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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AgriStability Program

The AgriStability Program provides support when you experience a large margin decline. You may be able to receive an AgriStability payment when your current year program margin falls below 70% of your reference margin. Should your production margin fall below 70% of your reference margin in a given year, you will receive a program payment.

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AgriStability Administration

1-866-367-8506

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Atlantic Chamber of Commerce: Opportunities for Atlantic Canada SMEs in the EU Government Procurement Market (January 2017)

ACC’s report Opportunities for Atlantic Canada SMEs in the EU Government Procurement Market provides detailed information about the nature of new regulations that will come into force under CETA, strategies for entering European public markets, and information on government procurement (past and future) that local businesses can use to assess new opportunities to expand trade. Research for the report was provided by EY Canada with financial support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

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Atlantic Provinces Economic Council on “Navigating US Trade Uncertainty; A Practical Guide for Firms”

This APEC report provides a practical guide to help businesses understand and access most favourable tariff treatment, facilitate temporary entry of professional and service personnel, access procurement opportunities, decisions to diversify to non-US markets, and government resources to assist in accessing export markets.

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BDC – Advisory Services

BDC consultants and highly experienced specialists can help your business scale up, be more productive, innovate and globalize. Advisory services are available for challenges associated with: Management Coaching for Small Business Business Transformation Sales and Marketing International Growth Operational Efficiency Certification Digital Program for SMEs Growth Driver Program

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Jonathan MacNeil

1-888-463-6232

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BDC – Business Financing

BDC’s mission is to help create and develop strong businesses through financing, consulting services and securitization, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. Through their subsidiary, BDC Capital, it also offers a full spectrum of specialized – financing, including venture capital, equity, as well as growth and business transition capital. Term loans may be used for the following: Start or buy a business Buy, build or renovate your facilities Buy equipment Research and develop new products Develop new markets for your products Acquire information and communications technology Sell your business

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Jonathan MacNeil

1-888-463-6232

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BDC – Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan

This loan offers up to $250,000 to start or grow your business, whether you operate on or off Reserve. Flexible repayment terms, a loan that gives back to charity and limited personal risk are features of this loan. Use the Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan to: Acquire fixed assets Finance franchise fees Cover start-up costs Start exporting Replenish working capital

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Jonathan MacNeil

1-888-463-6232

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BDC – New Canadian Entrepreneur Loan

Access up to $50,000 to start your company. With your new life in Canada, starting a business that you can call your own is an exciting prospect. But as a newcomer here with little or no credit history, where do you find the money to get your company off the ground? With a minimal personal investment in your business, BDC can provide the financing you need to launch your company and create your own success story. Benefits for your business include: Flexible repayment terms Financing designed for new Canadians Limited personal risk

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Jonathan MacNeil

1-888-463-6232

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BDC- Crowdfunding

Raising funds for your business can be a challenge. Crowdfunding — collecting financial contributions from many strangers not usually connected to the financial sector — represents an alternative to traditional forms of financing your business dream. Crowdfunding is usually done over the Internet, for a fee, through crowdfunding platforms and funding portals. Participating in online communities dedicated to this type of fundraising can help you collect donations, offer rewards and take pre-orders. Equity crowdfunding is an option in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It is being considered by other provincial and territorial securities regulators and could become an option in those regions. Stay informed about what you can and can’t do.

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BDC- Market Research and Statistics

Find information that can help you make informed decisions and maximize the potential of your business. Learn more about your industry, as well as current and potential customers, competitors, and markets.   Conducting market research – Learn more about market research, how it can improve your business decisions, and how to conduct a market research campaign. Industry sector data – Find statistics that can help you better understand your industry, and study the latest trends that could impact your business. General research and statistics – Discover resources available through Canada Business Network Service centres, Statistics Canada, Canada’s government libraries and the United Nations.

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Become a Franchisee

Go in business for yourself with the support of a credible franchise system! With hundreds of franchise opportunities in Canada, LookforaFranchise.ca is the most comprehensive online directory of legitimate franchise business investments available. We make searching for a franchise easy – you can find franchises by company name, location, investment or industry.

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