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Small Business Week 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Nova Scotia Gets Down to Business
Small Business Week 2017: October 15–21

The theme of BDC Small Business Week 2017 is Future-proof your business: Adapting to technology and demographic trends. Research shows companies that export make more sales, have higher profits, and stay in business longer. In other words, they future-proof.

To help celebrate this year’s Small Business Week theme, we take a closer look at Nova Scotia companies that are future-proofing — including this year’s Export Achievement Awards finalists. We’re also highlighting some of the tools and programs available to help companies get export ready — from the Export Self-Assessment Tool to the various resources available as part of Export Development Education. As well, we encourage you to visit our events page for a full listing of events happening in Nova Scotia.

Let’s get down to business!

Assessing your export readiness

The Exporter Self-Assessment Tool is an online, six-question tool designed to help businesses assess their export readiness, identify potential challenges to exporting, and provide links to relevant export development resources in the following areas:

• Competitive Advantage
• Market Research
• Distribution and Sales Channels
• Financial Resources
• Management Expertise
• Export Strategy

Kickstart your business growth through export

The right tools, resources and relationships can drastically change the growth possibilities for a company, and that’s exactly where Nova Scotia Business Inc. comes in. This fall, we are partnering with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to offer courses and workshops with timely, practical information for Nova Scotia companies looking to grow their markets outside the province.

Expanding Your Reach 2017

CAMSC together with the Black Business Initiative, Nova Scotia Business Inc, the Centre for Women in Business and the ISANS invite emerging and established Minority, Aboriginal and women-owned businesses to explore business opportunities in Nova Scotia and other parts of the corporate supply chain in Canada.

Event Details
Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: SilverBirch Conference Centre, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton in Halifax Downtown
Address: 1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS
Cost: $35 Aboriginal, Minority and Women-owned businesses
Parking: $10+tax (daytime rate)
Register at: http://www.bbi.ca/expanding-your-reach

The Export Achievement 2017 Award Winners

The Export Achievement Awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the companies from across the province recognized by their regional chambers of commerce and business associations in the area of export development. Watch and read their stories and learn from our leaders in export development.

Q&A with co-founder of Swept software

When Michael Brown and Matt Cooper founded Swept in 2014, the focus was cleaning. However, it quickly became clear the value wasn’t cleaning — it was the software they’d developed to manage the cleaners. So one year later, they changed course, dropped cleaning and became a software company.

Bringing self-serve professional photography to a global audience

Sue Siri talks about Iris Booth, which started as a cardboard prototype in her living room and has since evolved into a product with international success.

Looking to build a successful business in the tech sector?

Currently the CEO of Robotnik, an IT consultancy company, Shawn Wilkie is the co-founder of Dragon Veterinary and a shareholder of the parent company, OceanLab. Here are Shawn’s top five tips for finding entrepreneurial success in the tech sector.