Scotians Global Advisors Program
Scotians is a global network of individuals passionate about Nova Scotia. Passionate about our economic success and the entrepreneurs that drive it.
Ecommerce in COVID-19: Local businesses rise to meet these new challenges
We sat down with Aaron Whitman, the President and Chief Strategist of Able Sense, a small Halifax ecommerce agency with big talent.
Digital Adoption Program
The Digital Adoption Program supports Nova Scotia businesses looking to rapidly adopt digital tools and innovations to help mitigate impacts resulting from COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. Is sourcing and sharing relevant resources to help businesses across the province prepare to re-open.
COVID-19 Provincial and Federal Assistance for Nova Scotia Businesses
The provincial and federal governments are offering policies, programs and initiatives to assist small businesses.
Larch Wood: Exporting boards beyond borders
Today, that company— Larch Wood— sells wooden end-grain cutting boards around the world, counting Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table as clients.
Alpha Dog Games: the acquisition of a successful indie studio in Nova Scotia
In October, video game giant Bethesda Softworks acquired Halifax indie studio Alpha Dog Games. By any measure, this is a great success story for a Nova Scotian business.
Ven-Rez looks to grow through e-commerce with help from SBDP
You may not be surprised to learn the Toronto Public Library system is the busiest urban public library system in the world. In 2018, there were more than 17.5 million visits to its 100 branches. What you may not know is most of the library’s shelving was manufactured here in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
Top Nova Scotia reads of 2019
2019 was a busy year in Nova Scotia. We celebrated new trade deals, launched programs, recognized Nova Scotia businesses making waves, and shared their stories. Here are the top reads of 2019:
2019: A Year of Expansion in Nova Scotia
For many of Nova Scotia’s high-tech innovators, 2019 was a year of growth and investment in the province. While the reasons may be obvious to us, we asked them to share – in their own words - why they chose Nova Scotia as the place to grow their business and raise their families.
Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster: an FAQ for Nova Scotia companies
The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster funding is available for Nova Scotia companies. Here's what you need to know.
Young hires making waves at MetOcean Telematics
More and more young people are choosing to live and work in Nova Scotia, with employers like MetOcean Telematics playing a key role.
Igniting entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia
Let’s say you need help growing your business, or you have an idea for starting one. Where do you start? You know there are support organizations that can help – but which one? With so many options, it can seem overwhelming at first – especially if you live in a rural area where offices might be geographically spread out. This is where Ignite Labs comes in.
Nova Scotia filmmaker on mission to strengthen diversity
Behind the scenes of the Aboriginal Shadow Program with Hank White, Nova Scotia film industry veteran.
From the 1960s to today: Scotian Gold investing in innovation
The first video game console. The first computer mouse. The laser. All hallmark inventions from the 1960s that laid the groundwork for countless future advancements. And for a small business in the small town of Coldbrook, the era is a reminder of an advancement made here in the province’s agricultural industry – in a technology you may have never heard of but have certainly benefitted from.
6 takeaways from Customer Camp with Kate Bourgoin
Nova Scotia Business Inc., in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Venn Innovation held a Customer Camp workshop with Katelyn Bourgoin on September 19th. Here are 6 important takeaways from that event:
Engineering a better raincoat: a Dalhousie Capstone project story
This is the story of what happens when you bring together engineering students and the fashion industry.
Notre-Dame: Rebuilding a Legend
How a Nova Scotia film crew documented the historic Notre-Dame reconstruction for international audiences.
'Make great beer and do some good': Nova Scotia craft brewers raise the bar
From the one piece of advice every craft brewer should take, to selling outside the province, to filling an epic shipping container headed to Maine with Nova Scotia craft beer.
OTRO Games: 1001 words and phrases to a new family business
Growing up in Ukraine, Anna Otroshchenko always dreamt of living near the ocean and her husband, Serhii, dreamt of building a family business. On July 3rd, 2018, these two dreams became a reality when Anna and Serhii moved to Halifax from Lviv, Ukraine.
How VERB Interactive is conquering the travel industry from Nova Scotia
Next time you book your Royal Caribbean cruise, Pebble Beach golf weekend or Nassau Paradise Island getaway, chances are a company in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada played a pivotal role.
Hope Blooms planting seeds of change in Toronto
Hope Blooms is launching a new partnership with Loblaws at Toronto’s legendary Maple Leaf Gardens.
