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.

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.

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Stephanie Dupuis

Craft Business Development Coordinator

322 Charlotte Street Sydney, Nova Scotia

902-539-7491


Colindale Business Soloutions

Our service includes a comprehensive consultation to help identify gaps and opportunities, a comprehensive report that includes a project plan with timelines and milestones, a cost analysis, and a schedule. We also offer a suite of quality products that will help you get there quickly and smoothly. That’s how we ensure your success. We help start ups and existing businesses with the following: Business Management/Development Practices Diagnostic Assessments Access to Capital Market/Export Readiness Business Plan Mentoring Business Coaching Property Management Services

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Damian MacInnis

151 Little Mabou Rd Port Hood, Nova Scotia

(902) 631-3525

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Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada is Canada’s export credit agency. Their job is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. They’re a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the Government. They provide insurance and financial services, bonding products and small business solutions to Canadian exporters and investors and their international buyers. They also support Canadian direct investment abroad and investment into Canada. In 2016, they helped more than 7,150 Canadian companies do business in over 200 countries. The majority of these companies were small business, and more than 30 per cent of this business was conducted in fast-growing emerging markets. Using their financial products and services, their customers’ export sales and investments totaled almost $99 billion. They estimate that this helped generate $63.9 billion of Canada’s GDP, contributed more than 4 cents for every dollar earned and helped sustain 525,400 jobs.

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1605-1969 Upper Water St. Tower 2 Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 3R7

(902) 450-7610

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Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)

At Nova Scotia Business Inc. we are working towards a strong, thriving and globally competitive Nova Scotia through attracting global investment to create new jobs across the province and working with companies in all communities to be more successful exporters. We can help you get there from here. With extensive industry and market expertise, we are passionate about helping Nova Scotia companies discover new exporting opportunities. Make Nova Scotia your business solution. If you are not yet familiar with our province, allow us to show you why our talent, geographic location, reputation, and research and development are attracting world-leading companies to establish operations here. You may also be interested in our Industrial Lands that offer access to shipping, logistics and distribution of your products.

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Wanda MacLean

Regional Business Development Advisor

902-227-7144

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Cape Breton Partnership-Export Growth Service

The Export Growth Service (EGS) is comprised of a Development Team, an Advisory Team, and an Export Intern, who together provide access to export-related services for businesses including counselling, mentoring, planning strategies, information, workshops, training, and advice on existing programming. Fulfilled through an annual Export Conference going on its second year, holding Export Round Tables across Cape Breton, a monthly newsletter known as the ‘Trading Post’, and one-on-one meetings with new and experienced exporters.

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Lan Zheng

902-217-3065

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Craft Alliance Atlantic Association – Programs

Part of the Craft Alliance’s mandate is to provide marketing opportunities for craft producers in the Atlantic Provinces. This includes offering opportunities for educational mission, trade shows & exhibitions, and export opportunities at craft and giftware events across North America. Visit our Producer Registration page and sign up as a Project Member to gain access to our special projects section. Once registered, you will gain access to the full list of opportunities we are currently offering access to:

The Craft Hub – Direct consultation with the craft sector across Atlantic Canada and engage with our craft industry partners to deliver programs and services relevant to the sector both provincially and regionally.
The Craft Lab – Assist craft producers with business development by providing marketing support, educational opportunities, trade show assistance, exhibition assistance, product development, productivity/capacity building and more!
Craft Tek – Technology development by investigating and initiating projects that contribute to innovation through design, collaboration or creation of new cross-sectoral initiatives that advance the craft sector.
Craft X – Exporting initiatives including trade shows, training resources, market development and travel, cost related to initiatives that assist with export market development outside of the region.

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Bernie Burton

902-492-2772

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Craft Alliance Atlantic Association- Resources

The craft alliance web portal offers a number of helpful tools for craft producers looking to expand their business into the areas of export and wholesale. Resources include: Craft export diagnostic Wholesale readiness diagnostic Step by step guides – Ready, Set, Go! Wholesale Guide and Exporting: A Step-by- Step Process

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Bernie Burton

902-492-2772

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EDC Financing

EDC offers competitive payment terms, direct financing for key deals or experienced partnerships for financing high-value, high-stakes international projects.

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Dan Dooks

902.403.1646

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EDC Research

Export development Canada offers a variety of information that can assist companies in preparing for export. The type of information EDC can provide is Market Information Webinars Articles Trade Insights Export Hub Help

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Dan Dooks

902-403-1646

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EDC-NEDC Insurance Programs

EDC’s credit insurance protects Canadian exporters against the risk of non-payment caused by an array of events including customer bankruptcy or non-payment, contract cancellation, issues with currency conversion or transfer, and more. With credit insurance protection, your bank will typically lend against your insured invoices for 90% of their value, significantly increasing your access to cash.

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Dan Dooks

902.403.1646

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Export Development Canada-Working Capital

EDC’s bonding and guarantee support provides breathing room to pursue opportunities without depleting working capital. Programs include the Export Guarantee Program, Foreign Exchange Facility Guarantee, Account Performance Security Guarantee and Surety Bond Insurance.

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Dan Dooks

902.403.1646

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Exporting to the EU – A guide for Canadian Business

This guide provides Canadian companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with an overview of European Union (EU) legislation affecting their exports to Europe. The guide covers legislation harmonized by the EU but does not describe specific rules that exist within EU member states.

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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GAC – Canadian International Innovation Program

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) fosters and supports collaborative industrial research and development projects with high potential for commercialization between Canada and partner countries. Specifically, the CIIP program can benefit Canadian companies by: Accessing support and funding for eligible innovative firms Accessing intelligence on technology and markets Identifying credible partners via the Trade Commissioner Service network Accessing new markets through technology partnering Leveraging investment to de-risk R&D projects that support the commercialization of Canadian technology Helping to reduce market entry risk as well as the costs associated with technology adaptation, technology co-development and technology validation

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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GAC – Going Global Innovation

The Going Global Innovation (GGI) program is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada’s international innovation efforts. The program supports innovators who aim to commercialize technology by pursuing collaborative international research and development (R&D) opportunities through partnerships with key players in foreign markets. Eligible beneficiaries are innovators from Canadian small or medium size enterprises, academic Institutions and nongovernment research centres. GGI provides assistance by funding up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $75,000 for any approved project. Eligible expenses may include: international and local travel, accommodation, meals, meeting costs, legal fees to support the formalization of partnership agreements, and other costs related to pursuing international collaboration.

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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