On February 22, Entrepreneurs’ Forum will host its annual Advisor Celebration Reception and Client Showcase at the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront Hotel. Innovative entrepreneurs from across Nova Scotia will come together to share their fascinating stories and pay tribute to the volunteer business advisors who work diligently to help bring their ideas to life.

“It’s essential that we recognize commitment to entrepreneurship in our province,” said Entrepreneurs’ Forum president David McNamara. “Our volunteers and advisors devote many hours to helping talented and determined innovative entrepreneurs succeed. They deserve to be commended for their contribution to furthering entrepreneurship and innovation in Nova Scotia.”

This year’s showcase will feature 16 clients from diverse industries and regions of the province, including EastMed Inc., a medical device company dedicated to inventing and bringing to market medical innovations that cater specifically to women's health; DIME Inc., a company that specializes in deploying and managing digital display networks for in-store marketing and corporate communications; and Morswift Machines Inc., a Digby-based company that has developed an innovative banding technology for lobster banding, vegetable packing and other general applications.

The event will be an opportunity for local Entrepreneurs’ Forum clients to showcase their businesses, share ideas, and network with other small business owners and Entrepreneurs’ Forum supporters from the business and academic communities.

“Entrepreneurs’ Forum is fast becoming Atlantic Canada’s premier business mentoring organization for innovative high growth entrepreneurs,” said Ayse Dai-Gammon, executive director of Entrepreneurs’ Forum. “It has been an exciting year for us as we have started offering our services in Newfoundland and Labrador in addition to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We are strengthening our growth by attracting highly qualified senior business people to our volunteer pool of advisors, expanding our outreach for clients both in urban and rural areas, and establishing collaborative partnerships in all three provinces.”

To date, Entrepreneurs’ Forum has served over 400 entrepreneurs by connecting them with more than 1,500 widely respected and sought-after local business people. The organization helps entrepreneurs fill the gap between their visions and experiences by organizing advisory sessions. Establishing meaningful business links and facilitating the exchange of frank business advice enables Entrepreneurs’ Forum to create a true ‘win-win’ arrangement for both entrepreneurs and advisors.

Funding partners of Entrepreneurs’ Forum, who play a vital role in helping the organization deliver its free services, include the National Research Council, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development and McInnes Cooper. Innovacorp is the event partner for the reception. In addition to its existing funding partners, Entrepreneurs’ Forum has recently partnered with the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and PEI Business Development Inc. to offer its existing services to a wider client base.

Entrepreneurs' Forum is a volunteer organization established by business community members to foster the growth and development of innovative and knowledge-based companies. It provides confidential and strategic business advice to new and growing companies through its volunteer business advisors.




For more information, please contact:
Kathleen Rayworth
Entrepreneurs’ Forum

Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 19, 2007