FREDERICTON (GNB) – NB Exporter-U, a new partnership between the provincial government, the business community and academia, was officially launched today.

"Working in partnership with local businesses and researchers is a key part of our government's plan to create jobs in our communities and rebuild New Brunswick," said Premier David Alward. "This program was made possible by our provincial export strategy, Growing Global Markets, and is designed to help companies develop custom strategies that will grow their respective export markets and increase sales."

Alward joined officials from the University of New Brunswick, the Université de Moncton and Learnsphere to unveil the program.

NB Exporter-U matches New Brunswick companies with teams of senior business students from the two universities as well as mentors to develop custom strategies to help entrepreneurs export their products and services around the world. The mentors will be experienced company leaders from the New Brunswick Business Council's "Passport Service" and other business partners.   

Following are those companies participating in NB Export-U in 2013-14:

●    CBH Wood Products Ltd. of Hanwell;
●    Fenêtres Nordist ltée of Shippagan;
●    Power Precision Inc. of Bathurst;
●    TsI Auto Solutions Inc. of Bathurst;
●    Kan-Go-Roo Playgrounds Ltd. of Atholville;
●    Les Entreprises D. Côté inc. of Saint-Quentin;
●    Ironflow Technologies Inc. of Dieppe;
●    WigsCan Inc. of Moncton;
●    Easy Kleen Pressures Systems Ltd. of Sussex Corner; and
●    Metalfab Ltd. of Centreville.
Growing Global Markets, the provincial government's export strategy, identifies the following goals to achieve export growth:

●    encourage more firms to enter export markets;
●    focus on growth opportunities through value-added exports; and
●    diversify New Brunswick's export markets.