Work & Volunteer in HRM

Starting Your Own Business

When starting your own business, there are a few steps you have to take. The
first step is finding someone to fund your idea! That means they will lend you
money for the start-up costs of your business. You will have to pay them back
once you’re making money. Starting a business is hard but rewarding work.
Don’t stop if it gets hard. For students, loans are available at:

If you are interested in starting a business, the following organizations can help!

BIZPAL - Starting a Business

Looking to start or grow your business?

BizPaL is an online, one-stop service for entrepreneurs that simplifies the process of finding information on business permits and licences from all levels of government - federal, provincial, and municipal. Simply answer a series of questions to obtain a list of permits and licences specific to your business activities, which includes basic information and links to more details where available.

  • Easy and convenient
  • One-stop access to information
  • Available anytime

Greater Halifax Partnership (GHP)

The Greater Halifax Partnership (GHP) works with business, people and community.
It has a program called Smart Business, which works with business owners about the
challenges, needs and opportunities that affect competitive business. This information
gives business owners the chance to solve problems, which will help the economy of
HRM. The Connector Program allows you network with professionals in your field.
Phone: 490-6000 or 1-800-565-1191 (toll-free)

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development Incorporated (CEED)

CEED is an organization devoted to helping people discover and use
entrepreneurship as a way to become self-reliant. Their programs are
for everyone, from at-risk youth to newly landed immigrants to retiring
professionals. They work with communities both rural and urban, and aspiring
and existing entrepreneurs of all ages. CEED programs include:
Entrepreneurship Education, Professional Development and Training, Small
Business Financing and Resources, and Social Entrepreneurship
Halifax Shopping Centre
7001 Mumford Rd
Suite 107, Tower 1, Box 196
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 2H8
Phone: 902.421.2333
Toll free: 1.800.590.8481
Fax: 902.482.0291

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is a federal government agency. Headquartered in the Atlantic Region, ACOA's goal is to improve the economy of Atlantic Canadian communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities.