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Several local businesses are among dozens across the province to receive vouchers from the province to help them become more innovative and productive.
First-tier vouchers through the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program provide up to $15,000 for applied research, engineering services, prototyping, product design, field-testing and other help from Nova Scotia's academic institutions. The province has awarded first tier vouchers to 32 businesses this year.
Local recipients include Annapolis Valley Peat Moss Company Limited, Berwick; Colibri Software Inc., Wolfville; Fox Hill Cheese House, Port Williams; Pie R Squared, Wolfville; Timbertec Incorporated, Kentville; and VITIS Mobile Winery Services, Wolfville.
In the Tier 2 category, recipients are Farmer John's Herbs, Kings County, and Hutchinson Acres Incorporated, Aylesford, received the vouchers. The second tier vouchers were added after a successful pilot program last year and are worth up to $25,000.
"Now more than ever, Nova Scotia must embrace innovation and support growth to help get our people and businesses ready to take advantage of future opportunities," said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. "That's why this government is helping small companies in all regions of the province grow their business and improve their products."