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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THINKFARM

THINKFARM.ca provides introductory level resources for starting a farm in Nova Scotia. The website has information on defining your farm vision, business planning and regulations which apply to new farm businesses. It is a good starting point before accessing advisory services from the Department of Agriculture and Perennia Field Services staff. The THINKFARM Facebook page and electronic mailing list provide information about training workshops and events of interest to new and aspiring farmers in the province.

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Gary Koziel

902-563-2000

902-565-8132

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Trade Commissioner Service Webinars

Do you want to find out more about starting, growing or managing your business? Events such as webinars, Twitter chats, tradeshows and networking events may help you learn more on a variety of topics. Find out how these webinars can help you break into foreign markets.

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Ulnooweg Aboriginal Business Financing Program

The Aboriginal Business Financing Program is administered by Ulnooweg and offers non-repayable business contributions to individual Aboriginal entrepreneurs and community owned businesses. Eligible applicants are individuals of Canadian Aboriginal status or non-status, Metis or Inuit Heritage (on or off reserve), living and operating their businesses within the Atlantic provinces. Aboriginal business and financial organizations, as well as development corporations are also eligible for contributions. Some of the eligible expenses for ABDP support are:

Business planning
Establishment and operating costs
Business acquisitions and expansions
Local, domestic or export oriented marketing initiatives
New product or process development
Adding technology to improve operations and competitiveness
Financial services, business support, business-related training and mentoring services

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1-888-766-2376

902-893-7379

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Ulnooweg Aboriginal Business Loan

If you are a status or non-status Aboriginal living in Atlantic Canada, you could get funding to start, buy, grow or refinance a business. The types of loans offered include: Youth Loans General Loans Micro Loans

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1-888-766-2376

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Venture for Canada

If you run a business in Atlantic Canada and employ no more than 500 people, you could gain access to paid internships of up to $7,000 per intern. As the employer, you must provide:   A standard placement, 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day, for 14-16 weeks A project focused on innovation   The program provides recruitment, training and support for each of your interns throughout the length of their placement.

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Vineyard Development & Expansion Program 2019-2020

The Vineyard Development and Expansion program is a provincially funded program that aims to assist the Nova Scotia wine grape industry to better position Nova Scotia within the market place. This will be achieved by supporting the primary industry to increase production, enhance competitiveness and capture new markets. This program will help ensure the on-going viability of this industry in rural Nova Scotia.

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Gary Koziel

902-563-2000

902-565-8132

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Wild Blueberry Harvest Efficiency Program 2019-2020

The Wild Blueberry Harvest Efficiency program supports the adoption of efficient harvester technology in order to increase blueberry producers’ harvest and field handling efficiency, resulting in an increase in crop yield. The support provided by this program will also allow growers to increase their competitive advantage.

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Gary Koziel

902-563-2000

902-565-8132

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Work Smarts — Wage subsidy program

As an employer in Atlantic Canada, you can apply to receive funding in the form of a wage subsidy if you hire a recent post-secondary graduate. The funds help cover up to 50% of the employee’s wages. To qualify, you must provide:   A $8.5/hr salary top-up (making the minimum salary $17/hr) Up to 26 weeks of employment Relevant work experience Time for the graduate to attend certain training

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Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia – Employment Incentives Program

Take advantage of the Workers’ Compensation Board’s cost-saving incentives by hiring a previously injured worker. The program offers:   Workplace modifications, such as ergonomic chairs and wheelchair ramps Technological enhancements, such as large-screen monitors and computer software Injury cost protection to help protect your Workers’ Compensation Board assessment rate Wage assistance in the form of a forgivable loan if you are likely to hire the employee full-time after the program ends

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902-563-2444

1-800-880-0003

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Workplace Education Initiative

Get help to plan education programs for your teams, secure funding to hire instructors and support while the training is taking place.

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Donald Ferguson

1030 Upper Prince St, Suite 3 Sydney, NS B1P 5P6

902-563-2341

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