canada business network – nova scotia

On May 24, I went to visit the Canada Business Network office in Halifax and learned about the services for entrepreneurs and small businesses which they offer which include:

  • Help navigating federal, provincial and other funding
  • Secondary market research, such as demographics, using databases they license (Paul will send me a list of these), which include Ibisworld, Gale products, Salegenic, Statistica, Conference Board of Canada and PCensus.
  • This office has a toll free phone number and email, or clients may contact Paul Gerin (Business Development Officer) or Cindy Allen (Communications Officer) directly to help with tier 2 research beyond what the call center can provide.
  • Some other sources noted were:
    • NSBI Market Research
    • Connections (guide for immigrants who are starting businesses)
    • Halifax Central Library entrepreneurship presentations and one-to-one consulting on the resources they have available to help entrepreneurs and small businesses startups, refers clients to the Business Center for more specific information
    • CBDC (which has an Atlantic association)
    • CAP
    • Springboard Atlantic
    • NRC Concierge Service – identifies funding and research
    • Centre for Women in Business – holds an event at which all service providers are welcome
    • CEED.CA workshops and training (Bayer’s Road)
  • Some possibilities we discussed:
    • NSCC Library Services could be added to canadabusiness.ca, identifying our e-resources which can be used on-site at NSCC libraries.
    • Information about Canada Business Network and other related institutions could be added to NSCC’s Library Liaison program
  • Canada Business Network could help with the following:
    • If instructors gave them a heads-up on market research students would need for a course, they could have it pre-assembled and could give to students who contact them.
    • New grads who are looking at entrepreneurial opportunities can contact the call center to get help with market research (although local requests get sent to Paul or Cindy).
    • They could deliver a presentation to Library Services staff.
    • They are going to send out brochures that I will distribute to Library Services.
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