ITANS spearheads new business directory for growth

Feb 20, 2003

Nova Scotia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies are being invited to take part in an opportunity to promote themselves while participating in the industry's growth. This opportunity involves registering with the new 'Information and Communication Technology Industry Directory'. The public directory will mark the first of its kind in Nova Scotia.

The directory will establish a comprehensive list of Nova Scotia's ICT companies, helping them in their efforts to network, access financial resources, and increase product and service development.  The Directory is being compiled and produced by the Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia (ITANS) in partnership with Nova Scotia Business Inc., as well as with support from the Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement on Economic Diversification. 
This directory will offer all companies in our ICT sector a tremendous avenue to establish visibility, forge partnerships, recruit investment, and develop new business both inside Nova Scotia, and beyond, said Paul Campbell, ITANS President.  He continued,  We also believe this project will provide a great building block for sector development, allowing like-minded companies to establish effective industry clusters to foster their domestic and export market development.

The directory will be made accessible to all Nova Scotia ICT companies; business and export development agencies and associations; investors (such as Investment Bankers, Venture Capitalists, Site Selectors), extra-provincial ICT organizations and associations; and advanced learning institutions.

Campbell added that the directory would also go a long way to improving access to investment capital among developing companies by helping investors identify opportunities that fit within their investment profile.  "Other regions that have produced similar industry directories have capitalized on their potential by distributing them to external markets and potential sources of funding.  We will offer companies that register with our directory the same kind of reach."

Each company registered with the Directory will be described in concise but full details on size, nature of business, core technologies/expertise and key contacts.  This information, which will be accessible in a print version and online, will also serve as an excellent resource for NSBI and regional business development agencies to bring business to the Province while creating the potential for export among Nova Scotia's ICT sector. 

Directories, like this one, are an important sources of reference for businesses that are looking to build alliances with similar organizations in other markets," said Stephen Lund, President and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. This project represents a great opportunity for NSBI to further enhance our understanding of the strengths and capabilities of companies in this sector, so that we can continue to help them capitalize on new business opportunities."
The ICT survey will be conducted during February and March of this year, with the first edition of the directory to be published online by the end of March.  Individual ICT companies will start receiving their invitations to participate in the survey by February 24, 2003.  For more information on the directory contact ITANS at 902-423-4134.

ITANS is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the growth and development of the information technology Industry in Nova Scotia.  As the voice of the industry, we achieve our goal by developing industry skills, sharing ideas and information, building alliances, and promoting IT opportunities and events.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the Province's business development agency, an organization that works with companies to provide business solutions.  The private sector-led agency works to attract new businesses to the Province and to help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as export development and financing.