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FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER

IMPORTANT BUSINESS GROWTH INITIATIVE
Ignite Fredericton, in collaboration with Opportunities New Brunswick, is undertaking a business retention and expansion project to identify key issues, challenges and opportunities related to business growth and expansion in the Fredericton Region.

This is your opportunity to help shape economic development initiatives and services that will be employed to foster individual business and community prosperity. Please watch for the survey from MQO Research.  600 regional companies will receive an online survey, which will only take 10 minutes to complete, and qualifies the respondent to win an iPad Air!


This project comprises two phases:
Phase 1 Online 10 minute survey of 600 regional businesses; and
Phase 2 In-depth/In-person interviews with 50 regional businesses.  

If you receive a survey request, we really appreciate your input as it allows us to gauge the community’s business pulse so that we are sure to be offering the right support at the right time. As the community’s economic development organization - driving business and population growth - we need your feedback!

Exports: The Future for a Thriving New Brunswick Economy
With all of our challenges it can be difficult to envision how New Brunswick can pull itself out of our downward economic spiral. These global opportunities should make us more confident than ever before about our future economic success, as long as we are bold enough to seize them...Read More

STAFF NEWS
Natasha Dhaygude
Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator
It is with mixed emotion that we announce the departure of Natasha Dhayagude, our Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator, who will be leaving at the end of March.

Natasha has been accepted to the 2016 Cohort of 
Venture for Canada, which places top, young university graduates at innovative startups across the country for two years with the mission of training them to become entrepreneurs. Since joining the team, Natasha has become a dynamic addition to Planet Hatch.  Though it is with sadness that we will be losing a vibrant member of our team, we are excited to see where her new opportunities take her. Congratulations Natasha, we wish you the best! 


Please join us in welcoming our two new hires:
Lisa Kinney
Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator
Michelle Hull
Client Services Assistant
BUSINESS PROFILE SERIES
SimpTek Technologies
CEO, Asif Hasan
SimpTek helps residential homeowners better understand and manage their electricity consumption by providing an easy-to-use energy dashboard.  It acts like a personal energy fitness trainer, and provides tailored energy recommendations in order to bring home owners education and transparency about their levels of energy usageRead More
Congratulations to our valued clients!
Wear Your Label Goes International
Wear Your Label, a Fredericton fashion company gone international, wants to eliminate the stigma of mental illness one stitch at a time. Read More
Red Rover Lands in NB Liquor Stores
Award-winning Red Rover craft cider is now available in New Brunswick Liquor Stores, as well as at the Fredericton-based cidery and farmers markets across the province.  Read More
NEWS
Smart Grid Innovation Network
NB Power/Siemens/UNB

The Smart Grid Innovation Network is a joint testing platform that aims to serve as a catalyst for innovation and the development of a next generation electricity ecosystem in New Brunswick. This project supports opportunities for innovation that can be applied to the global energy marketplace. Read More
Westjet Expands Service in Fton
Fredericton International Airport
Less than a year after the service first launched in Fredericton, WestJet announced an expansion to their operations in New Brunswick’s capital city. “Expanding service so soon after opening the station here is a powerful demonstration of how strong the Fredericton market is for WestJet.” 
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Knowledge Industry: Fton's Oilsands
Chpt 2 - Innovation District

Ignite's January Gleaner column talked about what’s happening in our Innovation District. The concept of innovation district evolved from another key deliverable of the city’s first economic development strategy, Vision 2000, in 1992. Read More
Fredericton Business Promo Video
NOW Available in Arabic

As part of our efforts to welcome the Syrian Refugees, the Fredericton promotional video was recently produced in Arabic. Watch
The City of Fredericton is seeking a long term partnership with professional Consultants/Developers to lead a collaborative process with City staff in the identification, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of projects in the renewable energy sector. Please view the project terms of reference below.

Interested parties must submit their proposal by:
Friday, February 5th, 3:00 p.m.
 
