PREMIER’S OFFICE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–International Conference on Small Business Comes to Halifax Nearly 1,000 international researchers, policy makers, business service providers and educators from around the world will gather in Halifax in June for the 53rd annual International Council for Small Business (ICSB) world conference. “It is a great honour that Halifax was chosen as the host for this prestigious international conference, which will bring global knowledge to our doorstep,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, of the conference titled Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results. “Nova Scotians have a tremendous sense of pride in our business and entrepreneurial success, and our province offers winning business conditions through a competitive business climate, a highly skilled workforce, and excellent global connections.” More than 98 per cent of businesses in Atlantic Canada are classified as “small,” that is having fewer than 100 employees. Networks of people throughout the region offer essential support and development services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners. “Small businesses have a lot to gain from practitioners attending this conference,” said Peter MacKay, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “We are proud to support the 2008 ICSB world conference; it will further the skill set of our regional practitioners and contribute to the quality and longevity of our small businesses.” Halifax joins a roster of prominent past hosts, including Turku (Finland), Melbourne (Australia), Washington, D.C. (U.S.A.) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The first international location for the annual conference was Quebec City in 1979. This year’s world conference is co-hosted by ICSB affiliate Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is organized by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. The conference takes place at the World Trade and Convention Centre from June 22 to June 25. For conference details and to register before Wednesday, April 30 for discount rates, visit www.icsb2008.org .
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