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Funding announced for Innu Business Development Centre

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – An investment of over $736,000 from the federal government will help the Innu Business Development Centre (IBDC) keep providing business services to its members in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish and throughout the province.

The funding, which comes from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) business development program, was announced on Tuesday, March 13.

It will be used to continue operations of the centre through March 2020.

The centres activities include consultant advisory services that help businesses develop business plans, identifying training needs and opportunities, developing a monitoring system to measure economic benefits of Innu companies, and implementing marketing initiatives to promote IBDC services and Innu companies.

In a news release, Innu Nation Grand Chief Gregory Rich said the IBDC is committed to offering business opportunities and support to Innu businesses.

“The Innu Business Development Centre assists Innu business founders by facilitating business development and access to economic opportunity. Innu Nation is pleased that the Government of Canada has recognized and supported the IBDC through the Atlantic Growth Strategy and looks forward to increased capacity-building through this program for Innu entrepreneurs.”

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