New Provincial Funding Supports Small Business Export Sales

first_img For more information on NSBI’s export growth programs, visit $500,000 more for the Export Growth Program (total $1.5 million) $500,000 to double the Small Business Development Program (total $1 million) $250,000 commitment to the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy, including the development of an Export Growth Accelerator Program (total $440,000). A Nova Scotia sign company is experiencing growing export sales, contributing to increased staffing here at home. Eyecandy SIGNS INC. of Halifax expanded its products and hired more people thanks in part to export support from Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). “eyecandy SIGNS INC., based in the vibrant north end of Halifax, is proud to be a local business that’s going global,” said Allison Moz, partner, eyecandy SIGNS INC. “We expanded our product line in 2006 from the artistic boutique sign we’re so well known for to now include navigation systems. With the support of the Export Growth Program we’ve developed an export marketing plan, travelled into new markets with NSBI, and we’ll be heading into export markets again this year at a time when accessibility requirements are being legislated across Canada.” Now competing on a national stage eyecandy SIGNS INC. recently supplied more than 4,000 braille signs to the Oakville Hospital in Ontario. The company has recruited new talent to support this growth and today employs 12 staff. “Small businesses are exporting, growing, and creating jobs. When we help small businesses grow, we build a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “We want to be an enabling partner to encourage small businesses to export and to help exporting companies increase their exports because this leads to the kind of growth we all want.” The province recently invested more money in the Export Growth Program so more businesses can find customers in other markets. This support will help with the cost of trade shows and conferences, travel to markets, and partnering on trade missions. “We want Nova Scotian companies to begin selling or increase their sales outside our province,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of NSBI. “We have seen a number of success stories already, with companies like eyecandy SIGNS INC. creating new markets for their products. We want that number to grow, so companies make more sales, have higher profits, and stay in business longer.” Increased and new export programs offered by NSBI include the following: last_img read more

Firefighter reflects on fourdecade career

A longtime firefighter in Norfolk County is hanging up his hat on April 24.John Verboom, the community safety officer, has been a firefighter for 44 years.Verboom started as a volunteer firefighter at Station 6 in Courtland, where he stayed for 36 years. He transferred to the station in Simcoe full-time on a contract in 2008. When that contract came to an end, he worked part-time for several months and, in December 2009, came back on as a full-time staff member.“I applied the day I turned 18 years old. I was on within three weeks,” Verboom said about the start of his career.By 1980, he was the instructor at Station 6.“As my time in fire went on, to me it was very obvious that I really had a desire to do fire prevention,” said Verboom.Verboom attended the Ontario Fire College to get his certificate in fire prevention, at which time the community safety officer position in Simcoe came open.He said the part of his job he will most miss is emergency management for Norfolk County. He said he enjoyed helping to prepare for special events, such as 2013’s Gentlemen of the Road concert featuring Mumford and Sons in Simcoe and Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.He also remembers fighting a few large fires, including one in downtown Tillsonburg.“We managed to stop it about halfway down the block. That was a big night.”Verboom offers some advice for anyone considering firefighting as a career.“I think you have to be diligent,” he said.“Don’t be afraid to go get your college degree in fire prevention or fire suppression. It would really enhance your opportunities to get on full time somewhere,” he said.“Don’t expect to walk in off the street. You need to be thinking about it way ahead of time.”In his retirement, Verboom plans to continue with a home business.“I’m a carpenter and woodworker by trade. I’m going home to play with the wood.”[email protected] read more