Valley businesses receive vouchers for support from universities from province

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Several Valley businesses are getting help to get a new product or service off the ground.

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. Acadia is among the universities participating in the 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. "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.

Valley businesses that are receiving funding include:

• Charles Keddy Farms Ltd., Kentville

• D&M Lightfoot Farms Ltd., Wolfville

• Farm Girl Preserves, Canning

• Frostbyte Interatcive Inc., Wolfville

• Fiske’s Horse Care Products Ltd., Windsor

• IEP - Integrated Energy Products, Annapolis Royal

• Meander River Farm, Newport

• Soluna Energy, Bridgetown

• Sustainable Blue, Burlington

• BIKE Scientific Inc., Digby

Organizations: Charles Keddy Farms, Lightfoot Farms, Frostbyte Interatcive

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Wolfville, Annapolis Royal Meander River Burlington

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