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ACSBE is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Quinn as Manager of the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation. In partnership with Acadia this position has been created to help manage and promote the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation, as well as further ACSBE’s business development activities.


TIOW press release

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You’re invited to join us on November 13, 2012 at 2:00pm at the HB Studios Sports Centre in Bridgewater, NS. The Provincial and Federal Government will join ACSBE and the community for an official press release.

ACSBE will welcome Gerald Keddy and Gary Ramey to announce ACSBE’s Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) Program, which will benefit Lunenburg and Queens County and act as an economic stimulator in our communities. Gerald Keddy is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for South Shore―St. Margaret's and he will be joining us on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Gary Ramey is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lunenburg West.


New Executive Director Appointed

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Mr. Findlay MacRae was appointed as the new Executive Director of the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship (ACSBE) on Monday. Mr. MacRae brings to ACSBE a wealth of experience having been the Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Agrapoint International Inc. of Kentville, a not for profit agricultural consulting agency providing technical and business advice to the agricultural community through Canada and internationally. Mr. MacRae was also the president and CEO of East Coast Commodities Inc., a joint venture in the forage and grain commodities sector.

In addition to his corporate experience Mr. MacRae is also the Acadia University varsity soccer coach. "Findlay brings not only a wealth of business and not for profit management experience, his capacity as a varsity level coach fits well with ACSBE’s approach to enhancing the entrepreneurial culture in the region , nationally and internationally.", says Fred Morley, chairman of the board of directors. "We are confident that his leadership will ensure that ACSBE continues to play a vital role at this critical stage of economic and social enterprise development in Nova Scotia." "On behalf of the Acadia Community, I am pleased to welcome Findlay to this important position with ACSBE, says Dr. Tom Herman, Acadia‘s Vice President Academic , and Vice Chair of the ACSBE board, "we look forward to advancing our partnership in enhancing the entrepreneurial culture at Acadia and beyond."

Mr. MacRae replaces Ron Robichaud, who is returning to the private sector to focus on business consulting and training.

The Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship (ACSBE) is a not for profit affiliate of Acadia University. Its mandate is to develop and enhance an entrepreneurial culture at Acadia and in the greater community. It is a leader in programming related to entrepreneurship, small business development, not for profit and community development. The Centre operates from head office on the Acadia Campus, satellite offices in Bridgewater and Hubbards, and in partnership with regional economic development agencies.


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ACSBE and Open Acadia Team Up to Help Small Business


ACSBE and Open Acadia do more than just share a building (Willett House) – we are working together to build two new professional development programs that will help enhance the performance of small businesses and  business advisors across the country.

“It’s a perfect fit,” says Andy Horsnell, Manager of Professional Development, ACSBE. “Our growing partnership with Open Acadia is giving us the ability to help a much greater number of people - in ways that previously just wouldn’t have been possible.”


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Kings County Business Training Needs Survey

In May 2011, the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship partnered with the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce, the Western Kings Board of Trade, the Central Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Berwick & Area Economic Development Action Committee to conduct a survey of Kings County businesses. The purpose of this survey was to assess the training needs and preferences of the businesses (and, to a lesser extent, non-profit organizations) operating in Kings County. The aforementioned partners will use the findings from this survey as a tool for developing high-impact business support services for our entrepreneurs. Being able to respond to the demand for training with a more accurate proposition allows ACSBE and its partners to deliver solutions that better enable businesses to contribute to the growth of our economy.

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