Grow

Whether you are looking for supports for your start-up or wanting to create a succession plan for your retirement,
our BusinessNow program can help you.

BusinessNow is the Western REN’s business retention & expansion program, which includes all efforts to encourage the retention and growth of a community’s existing businesses. With BusinessNow, more is better.

BusinessNow Program Steps:

  1. Outreach – make contact between BusinessNow expert and business owner to arrange a meeting time
  2. VisitationBusinessNow expert conducts a confidential, diagnostic visit to identify the client’s goals in business, & look for any red-flags
  3. Red Flags & Referrals –  BusinessNow expert calls on action and referral team to follow up on any identified challenges or barriers
  4. Data Management – data is managed in a protected system
  5. Follow upBusinessNow expert follows up with client after referrals
  6. Analysis – data is monitored, especially as more clients’ data is entered, revealing trends
  7. Reports and Actions – using pooled data, business climate reports will clearly identify common challenges or barriers, networks of working groups or task forces can then be brought to bear on the issues.

Benefits of an expanded BusinessNow program

Benefits to Business

  • Early identification of upcoming challenges to successful businesses
  • Directed supports to strengthen or bolster business
  • Access to pooled data reports on local business climate for business planning

Benefits to Western REN

  • Real, on the ground, information about current and near-future business conditions
  • Identify and anyalyze trends in the business community
  • Provide direction for business-case advocacy on industry issues

Common Business Referral Partners

The Western REN has an expansive list of possible referral partners with programs to support the full spectrum of business development. However, here are a few of our more commonly called upon regional referral partners.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Yarmouth Area Account Manager
Mike Comeau
902-742-0809
Digby Area Account Manager
Brianne LeBlanc
902-260-3590
Barrington Area Account Manager
Mark Townsend
902-875-7324
Labour and Advanced Education (LAE)
Business Workforce Consultant
Joe Brown
902-424-7016
Université Sainte-Anne

902-769-2114

National Research Council Canada 
Industrial Research Assistance Program
Industrial Technology Advisor (Food Science, Agriculture, Seafood)
Steve Owen
902-426-2445
Community Business Development
Corporation (CBDC)
Yarmouth Development Officer
Sarah Gagnon 
902-742-5364
Clare/Digby Development Officer
Rose Madden
902-769-2916
Barrington Development Officer
Ardith Van Buskick
902-637-3395
Le Conseil de développement économique de la
Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ)
Digby Business Counselor
Alain Belliveau
902-769-3903
Nova Scotia Community College

Digby – 902-245-7211
Burridge – 902-742-3501

Nova Scotia Business Incorporated (NSBI)
Southwest Nova – Business Development Advisor
Gilles Babin
902-774-0208
South Shore Business Development Advisor
Melinda Reginbal
902-410-8207
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Account Manager, Business Development
Donald Crowell
902-742-7520
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NS Works Employer Engagement Specialists
Digby
Ken Flett
902-245-1830
Clare/Argyle
Yvette Armstrong
902-769-3284
Yarmouth
Matthieu Boudreau
902-742-5859
Barrington
Lauren Race
902-637-3015

 

Contact:
BusinessNow Lead EDO, Victoria Brooks
vbrooks@westernren.ca

Grow

Whether you are looking for supports for your start-up or wanting to create a succession plan for your retirement,
our BusinessNow program can help you.

BusinessNow is the Western REN’s business retention & expansion program, which includes all efforts to encourage the retention and growth of a community’s existing businesses. With BusinessNow, more is better.

BusinessNow Program Steps:

  1. Outreach – make contact between BusinessNow expert and business owner to arrange a meeting time
  2. VisitationBusinessNow expert conducts a confidential, diagnostic visit to identify the client’s goals in business, & look for any red-flags
  3. Red Flags & Referrals –  BusinessNow expert calls on action and referral team to follow up on any identified challenges or barriers
  4. Data Management – data is managed in a protected system
  5. Follow upBusinessNow expert follows up with client after referrals
  6. Analysis – data is monitored, especially as more clients’ data is entered, revealing trends
  7. Reports and Actions – using pooled data, business climate reports will clearly identify common challenges or barriers, networks of working groups or task forces can then be brought to bear on the issues.

Benefits of an expanded BusinessNow program

 

Benefits to Business

Benefits to Western REN

  • Early identification of upcoming challenges to successful businesses
  • Directed supports to strengthen or bolster business
  • Access to pooled data reports on local business climate for business planning
  • Real, on the ground, information about current and near-future business conditions
  • Identify and anyalyze trends in the business community
  • Provide direction for business-case advocacy on industry issues

Common Business Referral Partners

 

The Western REN has an expansive list of possible referral partners with programs to support the full spectrum of business development. However, here are a few of our more commonly called upon regional referral partners.

 

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Community Business Development
Corporation (CBDC)
Nova Scotia Business Incorporated (NSBI)
Yarmouth Area Account Manager
Mike Comeau
Yarmouth Development Officer
Sarah Gagnon
Digby & Yarmouth Business Development Advisor
Gilles Babin
Digby Area Account Manager
Brianne LeBlanc
Digby Development Officer
Rose Madden
Labour and Advanced Education (LAE)
Le Conseil de développement économique de la
Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ)
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Business Workforce Consultant
Joe Brown
Digby Business Counselor
Alain Belliveau
Account Manager, Business Development
Donald Crowell
 Université Sainte-Anne
Nova Scotia Community College
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National Research Council Canada 
Industrial Research Assistance Program
Industrial Technology Advisor (Food Science, Agriculture, Seafood)
Steve Owen

 

Contact:
BusinessNow Lead EDO, Victoria Brooks
vbrooks@westernren.ca