Province Invests 500000 in Innovative Small Businesses

first_imgThirty-four small businesses across Nova Scotia are on their way to becoming more innovative and productive with help from the province. Through the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program, these businesses were awarded vouchers of up to $15,000, to partner with post-secondary institutions to explore new business opportunities or how to improve products and operations. “Small businesses are essential to the economy of our province and we are committed to supporting their growth,” said MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development Minister, Percy Paris. “This program enables businesses to make their operations more productive and competitive, helping to create good jobs and grow the economy.” Since 2008, the program has awarded vouchers to 117 businesses across the province, in such areas as industrial and consumer manufacturing, information and communication technologies, life sciences and agri-foods. “Through this program and our partnership with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, we will be able to assess the health benefits and commercial viability of blueberry bi-products,” said Nancy Tregunno, of Annapolis Valley’s Nova Agri Inc. “This program is an important tool to help small businesses invest in research to create innovative, value-added products.” One of the program’s main goals is to help build and strengthen links between small business and universities and colleges. Ten institutions are participating in the program this year. “The Nova Scotia Agricultural College is very proud to be part of the voucher program; it’s a win-win situation for both the university and the business,” said Richard Donald, NSAC vice-president of research, extension and outreach. “Innovative, problem-solving research is critical to the future sustainability of the industry and has a direct impact on our local economy.” For a full list of this year’s recipients and more information on the program, visit www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/ .last_img read more

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3M launches new hearing protection range for mining

first_imgDiversified technology company 3M has announced the launch of the Peltor X ear defenders series, a new range of ear defenders offering enhanced comfort and protection. The Peltor X ear defenders range by 3M consists of five different models offering increasing levels of protection, each available as a headband or helmet-mounted version giving ten products in total. The Peltor X5 ear defenders model is protective enough to deal with high-noise environments such as mines and processing plants, offering “the highest attenuation of the range and the greatest level of protection currently available on the ear defender market” (SNR 37dB). The range is colour-coded to provide easy recognition between levels, while the modern styling and comfortable fit can help to aid workplace compliance.Sarah Broadbent, Technical Services Engineer for the 3M Personal Safety Division, says: “Combining the latest attenuation techniques with the leading features of our existing Peltor brand Optime ear defenders range by 3M has led to the development of the Peltor X Series. The Peltor X5 model in particular is ideally suited for mine staff who require the highest levels of protection against noise. The five levels of protection offered by the Peltor X Series from 3M make it suitable for a wide range of industries and applications, while the new foam sealing rings on the higher-attenuating products minimise bulk, making it easy to incorporate with other pieces of personal protective equipment without compromising on safety.”last_img read more

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