The province is helping Cumberland County businesses sell more goods and services to the public sector. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards and health authorities will be available to meet local business operators. “Businesses in Nova Scotia offer some of the best products and services in the world,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “The province is pleased to help Nova Scotian companies expand their markets.” Business operators can meet with public sector purchasers at a trade show in Springhill on Tuesday, Feb. 27, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, 6 Main St., Springhill. The show will allow vendors to learn how to increase sales to the public sector. They can meet buyers face-to-face to exchange information on products and services. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services, and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The trade show is co-hosted by the Office of Economic Development and the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “This event connects our local business community with the people responsible for government procurement and tender opportunities,” said Rhonda Kelly, executive director of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “We highly encourage any businesses considering selling goods or services to any level of government to attend.” The province’s Supplier Development Program is encouraging more Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small business operators learn how to bid on government goods and services and provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment.