RBA foresees partnership with Lakeland College

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May 19, 2015 8:15 AM

The Regional Business Accelerator (RBA) has gone back to school with the announcement that it has moved its administrative offices into Lakeland College, Lloydminster Campus.

“We appreciate this chance to really collaborate (with the college) on a higher level, and hopefully as a group, work at a higher level to serve the region and the entrepreneurs in it,” said RBA Executive Director Marya Pettigrew.

The RBA settled into its new offices on Tuesday, which are located on the second floor in the Bill Kondro Wing of the school. The RBA has four admin offices at the college, which is double what it had previously, plus access to a boardroom.

Pettigrew says that the RBA is looking forward to collaborating with Lakeland College’s business program, where potential projects would help students attain real industry experience.

“We haven’t got anything really formalized yet, but we are working on some potential projects that would ... get them involved in really seeing the challenges that the small businesses in our community are facing,” she said. “Really give them a hands-on, real-life experience in solving those issues so when they go out and work in the real world, they’ll have a better understanding of what to expect.”

Pettigrew also says that Lakeland College will be the permanent home of the RBA’s admin offices, at least for the foreseeable future.

“I see us working on more joint service programs together to serve the entrepreneurial community of the region, and also with their applied innovation and research department, to work more closely with them for any entrepreneurs that are looking to develop any new technology. I think it’s a perfect partnership for us going forward.”

The RBA’s Entrepreneur Centre is unaffected by the move, as the two parts was already at different locations. The admin offices were previously set up inside the Lloydminster Economic Development building.

“We’re hoping this will really drive our organization forward another level,” Pettigrew said.

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