The following companies/organizations are Investors of the Cape Breton Partnership and offer services specific to business development.

Cape Breton Capital Group

The purpose of the Cape Breton Capital Group (CBCG) is to bring together a group of experienced Cape Breton entrepreneurs and investors to seek out investment opportunities that will help established businesses maintain local ownership and seed new companies based on Cape Breton Island.


Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design (the Centre), a non-profit charitable organization, is an integral and leading force in the educational, promotional and economic development of the craft sector on Cape Breton Island with a membership of over 300 individuals and organizations throughout Cape Breton Island, the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people of Unama’ki. The mandate of Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is to promote excellence in the field of craft and design through education and training, exhibitions and special events. We are committed to developing programs that preserve, elevate, expand, and enhance the creation of craft.


Stephanie Dupuis

Craft Business Development Coordinator

322 Charlotte Street Sydney, Nova Scotia


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Cape Breton Partnership – Business Services

The Cape Breton Partnership provides support, counselling and guidance to businesses at every stage.


Shannon MacNeil

(902) 562-0122

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CBDC – Coastal Business

Established in 1985, Coastal Business CBDC’s principal goals continue to be the provision of quality financial and advisory assistance to new and expanding business within our community.  To achieve these goals Coastal Business provides access to capital for qualifying small and medium size enterprises.  In addition it provides advisory assistance, training and general counseling to better ensure the success of the assisted businesses. Financial assistance is available in the form of loans, loan guarantees and equity financing to existing and aspiring entrepreneurs. Business counselling, help & advice is available to small businesses. We help businesses to succeed and therefore we give high priority to the advisory role of our mandate. Entrepreneurship development and training to individuals and small business owners/managers is available in many of our offices. Technical assistance usually takes the form of guidance and coaching, and sometimes advocating on behalf of our clients to other lending establishments or regulatory agencies.


Patricia MacNeil

Executive Director

292 Charlotte Street Suite 100 Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1C7

(902) 539-4332

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Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development (CEED)

CEED offers entrepreneurs of all ages and stages a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities. In Cape Breton, programs are delivered both in-person at Navigate Startup House and virtually via Adobe Connect. CEED’s experiential programming is designed to ensure the participant leaves with relevant skills that can be immediately employed in the launch or growth of a business. The following programs are available:

Building Financial Models
Value Proposition Design
Business Model Canvas
Pricing Your Product or Service


Kim Desveaux

Navigate 37 Nepean Street, Sydney


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Navigate, located in the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, aims to foster and keep burgeoning companies in Cape Breton by providing space, support, and resources. Navigate provides: Subsidized office space for early-stage companies Common workspace available to all members The ability to tap into a worldwide network of experts in the fields of business and technology Event programming provided for tenants, members, and the community includes lunch and learns, workshops, hackathons, and start-up weekends


Megan MacAulay

Project Director

37 Nepean Street, Suite 105, Sydney, NS, B1P 6A7


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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


Sheri Williams


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Strait Area Chamber of Commerce

SACOC provides unique opportunities for businesses to promote and develop through advertising, seminars, trade shows, networking and events. It also provides access to member discounts on business expenses such as group insurance, point of sale systems, advertising, etc., in addition to 15-20 training courses each year to help businesses be more efficient and grow. SACOC annually hosts a “Small Business Road Show” that engages SMEs and service providers in rural communities across rural Cape Breton. The objective is to build awareness of the many services provided to SMEs and new entrepreneurs. SACOC periodically hosts women leadership events that provide networking and skill development opportunities for women in business and leadership.


Amanda Mombourquette


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Mining Association of Nova Scotia

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia represents companies in all areas of mining and quarrying: exploration, discovery, development, production and reclamation as well as consultants and suppliers to the industry.


Sean Kirby


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Mining Society of Nova Scotia

To meet the needs of the mining, metallurgy, petroleum and related industries by providing quality services and value to the membership through: Technical forums Professional social networking Promoting industries Encouraging student understanding of the industry and commitment to the industry Recognition of excellence through awards and prizes Collaboration with other organizations of similar interests Representation to government on behalf of industry


Florence Sigut

902- 567-2147

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Music Nova Scotia – Export – Trade Missions and Opportunities

The objective of the Music Nova Scotia is to encourage the creation, development and growth of small Nova Scotian music businesses around artists and their intellectual property. To aid in this mission, Music Nova Scotia actively promotes trade missions and other opportunities where Nova Scotia artists can be selected to play in front of domestic and international audiences.


