Due to the effects of COVID-19, the Cape Breton Partnership has put together a list of helpful resources.

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

2020 Consulting Inc.

Based in Nova Scotia, we are focused on working with people in your organization to improve productivity. Our goal is to help you implement Lean concepts using a team-based approach to engage and leverage your employees to reduce waste and increase your operational performance.

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Jeff Ainslie

Managing Partner

Halifax, Nova Scotia

(902) 497-1717

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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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Anchored Ideas

Anchored Ideas Ltd is a full-service marketing and consulting agency that works with companies throughout North America. Headquartered in Sydney, we help companies like yours create smart, meaningful and effective marketing solutions. Whether you are looking to revitalize your brand or attract more customers, we will work with you to navigate your business or event from initial creation stages to market integration.

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Danielle Patterson

Managing Partner

180 Townsend Street Sydney, Nove Scotia B1P 6J7

902-537-2050

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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Cape Breton

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 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. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, they are building a stronger economy.

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70 Crescent Street, Canada, Nova Scotia, Sydney, B1P 6T7

(902) 564-3600

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Breton Technologies

Located in Sydney, we travel regularly throughout Cape Breton Island and the mainland and remain connected to our clients with dedicated and on demand remote connection services. Our team consists of highly trained and experienced professionals, skilled in a wide variety of IT disciplines and business related processes. We assess, design, build and implement true solutions for many different types of business clients. Whether it’s a company of one or a large enterprise in a demanding environment, we deliver. Recognizing that all companies, regardless of size, need to strike a balance between performance and cost, we possess the skills necessary to evaluate and recommend new and emerging technologies that are in the best interests of our clients. We not only deliver innovative workplace technology but also assist our clients in making better use of technology. For many organizations, technology is often regarded as an essential cost of doing business. However, our success stems from our ability to help utilize technology to create a more efficient workplace and profitable workplace. For more than 26 years, we have been helping businesses operate and compete in a host of commercial and retail environments. It’s not just about our ability to provide the right solution for the right business, but also it’s about our understanding that the importance of planning and business processes is as equally important as the tech.

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Sydney, Nova Scotia

(902) 578-5789

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Business Development Bank of Canada

A financial institution owned by the Government of Canada, BDC supports more than 42,000 small and medium-sized enterprises across the country, complementing services available from private-sector financial institutions. BDC offers business loans and advisory services to help Canadian businesses grow, both at home and abroad. Through their subsidiary- BDC Capital, they also offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital.

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Johnathan MacNeil

Senior Account Manager

275 Charlotte Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1C6

(902) 564-7706

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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 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.

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Kathleen Yurchesyn

902-578-4029

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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.

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

(902) 539-5300

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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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Advancing Innovative Technologies 2019-2020

The Advancing Innovative Technologies initiative will support the adoption of new technologies, processes or specialized equipment. Through the assessment, implementation or adoption, all projects should improve farm and industry competitiveness, productivity & profitability.

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902 893-6377

Toll-free: 1 866 844-4276

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Agri-food Trade Services for Exporters

AAFC provides trade services for exporters to help them achieve international business goals and export Canadian agriculture and food products to global markets. Services include:   AgPal web-based discovery tool Access to In-market experts Access to free marketing material Market Intelligence Access Connections Trade shows and missions

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Laurie Sanderson

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Agricultural Production Extension Program

Informally known as ‘farm extension’, this program has been provided by Perennia since 2001 at no cost to eligible producers, or cost recovery for some basic costs not covered by the program. Sectors covered include: horticulture, livestock, field crops and soils for both conventional and organic systems. Services covered by the program include: individual farm advice by phone, electronically and in person at the discretion of the specialist; publications and information online and in hard copy; virtual and in-person workshops and field days; and sector development projects. with collaborative partners.

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902-678-7722


Agriculture and Agrifood Canada – Career Focus Program — Agricultural internships

You could get a wage subsidy of up to $14,000 in matching funds to hire post-graduate interns or Indigenous youth participants between 15 and 30 years old, for a period of 4 to 12 months. The projects must provide for the employees:   Agriculture career-related work experiences in Canada Skills acquisition through mentoring and coaching

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506-460-4453

1-866-452-5558

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Agriculture and Food Industry, Markets and Trade Information, Data and Statistics

Access market information, data and statistics about the Canadian and international agriculture and agri-food sector and business opportunities to be more competitive. This information includes:

Market intelligence and resources on Canadian agriculture and food by sector
Global agriculture, food opportunities and trends in your market of interest
Market information, programs and services to help you export your agriculture and food products
Product fact sheets, supplier directories and news about Canadian agriculture and food products
Global agricultural trade, technical barriers, geographical indications
Information on market priorities, strategies and research for various food sectors
A suite of free marketing tools to differentiate your products across the globe
Programs, services and tools to help manage and support your farming operations
How governments assist the agricultural sector to prevent, prepare for, respond to or recover from emergencies

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Laurie Sanderson

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Agriculture and Food Trade Show Service

Trade shows give your business the opportunity to promote your products and services while interacting with new and established contacts in the world’s most dynamic markets.

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AgriInnovate Program

The AgriInnovate Program aims to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase sector competitiveness and sustainability.

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1-877-246-4682

613-773-2600

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AgriInvest Program

AgriInvest helps you manage small income declines and provides support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income. Your AgriInvest account builds as you make annual deposits based on a percentage of your Allowable Net Sales and receive matching contributions from federal, provincial, and territorial governments. You can deposit up to 100% of your Allowable Net Sales annually, with the first 1% matched by governments. The maximum Allowable Net Sales you can have in a year is $1 million. Based on this limit, the maximum matchable deposit you can make annually is $100,000.

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AgriInvest Administration

1-866-367-8506

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AgriMarketing Program: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component

The Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Component provides targeted support to companies for international initiatives. All activities must promote international business development and must go beyond the applicant’s core activities and represent new initiatives that provide an opportunity to yield incremental results. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) funding for a project will normally not exceed $50,000 per fiscal year; and $100,000 over two consecutive fiscal years and an applicant can apply more than once, but for each applicant, funding will not be more than $250,000 over five years.

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Laurie Sanderson

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AgriScience Program

The AgriScience Program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians. There are two components:   AgriScience Clusters (Clusters) – intended to mobilize industry, government and academia through partnerships, and address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope AgriScience Projects (Projects) – aims to support specific shorter-term research activities to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors – it also seeks to mitigate high risk opportunities that have the potential to yield significant returns

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1-877-246-4682

613-773-2600

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