FREDERICTON (GNB) – Eight New Brunswick companies in the information and communications technology sector will look for export and business opportunities in Boston and New York on two separate trade missions, thanks to support from the federal and provincial governments.

“Growing partnerships and new opportunities are a key part of our government's plan to rebuild New Brunswick's economy and create jobs,” said Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud. “These trade missions allow New Brunswick companies to seek new business opportunities with our largest trading partner.”

Company representatives will visit Boston Oct. 16-17 and New York City Nov. 12 -15. During the visits, each company will meet with at least six companies in each city and attend business networking activities.

“Our government is committed to helping New Brunswick businesses compete successfully in the international marketplace, export their products and expertise to the world and in the process contribute to economic growth and job creation at home,” said Bernard Valcourt, associate minister of national defence and minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “As Canada's largest trading partner, the United States represents a key market for New Brunswick companies and helping our businesses explore trade opportunities with our closest trading neighbour will work to further strengthen our region's long-term prosperity.”

The federal government, through ACOA, has provided $100,000 to help organize the two trade missions through its Business Development Program. The provincial government has provided $24,000.

The following New Brunswick companies are participating in the trade mission:

●    Scene Sharp Technologies Inc., Fredericton;
●    Trekk it Corp., Fredericton;
●    F6 Networks, Moncton;
●    i-Communications Inc., Moncton;
●    Jumpstart720, Moncton;
●    Samgo Innovations, Moncton;
●    Tech Knowledge Solution Inc., Moncton; and
●    Managed Market RX Solutions Inc., Saint John.