Hundreds of Entrepreneurs Expected at MSVU Business Navigation Event
July 8, 2016
HALIFAX - Both apsiring and established business owners will converege on the MSVU campus next week to attend a reverse trade show focused on the many business resources available in Nova Scotia.
Navigating Businesses Through the Sea of Resources is a free, half-day event taking place at MSVU's Rosaria Student Centre on Thursday July 14th from 8:30am - 2pm.
It is being presented by the Centre for Women in Business and the Halifax Research Institutions [NSERC Atlantic - Atlantique, Springboard Atlantic, MSVU, NSCAD, Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie University and NSCC] and will feature more than 30 exhibitors and complimentary lunch. These include government organizations that offer programs and funding opportunities that support the entrepreneurial journey.
Representatives will be on-site to answer questions, and help connect entrepreneurs to specific business services.
Kevin Buchan, Director, Office of Innovation and Community Engagement (OICE), Mount Saint Vincent University, says the event was borne from the number of meetings they conduct with companies and aspiring entrepreneurs looking for help in navigating the array of government business services and programs.
“We decided to put together a ‘one-stop-shop’ where entrepreneurs can meet with several service providers at once to determine which programs are right for them,” says Buchan.
“In addition Springboard Atlantic, the network of university and college technology mobilization offices in Atlantic Canada, will have a strong representation at the trade show. A number of institutions will present on their research capabilities and how companies can access the incredible brainpower available.
“If you want to learn how to look for funding opportunities, access research expertise, write a business plan, or are a new exporter, you will find someone to talk with at this event.”
Tanya Priske, Executive Director of the Centre for Women in Business, says her team is pleased to partner on this event.
“A lot of people simply don’t know where to begin when they’re considering opening a new business or expanding their market,” says Priske. “It can be overwhelming so, like the OICE, we regularly meet with clients to guide them toward programs and funding opportunities that may help.
“In many cases, people just aren’t aware of the number of opportunities that exist in Nova Scotia. That’s why this Business Navigation event is such a great idea: we are addressing those questions in a way that is widely accessible.”
All are welcome; there is no cost to attend, but participants must pre-register. Visit: http://www.centreforwomeninbusiness.ca/en/home/start-growyourbusiness/biznavigation.aspx
Highlights of the event will be shared on social media using the hashtag #BizNavigation.