things that matter to them about the future of the business district. About 15 people came out to Attica to review the results of the survey and help provide some more context to the findings. The survey revealed a number of insights into what what the membership values, is concerned about, and hopes for the future. In terms as assets, the membership identified:

  • Diversity (businesses, cultures, socio-economic)
  • Community Feel/Residents
  • Funkiness/Artiness
  • Independent/Non-Corporate Businesses
  • Walkability/Bikeability
  • Proximity to Downtown/Bridges
  • Low-rise Streetscapes
  • Parking
  • Greenspaces
  • Affordability
  • Heritage Buildings
  • New Growth

Moving forward, folks said they want to see an expanded mix of retail (independent), restaurants, offices and residences; a place to live, work and play; a vibrant and exciting destination; a place where businesses, residents (long-time and new) and not-for-profits collaborate; and a safe, walkable neighbourhood.

Things to improve upon included affordability, transit, branding and placemaking, more (controlled) development, and improved signage.

NEBA plans to use the outcomes of the survey and engagement session to inform it’s strategic plan for the next 5 years. In the process there will be more opportunities for the membership to engage in discussion about the future of the area and NEBA’s role. We thank everyone who participated. As your association, we want to know what you think. Please continue to share your thoughts with us.

Live on Agricola

The North End Business Association in organizing Live on Agricola for the summer of 2017. Starting June 16th we will have live musicians performing busker style on Agricola Street every Friday evening until September 8th. In fact, we already have a line-up!

To help make this happen we are looking for sponsors.
Sponsorships of $125.00 will go directly to pay the musicians. Musicians receive $75.00 for 2 hours of music. We try to book all local North End talent and provide a variety of music genres. Have a favourite? Let us know!

Sponsors will be recognized with their logo on a banner which is displayed during
The musicians set. These musical events will also be promoted through NEBA’s
social media, events page, and newsletter, with shout outs to the sponsors and
musicians.
We hope you are able to participate this year and help keep the North End rocking while supporting our local musicians. Our goal with this event is to positively enhance the North End experience, which is good for people, good for musicians and good for business.
Got questions? Please call Patty (902 452 2490) or Tracy (902 483 1896) at NEBA.
Thanks for your support!

NEBA Levy Changes 2016

NEBA LEVY CHANGES

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The NEBA Board of Directors met on March 14th, 2016 and voted to increase the Association’s Levy. This is the first increase since the association was established in 2011. In order to continue meeting our objectives it was determined that an increase in funding is necessary. A letter from the board chairperson, Laurie Stephenson, was mailed out to all commercial property owners in the NEBA district on April 11th, 2016 notifying of the levy changes.

Upon much discussion and debate the following increase was voted on and approved by the Board:

  • A levy rate increase from $0.15/$100 of assessed value to $0.16/$100 of assessed value;
  • An increase to the cap from $2500 to $3000;
  • Increase in the minimum levy amount from $50 to $350;
  • Removal of the multi-property clause (which will require a by-law amendment.)

If you would like to checkout how these changes affect you please download our on-line calculator or you can email us at info@gonorthhalifax.com and we would be happy to assist you.

For more information on the processes and governance of the Board of Directors and the Association please read the NEBA By-Laws and Governance Manual.

Commercial Tax Reform

Coming to Council Soon: Commercial Tax Reform Staff Report 

 

Back in April 2015 Councillors Mason and Outhit requested a staff report and recommendations for changes to the commercial tax structure and for implementation approaches that shall:

  • Address concerns regarding small and independent businesses in the central business district and main street and commercial corridors
  • Outline options to address these issues
  • Contain pros and cons of various courses of action
  • Be returned for Council consideration no later than October 2015 so consideration can be
  • given by Council prior to the 2016/2017 budget.

NEBA, together with Quinpool Road Area Business Association, submitted a position paper on Commercial Tax Reform to HRM providing input on our issues with the current commercial tax system and suggesting ways to help mitigate the ill-effects of the current tax system on small businesses — particularly those in districts where redevelopment is driving up tax assessments and placing large tax burdens small mainstreet businesses. The full position paper is available HERE, and we will be hosting a NEBA Meet and Greet in the next couple of weeks to present the findings from the research that was conducted over the summer and the details of our position paper.

MOST IMPORTANT: Please stay tuned for an announcement about the HRM Staff Report to Council on Commercial Taxes. If this issue matters to you, it is critical you come to the council meeting and show council that something needs to be done! Once we know when this item is on the council agenda we will send out a message to all members. Please help by spreading the word. Taxes are only going to go up more — possibly like Quinpool, where some businesses experienced 50% increases and more last year. We need to let Council know that such increases can not be absorbed by small businesses, and small businesses on our mainstreets matter. They should not carry a disproportionate share of the burden of taxes for the municipality.

  

District 7 & 8 2015-16 Participatory Budgeting

PARTICIPATORY BUDGET

District 7 & 8 2015-16 Participatory Budgeting
Councillors Jennifer Watts and Waye Mason are inviting the community to provide input on how to spend each district’s 2015-2016 capital budget of $94,000.

The process, which is called Participatory Budgeting, was initiated in Halifax in 2013 by Councillor Mason. He held two public sessions in summer of 2014 – the first was an open exchange of ideas on how to spend the money and a vote was held at the second. The selected projects included funds for a new search and rescue vehicle for Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team, bicycle repair stands on Dalhousie University campus and a scaffolding installation on Argyle Street during the building of Trade Centre. In District 8 last year, residents supported playgrounds, increasing accessibility for community buildings and signage for the Africville Museum.
Councillor Watts says “It will be really exciting to see the great suggestions and ideas that will come from community and neighbourhood groups for making District 8 and our municipality a better place to live. This is seed money to grow great neighbourhood initiatives.”

