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NRC launches ‘concierge’ service for business, while shedding scientific jobs

Small businesses looking to access government programmes that support business innovation now have a one-stop-shop in the National Research Council’s “concierge service”.

The service, launched on 2 December and run by the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, combines online, phone, and in person assistance for businesses to help them find appropriate federal, provincial and local government programmes to support their R&D and innovation projects.

"Small and medium-sized enterprises are the engines of Canada’s economic growth and this new service will help businesses make effective use of federal innovation programs to allow them to take their firms to the next level," said science minister Greg Rickford. "This initiative promotes innovation by giving businesses access to the research support they need, so they can grow and create high-quality jobs for Canadians."

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