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Getting connected

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When Jorge Mora moved to Halifax four years ago he found a job, but not one that fulfilled him. A trained accountant, Mora lived in Toronto and then Saint John, New Brunswick, before coming to Halifax. Boredom with his career left him unable to feel settled anywhere. Then he attended …

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Cleaning up in business

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Flavias Maboto has a natural enthusiasm and optimism. That drives her company, Flavias Magical Domestic Cleaning and Cooking. But starting out as an entrepreneur, she wasn’t always sure that was enough. “I never thought I would make a business from it,” she says. But she also knew how to clean …

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Building on dreams

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Nova Scotia needs immigrants and people brave enough to start their own businesses. Getting both in entrepreneurial newcomers can solve the problems simultaneously, according to Laurie Cameron, the head of Halifax’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED). CEED works with entrepreneurs to help them turn ideas into reality. “I …

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You don’t have to call him Tony

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There aren’t too many Haligonians who haven’t walked into Tony’s Donair and Pizza at some point in the last 40 years. Whether it was to grab a quick bite for lunch or looking for something hot and filling while heading home after a night downtown, Tony’s has become something of …

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Taking deep breaths

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Long before joining the Dalhousie team that would create a revolutionary medical device for measuring lung capacity, Ubong Peters wanted to help people. Growing up in Nigeria, he knew he wanted to be a medical doctor. He held onto that dream throughout his childhood and eventually took the first step …

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Transformation at Pier 21

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Marie Chapman no longer drives around Halifax in an SUV, looking for discarded furniture to use in the Pier 21 offices. Chapman has just finished overseeing a five-year transformation that has seen the museum double in size and expand its scope. “We got $25 million and that included money for …

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Break out of the comfort zone

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If Ann Divine has one message she wants to share with every immigrant that comes to Halifax, it’s this: you need to be uncomfortable. Divine’s experience, both here and growing up in her adopted home in England, is that immigrants too often tend to only reach out to their fellow …

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Leading by example

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Shipping lines connect the Port of Halifax to more than 150 countries, so it’s fitting the Halifax Port Authority champions and embraces diversity. “Our business is global and we have to reflect that market. Simple as that,” says Karen Oldfield, the port authority’s president and CEO. The topic of diversity …

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Selling himself

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Now my whole career is about listening, connecting, making friends, and representing people. It’s much more grass roots and holistic. Matt Whitman sold a car to the first person he saw after stepping out of the training room at O’Regan’s Toyota in Halifax. It was 1992 and he’d just graduated …

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