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SENATOR MICHAEL L. MACDONALD ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR THE CAPE BRETON CRAFT SECTOR

SYDNEY (NS) – February 17, 2012 –
Aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the craft sector will have improved access to programming and marketing to help grow their business thanks to support from the Government of Canada through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) announced today by Senator Michael L. MacDonald. The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design has received funding over the next three years to enhance its programming in the area of business skills and export sales development and to market Cape Breton craft products.

“Our Government’s top priority is job creation and economic growth,” said Senator Michael L. MacDonald, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “The craft industry is a valuable component of Canada’s cultural sector and a significant contributor to the local economy. By enhancing business skills, promoting exports and the marketing of our crafts sector, we are providing businesses with the tools they need to grow and support jobs.”

Workshops and one-on-one counselling will be developed and delivered by a program manager in response to the needs of the craft businesses. Topics covered include management, marketing, commercialization, finance, human resources and innovation.

Export development activities will be designed to help craft businesses improve their awareness of international business opportunities, increase their international business capacity, participate in international trade shows and improve their Internet presence and on-line sales.

The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design will also implement a long-term marketing strategy for the Centre that includes a wide range of promotional initiatives to increase awareness and raise the profile of the Island’s craft sector at the regional, national and international level.

“The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design seeks to support both the growth of existing craft businesses and the development of emerging businesses,” said Carol Beaton, Executive Director. “These enhanced programs and services will provide the Cape Breton craft sector with access to knowledge, abilities and experience that will help existing or potential businesses increase their productivity and revenue.”

The Government of Canada, through ECBC, is contributing $587,780 to this project over three years. The total cost of the project is $783,706.

The Centre for Craft and Design has served the craft community of Cape Breton Island for the past 35 years. From beginners and recreational practitioners to highly accomplished professionals, the Centre offers instruction as well as resources and support services to its 250 active members, including 156 engaged in a full-time or part-time craft business.

Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.

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INFORMATION:

Carol Beaton
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
902 539 7491

D.A. Landry
ECBC Communications
902 564 3617
 
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