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Updated by NSCC Entrepreneurship on Nov 25, 2021
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There are numerous helpful business support organizations in Nova Scotia that entrepreneurs should be aware of, all of which have their own acronyms which can be confusing for a new business owner! Many of them offer networking and/or training opportunities. This list covers some you might want to familiarize yourself with as you dive into business development.

Cantre for Women in Business (CWB)

The Centre for Women in Business (CWB) is a leading resource dedicated strictly to women who want to explore entrepreneurship, start or grow a business. They have what women need to level-up in their business or career through events, one-on-one advisories and a membership directory.

Canada Business

A great starting place with all kinds of guidance on how to start a business in Canada. This government support service offers information for businesses on tax and tariff requirements, permits and regulations, intellectual property and copyright, and how to fund or incorporate a business, hire employees or sell to government.

Black Business Initiative (BBI)

Black Business Initiative helps Black owned businesses & companies to grow the Black presence in a diverse range of business sectors in Nova Scotia.

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

ISANS has a dedicated team of business professionals to help you understand what you need to know to start or grow your business in Nova Scotia. They connect immigrants to the community and provide resources and tools to help you build a successful business in Nova Scotia. Get one-on-one business counselling, attend workshops and networking events, and connect with other ISANS services like language training.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.

Launchbox – Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre

Launchbox is the centre for student entrepreneurs, located on the 4th floor of Patterson Hall at Acadia University. They support students in their entrepreneurial pursuits by providing free programming, networking, access to mentors, and other entrepreneurs, working space and competitions.

Saint Mary's University Entrepreneurship Centre

The SMU Entrepreneurship Centre takes a multidisciplinary approach to creating an entrepreneurial mindset. Supporting student idea development while leading business growth and innovation through coaching, consulting, and training. They believe in entrepreneurship for everyone!

Regional Enterprise Networks - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

Regional Enterprise Networks (RENs) provide regional economic leadership and help develop regional economic strategies, while supporting small, local businesses. RENs bring together business communities, the province, municipalities and other groups involved in economic development.

CBDC | Community Business Development Corporations

Community Business Development Corporations are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to helping Atlantic Canadian business owners succeed. They offer a variety of supports, services, and events including offering financing options for businesses.

Self-Employment Services | TEAM Work Cooperative

Self-Employment Services Inspire. Connect. Support. TEAM Work Self-Employment Services works with people who are interested in self-employment and entrepreneurship: providing inspiration, connections, and support to help them reach success! The three core staff at Self-Employment Services bring with them a combined 34 years of business and entrepreneurship counselling.

CEED - The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development

CEED operates the Self-Employment Benefits Program for Metro Halifax, hosts workshops for entrepreneurs, and has a lending program for business start-up.