NEOnet was honoured to greet M.P Charlie Angus and Dale Tonelli on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, for an impromptu visit to discuss the Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) and the work being done by NEOnet.
Mr. Angus was informed of the current program offerings of PIC and the successes achieved in engaging entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs with information and guidance, necessary for the growth of their business and pursuing growth opportunities in the North and beyond.
Discussions included the Broadband Internet project for unserved and under-served areas that NEOnet is working towards for 2017 as well as our hope of continued e-business funding to assist SMEs and startups with the Broadband for E-business and Marketing (BEAM 4) program. We described enthusiastically the ICT Assessments offered through the Small Business Assessment Monitoring and Planning (STAMP) program that help SMEs leverage Information Technology to achieve better efficiencies and productivity in growing their business. Mr. Angus recognized the importance of these projects for our region, including those for digital communications infrastructure, as a requirement to support the economic growth of the North.
The Minister was provided an overview of the program deliveries offered by PIC and NEOnet to our northeastern Ontario catchment and that sustainable program delivery to address the economic development lifecycle could be enhanced and better supported with the establishment of a Regional Innovation Centre – a mutual goal of NEOnet, PIC and supported by many partners.