The following companies/organizations are Investors of the Cape Breton Partnership and offer services specific to business development.
Cape Breton University Library – Business Resources
Cape Breton University provides a variety of free research to business seeking to find information on starting and growing their companies. Some of the research that can be accessed at CBU includes: Canadian social and economic data Company information Industry information Country informationREAD MORE
Serving the greater Sydney area of Nova Scotia, Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Coastal offers a variety of business development services to entrepreneurs and businesses. They work together with government and the private sector to meet the needs of small businesses, including business planning and counselling, training and loans and financial help.READ MORE
292 Charlotte Street Suite 100 Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1C7
(902) 539-4332Visit website
Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office
The mandate of the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO) is to maximize the employment and contract opportunities for indigenous community members in Unama’ki (Cape Breton). We achieve this by continually expanding our broad network of industry partners across all sectors. MEBO supports the growth of businesses as well as aspiring entrepreneurs in the establishment of new businesses. We can help with: providing training workshops assistance preparing funding applications business plan developmentREAD MORE
201 Churchill Dr Suite 201, Membertou, NS B1S 0H1
NSCC – Your Entrepreneurial Self Program
NSCC Entrepreneurship provides entrepreneurial skill awareness and development opportunities for students, faculty and staff. Programs and services include:
Free Entrepreneurial Resources including workshops, presentations, activities, lesson plans, templates, toolkits
Business Counselling –One-on-one business counselling for students, staff and faculty who are interested in starting a business or want to take their existing businesses to the next level. Guidance offered for business plan development, marketing, HR, government regulations and financing.
Curriculum Consulting – One-on-one curriculum consulting and support to integrate entrepreneurship into the classroom (integrating tools such as the business model canvas, business plans, software and activities)
College Wide Activities – entrepreneurial activities for students, staff and faculty including challenges, contests and competitions and professional development opportunities
Community Connections – Entrepreneurial Service Providers and Community Resources – we work with other entrepreneurial service providers and connect students/staff to relevant resources and supports, workshops and training events, available in our communities
Consultant Advisory Services (CAS)
The Consultant Advisory Services program gives CBDCs the ability to offer Consultant Advisory Services to small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations. New and existing clients of CBDCs and ACOA will be able to access technical and financial assistance by engaging consultants to assist them with various issues, opportunities and challenges.
Eligible CAS activities include:
Business Management Development Practices
Access to Capital
Market Readiness/Export Potential
Specific Studies/Business Plan Mentoring
Aftercare/Mentoring and Follow-up
Craft Alliance Atlantic Association- Resources
The craft alliance web portal offers a number of helpful tools for craft producers looking to expand their business into the areas of export and wholesale. Resources include: Craft export diagnostic Wholesale readiness diagnostic Step by step guides – Ready, Set, Go! Wholesale Guide and Exporting: A Step-by- Step ProcessREAD MORE
Department of Energy – Document Database
The Department of Energy works with a variety of agencies, departments, researchers and not-for-profits to find the best ways to buy, develop and use energy. Through the years, there have been a number of studies and reviews conducted and reports generated, providing insight and information about our changing energy sector in Nova Scotia.READ MORE
Guided by academic advisors and business experts, student leaders create and implement community empowerment projects and business ventures with a strong focus on social entrepreneurship. This helps students unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and develop the talent and perspective essential to leadership. Student Entrepreneur National Competition recognizes and rewards the commitment, determination and achievements of full-time university and college student business owners.READ MORE
Entrevestor provides news and data on startups in Atlantic Canada. We’re best-known for publishing daily reports on entrevestor.com. We also collect data on startups and publish annual reports analyzing this data. Entrevestor is financed by selling online and print advertisements for its website, and selling the annual analyses of its data. We have clients in both the private and public sectors.READ MORE
Government of Canada Business-E-business Security, Privacy, and Legal Requirements
Innovation Mobilization Program
Industry can collaborate with Springboard network members in order to access funding (applications for the IM Program must be submitted by a Springboard Atlantic member to qualify for funding). Funding categories include:
Industry Engagement:connects skilled professionals in academia with like-minded contacts in industry to drive new collaborations and support research commercialization in Atlantic Canada.
Proof of Concept:support for developing early stage ideas, from a lab bench to a working prototype or equivalent (e.g. software beta).
Patent and Legal:support for the assessment and protection of ideas with commercial potential. All forms of intellectual property are eligible e.g. patents, industry designs, copyright, trademarking etc.
Marketing Support:validate the commercial potential of an idea. This funding supports market assessment and prototype development.