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

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


Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber administers workplace skills training programs focused on new and existing small business owners with an emphasis on financial management, marketing strategies (traditional and social media), leadership, customer service, public relations and supply chain management.


Kathleen Yurchesyn


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Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University is a place where students don’t just go, they Happen. Because CBU is a unique place where students who believe that they can actually have an effect in the world discover what that effect is going to be. CBU is one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 3500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction and employability. CBU prides itself on providing a personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life and cutting-edge technological tools. The university offers outstanding applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education.


1250 Grand Lake Rd. Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada B1P 6L2

(902) 539-5300

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CBBC Career College

The College offers 11 programs at 2 facilities, employs approximately 35 staff and faculty members, and educates over 350 students annually. They have continued the legacy of CBBC’s founders by offering leading-edge curriculum that prepares students to be successful in an ever-changing job market. CBBC has grown to become one of Nova Scotia’s leaders in post-secondary education.


315 Jamieson St. Sydney, NS B1N 3B1

(902) 564-2222

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Centre for Distance Education

Our diploma programs are career focused and nationally recognized by employers across the country. If you feel stuck trying to balance your family, work and other responsibilities, or classroom learning simply doesn’t work for you – you’ve come to the right place. Some of the many benefits of attending CD-ED are: Classes start weekly – You don’t need to wait for traditional class start dates – we make it easy for you to integrate education to fit into your life. CD-ED works with your busy schedule by offering frequent and flexible start dates. No more waiting around to start your career, begin classes right away. High satisfaction ratings – Be confident when signing up for CD-ED knowing that it offers excellent career-training education. Reputation matters and word of mouth speaks the loudest. Read reviews from our satisfied graduates here. Accessible learning environment – Each student can find something to suit their learning needs because CD-ED offers various learning management systems designed for different learning styles. At CD-ED no one is left behind. 20 years of online training – You can rest assured knowing that CD-ED’s online training experts have over 20 years of experience and thousands of graduate successes who, just like you, needed convenience without affecting quality in their education. Come to CD-ED to join a rich and supportive community. We’ll give you the boost you need to get your career started today.


Centre for Distance Education Heritage Professional Centre, 222 George St., Suite C Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1J3


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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


Craig MacMullin

Navigate Startup House 37 Nepean Street, Sydney


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Coastal Business-CBDC

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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Collegio Technologies Inc.

Collegio is focused on providing educational opportunities to organizations and entrepreneurs. They provide digital skills training to help you and your business succeed in today’s competitive landscape. If you want to learn how to update your WordPress site, launch an e-commerce venture, utilize search engine optimization techniques, or polish up on your React skills, they can provide you with training opportunities to help you thrive in the digital age. They can teach you how!


37 Nepean St. Sydney NS B1P 6A7

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Maritime Environmental Training Institute

Maritime Environmental Training Institute (METI) is a private career college, providing occupational, environmental health and safety training through their accredited and industry-approved full-time programs, safety courses, safety services, and in-demand online training. METI’s training is geared to provide students with the knowledge, skills and certification needed to meet the requirements of a person employed in a variety of industries. METI is centrally located in Sydney, Nova Scotia (Cape Breton) and occupies 18,000 square feet along with a modern training yard, measuring 2.5 acres, making it an ideal setting for your safety training, safety courses, safety certification and safety services.


301 Alexandra Street Sydney, Nova Scotia B1S 2E8

(902) 539-9766

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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 development


Alex Paul

201 Churchill Dr Suite 201, Membertou, NS B1S 0H1


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Food and Beverage Atlantic

Known as the Atlantic Food & Beverage Processors Association since 2007, it remains dedicated to a legacy of supporting and helping the processing industry grow in Atlantic Canada. FBA continues to expand its activities in key programs including delivering affordable, accessible food safety and regulatory training programs, industry conferences and leading export trade missions in the United States, Latin America, Asia, India and Europe.



