Start A Business

Starting a business can be overwhelming, but we are here to help guide your first steps!

Start with this list to take your business from concept to reality:

Disclaimer: The above list is a guide of the most common steps used when setting up a business. Each business will have unique needs and our Business Development Officers are here to help.


Choose a Business Model

When starting or growing a business, defining your business model determines how your business will be registered, tax implications, flexibility, and your ability to raise capital.Access nova scotia

More detailed information on the options below is available from Access Nova Scotia.

  • Sole Proprietorship: A sole proprietor is anyone who is carrying on a business which is not incorporated and who is doing so without any legal partners.
  • Incorporated Company: If a limited company chooses to operate under a name other than its legal name, you must register the name.
  • Co-operative: A co-operative is a user-owned and controlled business with a minimum of three founding members. It can be either not-for-profit or for-profit.
  • Extra-Provincial Corporation: Any corporation that operates in more than one province.
  • Society: Any non-profit organization which is incorporated under the Societies Act. Incorporation is not mandatory for societies, but the benefits – such as limited liability for members–sometimes make this a good option.


If you have any questions, contact us! We are here to help guide you through taking your business idea and turning it into a reality.