Free and Affordable Business Support for Local Vendors

Dear FMNS,

As a Market Manager, I want my vendors to succeed. I would like to be able to refer them to free and/or affordable business services in the provinces. Can you help?

Free and Affordable Business Support for Local Vendors:

Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development (CEED)
CEED has been helping Nova Scotians for over 20 years and in 2011 reached the milestone of 1000 businesses started through micro-loan programs and an intensive 40-week business development program. CEED specializes in assisting those who have barriers to securing financing or traditional employment.

The Centre for Women in Business
The Centre for Women in Business provides the tools women-owned businesses need to grow and prosper. We offer a vibrant membership program, training, networking, an annual conference, an e-advisor at your fingertips and promotional opportunities for your business. To join our e-distribution list, learn about our upcoming events, or become a member visit

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the ‘go to’ place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national charity, we are dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-34, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business.
CYBF delivers its program coast to coast through a national network of 180 community partners and 3,750 volunteers including business mentors. Information about CYBF is available at

Canada Business Nova Scotia
Canada Business Nova Scotia (CBNS) provides businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow and prosper, Information is available on a wide range of government services, programs and regulations. CBNS promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centers.

Not in the Halifax area? We also have 15 Community Business Resource Network partners across the province ready to give you a hand.

Address:         1575 Brunswick Street, Halifax NS B3J 2G1
Phone:             1-888-576-4444 / (902)426-8604
Website: or

Black Business Initiative
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. The BBI places priority on educating Black business owners in the operation of their business – from marketing to budgeting to securing funding.

The BBI is committed to growing the Black presence in a diverse range of business sectors including high-tech, manufacturing, tourism, and the cultural sector. Website:

Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authorities

Healthy, vibrant communities are the economic backbone of Nova Scotia. Since 1999, the Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authorities (NSARDA) has helped its members make important contributions to communities across the province. Our goal is to collectively build a stronger Nova Scotia by fostering the collaborative strength of our members, partners and all three levels of government.

Working in partnership, throughout the province, Nova Scotia’s RDAs are uniquely positioned to help communities come together in building a sustainable future.  Through strategic planning for smart growth, leveraging private, public and non-profit partnerships and providing expertise in project management and skills building, the RDAs are dynamic drivers of community economic development.

To find out more about NSARDA and what your local RDA can do for you please visit our website at or contact us at 1-866-713-3588.