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Food Hygiene (Handling) Courses

Food safety courses are for those who handle and work with food regularly, like those in the food service industry. Some are recognized by the Department and some are not. Legislation requires that at least one person per shift must have a food safety training course. It is strongly recommended that all people on the job have this training. The certificate must be renewed every five years.


Industry Sector Councils

Find sector-specific resources and expertise to help you attract, retain, and train employees. The Association of Industry Sector Councils represents the interests of 32,000 small-and medium-sized businesses and 370,000 workers and their families, all over the province. Collectively, with our employers and training partners, we attract, retain and train talent to build a robust Nova Scotia. Our various sectors share ideas, success stories, resources and expertise to create more jobs.


10 Ragged Lake Blvd, Halifax, NS B3S 1C2


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Inspired to Hire

Find online tips and tool to help you reach, recruit, hire, and retain younger workers.


ISANS-Diversify Your Workforce

ISANS helps employers recruit and retain international talent by providing information, workshops, assessments and training to hire immigrants, support immigrant employees, build inclusive workplaces and share professional skills and experience. Some of the assistance provided by ISANS to employers include: On-site Recruitment & Career Info Sessions Skills Match Online Recruitment English in the Workplace Professional Practice Program Trades Practical Assessments Internationally Educated Engineers Bridging Program Internationally Educated Architects Work-based Assessment (Pilot) Program Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project (AIPP) Workplace Culture Program




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Free on-line courses are offered in partnership with the Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education, the Nova Scotia Association of CBDC’s and Bluedrop. Skill OnlineNS gives every resident of the province access to thousands of FREE online courses on the most important workplace topics to improve their skills and career prospects.


Erinn Smith


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LAE – Workplace Education Initiative

The Workplace Education Initiative Programs are tailored specifically for each workplace to meet the needs of the employees in that workplace. Topics that could be included in a program are essential skills related to the development of documents, communication, computers, reading, math, essentials for small business, academic upgrading and pilot programs Funding under this program can be provided for: Organizational needs assessments Educational needs assessments Essential skills course development and delivery by an instructor Instructor travel Materials and supplies Programs are 35 to 40 hours in duration with 10 to 12 participants per course. (Courses can be with one employer, or a group of employers).


Donald Ferguson


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LAE – Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive

WIPSI supplements employer contributions to train full-time staff (permanently located in Nova Scotia) to: Improve productivity and profitability Increase innovation Adapt to new technology, machinery and equipment, or work processes Increase inter-provincial and international competitiveness Foster workplace diversity If you are a small business in Nova Scotia with less than 50 employees, you may be eligible for up to 100% of your training costs to be covered up to $10,000. For larger businesses, WIPSI provides up to 50% of direct training costs. WIPSI may also cover other expenses such as travel, books for participants and accommodation costs for persons with disabilities.


Maritime Centre 1505 Barrington Street., 4N P.O. Box 697 Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 2T8


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Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse

The CDÉNÉ provides services to existing and potential businesses and entrepreneurs to support them in the development and success of their business or entrepreneurial initiatives. Our business advisors can:

Help develop feasibility studies and business, marketing and strategic plans
Provide advice on how to start, grow or improve your business
Provide mentorship for new entrepreneurs
Lead professional development sessions
Provide information funding sources and subjects related to entrepreneurship (statistics, demographic data, etc.)
Put you in contact with people and agencies that provide additional services

CDÉNÉ also provides economic immigration services to employers / entrepreneurs in Acadian and Francophone communities.


Jeannot Chiasson

Business advisor – Cape Breton

12521 Cabot Trail, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine


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Music Nova Scotia – Skills Training

Music Nova Scotia has created a Basic Training program to help artists and aspiring music industry professionals develop their skills and knowledge. Moving forward, applicants to Music Nova Scotia’s investment programs will be required to complete Basic Training sessions in order to be eligible to apply to our investment programs. All previous applicants will be eligible to continue to apply at their current level (Artist Development, Artist Development II, and Export Ready).


Darryl Smith

902-423-6271 Ext. 107


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