Keith Hutchings, provincial minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, speaks to members of OceansAdvance during their annual general meeting Thurssday afternoon. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The provincial Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development was recently given an award for its business retention and expansion (BR&E) program at a conference in Saskatoon.
The award, handed out at the Business Retention and Expansion International conference, acknowledges outstanding government BR&E programs.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government was cited for its long-term commitment to clients as a reason for receiving the award, says a government news release.
The province’s BR&E program assists local businesses by connecting them with specific programs and services.
In 2010, the province placed a BR&E co-ordinator in each of the five economic zones across the province.
The BR&E program and the support it provides to business is worthy of recognition, said Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Keith Hutchings.
“I would like to congratulate the BR&E team and all the employees at the department for their hard work and dedication. They work with our community partners supporting business and economic development throughout Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said.
The program helped improve the business practices of the Mayflower Inn and Adventures and Mayflower Outfitters, said manager Shanna Randell.
“(It) helped us identify and implement changes in our business,” she said. ”It is allowing us to operate more effectively and efficiently.”
Business Retention and Expansion International is a professional association formed in 1994.