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September 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.

Nova Scotia entrepreneurs future-proofing through exporting 
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. In this issue of The Insider we talk to Swept and Iris Booth, two companies that are great examples of future-proofing — adapting to technology and trends, and exporting. We also learn more about Export Development Education and how it can help kickstart business growth through export. What better way to celebrate Small Business Week?
Feature Article
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. Read more »


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Nova Scotia Spotlight
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. Read more »


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Upcoming Events
HALIFAX, CANADA
 October 3, 2017

Think Global Session: Selling Food, Beverages and Alcohol in China
Sector: Multi Sector

HALIFAX, CANADA
 October 5, 2017

Think Export Information Session
Sector: Multi Sector

HALIFAX, CANADA
 October 12, 2017

Think Global Session: Protecting your Intellectual Property
Sector: Multi Sector

HONG KONG, CHINA
 November 9-11, 2017

Trade Mission to Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair 2017
Sector: Agri-food & Beverage

SHANGHAI SHI, CHINA
 November 14-16, 2017

Trade Mission to Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair 2017
Sector: Agri-food & Beverage, Seafood

BOSTON, USA
 November 27-30, 2017

Multi Sector Trade Mission to Boston 2017
Sector: Multi Sector

An Opportunity to Connect
BioPort Atlantic
BioPort Atlantic is the premier life sciences industry event in Atlantic Canada. This international conference provides a forum to educate, inform and inspire the life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies and build links within the region and with guests brought in from the US and from around the world.

Could someone in your global network be attending BioPort Atlantic? Let’s connect! Contact us at: connectns@nsbi.ca
Working with ConnectNS Global Advisors
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.


 
Export Development Education
Export Development Education Courses are now available
Check out the Export Development Education Calendar for a complete listing of courses available in your region.


 
What's Happening
Nova Scotia winery finds new market in China
Sainte-Famille Wines of Falmouth is undertaking a new venture: exporting wine made from wild Nova Scotia blueberries to China.

ACOA export funding for small business
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $2.2 million to fund two programs aimed at helping export-oriented, small and medium-sized businesses in Atlantic Canada.

Manifold raises US$15M round
Manifold, a company based in Halifax and San Francisco that helps software developers assimilate a range of services, has raised a Series A round of US$15 million (C$18.5 million).

Halifax named one of the world's friendliest cities
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine have named Halifax one of the world's most friendly cities, saying they come "for the vibes on land and stay for all things marine."

Top Drives surpasses one million downloads in first week
Top Drives, a mobile game created by Hutch Games, which recently expanded to Nova Scotia, surpassed one million downloads in its first week of release.

Halifax toymaker enjoys growth
Halifax toymaker Orb is experiencing tremendous growth spurred by launching a new strategy, rebranding, and keying in on the popularity of new products.

2 Halifax companies among winners at Startup Canada Awards
Halifax company BlueLight Analytics won the Innovation Award for Atlantic Canada, and B4checkin Inc., also from Halifax, won the award for High-Growth Entrepreneurship.

Premier announces new agreement in China
Nova Scotia has committed to a one-year initiative to boost the province’s export industry that extends membership benefits with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai to Nova Scotia exporters. Learn more about the CanCham Shanghai Membership »

Halifax company releases mobile game on IOS, Android
Vesuvius Media announced Centauri Saga, its multi-player online space strategy game turned board game, can now be played on any iOS or Android mobile device.

Clearwater Seafoods sees opportunity in China
Clearwater is trying something new in China, where market research shows that the country consumes 35 percent of the world's seafood: the company is selling directly to consumers.

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