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Sobey School Business Development Centre offers coaching to help Atlantic companies grow and succeed

Date Published: October 13, 2017

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Government of Canada invests almost $150,000 to support SSBDC helping emerging growth companies in Atlantic Canada

Halifax, NS: The Sobey School Business Development Centre has received about $150,000 from the government of Canada to develop and deliver a growth-focussed coaching program to hundreds of companies in the Atlantic region.

The funding was announced by Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

“Having more firms accelerate their growth and realize their full economic potential supports a growing and innovative economy and helps create good paying jobs,” noted Andy Fillmore.

“We know that high-growth firms face distinctive challenges when expanding and working to remain competitive in the marketplace,” shared Minister Bains in a written statement. “This initiative from the Sobey School Business Development Centre will provide emerging growth companies with the tools they need to achieve real results, create jobs and drive the economy throughout the Atlantic region.”

Over the next two years, the Sobey School of Business Development Centre will be able to provide emerging growth firms in the region with three new streams of programming:

  • Up to 200 firms will have access to online assessment tools to measure their growth potential
  • Another 200 firms will have access to online coaching tools and information to accelerate their growth rate
  • And 30 emerging growth firms will be selected for one-on-one in-depth coaching and guidance from the Centre’s established business coaches.

Saint Mary’s University president Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray stated, “Saint Mary’s is committed to building and supporting innovation, and to making a positive impact on the prosperity of this region. We are pleased to be involved in this initiative that will help develop the businesses that will drive innovation and provide growth and employment into the future.”

The SSBDC will also coordinate regional peer entrepreneurship hubs to facilitate strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Sobey School Business Development Centre is pleased to contribute to the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which involves targeted actions to stimulate Atlantic Canada's economy, including supporting projects that help position small and medium-sized businesses in the region to capitalize on emerging opportunities.



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