first_imgMore than 35 small businesses in Nova Scotia are more competitive with help from the Nova Scotia Business Development Program. The program encourages small business start-ups and helps existing businesses expand. A total of $250,000 was contributed to businesses in every region of the province this year. “Helping businesses become more globally competitive, more innovative and to provide workers with the right skills for good jobs, will help grow the Nova Scotia economy,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The Business Development Program, through jobsHere, is helping us achieve that goal.” Rebates for approved services are 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $10,000. Pro Poly Cushioning Products started out as a single-product seat-cushion comfort line. It quickly diversified to meet a wider range of clients and markets and now produces everything from insoles to motorcycle seats to horse blankets. “With the help of the business development program, we are able to greatly expand the market for our Yarmouth-based business,” said Patrick Surette, owner, Pro Poly Cushioning. “The program allowed us to hire a consultant to help us develop and implement a comprehensive regional and national marketing plan.” The funds help businesses with things such as: “With rapid industrial growth there is increasing reliance on safety training protocols,” said Brian MacArthur, principal, Cape Breton Business College. “We saw an opportunity to develop a new program targeted at ensuring Nova Scotia workers are ready for major projects like the recently announced shipbuilding initiative in Halifax and the Lower Churchill energy project.” “The business development program funding is extremely helpful in enabling us to capitalize on this growth opportunity.” For more information on the Nova Scotia Business Development Program visit www.gov.ns.ca/econ/nsbdp/ . improving operational efficiencies identifying new markets and commerce opportunities helping export internationally developing online marketing strategies business succession planning market research and business plan development advertising and promotional plans fiscal management toolslast_img

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