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Canada Business Network can help you improve your knowledge base in areas such as market development, financing and intellectual property.

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In addition to offering counsel to start-up companies, Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) offer business advice on planning expansion, training workshops and a wide range of other services.

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Read more about Atlantic entrepreneurs whose drive and dedication are proving a fast match for success around the globe!

Looking to expand and modernize your business? Need help with training costs? Check out our FAQ.

Did you know?

  • As a result of ACOA’s direct support to business, Atlantic Canada has seen the productivity of small and medium-sized business grow by 6.4 per cent a year over a 5 year period.
  • Exports create one out of every four jobs in Atlantic Canada.

Expand My Business

Once you have established your business, we can help you expand it with our suite of helpful programs, along with information and guidance on how you can progress on several fronts:

Become More Competitive.

Staying competitive in today’s global marketplace is a full-time job. Business strategies must have a long-term vision. Products must meet international quality standards. You must exercise sound business management and be environmentally responsible. And your employees have to be well trained. It takes time and resources.

Expand and Modernize.

If you’re thinking about expanding or modernizing, ACOA can help cover some of your capital costs with interest-free repayable assistance and flexible repayment terms. We can also help with related operational costs for training, research, marketing, productivity, quality assurance and environmental management. 

For business sectors such as manufacturing, business services, tourism and information technology, our Business Development Program (BDP) is a potential source of funding for expansion.

Develop Global Markets.

Atlantic Canadian products are sold all around the world. Going global requires specialized knowledge. ACOA can help you with advice, training, internships, market research, business planning and repayable assistance. 

We also offer training programs and seminars across the region on topics such as: trade awareness, export assessment and counseling, market information and trade missions. Find out more about doing business abroad. 


Atlantic Canadian companies that innovate with speed and precision will thrive. Innovation is vital to Atlantic Canada’s prosperity and a key priority at ACOA.

Budget 2018 introduced new innovation programming to ACOA, called Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI), which was approved by the Treasury Board Secretariat on October 18, 2018. With the introduction of REGI, all innovation-related projects that were funded through the Business Development Program are now to be funded through one of the two available streams from REGI:

Looking to develop your innovative ideas and commercialize your products? Through initiatives like REGI and the Atlantic Innovation Fund, we can help you finance your R&D projects and acquire leading-edge technology to enhance your firm's overall productivity and competitiveness. 

Find out more about achieving success through innovation

Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund will support women entrepreneurs in a diversity of industries in their efforts to scale and grow their businesses, as well as pursue export-oriented Projects. Please note that the application in take for this program ended November 15th, 2018.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund will provide Contributions to Non-profit Organizations to bring together stakeholders to address gaps in Business Support and ensure access to Business Support for women entrepreneurs. Please note that the application in take for this program ended November 22th, 2018. 

Sell to Government.

Knowing how to prepare a successful bid for a government tender is a distinct skill. ACOA can help you learn how to sell with confidence

Contact your local ACOA office to see how we can help.