In this issue, we review a number of new initiatives recently added to the export toolkit. Happy Holidays from everyone at NSBI!
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Holidays 2017
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is pleased to share The Insider — our monthly newsletter featuring initiatives, events, missions, resources and stories about doing business in Nova Scotia, and around the globe.

Tech Tips, Toolkits, and The Power of Trust

What's inside: In this issue, we review a number of new initiatives recently added to the export toolkit. Highlights include extending Canadian Chamber of Commerce membership benefits to exporters ready to do business in Shanghai, to launching a Scale-up Hub in Cambridge designed to help companies grow export capacity in the US market and beyond. We also talk to veteran tech entrepreneur Shawn Wilkie, and Natalie Doyle Oldfield, who teaches us how to build, measure and protect trust in a company. And we kick off the holiday season by celebrating 100 years of connection between Boston and Nova Scotia (while also providing a sneak peek at Santa’s Nova Scotia export story). Happy Holidays from everyone at NSBI!
Featured Articles
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Celebrating 100 Years of Connection
Nova Scotia’s connection with Boston dates back 100 years to the Halifax Explosion and today we celebrate a partnership of trade and shared economic activity. 
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NSBI Export Toolkit
Growing the NSBI Export Toolkit
NSBI is committed to developing a comprehensive export toolkit to help companies evolve and grow. Whether you are curious about exporting, a new exporter, looking to expand your business into new markets, or seeking professional development in export education – we have the programs, tools and education courses to help. Read more »


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Building Success in the Tech Sector
Looking to build a successful business in the tech sector? Talk to veteran tech entrepreneur Shawn Wilkie. Read more »


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Nova Scotia Spotlight
Natalie Doyle Oldfield
Success Through Trust
Sales, revenue and profitability are some key indicators of your company's success, but do you know how big a role is played by the customer's trust in your organization? Read more »


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Upcoming Events
ANTIGONISH, CANADA
 December 13-14, 2017

FITTskills: Global Value Chain

Sector: Multi Sector 

AMHERST, CANADA
 January 10-11, 2018

FITTskills: International Market Entry Strategies

Sector: Multi Sector 

BRIDGEWATER, CANADA
 January 17-18, 2018

FITTskills: Feasibility of International Trade

Sector: Multi Sector 

BERLIN, GERMANY
 February 16-22, 2018

Expression of Interest: Trade Mission to A Taste of Devour!

Sector: Agri-food & Beverage

BOSTON, USA
 Feb. 25 - Mar. 1, 2018

New Exporter Education Mission to Boston
Sector: Multi Sector

BOSTON, USA
 March 11-13, 2018

Trade Mission to Seafood Expo North America 2018

Sector: Seafood

LONDON, UK
 March 13-15, 2018

Trade Mission to Oceanology International London 2018

Sector: Multi Sector

SAN FRANCISCO, USA
 March 19-23, 2018

Trade Mission to Game Developers Conference 2018

Sector: Multi Sector

An Opportunity to Connect
NAHB International Builders’ Show 2018
NSBI is leading a delegation of Nova Scotia companies to exhibit at the NAHB International Builders’ Show 2018 from January 9-11, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

The NAHB International Builders’ Show is the largest annual light construction show in the world, attracting more than 60,000 visitors from more than 100 countries! This premier annual residential housing construction trade show features over 1400 manufacturers and suppliers that exhibit the industry’s latest innovations in construction products and services to a vast purchasing audience including the large national builders, small local builders, custom home builders, architects or designers, dealers or distributors, remodelers and many other types of purchasers of building products from United States and around the globe.

Could someone in your global network be attending the NAHB International Builders’ Show 2018 in Orlando?
Let’s connect! Contact us at: connectns@nsbi.ca
Sneak Peek – The story of Santa, Exporting and Nova Scotia
Santa was the first exporter!
Not only was Santa the first exporter, he might just be the best in history (and it all started in Nova Scotia!) We’re on a holiday countdown to unveiling the true magical story of Santa as an Exporter. Until then, remember, he is making a list, and he is checking it twice (part of what makes him such a good exporter). Stay tuned!
Nova Scotia Seafood Company Directory – Now Accepting Applications
Nova Scotia Seafood Directory
Is your company currently exporting seafood outside of Nova Scotia? If so, you should register to be in the Nova Scotia Seafood Company Directory. All companies, even those with a company profile in the current online directory, must submit an online application to be in the new directory. The deadline for application submission is January 2, 2018.

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Export Development Education
Export Development Education Courses are now available
Companies that export are more profitable. Want to learn more? Sign up today for an export development course near you.
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What's Happening
Volta Labs gets $2.25M from province, triples in size
The province says its funding will help Halifax tech incubator Volta Labs become one of Canada's largest technology hubs.

Rovault Plans Pilot for Its Seafood Tech
Halifax-based RovaultAI has designed a marine camera solution that could potentially save $2 million per year for some of the region’s seafood plants.

Youth-run Beea Honey with Heart win $20,000 prize
BEAA Honey With Heart, a Community Interest Company with apiaries in Spryfield, Dartmouth and Halifax led by youth aged 12-17, won the grand prize at the Now! Nova Scotia Make Good News Awards.

Nova Scotians becoming more educated
The percentage of Nova Scotians with a college or university education has increased to over half — 53.7 per cent, compared with 46.7 per cent 10 years ago.

Smarter Spaces founders pivot to success
Following a rebranding and repositioning, Smarter Spaces is quickly becoming recognized as a world leader in the field of 3D scanning and processing.

2016 a Record Year for Equity Funding
Startups in Atlantic Canada collectively raised $73.3 million in funding last year, up by more than 30 per cent from 2015.

Investments help position food-processing companies for export success
Two Annapolis Valley food-processing companies will accelerate exports thanks in part to investments by the federal government.

Ocean technology could be key to future Atlantic Canada economy
More than $1 million has been awarded to 27 startup companies as part of a government competition for ocean and clean technology development — evidence that the province and Ottawa see it as a way forward for the region's economy.

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