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Social Enterprise Impact Investment Pilot

Social enterprises across the province of Nova Scotia may be eligible for a boost – thanks to an exciting, new pilot program being launched in partnership between Nova Scotia’s credit unions, their trade association, Atlantic Central and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council.

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For more information you can contact Dianne Kelderman at

9-month Contract Working with the Co-operative Management Education Programs

Please find linked below a job posting for the position of Manager of Promotion and Partnership with Co-operative Management Education in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University (9 Month Contract covering a maternity leave; 4 days/week).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received; this posting closes on March 28, 2018.

The Manager is responsible for building strategic partnerships with the co-operative sector and promoting all Co-operative Management Education (CME) activities (Master’s, Diploma, Certificate, Executive Education, Study Tours, Symposia, etc.) to ensure that all programs, courses and tours have full participation. The job is global is scope and a great fit for a high energy, personable, motivated and organized professional with an ability to work independently and undertake a fair amount of global travel. Ideally, the Manager will be based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but there is flexibility to work remotely.

For more information on CME, visit:

Registration Open and Bursaries Available: Master’s, Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Co-operative Management (Online, part-time)

Planning your career, organizational succession or leadership development? These Master’s level business programs are designed to meet the growing demands of co-operative and credit union managers. From marketing to human resources, co-operatives have an opportunity to take unique approaches that optimize this business model. The right education means doing business differently in a way that elevates co-operatives and credit unions to stand out.

Your opportunity is here! Each year 25 seats are opened for co-operative professionals to join the ranks of some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the co-operative system. Join new, stimulating conversations. Build your business skills. Meet other keen co-operators from around the world. Get exposed to new solutions to current issues.

Saint Mary’s University (Co-operative Management Education, Sobey School of Business) offers online, part-time education for working co-operative professionals:

  • Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions (3 years, includes 10-day co-operative study tour to Spain)
  • Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (20 months)
  • Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months)

*Bursaries available – Apply by April 1 to be eligible for financial support*

Contact Erin Hancock at or 902-802-7897 to discuss these options.

What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th than to recognize and celebrate the innovation, tenacity and spirit of 150 Nova Scotia small businesses?

Programs for Co-Operative Management Professionals

Over $100M injected into NS businesses. Almost 2,000 companies received funding. 12,000 jobs created/maintained in the province. How? The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. Find out how it works and hear from a small business owner who’s benefitted.

FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited FAQ

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 Frequently Asked Questions FarmWorks

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FarmWorks Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) was founded in 2011 to raise a significant amount of money to support farms and food producers. Nova Scotia has the potential to sustainably supply much more food, and money loaned to food producers is an investment in the economy, health, rural areas, communities, culture, and the environment.  Read More

As a local, community-based organization, CUA is committed to improving the quality of life of our members and the communities in which they live and work.

The Community Investment Grant Program is designed to provide funding support to a variety of community groups and individuals that will directly benefit the community. Events, programs, activities and projects are all eligible for funding. This program is an expression of CUA’s vision that our members and communities are better off, and provides broad support to projects with an aim to effect positive economic, social and environmental change.  Visit the website for more information

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Would you like some financial help with the next person you hire?

The province’s Graduate to Opportunity program helps small businesses hire recent university and college graduates by providing salary support for the first two years of employment – 25% the first year, 12.5% the second year, for new jobs paying at least $30,000.

The process is quick and easy:  complete applications are normally approved within days.

It’s available to companies of 100 employees or less, start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises.

Employers say the financial incentive is making a real difference and their recent grads are bringing enthusiasm, creativity and skill to the workplace.

Find out more at, or call 902.424.6000.