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Tatamagouche business owner honoured with export achievement award


TATAMAGOUCHE - A local businesswoman was recognized for excellence in exporting across Nova Scotia on Thursday during a celebration in Halifax.

Michael Johnson, executive director, Nova Scotia Department of Business, presented Sara Bonnyman with a Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award on Thursday during a celebration in Halifax. Bonnyman, owner of Tatamagouche-based Sara Bonnyman Pottery, was one of nine businesses to be recognized for excellence in exporting across Nova Scotia.

Sara Bonnyman, who has been creating handmade stoneware pottery since 1974, is the owner of one of nine businesses to receive a Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award.

For more than 40 years Bonnyman has been throwing clay, producing thousands of unique, quality pottery items at her Tatamagouche-based studio.

One of her niche creations contributing to the ongoing success as an exporter is the Moss Scuttle, designed to keep a lathered shaving brush warm while shaving.

Last October, Bonnyman was awarded the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce's Export Achievement Award during Small Business Week in Truro.

The 31st annual awards event took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre and included information sessions for participants throughout the day. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs for seasoned exporters was presented in the morning by Birgit Matthiesen, and an afternoon session on Going Global for first-time exporters was put on by Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. congratulated Acadian Seaplants for being named Exporter of the Year, as well as all the nominees.

"Exporting is about relationships and understanding best practices, that's why events such as the Export Achievement Awards are important," said Broten in a news release. "Nova Scotia Business Inc.'s mandate includes working with export companies and being focused on generating a return on taxpayer investment because every $1 million of exports can create between five and 15 new jobs."

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