Business Resources

There are many business development agencies, programs and resources for entrepreneurs seeking assistance to start, or grow a business in Halifax and lots of information demonstrating why great businesses thrive in our dynamic, growing community.

Business Development Agencies in Halifax

Halifax Partnership

Whether you’re a small start-up looking to make connections and access resources, or a large business looking to develop a product or service, the Partnership's SmartBusiness program can help your business grow and succeed in Halifax. 

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) 

This federal government agency headquartered in Atlantic Canada is dedicated to improving the economy of the region’s communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities. Learn more »

Blue Water Community Business Development Corporation 

CBDC Blue Water is one of over 40 Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) serving Atlantic Canada.  Being a CBDC, we promote economic development in rural areas by providing financial assistance, training and counselling to small businesses. Learn more » 

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 

BDC is committed to helping entrepreneurs develop successful Canadian small and medium-sized businesses. The BDC supports these businesses at every stage of growth through flexible financing, affordable consulting services, and venture capital. Learn more »

Canada Business Government Services for Entrepreneurs 

This federal government service can provide your business with the resources it needs to grow and prosper in Halifax, including a wide range of information on government services, programs, funding options and regulations. Learn more » 

Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) 

A non-for-profit organization with a vision of creating a vibrant and entrepreneurial Nova Scotia. CEED has been committed to advancing and supporting the spirit of entrepreneurship for more than 20 years, and through innovative programs and services, CEED empowers individuals and communities to achieve their full potential. CEED delivers the Self Employment Benefits Program, offers small business financing, startup business skills training, entrepreneurship education and the Youth Employability Project. Learn more »

Export Development Canada 

Canada’s export credit agency. They support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. Want to grow your business through exporting?  Download this 75-page guide, Introduction to Exporting: How to Sell to International Markets, for a basic overview of what you need to get started. Learn more »

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) 

NSBI is focused on attracting and retaining businesses, promoting trade, lending and finance. Its business-focused, private sector-based approach to provincial economic growth provides companies with the right blend of assistance for start-up or growth. While financial assistance is normally available by way of loans, loan guarantees, and equity investment, the nature of assistance may vary based on your business. These programs are designed to assist in offsetting a significant portion of business program implementation costs. Learn more »

Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc. 

RRFB Nova Scotia is a non-profit corporation working in partnership with Nova Scotians to improve the province’s environment, economy and quality of life by reducing, re-using, recycling and recovering resources. RRFB Nova Scotia assists businesses, associations and not-for-profit organizations through a variety of Business Development Programs that divert waste materials from the landfill. The Business Development Programs also fund innovative research and development initiatives.
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