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

AG Research

AG Research is a full service technology company providing consultation, professional services, IT support, secure & managed hosting, and web & desktop software development.

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225 Charlotte Street Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1C4

(902) 562-3202

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Canmac Economics Ltd.

Canmac Economics Ltd. is organized around one concept – to provide economic decision support systems for businesses and government economists, money managers, and senior management. The Canmac Philosophy is based on the belief that a quantitative approach to business and government decision problems represents the most fruitful and cost effective avenue to decision making.

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495 Sackville Drive Lower Sackville, N.S. B4C 2S1

902.864.3838

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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 information

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Laura Syms

MLIS

902-563-1994

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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

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Craig MacMullin

Navigate Startup House 37 Nepean Street, Sydney

(902)-421-2333

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NSCC – Customized Business Training Solutions

Customized learning solutions to meet specific industry requirements. NSCC offers a wide variety of services, including:

Consulting – Needs assessments, training plans, business process mapping, preparation of technical documents and related training materials
Curriculum development – New curriculum development, customization of existing curriculum, instructional design
Customized learning – Face-to-face delivery both at your workplace or on-campus, online delivery, combination of delivery methods and locations, coaching and mentoring
Online delivery – Create or repurpose existing training content, host online training, provide technical support to learners and trainers
Capacity building – Pre-employment training programs, train the trainer programs, testing and evaluation

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902-491-1611

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Cape Breton Partnership-Dream Business Program

Mashup Lab’s Dream Business Program takes ten people and their new business ideas through all the stages of turning their business dreams into a reality. The six-month program combines live online group sessions with 1-on-1 coaching and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs. The half-way mark of the program is highlighted by a Celebration Night where participants present their fledgling businesses to a group of entrepreneurs and business experts. Upon completing the program, graduates receive a “start-up kit” of more than $5,000 worth of services including accounting, sales, branding, and marketing, as well as help navigating various support and funding opportunities beyond the program.

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Mickey Freeman

Innovation and Enrepreneurship Officer

902-202-4034

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Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network

The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN) spans the Island and has the primary goal of supporting the development and attraction of new businesses, and the retention and expansion of existing businesses. CBREN staff are based across the region in Sydney, Baddeck, Port Hood, Inverness and St. Peter’s. The Economic Development team provides support, counselling and guidance to businesses at every stage. Services offered include: Business planning Connecting businesses to support programs and economic development partners Providing support and direction to entrepreneurs considering a business start-up Monitoring workforce training requirements Working with businesses to identify programs and initiatives for their existing workforce

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Carla Arsenault

902-562-0122

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Cape Breton University – The Verschuren Centre

The Verschuren Centre is an industrial solutions, development and deployment centre directly engaged with, and responsive to, industry and economic development needs, providing opportunities for process and product development, technology improvement, and enhancements in sustainability.Its mission involves bridging engineering and scientific research into environmental, industrial and socioeconomic policy contexts that promote the adoption and effective application of innovation for large-scale positive impact.

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Beth Mason

902-563-1182

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Centre for Women in Business

The Centre for Women in Business (CWB) is dedicated to helping women succeed as entrepreneurs through exposure, connection and learning. This includes providing one-on-one business advice, business skills training, trade missions, networking and a membership program designed to develop and support women in business. The CWB has a dedicated business advisor in Cape Breton with office hours in Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Port Hood, and Chéticamp, Isle Madam and area.

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Courtney Schmidt

285 Alexandra Street, Sydney, B1S 2E8

902-217-2660

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CME – Publications and Reports

CME is a provider of Information specifically undertaken and identified for Manufacturers including: Information on policy initiatives Information on economic outlooks Publications and reports

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Michael Raymond

902-422-4477

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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:

Diagnostic Assessment
Business Management Development Practices
Access to Capital
Market Readiness/Export Potential
Specific Studies/Business Plan Mentoring
Aftercare/Mentoring and Follow-up

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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.

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902-424-4575

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EDC Research

Export development Canada offers a variety of information that can assist companies in preparing for export. The type of information EDC can provide is Market Information Webinars Articles Trade Insights Export Hub Help

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Dan Dooks

902-403-1646

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Entrevestor

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.

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Experience Nova Scotia: A Toolkit

Learn how to identify tourism opportunities in your region and how to develop and market your new business.

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