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Looking to become Nova Scotia’s next business success story?

Every business is unique. We offer a variety of programs and tools designed to help businesses reach their full potential.

Here’s a snapshot of the programs, services, online tools and workshops available to help your business succeed.

Not sure where to start? We have a dedicated team of Regional Business Development Advisors on hand to get you started and navigate the options. With practical business advice and market know-how, our experts help Nova Scotia businesses discover and do business in markets around the world and connect to the right solutions.

Does your business’ export plan include travelling outside of the province? The Export Growth Program offsets the costs of travel to attend a trade show, visit clients, or even bring clients to you. The program contributes up to 50% of eligible costs.

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Want to access post-secondary institution research and resources? The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program connects small and medium sized businesses with university or college level expertise to conduct research, solve problems, improve productivity or to develop a new product, service or process. The program provides vouchers up to $15,000 for new projects and up to $25,000 to build on work already done.

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Ready to explore new markets? Join us for one of the many trade missions we organize and participate in around the globe. Trade Missions are a cost-effective way to find new buyers, customers and partners or attract investment and capital.


Considering a capital investment to increase global competitiveness? The Innovation Rebate Program works as a rebate against a company’s direct capital costs. The program provides a 25% rebate of eligible project costs for investments ranging between $2,000,000 – $15,000,000.

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Not sure what programs and services are out there? We have an online tool for that. The Funding Search Tool helps businesses search and source both federal and provincial support programs and services through an online database.

The Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund provides funding for screen-based content creation.

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Is your business scaling-up for the competitive US market? The Scale-up Hub program provides technology-focused, high-growth businesses with access to shared office space and an in-market business development professional in Cambridge, MA for a one-year term.

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The Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund, through the Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program, is designed to finance Nova Scotian animated and/or live-action television productions.

Would your business benefit from the services of a professional consultant? The Small Business Development Program offsets the costs of hiring a private sector consultant to conduct research, improve productivity, competitiveness, and capacity, or remove barriers to exporting. The program contributes up to 50% of eligible project costs.

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Would access to research help identify export opportunities? Our Trade Market Intelligence service helps small and medium sized businesses identify export opportunities for products and services within markets of interest.


Seeking advice from a global business leader? The ConnectNS Global Advisors Program connects Nova Scotia exporters with an international network of key influencers and industry experts who are ready to share their knowledge, experience and connections.

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Ready to do business in China? Experienced exporters can take advantage of NSBI’s membership benefits with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) in Shanghai. Eligible companies get up to five sector-specific business referral inquiries and access to meeting space, basic interpretation services and reliable resources at discounted rates.

CanCham Shanghai Membership

Is your business ready to export? The Exporter Self-Assessment Tool is an online, six-question tool that helps businesses assess their export readiness, identify potential challenges to exporting, and access relevant export development resources.

No matter what stage you are at in your business journey, our variety of workshops and courses, available across the province, give you the skills and expertise you need to help your business succeed.

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The Payroll Rebate is a performance-based, financial incentive available to qualified companies expanding or locating in Nova Scotia.


This Digital Media Tax Credit offers a refundable tax credit of up to 48% for costs directly related to the development of interactive digital media products.

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