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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Global Affairs Canada – Business Women in International Trade

The Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) program of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps open doors and opportunities for Canadian women-owned businesses to successfully expand into global markets. BWIT works with Canadian businesses that are at least 51% owned, as well as managed and controlled by one or more women. It can connect you with export advice and support by introducing you to trade commissioners in more than 160 cities worldwide and offers: Women-focused trade missions Funding and financing Exporting advice and support International contacts and opportunities

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Global Affairs Canada – CanExport

CanExport SMEs provides financial assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registered in Canada to help them develop export opportunities for their product or service in new international markets. The program is delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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Global Affairs Canada – Market Research

Learn what steps to follow to become export-ready, how to sell to foreign governments, about export processes and requirements, and discover the benefits of global value chains. Get practical advice from Canadian companies and experts via Canada Export stories, podcasts and webinars. Information includes: Tools and resources Trade agreements Tarrifs, sanctions, and export controls Country and sector Information

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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Global Affairs Canada – Trade and Investment Agreements

Discover new opportunities to expand your international footprint. Canada’s broad (and growing) trade network gives Canadian companies preferred access to diverse markets all over the world. This site explores Canada’s free trade agreements (FTA), foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPA), plurilateral agreements, and World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements.

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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Global Affairs Canada – Trade Commissioner Service

Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service helps thousands of Canadian small and medium sized enterprises tackle concrete problems and uncover export opportunities through the following services: Help you expand to global markets Help connect your business in the market Help you find key contacts in the market Provide you with business insight Will try to help you reduce your risks Assist you in finding new opportunities Assist you in resolving business issues in foreign markets

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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Global Affairs Canada – Trade Missions

Canada Trade Missions provide access to resources from Canada’s export agencies, and present unique opportunities and benefits to participants. During the trade missions companies will participate in: Business to business meetings Business briefings Market and sector presentations/discussions Site visits (when possible) Networking events Face-time with the minister or senior government officials

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Christine Smith

902-426-6660

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Learnsphere – E-tools for Exporting

LearnSphere’s E-tools for Exporting (E for E) provides financial assistance to help you develop and integrate electronic tools that can help you do business more effectively and get your products and services to international markets more efficiently. If you’ve been working on a recent marketing or business strategy that includes updating or improving your potential to export outside of Canada, you may be eligible for financial assistance. This program can help to hire a consultant or agency for activities such as:

Website development, re-design or rebranding
Responsive web design conversion (ensuring mobile-friendly design)
Integration of e-commerce functionality
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Paid advertising (PayPerClick, Google Adwords, etc.)
Social media strategy or integration
Videos, online catalogues and other online customized tools
Translation of website
Creation/design of language toggle
Training on any of the above

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Lauren Caines

902.802.4740

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Learnsphere – Export Market Access Program

LearnSphere’s Export Market Access Program (EMAP) provides financial assistance to help you market yourself more effectively, increase your exports and grow your business. If you’re working to enhance the way you market and sell your exports outside of Canada, you may be eligible for financial assistance through EMAP to help hire a consultant, mentor or agency for activities such as:

Market research or strategy development
Export plan development
Mentoring / coaching to improve export market research and planning
Lead generation
Sales
Development of promotional materials (brochures, catalogues, trade booth designs, etc.)

The maximum EMAP contribution is 65% of project costs, up to a maximum of $15,000 per year. Total project costs must be more than $5,000 to apply.

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Lauren Caines

902.802.4740

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MEA – Trade Missions

The Maritimes Energy Association regularly partners with organizations to organize a variety of trade missions throughout the year. The goal of these missions is to introduce Atlantic Canadian companies to new markets and to identify and establish export opportunities. A trade mission offers: Greater public profile at home and abroad Unparalleled networking opportunities with that region’s business community Business-to-business meetings with potential partners An opportunity to initiate, develop or complete deals

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Ray Ritcey

902-426-3182

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NSBI- Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

Nova Scotia Business Inc., in partnership with the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to offer the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP). The program welcomes eligible businesses from across Nova Scotia to apply.  TAP is an innovative and dynamic program aimed at helping enterprises overcome barriers to exporting.  The program is quickly gaining momentum across Canada, and has a reputation of achieving real results, fast.

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Kayla Lynch

902-481-1229

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