Live and Work in Nova Scotia
Short commutes, affordable homes, endless coastal beauty, and career opportunity — Nova Scotia has it all.
CEO of client company QRA Corp appointed to Federal Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence
A local academic-turned-entrepreneur is joining the top minds in the country to tackle challenges facing the A.I. community.
A booming business, on their terms: How Side Door digitally disrupted the music industry
When one sets out to digitally transform the way entertainers and hosts find each other (think Uber for music shows), you’d assume a strong technology background would be a big part of the equation.
Harnessing technology and global markets: Retail Revival with eBay Canada
Thanks to the power of technology, e-commerce, and global markets, companies have more options for export growth than ever before.
Nautel: 50 years of worry-free transmission
How does a radio transmission company in Nova Scotia reach 50 years of operation? Just ask Nautel.
What is CPTPP? Understanding the new business opportunities in Asia-Pacific
Discover new opportunities in Asia-Pacific with CPTPP and CKFTA.
8 reasons why Nova Scotia chocolates are as unique as they are yummy
There are some very interesting things that contribute to the uniqueness of Nova Scotia chocolate.
Youth in business: The next gen of Nova Scotia entrepreneurs
Junior Achievement Nova Scotia - The next gen of entrepreneurs
Iris Booth 2.0: Q&A with Sue Siri, photographer turned tech entrepreneur
Iris Booth creator Sue Siri is using a one-of-a-kind business model to take her unique professional photo booth global.
Atlantic Canada's next wave of ocean tech investment and activity
It’s hard to pick a single year out of centuries of living and working on the ocean, but future Atlantic Canadians may look back on 2018 as one for the books in ocean technology.
Creativity and collaboration: REDspace expands in Halifax, Nova Scotia
REDSpace delivers interactive experiences to users around the world and is growing their team in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Money on the table: the top trade deal updates you need to know
Catching up with NSBI trade strategists, we narrowed down the top trade deal updates you need to know.
2018: Looking Back
Nothing says Happy New Year more than a reflective year in review. Without question, 2018 was an exciting year for ‘Thinking Export’ in Nova Scotia.
The importance of e-commerce: what you need to know
We spotlight one of this year's featured resolutions: incorporating e-commerce into your business.
A rising tide lifts all boats: the story of Nova Scotia’s wine appellation
Since Tidal Bay's official launch in 2012, the Nova Scotia signature blend has been helping the region’s wine industry find its niche.
Aerotec Engines: Scale-up success in the United States
Through Scale-up, Aerotech Engines has formed real connections with businesses in the US.
Improved airports, improved exports: Cargo upgrades support seafood industry
The Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA), operators of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA), announce plans to invest and upgrade the airport’s cargo facility.
Forget empowerment: Supporting women in business is about access, opportunity and impact
Supplier diversity helps open the door.
InterTalk: Innovation in Business Champion of the Year
2018 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award winner InterTalk Critical Information Systems makes exporting a key part of their strategy.
Growing a high-tech workforce in the Nova Scotia defence industry
Top defence companies in Nova Scotia are thriving, contributing to an ever-increasing high-tech workforce.
From Antigonish to outer space: Peace by Chocolate becomes the ultimate exporter
Peace by Chocolate of Antigonish can now put its name on the list of exporters to space. We sat down with Tareq Hadhad to discuss.
US Trade: A Practical Guide for Atlantic Firms
US Trade: A Practical Guide for Atlantic Firms
Bulletproof(ing) for a global marketplace
Bulletproof has found that Nova Scotia is the right climate to advance their growth plans and export capacity; both for current and new offerings.
FIN 2018: From the orchard to the big screen, filming in ‘one of the most beautiful places on earth’
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is a celebration of film, media and music from around the world. Kicking off the festival is the film Splinters, directed by Halifax’s own Thom Fitzgerald.
Nova Scotia's aerospace and defence industry: regional report
Global defence companies are flocking to Nova Scotia. Wondering why? View the full Nova Scotia regional report.
The world is changing, and NSBI is leading to succeed
NSBI attracts investment and helps businesses across Nova Scotia become more successful exporters.
From Stockholm to Halifax: Why Nova Scotia is the location for cybersecurity
Stockholm-based Secure State Cyber found Nova Scotia had everything they were looking for — and then some.
