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Podcast series on adapting to change and making waves as a business in Cape Breton
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Moving with the Tides Episode 12: Resiliency, Community Support and a Bright Future
Host Patti MacDonald-David chats with Wendy Owens-Abbott, manager of the Bras D'or Lakes Inn located in the village of St. Peter's on Cape Breton Island. The Inn operated through the COVID pandemic, adjusting services as required...and discovering how a supportive community could make a big impact on small business.
August 31, 2021
Moving with the Tides - Episode 11 Rise Again 2030 - The Return of Cape Breton Tourism, Creative Development & Good Jobs
Patti MacDonald-David of Nova Scotia Works-Island Employment talks to Terry Smith, CEO of Destination Cape Breton. They chat about the long-term plan to rebuild the tourism economy of Cape Breton Island, post COVID.
July 28, 2021
Diversity Speaks Episode 1
Nova Scotia Works-Island Employment is dedicated to giving voice to diversity on the island of Cape Breton. In episode 1 of  "Diversity Speaks" our host Brad Sheppard speaks with Newcomer Chris Mwakiluma, about his experience in moving from Tanzania to Cape Breton.
July 6, 2021
Investing, Growing & Caring: A Cape Breton Story
Join Patti MacDonald-David as she chats with business owner Damien MacInnis. Damien is a unique entrepreneur living on Cape Breton Island. While seeking out economic partnerships, he always tends to get side-tracked into fighting for community well-being.  
July 1, 2021
Moving with the Tides - Episode 9 An Interview with Strait Area Chamber of Commerce Director
A chat with Misty MacDonald, the Director of the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce. Misty talks about what the chamber can do for Cape Breton Businesses and how COVID has impacted the chamber membership.
May 27, 2021
Moving with the Tides - Episode 8 A New Life, Potlucks and the "Wave"
Host Patti MacDonald-David chats with Trina Hall-Samson of the Y-Reach program, a settlement service for Newcomers to Cape Breton island. Learn about programs that help employers hire immigrants, what is involved in becoming part of a new rural community and how citizens reach out and welcome New Canadians here on Cape Breton Island.
May 6, 2021
YOUR PEOPLE ARE YOUR MOST VALUABLE BUSINESS ASSET: 8 tips on how to retain great employees
In this episode, Moving with the Tides host, Denise Benison, is giving you 8 great simple tips you can apply to your business, to retain talent and to build upon a workplace that employees want to be a part of. 
March 26, 2021
REJUVENATING YOUR BUSINESS: Accessing education, resources and replicating great teams, while working on your business your staff and yourself ft Deborah Hart of First Impressions
For this episode, we had the opportunity to interview Deborah Hart of First Impressions Medical Aesthetics & Rejuvenation Clinic. Tune in to hear our chat about recreating teams when opening a second location and where to find resources to level up your business and staff.
February 26, 2021
Creating Welcoming Workplaces: How to build an open and diverse team in your business with Brad Sheppard
A conversation with Diversity, Inclusion and Equity consultant, Brad Sheppard of Sheppard Diversity. We discuss the key pieces needed for a business to create a "welcoming workplace" - from the idea of leaning into discomfort, transparency and how to build trust.
February 1, 2021
Bringing the Kitchen Online: Chef Ben Kelly discusses building a platform and telling your story to connect with customers
Host Denise Benison interviews Chef Ben Kelly about collaborations, paid partnerships and the use of story telling to connect with your audience.
December 29, 2020
Knock On Wood: Exporting and the importance of online visual presentation for handcrafted goods
Interview with Don Beamish of Larch Wood Canada. Larch Wood specializes in wooden end-grain kitchen cutting boards, countertops, flooring and more. Everything is handmade in their facility on Cape Breton Island. Larch Wood understand the power of visual presences and showcasing behind-the-scenes craftsmanship in their work, when it comes to promoting their product. Larch Wood has had great success utilizing digital platforms for both customer and wholesale retail.
November 27, 2020
From Tap to Your Door: Bringing a brewery online, home deliveries, and connecting with community during hard times Ft. Breton Brewing Co.
In this episode, we interview Brian MacDonald of Breton Brewing to discuss changes made during the pandemic; the importance of brand story; dealing with the extended storefront closure; and the importance of collaborating with community!
October 23, 2020
Celtic Colours: Hosting an International Festival at Home
In our first episode of Moving with the Tides, a podcast that discusses adapting to change and making waves as a business in Cape Breton, we speak with Executive Director, Mike McSween with the Celtic Colours International Festival and how they adapted their annual culture event to an entirely online platform of performances and activities during a time of Covid-19.
August 13, 2020