Business Society

Pictou Business & Marketing Society

21 nightdowntoDowntown Offerings.....

With its unique blend of affordable yet diverse shops, fine eateries, and personal and business services available at your fingertips, downtown Pictou is the place to be. People enjoy our clean, safe streets, period architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Downtown Pictou isn't just about shopping; it's about lifestyle, meeting friends, and pampering yourself and your family. It's about finding everything you need just a block (or two) away.... 

21 pictoubusloWho Is the Pictou Business and Marketing Society.....

The Pictou Business and Marketing Society is a non-profit organization incorporated in May 2008. The association represents commercial property and business owners in downtown Pictou in an area designated as the Pictou Business District and includes a diverse range of businesses and services. There are approximately seventy-five members ranging from banks, pharmacies, legal services, accommodations and restaurants, and a variety of retail stores and other businesses giving downtown Pictou a wonderful array of goods and services to offer our residents and visitors alike. 

Many of our businesses are seasonal, but we do have approximately one hundred and seventy five year-round jobs, expanding to almost two hundred and fifty during the summer months when the tourists arrive to enjoy our historic waterfront and experience our bustling shopping district. On any given day in the summer you can spot the Pictou Business Ambassador in his distinctive blue shirt meeting bus tours, stopping visitors to say "Welcome" and answering the many, many questions that our tourists have.

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Pictou Business is proud to support many local community endeavours and in 2009 contributed financially to "Tall Ships Pictou 2009", the 75th Anniversary of the Pictou Lobster Carnival and Artisans in Action all of which helped promote the town to visitors and in turn benefited our own businesses. 

Through a co-operative advertising programme, we sponsor the center pages of the Pictou County Tourism Guide and two pages in the Nova Scotia Doer's and Dreamers Guide, which enable small businesses to advertise in these high profile publications at a relatively low cost. In the summer of 2009 we also sponsored a remote radio broadcast from downtown enabling our businesses to advertise their own products and services and a pre-Christmas broadcast which took place in December giving them the chance to attract that "last minute" shopper!

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The Tenth Annual Pictou Business Christmas Contest began early December, coinciding with the Christmas light-up of downtown. This was a fun contest for families who go from store to store checking out the window displays for that "odd thing" in the window. Prizes are presented in the form of Pictou Bucks, which are then spent in the downtown area – a "win win" for both the Stores and lucky recipients of the "Bucks"! 

If you would like any information on opportunities for new business ventures in downtown Pictou, please contact us at:

Pictou Business & Marketing Society
P.O. Box 617, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
Barry Randle, Chair
(902) 485-4949

Lorie Dias, Vice Chair
(902) 754-2139