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Harnessing ImaginationFORREC

Harnessing Imagination


With more than 2,500 projects across 60 countries, FORREC, a world leader in experiential design, creates compelling guest experiences through creativity that genuinely inspires awe in onlookers and audiences. Add to that a proficiency in strategy, planning, and innovation.

35 Years of Supporting Atlantic Canadian BusinessAtlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

35 Years of Supporting Atlantic Canadian Business

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is dedicated to supporting small- to medium-sized businesses and business owners throughout the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. For over three decades, ACOA has been implementing programs to support the creation and development of Atlantic Canadian, entrepreneur-led businesses and initiatives.

Emerging from the Pandemic to Record-Breaking SuccessDiscover Halifax

Emerging from the Pandemic to Record-Breaking Success

Discover Halifax

Discover Halifax performs tourism marketing for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and its surrounding communities in the Halifax Regional Municipality. While destination marketing organizations are more commonplace in the tourism industry today, the region was an early adopter when Discover Halifax was enacted twenty-five years ago as ‘Destination Halifax.’

Welcoming Back Cruise Ships With Open ArmsAtlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA)

Welcoming Back Cruise Ships With Open Arms

Atlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA)

The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA), operating as Cruise Atlantic Canada, facilitates partnerships between several organizations focused on the concerns and well-being of the cruise ship tourism industry in Atlantic Canada. The association was established in the late 1990s as a destination marketing organization specifically designed for the cruise ship side of the local tourism sector.

Island Destination: Corner Brook Beckons with Beauty, Culture, and EventsCity of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Island Destination: Corner Brook Beckons with Beauty, Culture, and Events

City of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Located on the west coast of Newfoundland, Canada, the City of Corner Brook, with its thriving arts and cultural scene, natural attractions, and burgeoning cruise line industry, is poised to become a provincial leader in tourism. Boasting the province’s second-largest population behind St. John’s, this most northern city in Atlantic Canada offers year-round events and outdoor activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Family Trucking Firm Changes Its Name and Ups Its GameSFX Transport

Family Trucking Firm Changes Its Name and Ups Its Game

SFX Transport

There have been major changes at the East Coast trucking company that went by the name Seafood Express Transport when Business in Focus profiled the company in March 2021. For a start, the family-run business is now called SFX Transport, to better reflect the type of goods it hauls and to modernize the company moniker.

Safe TravelsSafety First-SFC

Safe Travels

Safety First-SFC

Traffic control is challenging and often dangerous, but someone must do it. And Safety First-SFC does it best, after operating as the largest full-service traffic control company in the Atlantic provinces for almost 30 years.

Building Relationships with Clients and Workers AlikeGil-Son Construction

Building Relationships with Clients and Workers Alike

Gil-Son Construction

Electrical and mechanical contractor Gil-Son Construction of Halifax, Nova Scotia began operations in 1986 as a small general contractor specializing in interior fit-ups. Its original owners exited the company in 2012, with a set of new owners wanting to continue operations. The current Owner and President Daniel Hiltz took part ownership in the company in 2014, and aimed to change the direction of Gil-Son’s trajectory.

Ready for Continued GrowthCity of Converse, Texas

Ready for Continued Growth

City of Converse, Texas

Converse, Texas continues to grow and thrive. Since Business in Focus profiled the San Antonio suburb in 2015, the community’s prime location, affordable living, and convenient amenities have kept drawing new residents—and the city can accommodate them all.

A Hidden GemCity of La Porte, Texas

A Hidden Gem

City of La Porte, Texas

The City of La Porte is a hidden treasure nestled along Galveston Bay. The slower pace of life in this friendly, tight-knit community feels light years away from nearby Houston. “You truly don’t realize you’re fifteen miles from downtown Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation,” says Assistant City Manager Matt Daeumer. “We’re a gem on Galveston Bay that people don’t know about. And we like it that way because it’s a quiet and comfortable place to live.”



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