 
JOB FLASH
Quick Service Software
Multiple Positions

Quick Service Software is looking for intermediate & senior .NET developers as well as an IT Support Administrator to join their Fredericton, NB team. Read More
TotalPave
Software Developer
Seeking a software developer to develop and support their products in the pavement management industry
Read More
For more employment opportunities in the Fredericton 
Region, visit our Job Flash page.
EVENTS
2016 Summer Jobs & Grad Career Fair
February 2nd

Tomorrow, Ignite Fredericton will attend UNB's Summer Jobs & Graduating Students Career Fair. If you are looking for graduating students to take on a specific summer position, internship or permanent position in the Fredericton area, Ignite Fredericton is here to help. Please email our Population Growth Specialist Julia Ramirez
ONB Employment Standards
February 11th

Protect yourself and your business by being well informed of the provincial regulations and standards of employment. A presentation will also be followed by an informal Q&A session. Join guest speaker Chantal Robichaud, Employment Standards Officer. Register
Business Over Breakfast
February 16th

Please join the Chamber for a morning of networking with the Fredericton business community! Get to know other professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs. Register
Atlantic Venture Forum
June 22-23rd

The Atlantic Venture Forum brings together the best, boldest, most innovative emerging and established IT, Cleantech, and Life Sciences companies in Atlantic Canada. Read More

 
NATURAL RESOURCES PORTAL
Fredericton’s Natural Resource Task Force Urging For Cost-Competitive and Efficient Business Environment in Wake of Potash Loss. Read media release.
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POPULATION GROWTH STATION
Express Entry: A Tool for Employers 
This program was designed to meet the needs of employers, immigrants, and the general community, here’s why:
  • We need temporary foreign workers to fill labour shortages, or companies/organizations will be forced to close, causing a loss of Canadian jobs.
  • This program fills those shortages with more qualified workers, faster than before.
  • The scoring process ensures that those who are best suited to work in Canada and adapt to Canadian culture are invited, preventing immigrants from being invited who may not be well suited for living here and preventing backlogs as only those who score well are invited to continue with the process.
  • The reduction in time will ensure that we can keep pace with other countries so that immigrants will choose Canada and contribute to our economy.
STARTUP CORNER
Business Basics
February 11th
This free, one hour information session will teach you about starting your own business, available business planning tools, funding resources, and how to access ongoing business counselling and support services.
Student Entrepreneurship Conference
February 17-19th
Post-secondary student entrepreneurs from all across the country are invited to attend this high energy three-day conference that brings together amazing speakers & experts with a chance to win seed money for their businesses.
Dragons' Den Auditions
March 3rd & 5th
Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their business idea to the Dragons’ Den producers. Aspiring entrepreneurs are welcome to prepare and pitch their concept to the Dragons in less than 5mins!

 
East Coast Startup Week
March 14-19th
Whether you are passionate about solving real-world problems with innovative ideas & solutions, looking for inspiration, OR just curious, this is an amazing opportunity to connect and learn at the biggest start-up event on the east coast!

 
YES Atlantic
March 18-19th
The Pond-Deshpande Student Ambassadors will be hosting a two-day summit that will encourage youth to take action, seize opportunities, leverage support and join the entrepreneurial community in AC.

 
UNB Student Pitch Competition
March 23rd

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Student Pitch Competition! The Student Pitch Competition is designed to mimic the elevator pitch, giving a concise overview of a product, service, or idea taking no longer than the duration of an elevator ride.
CULTURE HUB
Looking Inside the Fredericton Playhouse
Online Video

It is recommended that the Fredericton Playhouse be replaced by a new regional performing arts centre due to its aging physical infrastructure. Here's a behind the scenes look at the physical issues, and why replacing the theatre may be the smartest & most responsible decision. Watch
Culture Connect
February 24th

A Networking and Learning Opportunity for Fredericton’s Cultural Workers. If you work in the art and cultural sector, and are interested in meeting and connecting with others in the Fredericton area, this event is for you. 
Register
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