Business Development Supports

Just look at the videos of people who have started or located a business on the South Shore and you'll see why starting or moving your business here can make all your dreams come true.

On the South Shore you will find a talented workforce, low operational cost, access to air, land and sea transportation, modern infrastructure all while gazing at the ocean waves out of your office window?

Each town and municipality has people waiting to show you places and spaces and provide you with detailed information about their infrastructure and services.


logo-nova-scotiaBoth the federal and provincial government offer programs and incentives to assist businesses in Nova Scotia with growth, expansion and other business functions.

  • Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
    Encouraging and rewarding community initiative is a commitment explicitly made in Nova Scotia's economic growth strategy, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity. Staff in the Rural Development section of Nova Scotia Economic Development work to keep this commitment. Visit their website or call 1-902-530-3117

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
    logo-acoaThe Federal government works to create opportunities for growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive. The goal is to develop and diversify local economies by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Visit their website or call 1-800-661-7862

  • Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI)
    logo-nsbiNSBI is the point of first contact for local companies that want to grow their Nova Scotia operations, and for international companies that have heard about the province and want to know more.

    They promote the competitive advantages of doing business in Nova Scotia through four business units: trade development, business financing, venture capital and investment attraction.


There are also other organizations that provide business services to assist with business start-up information and/or counselling:

  • CBDC
    logo-cbdcIn Lunenburg Queens counties the CBDC is better known as South Shore Opportunities. Their services include both financing and counselling to small businesses. They run a Career Resource Centre in Liverpool, Queens County, promoting employment, education and entrepreneurship to Queens County residents.

    South Shore Opportunities CBDC offers business counselling, technical assistance and loans to new and existing business.

  • Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship (ACSBE)
    logo-acsbeAffiliated with Acadia University, ACSBE is a non-profit University Business Development Centre that provides entrepreneurial support. They provide business resources, growth counselling, and training for business professionals. ACSBE offices are located in both Bridgewater and Hubbards.

  • Canada Business Service Centre (CBSC)
    Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory. The centre works with partners in many communities across the region providing you with service access points. For more information, visit their website or call 1-888-576-4444

With so much assistance and support available, it is now up to you to seize the opportunities that exist right here on the South Shore. If you succeed, we all succeed. We invite you to contact us today to find out more about starting or locating your business here.