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Pictou Area Businesses to Meet Public Sector Purchasers

first_img Chignecto-Central Regional School Board; County of Pictou; Pictou County Health Authority; Eastern Mainland Housing Authority; Nova Scotia Business Inc.; Nova Scotia Business Registry; Nova Scotia Community College; Public Works and Government Services Canada; Town of New Glasgow Town of Stellarton; Town of Trenton; Town of Westville; Department of Transportation and Public Works; and the procurement and community and rural development divisions of the Office of Economic Development. The event is called a reverse trade show because it puts buyersin the booth and sellers in the audience. The initiative wasdeveloped by the government of Nova Scotia’s Procurement Branch.It is only one part of a new initiative aimed at helping NovaScotia businesses. “The Supplier Development Program will not only help smallbusinesses bid on government goods and services, it will providenew outreach services and community workshops on accessingprocurement opportunities,” added Mr. Christie. For more information on the Supplier Development Program, see thewebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/ . ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Pictou Area Businesses to Meet PublicSector Purchaserscenter_img How do private sector businesses get a bigger slice of the $1billion in goods and services purchased by government, hospitalsand school boards each year? Representatives from the public sector will answer that questionat a reverse trade show in Pictou County on Wednesday, Feb. 23.Buyers from the public sector — government, hospitals and schoolboards — will be in trade show booths to answer questions fromthe private sector. “The province is committed to working with Nova Scotia suppliersto help them increase access to business opportunities andimprove competitiveness in all markets,” said Peter Christie,acting Minister of Economic Development. “This is a greatopportunity for businesses to meet one-on-one with public sectorbuyers and to learn the rules for selling to government, schoolsand hospitals.” The trade show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday atthe Museum of Industry in Stellarton. It is hosted by the PictouCounty Chamber of Commerce. Nova Scotia businesses get about 80 per cent of the $1 billionthat the public sector spends each year on goods, services andconstruction. Private sector businesses in Nova Scotia would likethat number to grow, and the public sector plans to help. Representatives of the following federal, provincial andmunicipal government organizations will attend the trade show: last_img read more