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.

Vibe Creative Group

Vibe Creative Group is a creative agency that works on a national stage. Since 2002, the Vibe team has provided exceptional marketing communications results for businesses, organizations and governments within Nova Scotia and across Canada. There are many things that make us who we are – our people, our clients, our ideas. From branding and digital marketing to event coordination, interiors and strategic planning, our dynamic team is ready to work with you to deliver clear, effective marketing communications through inspired design.   Our services include: Strategic Branding Creative Graphic Design Web Design Public Relations Consulting Interiors

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Tracey Boutilier

Owner

181 Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS, B1P 6H2

902-539-3870

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Virtual Adviser Program

Get one-on-one support from an experienced business adviser. Our free Virtual Adviser Program powered by BoomersPlus.com will match you with a seasoned professional to help you solve a unique challenge your business is facing during this difficult time. The program is available to businesses operating in Cape Breton. The Virtual Adviser Program is powered by BoomersPlus.com which specializes in matching organizations with seasoned talent to fill project or term roles. Their network includes thousands of professionals, managers and executives ready to share their experience and expertise.

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Shannon McNeil

Business Planning Advisor

285 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NS,

902-562-0122

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VMP Group

VMP Group is all about engagement, from engaging their clients, to understanding their goals, to developing digital solutions, to helping them engage their customers. It’s a philosophy that’s been working for more than two decades.

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319 Charlotte Street 3rd Floor Sydney, NS B1P 1E1

902-562-8006

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A Guide for Canadian Companies – How the CPTPP Can Help Your Business Grow in Asia Pacific

This guide provides Canadian companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with an overview of CPTTP legislation affecting their exports to the Asia Pacific.

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Trade Policy and Negotiations – Asia Division (TCA)

Global Affairs Canada

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Accelerated Direct Sales Program

More than ever, it’s important to have an online product listing or e-Commerce website. To help businesses achieve this in a convenient and straightforward manner, Perennia is pleased to offer the Accelerated Direct Sales program. This program is available to Nova Scotia farms, aquaculture operations and food and beverage businesses through a partnership with Local Line. Eligible businesses will receive the first six months of this online direct sales platform free through this program! Now is the time to add an online component to your existing website or to begin updating your online marketing presence in preparation for selling direct to customers quickly and efficiently. Get the platform up and running now so you can sell right away or when your customers need it most. Complete the easy application form here. For more information: Take a look at this Nova Scotia farmwho has already had great success using this platform! Join us on Thursday, November 5that 1 PM (Atlantic) for a webinar with Local Line for more information about the service and how you can benefit. Register today!   For complete information on the program, visit our website.

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173 Dr Bernie MacDonald Drive, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, B6L 2H5

902-896-8782

902-896-8781

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Access Nova Scotia

Access Nova Scotia provides answers to questions about doing business in Nova Scotia. Its service locations and online services provide the following: Information on planning, starting, operating and ending your business Research on existing businesses Registering your business Apply, pay for and renew permits and licenses Learn about provincial tax rates and regulations

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Sydney: 1-800-670-4357

Port Hawkesbury: 1-800-670-4357

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Access Nova Scotia – Debtor Assistance

To make an assignment in bankruptcy or a proposal, one must engage a professional bankruptcy trustee. They are listed in the Yellow Pages and in the website of their professional organization

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Access NS-Registry of Joint Stock Companies

If you want to operate a business in Nova Scotia you must register it with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies, with three exceptions: Corporations or partnerships/businesses registered in New Brunswick Individuals or partners who use their own names, without a descriptive element or attachment, such as “and Associates” Farming or fishing partnerships The first step is searching and reserving a business name. Registration fees and procedures will vary depending on the type of business.

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Access NS-Taxes

This site provides guidance and resources to help you determine which taxes apply to your business.

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ACOA – Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI)

Funding offered under the REGI Business Scale-up and Productivity stream helps businesses to accelerate their growth and adopt innovative technologies.

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Joe Cashin

902-564-3600

1-800-705-3926

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ACOA- Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF)

The AIF encourages partnerships among private sector firms, co-operatives, universities, colleges and other research institutions to develop and commercialize new or improved products and services.

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Joe Cashin

Director of Commercial Accounts

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

902-564-7356

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ACOA- Business Development Program

The BDP can help you expand or modernize your business. It can also provide funding to develop your innovative ideas, improve your competitiveness, and develop clean technology projects

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Joe Cashin

Director of Commercial Accounts

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

902-564-7356

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Advance Payments Program (APP)

The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a federal loan guarantee program which provides agricultural producers with easy access to low-interest cash advances. Under the program, producers can access up to $400,000 per program year in advances based on the value of their agricultural product, with the Government of Canada paying the interest on the first $100,000 advanced to a producer. Advances are repaid as the producer sells their agricultural product, with up to 18 months to fully repay the advance for most commodities (up to 24 months for cattle and bison). As a producer, an APP advance can help you to meet your financial needs, such as farm input costs, immediate financial obligations, and product marketing costs. It can also allow you to make the decision to sell your agricultural products based on market conditions rather than the need for cash flow.

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1-866-367-8506

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