Darryl Smith

902-423-6271 Ext. 107


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Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia

The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) is an industry association representing the ocean technology and industry sector in Nova Scotia. The mandate of the Council is to advance economic opportunities for Nova Scotia’s ocean technology companies.We accomplish this through member activities, learning sessions, workforce retention and training activities, supplier development events, strategic advocacy with respect to domestic and international supply chain opportunities, innovation and productivity improvement.


Catherine MacDonald


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Scotians Global Advisors Program

Scotians is a global network of individuals passionate about Nova Scotia. Passionate about our economic success and the entrepreneurs that drive it. Made up of a diverse group of Nova Scotians, expats, friends, and alumni in over 20 countries, Scotians work to leverage their collective global experience to help us deliver brighter outcomes for all Nova Scotians. The Scotians Global Advisors Program supports Nova Scotia businesses looking to build their export capacity, improve their global competitiveness and/or enhance their global connections in support of their export goals. The Program facilitates introductions to experienced international business professionals with expertise relating to the needs identified by your business.   Find your Advisor at:


Wanda MacLean


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Screen Nova Scotia

Screen Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit membership organization representing over 2,000 people working in film, television and animation across the province. Membership includes producers, service providers, local cast and crew, unions and guilds, and industry organizations.  Screen Nova Scotia works with and advocates on behalf of the screen-based industry in Nova Scotia to build long-term economic and cultural sustainability of the sector, and to create opportunities for the film, television, and digital media content creators based in the province. Services provided for include business development training, attendance at conferences and trade missions, research and information on funding programs provided by various partners.


Laura Mackenzie


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Canada is the 38th member country of the Eurimages – European Cinema Support Fund and the first non-European member country. This program, through the Council of Europe, aims to support the coproduction of cinematographic works between member countries. Canadian production companies with an eligible coproduction project with at least one other member country.



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TIANS – Nova Scotia Approved Quality First

TIANS offers a quality accommodations program developed to ensure that visitors receive clean and comfortable accommodations while visiting Nova Scotia. The quality standards were developed after extensive collaboration with representatives of fixed-roof accommodations, campgrounds and Tourism Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Approved provides the licensed accommodation operator, with a quality program option that is not a rating system. Nova Scotia Approved is a benchmark of quality standards focused on cleanliness and state of repair. Once you complete the online application, your property will be receive an unannounced visit by our Quality Coach who will assess your property based on the Nova Scotia Approved benchmarks of quality standards. When your property meets the benchmarks of quality standards, and if you hold a valid Tourist Accommodations Licence, you will then be eligible to participate in tourism partnership programs, sponsored by Tourism Nova Scotia.


Darlene Grant Fiander


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Tourism Nova Scotia – World Class Experience EXCELLerator Program

Collaborate with TourisCollaborate with Tourism Nova Scotia to develop world-class experiences that differentiate Nova Scotia, appeal to the Free Spirit segment, and create marketing assets to attract new visitors. Successful applicants will benefit from Nova Scotia to develop world-class experiences that differentiate Nova Scotia, appeal to the Free Spirit segment, and create marketing assets to attract new visitors. Successful applicants will benefit from:

Increased experience development skills
New photography to promote your new experience
Inclusion in Tourism Nova Scotia marketing, including, social media and the Doers & Dreamers travel guide
Insights on sales opportunities


Heather Yule

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Viticulturist and Terroir Initiative

Perennia’s viticulturist, Francisco Diez, works directly with wineries to help them with their development goals, as the linkages between the vineyards and the wineries is really key to the overall industry’s success.  A key initiative is an assessment of the terroir of the province’s wine regions to determine the best management practices, preferred varieties, etc.  Please visit our viticulture and grape growing page, or contact:


Francisco Diez


(902) 300-3905