ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Nova Scotia Destination of Choice forCreditek A newly established business process outsourcing operation islooking to hire more than 100 financial and accounting employeesfor its Halifax location over the course of the next year. NewJersey-based Creditek Corporation manages receivables for anumber of Fortune 1500 companies that include leaders in theconsumer packaged goods and health-care sectors. Creditek’s Halifax location marks the company’s first Canadianoperations. “We are pleased that Creditek has made Nova Scotiatheir first Canadian choice for growth, and it speaks well of thebusiness advantages that exist in our province,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernie Fage. “Creditek places a high value onthe education level of our workforce and, by choosing NovaScotia, they are helping us send a strong message to theinternational business community that we’re an excellent locationfor business.” “We are extremely pleased with the talent we are attracting inHalifax,” said Regina Paolillo, president and CEO of Creditek.”Our planned growth requires a workforce that is well educated,experienced, energetic, innovative and customer focused. That’swhy we chose Halifax as a partner and location for our firstoffshore service centre and we couldn’t be happier with theresults.” Creditek has signed a four-year payroll rebate agreement withNova Scotia Business Inc. that will see the company set upinitial operations in Halifax and explore another expansionoutside of Halifax in year two of the agreement. Should thecompany meet all of its obligations, and create up to 240 jobs inthe process, it will be eligible to receive $1.7 million over thecourse of the agreement. “Business process outsourcing companies like Creditek present amajor opportunity for us because outsourcing has become the normfor many U.S.-based businesses,” said Stephen Lund, president andCEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Our province is well positionedas an outsourcing alternative to locations in India and Chinabecause we lack the geopolitical risks, we share the same cultureas the United States, and our workforce measures up with anylocation in the world.” Creditek staff require a college diploma or university degree inbusiness or accounting, or several years of experience in theindustry. The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) providedinitial workplace training for staff in Creditek’s appliedcustomer service training. “NSCC believes it’s important to be proactive in businessdevelopment activity that impacts the economic progress of NovaScotia,” said Ken Jones, dean, customized training and part-timeStudies, NSCC. “We can provide various levels of trainingincluding curriculum development and delivery, which we customizeto meet the needs of individual business operations –telecommunications, customer service and management are threespecific areas of focus.” For more information on employment opportunities with Creditek,contact Sharon Ayres at 1-800-216-4000 ext. 333 or via e-mail email@example.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business developmentagency, an organization that works with companies to providebusiness solutions. The private sector-led agency works toattract new businesses to the province and help those already inNova Scotia expand through services such as export developmentand financing.