Accessibility Tools


Funding and resources at your fingertips! Access hundreds of programs and services quickly and easily whether you're a startup, expanding, or looking to optimize operations.  

Cumberland Support Tree

Searching through agency websites and program pamphlets can be frustrating for businesses and individuals. The Cumberland County Business Support Tree helps users find solutions quickly by categorizing supports available based on business/individuals needs. Start by choosing a side, either individual or business, and then identify a category that best encompasses your need to find relevant agencies & supports. Click here or on the image above to open the PDF, from there you can click on each box, which will take you to that organization's website!


Cumberland Business Development Corporation (CBDC)

The CBDC assists in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs. Typically, services are targeted to entrepreneurs who require customized financing not normally available from traditional sources.

website: Cumberland Development Corporation


Cumberland Business Connector

The Cumberland Business Connector is a business led, not for profit organization with a focus to foster a strong business environment to strengthen Cumberland County by removing barriers to business, and connecting businesses with the resources they need to be successful.

The Cumberland Business Connector has also created an excellent guide for Cumberland Businesses with links to support and resources. Click here to see with Cumberland County Business Support Tree.

website: Cumberland Business Connector


Cumberland Chamber of Commerce (formerly Amherst & Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Chamber’s sole purpose is to work on behalf of its members to support them in business. The Chamber can help by providing opportunities to promote members’ businesses, organizing events to meet business neighbours and make new contacts, offering education programs and acting as a spokesperson to promote members’ interests to local, provincial and national political bodies and the community at large.



Invest Nova Scotia

Need help with your business? Managing a business is challenging at the best of times, Invest Nova Scotia is here to help. They have a dedicated team to help get you started by helping you navigate available programs, services, funding and online tools. With practical business experience and know-how, their experts help Nova Scotia businesses connect to the right solutions.

Contact a Regional Business Development Advisor in your area by visiting their website.



IGNITE Atlantic

IGNITE Atlantic is a rural innovation hub that brings people together to explore how to make change possible in rural communities. IGNITE aims to create a culture of innovation by engaging youth, communities, startups and industries to find solutions and create opportunities. 



Services for Businesses

Link to the Nova Scotia Government Online service for business including Tax Commission, Registry of Lobbyists and Registry of Joint Stock Companies.
website: Services NS


Students in Business

SIB is an initiative of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development and Nova Scotia Department of Community Services in partnership with the Community Business Development Corporations throughout rural Nova Scotia and the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development in metro Halifax. SIB recognizes Nova Scotia’s student entrepreneurs who operate businesses.

website: Students in Business


Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

ACOA provides financial assistance to business in the following sectors/areas: manufacturing & processing (involves value-added activity) tourism, aquaculture, innovation (new or improved product service or process) information and technology based industries non commercial services to business which are not personal in nature

website: ACOA


Black Business Initiative (BBI)

The Black Business Initiative (BBI) is a Province-wide business development initiative committed to fostering the growth of businesses owned by members of the Nova Scotia Black Community. It also places priority on educating Black business owners in the operation of their business - from marketing to budgeting to securing funding.

website: Black Business Initiative (BBI)


Centre for Women in Business

For the past twelve (12) years the Centre has assisted many entrepreneurs, providing them with the support, resources, training and information they needed to start or grow their businesses.

website: Centre for Women in Business


Canada/Nova Scotia Business Service Centre

The Canada/Nova Scotia Business Service Centre delivers a wide range of business information services for anyone starting, expanding or operating business.

website: Canada/Nova Scotia Business Service Centre


Business Start-Up Assistant - Canada Business Service Centre

Reliable information for starting a successful business. Managed by the Canada Business Service Centre Network.

website: Canada Business Services for Entrepreneurs


Young Entrepreneurs Association

The Young Entrepreneurs Association is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization whose mandate is to support young people in business. Aimed at business owners 35 and under, YEA provides its members an opportunity to learn from one another's experiences and take advantage of peer support and mentorship as they grow their businesses.

website: Entrepreneurs' Organization


Strategis - Industry Canada

Strategis is Industry Canada’s On-line Resource for information timely business and consumer information, business management tools and access to government services on the internet. Site includes a business library with articles on a wide variety of business management topics.

website: Industry Canada


Canadian Innovation Centre

The Canadian Innovation Centre (CIC) is Canada's leading organization dedicated to assisting inventors and innovative companies. The range of services includes invention evaluation, technology due diligence, market research, and education programs.

website: Canadian Innovation Centre



BizPaL is an online service that helps business people create a customized list of licences and permits they may need to start or operate a business in Nova Scotia.  BizPaL uses a step-by-step process to where you simply select:

  • The type of business you have or plan to start
  • The municipality where it's located
  • Any related activity you may perform to start or run your business (such as serving or selling food or alcohol)

Your customized list of licences and permits draws information from all three levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal).