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The Government of Nova Scotia is committed to building the new economy and provides assistance to offset business program implementation costs. Some of the many incentive programs include:

  • No Sales Tax on Business
  • Investment Tax Credits
  • R&D Incentives & Tax Advantages
  • Special Rates for Manufacturing & Processing Profits
  • ISO 9000 & 14,000 Tax Credits
  • Capital Cost Allowances
  • Small Business Rate Reductions
  • Recruitment & Training Assistance

More information is available on the Government of Nova Scotia web site:


Bridgewater Resources for Economic Development and Business Support


Acadia Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE)
The ACSBE Small Business Counselling approach is designed to assist clients to make informed decisions about their personal goals and design businesses that will achieve and sustain those goals.

Suite 108, Gateway Plaza, 215 Dominion Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2K7
Telephone: (902) 543-1067
Fax: (902) 543-7042
Email: click here
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logo_access Access Nova Scotia
Located in Bridgewater, ANS provides info on provincial Permits, Approvals and Licenses for business and limited services of the Registry of Joint Stock Companies. ANS Centres link directly to the Nova Scotia Public Tenders Noticeboard.

80 Logan Road Bridgewater, Nova Scotia  B4V 3J8
Telephone: (902) 543-0660, Toll-free: 1-800-670-4357
Fax: (902) 543-0599

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logo_acoa Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Provides financial assistance to business in the following sectors/areas: manufacturing & processing, tourism, aquaculture, innovation (new or improved product, service, or process) information and technology based industries, non-commercial services.

220 North Street, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, B4V 2W6
Telephone : (902) 541-5543
Fax: (902) 543-1156
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logo_chamber Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce

Business advocacy and support, host of Business Excellence Awards, management of the Bridgewater Visitor Information Centre. Committees include: Economic Development, Municipal Affairs, Membership Services, Trade Show, Newsletter, and Tourism.

PO Box 100 Bridgewater, NS. B4V 2W8
Telephone: (902) 543-4263
Fax: (902) 543-1156
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Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada is a financial institution wholly owned by the government of Canada. BDC plays a leadership role in delivering financial and consulting services to Canadian small business, with a particular focus on technology and exporting.

Eastside Plaza, 450 LaHave Street, P.O. Box 540, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2X6
Telephone: (902) 527-5501
Fax: (902) 527-5611
Email: click here
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logo-employment-solutions Employment Solutions Society

Employment Solutions Society is a non-profit organization funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement under the direction of Employment Nova Scotia and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Gateway Plaza, 215 Dominion Street, Suite 110, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2K7
Phone: (902) 543-2479
Toll Free: 1-866-711-0411
Fax: (902) 543-0284
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logo_lqrda Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency

Coordinates and integrates the work of other local agencies and service providers in order to achieve specific tasks at the community level.

220 North Street, Bridgewater, NS. B4V 2V6
Telephone: (902) 543-0491
Toll-free: 1-800-303-1541
Fax: (902) 543-1156
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Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) is Nova Scotia's private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory, export development, financial and venture capital services.

220 North Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2V6
Telephone: (902) 543-0844
Fax: (902) 543-1156
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logo_ssopp South Shore Opportunities Inc.

Flexible term loan programs for small and medium-sized businesses. Up to $125,000 in financing for business start-ups, expansions and other business purposes including fixed asset acquisitions, working capital and change of ownership.

220 North Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2V6
Telephone: (902) 543-3988
Fax: (902) 543-7801
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Target Nova Scotia answers key questions about Nova Scotia. You can assemble up-to-date and accurate information on any community or county in the province. It is a specialized tool for selecting optimal sites for new business locations.

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