District 7 – Councillor Waye Mason Participatory Budgeting Sessions
Monday, April 13th – Idea Swap and Information Session, 7-8:30pm, Halifax Central Library, room 301
Tuesday, May 5th – Proposal Deadline (via email or mail)
Tuesday, May 19th- Voting Day, 6-9pm, Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s room
For more information or questions regarding District 7 Participatory Budgeting, please contact Jessica Bradley by phone 902-490-2625 or email bradlej@halifax.ca

District 8 – Councillor Jennifer Watts Participatory Budgeting Sessions
Wednesday, April 1st- Idea Swap and Information Session, 7-8:30pm, Italian Cultural Centre
Friday, May 1st- Proposal Deadline (via email or mail)
Thursday, June 4th- Voting Day, 6-9pm, Italian Cultural Centre, 2629 Agricola St
For more information or questions regarding District 8 Participatory Budgeting, please contact Nadine Yuriev by phone 902-490-1577 or email yurievn@halifax.ca

Big Melt Challenge

Will you take THE BIG MELT CHALLENGE?

big meltWho knows what is about to be revealed when those mountains of ice and snow that line our streets melt, but early signs show it might not be pretty. We will be working with Halifax Maintenance to try to stay on top of the situation. As well, we pay an independent contractor to help with street cleaning efforts. If you see overflowing garbage bins, or garbage that needs to be picked up, call 311 or send us a message. Any assistance you can lend in helping our street clean-up efforts is always appreciated.

  • Send us a photo of your street cleaning good deed and be entered to win one of five Gottingen T-shirt giveaways, as well as make it on our WALL OF FAME!! ‪#‎BigMelt‬
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Group Health Insurance Plan Available to NEBA Members

Group Health Insurance Plan Available to NEBA Members

NEBA has joined the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, making NEBA members eligible to participate in the Chamber of Commerce Group Health Insurance Plan. This is an excellent chance for small businesses to take advantage a group health plan while still being able to customize coverage based on what you need and want.  NEBA is very excited to be able to offer members this opportunity in conjunction with the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan has been protecting Canadian firms for over 40 years operating as a not for profit and pooling your claims together with 31,000 other small business giving a strength in numbers approach to group benefits. These two aspects of the plan enable firms to see a 20% reduction in costs as well as introducing stability into their current program. There are nearly 1000 small businesses in HRM using the Chambers Plan to protect their employees with comprehensive group benefits including dental, health insurance and disability coverage as well  – making it Canada’s #1 employee benefits plan for small business.

Some of the reasons why many businesses are choosing the Chambers Plan compared to other carriers are:

  • No Minimum Firm Size
  • Rate Stability
  • Supporting a Local Product
  • Coverage is guaranteed to continue, non-cancelable
  • Outstanding Service and Fast, Accurate Claim Payments

NEBA’s Chamber Membership enables up to 100 businesses to participate in the program. A number of members have already expressed interest in participating. If you would like join, or find out more information visit http://www.chamberplan.ca or contact Korry Grudic directly at Theriault Financial Inc. for a no obligations quote korry@tfi.cc or 902-434-9088.

Viola Desmond Heritage Day

1554548_1383379848590789_823356191_nFebruary 16th is the inaugural NS Heritage Day holiday, which this year celebrates the North End’s own local hero, Viola Desmond. Desmond was a successful local entrepreneur who had her own beauty salon on Gottingen Street, started the Desmond School of Beauty Culture, and established her own line beauty products, Vi’s Beauty Products. She is also one of Canada’s most well-known and celebrated civil rights activists. Desmond was jailed over one cent ofsales tax for challenging racial segregation at a film theatre in 1946.

There will be events in the North End to commemorate this special day.

POSTPONED to Monday February 16th!
Monday February 16th 7:00 pm

An Evening of Viola Desmond at the Bus Stop Theatre
There will be a live performance by produced by Bridge Centre for Arts & Technology, spoken word with Poet Laureate El Jones, music, art and live discussions. This is a free event. Everyone welcome!

Monday February 16th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Canceled – Alternate date TBD

Viola Desmond Heritage Day Celebrations at the North End Library
Join Deputy Premier, Diane Whalen (Minister of Finance), and Minister of Communities and Heritage, Tony Ince, at the North End Library to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Viola Desmond. There will be screenings of “A Long Road to Justice, The Viola Desmond Story”, a video screening of the Viola Desmond Song Competition finalists, and an opportunity to give input into creating a permanent Gottingen Street memorial in honour of Viola Desmond. Food and refreshments provided by The Soul Shack. Hope to see you there!

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Parking Permits in the North End

Effective July 2014, HRM will be selling monthly parking permits in one, two or three month increments. Previously these were only available on a monthly basis. 

Halifax’s monthly permit parking initiative helps manage on-street parking demands on residential streets that are used by commuters for parking during the day.  When residents request changes to parking regulations to improve their access, HRM can respond in three ways:
1) adding a one or two hour parking limit; 2) restricting parking during specific hours during the day;  or, 3) creating permit parking only zones.  While the first two options have the effect of restricting all-day parking, permit parking tries to accommodate both resident and commuter needs.  Halifax is one of two municipalities in Canada that has such a program.
 
Revenue from the sale of monthly parking permits supports the implementation of sustainable transportation options such as transit, bicycling and carpooling.
 
Monthly parking permits cost $30 per month and are available at HRM Customer Service Centres on the 15th day of the preceding month.  There are a limited number of permits available for each street.  More information, including locations are available at:http://www.halifax.ca/traffic/residential_on_street_parking.php