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:
- Determine what permits are needed to operate your business and apply for them using BizPaL
- Check zoning and permitted land use in the East Hants Land Use By-Law or by consulting the Planning & Development department
- Register your business in Nova Scotia and East Hants
- Register for your Business Number / HST Number with the Canada Revenue Agency
- Explore Financial Incentives
- Check insurance and coverage details from Province of Nova Scotia
- Determine and set up communications tools
- Interview and hire expert help (accountant, lawyers)
- Explore additional information in the Canada Business Network
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
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.