Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Success Stories
Looking for some inspiration from other entrepreneurs who have been there? Read about Atlantic entrepreneurs whose drive and dedication are proving a fast match for success!

Want to start your own business? Got a great idea for a new product? Check out our FAQ!

Did you know?

  • Small businesses create 72% of new jobs in Atlantic Canada.
  • Women represent 35% of entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada, and in recent years ACOA has approved nearly $11 million through its Women in Business Initiative to help businesses owned by women grow & compete.

Start a Business

Build a Good Plan.

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A good business plan will help you to build the profitability of your new product or service and to discover what is unique or innovative about your idea so you can sell it.

Our guide, Planning for Success: Your Guide to Preparing a Business and Marketing Plan, can help you outline a comprehensive strategy for your business.

Get the Right Information.

Canada Business Network

Canada Business Network, administered by ACOA in Atlantic Canada, will provide you with timely information on government programs, regulations and resources to help you start and grow your business.


Find Loans and Financing.

ACOA has several programs that can help you with financing your business ideaClick here for information about our financing programs.


The Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) ― which are funded by ACOA through the Community Futures Program ― provide loans and equity financing for the creation and expansion of small businesses in rural communities throughout Atlantic Canada.


The Business Development Bank of Canada provides financial and management services to small- and medium-sized businesses. There are 13 branches in Atlantic Canada.

Expand Your Business.

Once you’ve established your new venture, we can also help you grow... find out how we can help you expand your business.