Environmental Sector Business Growth Project.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) and the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development (IBRD) have partnered to offer twenty (20) businesses in the environmental sector an opportunity to participate in an initiative aimed at facilitating business growth. The initiative was open to any business in the province whose principal business activities include:

The BR&E process forces you to look at your business more from an outsiders prospective. It is easy to become complacent in business so I believe anything that makes you stop and focus is good. Then the information it provides you with to do with the issues you uncover is very important.

  • Environmental Protection – The supply of technologies and services that monitor, manage, treat, and prevent air, water and/or soil pollution. Environmental consultants and engineers are included in this sector.
  • Green Energy Supply – The supply of energy from renewable sources (such as hydro, solar, wind, and wave / tidal) or resources that are sustainably harvested (such as biofuels from fish-waste, agri-waste or wood).
  • Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities – The siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition of environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient buildings. These buildings often adhere to green building standards such as LEED or R-2000. This sector also includes sustainable urban planning and community design.
  • Sustainable Resource Harvesting – The sustainable harvesting of natural resource products including forestry and timber (determined by the Annual Allowable Cut), all aquaculture operations, and sustainable / organic farming.
  • Green Knowledge and Support – Includes research and development, advanced education and training, legal and accounting, and information and communications technology support for the environmental sector.
  • Recycling Systems – Businesses working to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste streams and repurpose them for other uses.
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation – Provides energy management and efficiency-related services and technologies, including energy-efficient lighting and HVAC, as well as smart grid and demand response technologies such as meters and controls.
  • Green Transportation – Supplying energy-savings and GHG reducing equipment and services related to transportation, public transit, marine transport, and person-powered transport, including walking and cycling.
  • Sustainable Tourism – Tourism-based activities and operations which are designed to meet the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting the environment and enhancing opportunities for the future.
  • Green Differentiation: Operating in ANY line of business where the business derives significant competitive advantage / market differentiation based on environmental practices and / or branding.
The BR&E,… was a great experience and enabled the company to identify new business opportunities. With the support of our partners, we are able to deliver a product that assists our end-users in new pitch development, RFP submissions, and developing competitive intelligence.

The NEIA Environmental Sector Business Growth Project will provide business development resources and support businesses through a Business Retention and Expansion diagnostic process. Business owners / managers will work one-on-one with an IBRD Economic Development Officer (EDO) to look holistically at their business operations and uncover those issues that may limit future plans and overall growth and success.

As part of the BR&E process businesses will receive:

  • one-on-one, on-site consultation sessions with the EDO regarding marketing and sales, operations, finance and accounting, human resources and management, export readiness and future plans;
  • a report provided by the EDO which includes a prioritized action plan, developed with the full input of the businesses’ management team;
  • follow up care, as required, by the appropriate business specialists;
  • an opportunity to share ideas and solicit unbiased feedback; and
  • an opportunity to network with other businesses operating in the sector to address common challenges.

Project Eligibility

The NEIA Environmental Sector Business Growth Project accepted applications until February 20, 2013 from businesses operating in the environmental sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you are interested in participating in a future Environmental Sector Business Growth Project, please contact us at info@neia.org.

Applicants are required to:

  • be primarily engaged in business activities within the environmental sector;
  • agree to participate in the full BR&E process; and
  • have operated for at least two years.

Consideration was given to:

  • equality in the types of businesses participating; and
  • equality in the geographical location of businesses participating.
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