Self-Employment Resources & Information
If you are self-employed, operate a small business, or are thinking about entrepreneurship there are many great organizations that are available to support you. Whether you are looking for help with a business plan, courses, networking opportunities, funding, or more, help is just a click away. Please visit the link below to see the full list.
Rural Innovation Centre
If you are looking for additional information or resources to help with your small business or employment goals, please contact our Coordinator of Employment & Education Services at GMFRCemploymentservices@gmail.com.
Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur
Offers free 5 day boot camps (open to military/veterans only) and 1 day workshops (open to military, veteran, AND spouses) for new or hopeful entrepreneurs.
Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre
The Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre at Acadia University creates an entrepreneurial culture, locally and globally, by being a leader in the development and delivery of entrepreneurial resources, programs, and services.
The Valley Regional Enterprise Network’s mission is to lead and enable regional economic growth and prosperity. Services most often sought through the Valley REN are: start-up planning, business development, access to funding, creating local connections, and identifying supply chain partners, as well as succession planning.
Valley Women’s Business Network
The Valley Women’s Business Network supports, educates, and promotes women in the Annapolis Valley who are in business, professionals, or aspiring to start a business through the organization of networking meetings and events in the Annapolis Valley.
Military Family Services – Virtual Employment Programs
Online learning on a variety of employment topics that are helpful for both the job seeker and the entrepreneur.
Military Family Services – Entrepreneurship Resources
Links to programs and resources that are available to support military family and veteran businesses across the country.
Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce promotes and supports the local business community. Free online learning is also available to non-members.
As part of the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, the Rural Innovation Centre (RIC) is an incubator for start-up companies. It offers access to working space and support, networking events, mentors, and connection with Acadia University faculty and facilities.
Valley Business Leaders Initiative
The Valley Business Leaders Initiative is a non-profit organization that strives to promote working, living, and investing in the Annapolis Valley.
Assist in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial assistance, business counselling, training, and technical services to entrepreneurs.
Military Family Business Group
Operates in partnership with the Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre. Membership is open to military members, veterans, and RCMP and their spouses who are self-employed or operate a small business with less than 5 employees. The group meets monthly at the GMFRC to network, learn, and plan bi-annual expos.