Downtown Blossoming launched

via Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre
July 18, 2014


Sydney, NS – The Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre (CBSBDC), on behalf of the Downtown Sydney Working Group which includes the CBSBDC, Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), Sydney Downtown Development Association (SDDA), Sydney Ports Corporation (SPC), Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Destination Cape Breton Association (DCBA) and Cape Breton University (CBU) is pleased to announce that Downtown Blossoming will launch on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Downtown Blossoming will see 100 hanging floral baskets to be placed on the Esplanade and Charlotte St. (with 50 hanging floral baskets to be installed on each street) to help make the downtown a more welcoming and visually appealing space. Funding for the project comes from the CBRM, CBSBDC and SDDA.

"I would like to thank the Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre (CBSBDC) for taking the lead on the Downtown Blossoming project on behalf of the CBRM and Sydney Downtown Development Association (SDDA). Nearly 100,000 cruise ship passengers disembark at downtown Sydney and it's important to provide a clean, appealing space for tourists and residents alike. The CBRM is working to become the most business and development-friendly municipality in Atlantic Canada and the Downtown Blossoming project is a step in that direction," says CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke.

The district councillor for the area agrees that it will enhance the atmosphere in the downtown core. "It is very exciting to see the work of the Sydney Downtown Working Group come to fruition in partnership with various businesses and organizations, these first steps are the beginning of better things to come. I look forward to partnering with the Sydney Downtown Development Association in accomplishing everyone's goal of creating an atmosphere and experience that will attract local residents and visitors to work, shop and play in our downtown core, says District 5 Councillor Eldon MacDonald.

Local business owner and President of the SDDA, Janelle Osborne, says -"The Sydney Downtown Development Association is pleased to partner with the CBRM and CBSBDC on the Downtown Blossoming project. We hope that the project will help to make downtown Sydney more inviting and aesthetically pleasing for cruise ship passengers and residents alike. This project serves as the kick-off to a new strategy for Downtown Sydney."

The hanging floral baskets will remain on the Esplanade and Charlotte St. until mid-September. There are plans to expand the display area in future years to include a larger section of downtown Sydney.

The Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre (CBSBDC) assists in the development of business skills necessary for every business owner (new or existing). The centre provides support for the successful creation, operation and growth of small business on Cape Breton Island with business counseling, business plan development, business skills training and entrepreneurial awareness.