The following companies/organizations are Investors of the Cape Breton Partnership and offer services specific to business development.

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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Collegio Technologies Inc.

Collegio is focused on providing educational opportunities to organizations and entrepreneurs. They provide digital skills training to help you and your business succeed in today’s competitive landscape. If you want to learn how to update your WordPress site, launch an e-commerce venture, utilize search engine optimization techniques, or polish up on your React skills, they can provide you with training opportunities to help you thrive in the digital age. They can teach you how!

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37 Nepean St. Sydney NS B1P 6A7

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Hardwire IT Solutions

Hardwire IT Solutions Inc. is an information technology consulting/services firm providing IT consulting, networking services and technical application/hardware support to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and surrounding areas. It was incorporated in September of 2009 and is a 100% Cape Breton owned and operated organization. Hardwire IT Solutions Inc. was formed by the former IT department of a national company whose data center was located in Sydney. Hardwire provides IT service to the CBRM and surrounding areas utilizing the same model that allowed them to support hundreds of users across multiple offices and manage thousands of end point hardware devices/applications on a 24/7 schedule. The Hardwire team has a total combined industry experience of 45 years and has supported a variety of businesses spanning multiple industries. Hardwire IT Solutions Inc. offers the Cape Breton market dependable, quality IT support services at competitive rates.

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61 Castle Drive Sydney, Nova Scotia B1S 2A5

(902) 578-9081


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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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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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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AgriInnovate Program

The AgriInnovate Program aims to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase sector competitiveness and sustainability.

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1-877-246-4682

613-773-2600

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AgriScience Program

The AgriScience Program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians. There are two components:   AgriScience Clusters (Clusters) – intended to mobilize industry, government and academia through partnerships, and address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope AgriScience Projects (Projects) – aims to support specific shorter-term research activities to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors – it also seeks to mitigate high risk opportunities that have the potential to yield significant returns

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1-877-246-4682

613-773-2600

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Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design- Website Development

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design (CBCCD) may provide financial assistance to craft producers who wish to participate in website development that will help to further promote their products and businesses. The level of non-repayable assistance will be up to 75% of the costs to a maximum of $5,000 for new websites and up to 75% of the costs to a maximum of $2,000 for an existing website. The eligible costs for assistance for website development are for the development of new websites or the enhancement of a craft producer’s existing website.

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Stephanie Dupuis

322 Charlotte Street, Sydney

902-539-7491 (ext 115)

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Cape Breton University – The Verschuren Centre

The Verschuren Centre is an industrial solutions, development and deployment centre directly engaged with, and responsive to, industry and economic development needs, providing opportunities for process and product development, technology improvement, and enhancements in sustainability.Its mission involves bridging engineering and scientific research into environmental, industrial and socioeconomic policy contexts that promote the adoption and effective application of innovation for large-scale positive impact.

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Beth Mason

902-563-1182

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Clean Tech Internships

Employers can hire an intern for 6-12 months in a full-time position related to the use or development of clean tech, and CICan will contribute up to 70% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $15,000. Eligible employers must have an established payroll system, a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and be a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:   Post-secondary education institution Indigenous organization or association Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees Large corporation, more than 500 employee Non-government organization (NGO) Not-for-profit organization Municipal or local government Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation

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613-746-2222

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Clean Technology Initiative

Do you want to modernize your business practices to be more environmentally friendly? Or do you have an idea for a clean technology process, product, and/or service that reduces negative environmental impacts? CBDC can provide up to $150,000 per eligible borrower, in the form of a repayable loan with competitive interest rates and repayment terms. All loans will be secured where appropriate. Loans can be from one year to ten years, giving you time to grow your business.

In addition to the loan product, a Clean Technology Fund will be established with a Clean Technology Advisory Services component that will assist small- and medium-sized enterprises and social enterprises to assess clean technology solutions for their businesses. These services will allow small businesses and social enterprises to hire professional outside expertise to assist them in addressing timely issues, opportunities and/or challenges related to their use of clean technologies.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada – Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

If your business or not-for-profit organization undertakes STEM projects, you could receive up to $15,000 to hire an intern for at least 6 months. Priority will be given to projects with an environmental focus. Eligible organizations must:   Provide a mentor for the intern Provide at least 50% of project costs   Employers can apply through one of the 5 delivery organizations: Bio Talent Canada Clean Foundation Colleges and Institutes Canada ECO Canada Mitacs

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1-800-668-6767

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Innovacorp Intersect Challenge

Intersect Challenge promotes the intersection of established businesses and entrepreneurship. Local businesses share a problem or pain they’re experiencing, and aspiring entrepreneurs pitch digital solutions for a chance to win $5,000 in cash and other support. Start-ups must have a new knowledge-based product or service with less than $1,000,000 in annual sales revenue.

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Holly Chisholm

902-564-2951 (ext 2)

902-565-9782

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