Al­liance formed to tar­get busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

The East­ern Sup­pli­ers Devel­op­ment Al­liance, a part­ner­ship of eco­nomic devel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, is un­der­tak­ing an anal­y­sis of busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties as­so­ci­ated with the He­bron oil project.

Es­tab­lished in 2009, the al­liance con­sists of the Schooner Re­gional Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Dis­cov­ery Re­gional Devel­op­ment Board, Avalon Gate­way Re­gional Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Board and cham­bers of com­merce rep­re­sent­ing the Burin Penin­sula, Clarenvill­e and Arnold’s Cove ar­eas.

The re­gion rep­re­sented by the al­liance in­cludes in­fra­struc­ture that lends it­self to the oil and gas, man­u­fac­tur­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion, and sup­ply and ser­vice sec­tors, in­clud­ing Peter Kiewit Off­shore fa­cil­i­ties in Marys­town, Clarenvill­e Ship­yard and Bull Arm Fab­ri­ca­tion fa­cil­ity.

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has in­vested more than $61,000 to al­low for an anal­y­sis to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties for a wide-range of sec­tors in­clud­ing fab­ri­ca­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing, re­tail and ser­vice. The al­liance will also be ini­ti­at­ing an aware­ness cam­paign fo­cused on high­light­ing avail­able skills and ex­per­tise in the east­ern re­gion to pro­cur­ers of prod­ucts and ser­vices.

In­no­va­tion, Trade and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Shawn Skin­ner in­di­cated work­ing col­lec­tively to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties on large-scale in­dus­trial projects bodes well for the suc­cess of lo­cal busi­nesses.

“ There are con­sid­er­able op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses on in­dus­trial projects such as the He­bron oil devel­op­ment. As a govern­ment, we strongly sup­port ini­tia­tives that ex­plore pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties and work to max­i­mize their po­ten­tial for the ben­e­fit of lo­cal busi­nesses.”

The al­liance’s aware­ness cam­paign will fo­cus on high­light­ing the strengths of do­ing busi­ness with com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the east­ern re­gion. It will use a va­ri­ety of tac­tics in­clud­ing trade show par­tic­i­pa­tion and devel­op­ment of mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als such as a web­site, two-page re­gional pro­file, banners and a logo.

Schooner Re­gional Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and al­liance rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ellen Picco sug­gested “ Through this ini­tia­tive, the East­ern Sup­pli- ers Devel­op­ment Al­liance will as­sist lo­cal busi­nesses in as­sess­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and iden­ti­fy­ing strate­gies to bet­ter po­si­tion their en­try into the sup­ply and ser­vice chain of the oil and gas in­dus­try.

“ The mar­ket­ing cam­paign will pro­vide the al­liance with tools to pro­mote the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the east­ern re­gion to the ma­jor play­ers in the in­dus­try while draw­ing the at­ten­tion of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity to the op­por­tu­ni­ties rel­e­vant to the in­dus­try.”

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