Starting a Business

The following organizations can assist you in evaluating your business idea and will provide you with the support and guidance that will help make your idea become a reality.

Cumberland Development Corporation

As CBDCs, we assist in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs. Typically, our services are targeted to entrepreneurs who require customized financing not normally available from traditional sources.

5 Ratchford Street
Amherst , NS , B4H 1X2
Phone: 902-667-5700
Fax: 902-897-1452
website: Cumberland Development Corporation

Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. offers a broad range of services for business. We know that a strong economy starts at home, so we're helping Nova Scotia companies grow through service offerings like financing, export development and business advice. If you are a small to medium-sized business in Nova Scotia, we want to talk to you. Visit our advisory services, export programs, and financing links to find out how we can help your business grow and succeed.

Contact: David Copus
Phone: 893-6156
Fax: 902-893-6108
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Website: Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Services for Businesses

Link to the Nova Scotia Government Online service for business including Tax Commission, Registry of Lobbyists and Registry of Joint Stock Companies.
website: Services NS

Students in Business

SIB is an initiative of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development and Nova Scotia Department of Community Services in partnership with the Community Business Development Corporations throughout rural Nova Scotia and the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development in metro Halifax. SIB recognizes Nova Scotia’s student entrepreneurs who operate businesses.

Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development, P.O. Box 519
Halifax, NS, B3J 2R7
Phone: 902-424-6353
Toll Free: 800-565-2009
Fax: 902-424-1263
website: Students in Business

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

ACOA provides financial assistance to business in the following sectors/areas: manufacturing & processing (involves value-added activity)tourismaquacultureinnovation (new or improved product service or process)information and technology based industries non commercial services to business which are not personal in nature

Phone: 667-3638
Toll Free: 1-800-565-1228
Fax: 902-667-2270
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website: ACOA

Black Business Initiative (BBI)

The Black Business Initiative (BBI) is a Province-wide business development initiative committed to fostering the growth of businesses owned by members of the Nova Scotia Black Community. It also places priority on educating Black business owners in the operation of their business - from marketing to budgeting to securing funding.

1575 Brunswick Street,
Halifax, NS, B3J 2G1
Phone: 902-426-2224
Toll Free: 800-668-1010
Fax: 902-426-6530
website: Black Business Initiative (BBI)

Centre for Women in Business

For the past twelve (12) years the Centre has assisted many entrepreneurs, providing them with the support, resources, training and information they needed to start or grow their businesses.

Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS, B3M 2J6
Phone: 902-457-6449
Fax: 902-457-6455
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website: Centre for Women in Busines

Canada/Nova Scotia Business Service Centre

The Canada/Nova Scotia Business Service Centre delivers a wide range of business information services for anyone starting, expanding or operating business.

1575 Brunswick St,
Halifax, N.S., B3J 2G1
Phone: 902-426-6530
Toll Free: 800-668-1010
Fax: 902-426-6530
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Website: Canada/Nova Scotia Business Service Centre

Business Start-Up Assistant - Canada Business Service Centre

Reliable information for starting a successful business. Managed by the Canada Business Service Centre Network.
website: Canada Business Services for Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneurs Association

The Young Entrepreneurs Association is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization whose mandate is to support young people in business. Aimed at business owners 35 and under, YEA provides its members an opportunity to learn from one another's experiences and take advantage of peer support and mentorship as they grow their businesses.

843 Yates Street,
Victoria, BC, V8W 1M1
Toll Free: 888-639.3222
Fax: 888-639-7969
website: Entrepreneurs' Organization

Strategis - Industry Canada

Strategis is Industry Canada’s On-line Resource for information timely business and consumer information, business management tools and access to government services on the internet. Site includes a business library with articles on a wide variety of business management topics.
website: Industry Canada

Canadian Innovation Centre

The Canadian Innovation Centre (CIC) is Canada's leading organization dedicated to assisting inventors and innovative companies. The range of services includes invention evaluation, technology due diligence, market research, and education programs.

490 Dutton Drive, Unit 1A,
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 6H7
Toll Free: 800-265-4559
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website: Canadian Innovation Centre