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Entrepreneurs praise internship program - Telegraph-Journal

Author: Communications

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

Category: In the Media , UNB Saint John

The federal government's small business internship program, which connects e-commerce students with small businesses, is getting high marks from local entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the program.

"As a business, we did not have the time to learn how to run the Internet and make it work for us," Terry Ann Cormier, owner of the eco-friendly Naturally For Life stores in Rothesay and St. Andrews, explained in an interview.

But knowing that being on the Internet is "crucial to succeeding in business" in this day and age, she said she turned to the program to acquire a student intern, Will O'Connell, for 12 weeks to establish a company presence on the World Wide Web.

"It has been ridiculously amazing what he has done," she said. "Having this program, having them do what they did, has given me a step above my competition. It's huge.

"He built an entire web design, e-commerce and all that jibber-jabber I don't understand."

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Cormier gave her testimonial as she awaited the start of a news conference on the UNB Saint John campus during which Saint John MP Rodney Weston announced the federal government is offering 33 additional internships for post-secondary students under the small business internship program, or SBIP, in Atlantic Canada.