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Arthur no match for the pros at Saint John Energy

In advance of Arthur’s arrival, Saint John Energy was preparing its response plans for the Tropical Storm. Communication to the stakeholders and customers began with Twitter the day before providing detail on what to do if they had an outage. The City was provided a Saint John Energy contact as a liaison for the City’s…

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True Growth 2.0 Civic Hackathon – Event Recap

This past weekend, I was very excited to be a part of the 2nd Hackathon in the True Growth 2.0 ‘Inspiring Innovation through Hackathons’ series. The event was hosted by the University of New Brunswick – Saint John, in conjunction with their recently launched Maker-space initiative. Through generous sponsorships provided by local organizations passionate about…

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Innovation in Atlantic Canada receives federal funding boost

Congratulations to PropelICT, who received significant funding from NRC’s Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program today! Encouraging an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem is one of the goals of True Growth 2.0, and organizations like PropelICT are key in developing and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs in our region. Read about the exciting announcement below: PropelICT…

Hitting a Home Run with BASE Engineering

Steve Belyea’s business plan sits on his bedside table at night. It travels with him when he goes on vacation. When Steve goes to bed at night, he pretends to be his competition and dreams up ways of putting himself out of business. When he wakes up in the morning, he goes to work, and puts these ideas in to action.…

Photograph by: Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald

Bold Business Development Strategy will grow local Professional Services Firms

A version of this commentary appeared in the Telegraph-Journal on June 10. Read it here (paywalled). New Brunswick boasts a multitude of vibrant small to medium-sized professional services companies.  Daily, those firms provide accounting, information technology, advertising, public relations, legal, surveying, environmental, project management, and engineering services, to name but a few.  People employed in…

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Local students definitely up to “Scratch”

There has been outstanding movement recently in the progress and development of providing entrepreneurial and coding opportunities at the middle and high school level.  Susan Almon has had the privilege of being selected to judge two of these fantastic events this past month. The competitions and challenges showcased the talents of our students from across…

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Port Days: Community, Connections, Commerce

Thanks to True Growth Network Partner Port Saint John for the following post, which can also be viewed at http://portcitysj.com/2014/05/26/port-days-community-connections-commerce/. The three Cs of Port Days – Community, Connections and Commerce. These are the things our industry has grown from and these are the things we’ll be celebrating June 8th through 10th on the waterfront. During Port Days,…