There are a number of great reasons to do business in Antigonish. The area features very high education levels and higher incomes compared to provincial averages. Businesses here benefit from the large market area and availability of quality human resources. Economic stability is provided by the educational and health services.
If you are thinking of starting a new business, here are a number of organizations that may be helpful:
Access Nova Scotia - Access Nova Scotia is a provincial government initiative through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations designed to improve access to government information, programs and services. Access Centres provide information on provincial permits, approvals and licenses for businesses.
Antigonish Chamber of Commerce - The Antigonish Chamber of Commerce actively develops and lobbies business policy positions and organizes special events that provide members with networking opportunities and education.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) - ACOA provides financial assistance to businesses in manufacturing and processing, tourism, aquaculture, innovation and technology as well as non-commercial services which are not personal in nature. The Area Account Manager for Antigonish County is Chris Storseth. Phone: (902)867-6075.
Black Business Initiative (BBI) - The BBI is a province-wide business development initiative designed to support the development of business and job opportunities among African-Canadian Nova Scotians.
StFX Enterprise Development Centre The Enterprise Development Centre is one of five University Business Development Centres in the province. Its mandate is to promote entrepreneurial development in Antigonish, Pictou, and Guysborough Counties. They provide support to new entrepreneurs and existing business owners. This is achieved through individual counseling sessions and the Ideas and Entrepreneurship course. They are also able to match entrepreneurs with the resources of the community.
Northern Opportunities for Business Limited (NOBL) - NOBL is a flexible term loan program for small and medium-sized businesses, offering up to $125,000 in financing for business start-ups, expansions and other business purposes. They also provide equity loans for young entrepreneurs and administer the Self Employment Benefit (SEB) program.
Nova Scotia Economic Development - Community and Rural Development - The Rural Development branch helps communities and business organizations capitalize on strengths and opportunities to grow the rural economy. Staff can provide information on how to access provincial economic development programs and services.