From alpha to beta: How one Ubisofter went from co-op to permanent
We recently sat down with Robert Stacy to learn about his co-op experience at Ubisoft's Halifax office. He gave us insight into how he applied for and got his position, and what projects he had the opportunity to work.
Nova Scotia film 'Black Cop' making waves internationally
The Incentive Fund is a great program, and it’s huge for a small project like us to be able to ﬁll such a large percentage of our ﬁnancing, knowing that NSBI is there to help us. They’re fantastic.
Story of the year: Oceans
We see tremendous opportunity in collaboration. The Ocean Supercluster will create an integrated network of relationships amongst industry, regulators, researchers, technology developers, and policy-makers. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster based here in Atlantic Canada will generate $300 million in investment in the next ﬁve years. That funding will contribute to changing the capacity for innovation in the region.
Mining our Marine Resources, Naturally
Surrounded by more than 7,400 km of coastline, Nova Scotia’s economy is closely connected to the ocean. So naturally, our businesses understand its resources – which is why we’re innovators when it comes to natural health products derived from marine resources.
Leveling the FinTech playing field
No longer the exclusive playing field of traditional institutions, Financial Technologies – or FinTech – is an exponentially growing market driven by rapidly changing technologies and customer expectations.
Nova Scotia game developers ready for take-off
The global game industry's rapid growth is reflected in Nova Scotia — in the successes of local developers and the studios that have chosen to locate here.
Bring the C-suite to the sea-suite
Nova Scotia offers companies unique advantages, but don't take our word for it. See the stories of businesses that are succeeding here.
Delivering innovative solutions: Nova Scotia's aerospace industry
Nova Scotia has a history of delivering innovative solutions to the global aerospace industry.
EY Opens Global Centre of Excellence in Halifax, Nova Scotia
EY Canada announces the launch of a new EY Global Centre of Excellence in Halifax, Nova Scotia – the first Centre of its kind to open in Canada.
Opportunity Runs Deep
There’s a place — within steps of office and workshop space — where technology meets the ocean. Where ideas come to life and technical advancements are made.
Innovation Rebate Program
The Innovation Rebate Program supports Nova Scotia businesses looking to increase their global competitiveness.
Talking with Peter J. Nielsen at La Pitchoune Winery
NSBI Global Advisor Peter J. Nielsen explains how his Sonoma winery, La Pitchoune, is faring in the direct aftermath of California’s deadliest wildfire season
MetOcean Telematics – Working Where Cellular Ends
Paul Hill, Business Development Manager, Telematics, explains the core of MetOcean Telematics. “We solve problems. We provide lifesaving solutions."
Exporter Self-Assessment Tool
Answer 6 simple questions to determine your export readiness and discover resources to help you take your next step.
Selling to the US - What you need to know
If you want to enter the United States for business, it is essential to be familiar with permissible business activities, and the immigration process.
Film Fund Estimator
See how much your eligible project could receive through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund.
What's Happening in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Industry Sectors
Businesses of Diversity
Nova Scotia Businesses of Diversity are growing their revenues and forging new partnerships through participation in Supplier Diversity procurement programs.
Nova Scotia’s oceans industries are diverse and produce innovative products and services in Marine Defence & Security, Marine Transportation, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Energy, and Ocean Science.
Nova Scotia’s thriving seafood companies, fish harvesters and processors export the highest quality fish and shellfish from the North Atlantic worldwide.
Information Communications Technology
Nova Scotia is a leading data analytics hub in Canada, supported by globally competitive companies and world-renowned academic institutions.
Nova Scotia has everything you need to produce a wide range of crops, including forages, fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Nova Scotia benefits from the largest tides in the world, a wealth of minerals and resources, and researchers that are attracting global attention.
Nova Scotia attracts globally recognized companies working in naval defence, aerospace, shipbuilding, sonar and sensing, cyber security, and training and simulation.
Take notice of the financial services industry in Nova Scotia - a strategic nearshore location for middle & back office operations.
Nova Scotia boasts one of the most cost-competitive jurisdictions for video game development in North America and Europe.
Film & Television Production
Make your next film in Nova Scotia. Located on Canada's Atlantic coast, Nova Scotia offers diverse and spectacular locations.
Nova Scotia's clean technology industry attracts considerable international attention, with its expertise in energy monitoring related technologies and access to natural resources.