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Connections: An Immigrant’s Guide to Starting a Business in Nova Scotia
Access Nova Scotia
Access NS provides access – online and on-site – for permits, licences, business registrations, statistics, property information, birth/death/marriage certificates, and many other business and consumer services.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
ACOA works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.
Black Business Initiative (BBI)
BBI supports the development of business and job opportunities for Black Nova Scotians and is committed to growing a Black presence in a diverse range of business sectors including high-tech, manufacturing, tourism, and the cultural sector.
BizPaL is an online service that helps business people create a customized list of licenses and permits they may need to start or operate a business in Nova Scotia.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
BDC is wholly owned by the Government of Canada and its mandate is to help create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, subordinate financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
St. Mary’s University Business Development Centre
SMU BDC is a non-profit organization focused on business development within Atlantic Canada and beyond. The staff are committed to enhancing the prosperity of the community by providing assistance to businesses and non-governmental organizations in research, planning and implementation.
Canada Business Nova Scotia
The Canada/Nova Scotia Business Service Centre is part of a national network of Canada Business Service Centres with the mission to improve the start-up, survival and growth rates of small and medium sized enterprises by giving business people access to accurate, timely and relevant information and referrals.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
CRA is the federal agency that administers taxation and the tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories as well as international trade legislation, and various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system
Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
CYBF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing the nation’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time by offering pre-launch expertise, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring.
Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED)
CEED supports entrepreneurs at every stage of business growth and development. Perhaps most commonly known for small business loans and other financing programs, they also offer mentorship, education and other resources.
Centre for Women in Business (CWB)
CWB offers a variety of programs aimed at enhancing the knowledge and business management skills of women through advisories, workshops, mentoring programs, networking events and conferences.
Community Business Development Corporations (CBDC)
CBDCs assist in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs.
‘An Immigrant’s guide to starting a business in Nova Scotia’- this information will assist you in understanding the Nova Scotia business culture and the process of starting a business in Nova Scotia.
Entrepreneurs’ Forum (EF)
The Entrepreneurs’ Forum provides access to a network of advisors who are there to advise entrepreneurs at all stages of business development.
Export Development Corporation
Export Development Canada offers financial and risk management solutions to help Canadian businesses expand into the U.S. and other international markets.
Fundica is a free online tool that helps entrepreneurs intelligently and effectively search for funding sources for start-up and growth.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)
NSBI is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency, helping companies enhance their competitiveness through trade development, financing and venture capital.
Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
Use the Registry of Joint Stock Companies to register your business, search for information on existing registered businesses and more.
Statistics Canada provides statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada. Statistics Canada is an excellent source for secondary market research information.
Sources of Finance
- Bank of Montreal
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CIBC)
- Credit Union Atlantic
- Royal Bank of Canada
- TD Canada Trust
- Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
- Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED)
- Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
- Community Business Development Corporations (CBDC)