Looking to start, expand, or take advantage of a new business opportunity?
Below is a list of economic development resources in the region.
Access Nova Scotia
Public Enquiries responds to requests for information on provincial government programs and initiatives. The department operates a province wide, toll free telephone and email enquiry service and maintains a comprehensive database of information.
Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce
Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, through leadership, integrity and cooperation, promotes and supports the business community to make the Annapolis Valley the best place to do business.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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.
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs.
Canada Food Inspection Agency
The CFIA, in collaboration and partnership with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations, continues to work towards protecting Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases.
Canada Post Corporation
Canada Post is committed to providing innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions that create value for our customers, employees and all Canadians.
Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development
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.
Community Business Development Corporation
The CBDC does community lending, or “character lending” and we help people who may not be able to get financing from traditional lending institutions.
GBS Technologies is Atlantic Canada’s all-in-one solution for Mobility and IT. We are the largest Atlantic TELUS dealership and offer our clients a tech ”suite” from mobility services, fleet management solutions, VoIP, computers, servers, managed IT and more! We specialize in making your tech simple, safe, and secure.
Contact: Nicholas Close
Government of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is creating one of the most competitive and business-friendly environments in Canada. We’re clearing the way for sustainable private sector growth to make this province a more attractive place to do business and encourage entrepreneurship.
Innovation is about discovering, developing, and testing ideas—things your members do every day.
We know you’re working hard to support the businesses in your community, and we want to help.
That’s why we built innovation.canada.ca, a government of Canada digital platform that makes it simple—fun, even—for entrepreneurs to get “matched” with the right government programs and services.
In less than two minutes, our algorithm can zero in on the best options from over 1,000 supports offered by the federal, provincial and territorial governments in Canada, including: funding, tax credits, wage subsidies, expert advice and 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.
902-798-6961 Sean Cochrane
Nova Scotia Community College
NSCC makes things happen. We’re growing the economy of Nova Scotia, we’re producing highly skilled workers, and we’re building communities. We are Nova Scotia’s college.
902-678-7341 (Kinstec Campus)
Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. We are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.
1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
Valley Regional Enterprise Network
We are leaders and drivers of Annapolis Valley economic development opportunities. We will lead progress and retain and grow the economic base.