B.C: Province and federal governments invest in technology
By Mario Cywinski | September 26, 2010
B.C: Government of Canada and the Province will invest $1.2 million to help the British Columbia Technology Industry Association create Centre4Growth.
The two-year program will include executive experts (one-on-one coaching), business outreach (linking companies), xcelerate (virtual training), and business intelligence library (online information database).
"By investing in initiatives such as this one, our government is strengthening business growth and helping further British Columbia's work in promising technology sectors like life sciences, clean energy and digital media," said Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada. "Small technology companies are vital to our economy, and the Government of Canada is committed to helping pave the way for their success."
It is expected that over 500 companies will use the program, with some using more than one area offered.
"By giving our smaller high-tech companies the tools they need to expand more rapidly, we're giving a boost to a wide range of sectors, all of which help our economy grow and diversify," said Iain Black, Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development.
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