Cultivating the Haligonian economy with the help of the SmartBusiness Program

October 27, 2015

According to this year’s edition of the Halifax Partnership’s Halifax Index, 4 in 5 companies doing business in Halifax feel moderately optimistic about their economic prospects in the city – a modest rise in confidence after two years of slight decline.

Business-owners eager to take advantage of every opportunity to help their enterprises expand and succeed should get in touch with the Halifax Partnership’s SmartBusiness team. The team facilitates access to new markets and top talent, assists with location and relocation, matches enterprises of all sizes with the appropriate government programs, financing and contracts, and more.

As detailed in the Partnership’s 2014-2015 report, the Partnership – buoyed by the support of Halifax’s Bridging the Gap Internship Program – aims to increase its SmartBusiness visitations in 2015 and 2016, with the goal of reaching or even exceeding 200. The visitations will pinpoint and address widespread issues experienced by businesses and community organizations, while also focusing on job creation and retention.

“The SmartBusiness Program is one of many Halifax Partnership initiatives.”

The SmartBusiness Program is just one of the initiatives spearheaded by the Halifax Partnership to bolster the Haligonian economy and break through barriers to business success. Another, the Halifax Connector Program, aims to establish links between local businesspeople and individuals interested in working in the Greater Halifax area, including immigrants and recent graduates from educational institutions in Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada and abroad. The Connector Program is also working to boost Nova Scotia’s talent retention rate – particularly among the province’s younger residents, as the One Nova Scotia Coalition highlighted the issue of youth retention in its February 2014 report.

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