Access NS - Online Services for Businesses

Nova Scotia's Online Service for Business provides easy, secure, and convenient access to your business information. It allows you to:

  • Apply for licenses and permits from provincial and municipal government.
  • Manage your business registrations, permits and licenses.
  • Complete several transactions at one time and pay online.
  • Register a new partnership or Sole Proprietorship.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

ACOA 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.

Build Nova Scotia

By planning, designing, building, and operating strategic infrastructure that supports economically vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive communities, Build Nova Scotia is working to steward projects that drive the economy forward. As a provincial Crown corporation, they develop strategic economic infrastructure that supports a healthy, connected, and thriving Nova Scotia.

Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development (CEED)

CEED is committed to delivering innovative programs and services that empower individuals and communities to achieve their full potential. CEED helps to increase the number of businesses operating in Nova Scotia through training, financing and networking opportunities. CEED has a unique community of like-minded entrepreneurs brought together by peer-to-peer learning opportunities, professional development strategies, and a passion for entrepreneurship. Connect to book your FREE 30-minute consultation.

Coastal Nova Scotia

Coastal Nova Scotia is a Regional Tourism Industry Association (and a member of TIANS) that centres on Northumberland and Eastern Shores with visitor services that promote local tourism partners and offer promotional opportunities and prominent displays at Visitor Information Centers.

Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC)

CBDC is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of programs and services to help you start, expand or modernize a business.

IGNITE Atlantic

 IGNITE Atlantic is a rural innovation hub dedicated to sparking change in rural communities throughout Nova Scotia with two offices in Yarmouth and New Glasgow. They have a focus on helping early-stage companies get off the ground and are committed to fostering a culture of innovation. By bringing together youth, communities, startups, and industries they aim to explore and implement solutions that create opportunities across the province. Their mission is to empower and engage communities, ensuring that rural areas can thrive through innovation and collaboration.
New Glasgow Office: 345 Temperance Street, New Glasgow, NS B2H 3P7
Phone: 902-746-0795
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Invest Nova Scotia

Innovacorp and Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) have come together to form Invest Nova Scotia. They listen and provide the tools, resources, and advice that businesses need as they grow. Supporting companies of all sizes - new and new to our province – as they champion the innovation, productivity, and ideas that help your business thrive in Nova Scotia. From starting up and raising capital, to incubation and acceleration, export development and investment attraction, Invest Nova Scotia helps businesses seize opportunities.

Nova Scotia Business Navigators

Business Navigators help you understand the steps you need to take when starting a business, including regulations and requirements (like licences, permits and registrations) you need to follow.

Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development

The Nova Scotia Department of Business works with the private and social enterprise sectors to improve the competitiveness of Nova Scotia’s business environment and make dealing with government easier, faster and less frequent.

Tourism Guysborugh County

Visit Guysborough County showcases the businesses, attractions, and organizations that make Nova Scotia’s Eastern shore such a vibrant place to live and work. Comprised of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, and Mulgrave, Guysborough County plays host to annual festivals, contains historic sites, showcases breathtaking scenery, and is home to everything from fine dining to home cooked meals. Add your Business to the directory today!

Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS)

TIANS pride themselves as the champion of advocacy for tourism issues in Nova Scotia. By listening to you, the members, TIANS is fiercely working on your behalf with a passion for our industry, sincere compassion for your well-being and the desire to advance change. In working with our partner associations and stakeholders we ensure that we are involved in the development of the tourism industry at the regional, provincial, and national levels.

Tourism Nova Scotia

As a division of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, Tourism Nova Scotia works with communities and industry to attract visitors to the province and increase tourism revenues through experience and sector development, business coaching, marketing, and visitor servicing.

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