TRURO - A professional support program will benefit seven Colchester County small businesses seeking advice from Nova Scotia universities and colleges.
The locally based businesses are among 51 across the province receiving help to get a new product or service closer or to market.
Colchester County businesses receiving up to $15,000 in vouchers are: AgriBioFuels Ltd., Bible Hill; ALL SAUCED UP, Truro; Blue Water Sales and Service Ltd., Valley; FiddleHop Farms, Truro; Grapell Bioenergy Ltd., Truro; Spicy Cravings, Harmony; and TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture Ltd., Bible Hill.
The businesses are receiving vouchers, or credit notes, for professional support and advice from Nova Scotia universities and colleges, as part of the province's Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program.
"With these vouchers, 51 small businesses from across Nova Scotia will benefit from the wealth of expertise available at our universities and colleges," said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, in a news release. "These businesses are great examples of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists within our province and I am pleased we can support them."
Forty-one are first-time recipients of up to $15,000 vouchers for advice and services from academic experts in areas such as applied research, engineering services, field testing, prototyping, product design and feasibility studies to help move a new product or service to market.
Ten businesses are getting vouchers of up to $25,000 to help build on work from a previous voucher.
More than 240 businesses have received vouchers since the program started in 2008.