Self Employment Benefits (SEB)

Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) is a program which provides various types of support to eligible unemployed Atlantic Canadians during the initial phase of their business, including financial assistance, counselling and technical advice. NOBL provides business workshops for SEB participants to help their businesses succeed.


Labour & Advanced Education (LAE)

The Workplace Education Initiative is dedicated to building a vibrant and adaptable workforce by partnering with small business owners and their employees to ensure Nova Scotians have the skills to be successful. These provincially certified 40 hour programs offer skills in areas that will help a business grow..


Entrepreneurial Training Fund & Consultant Advisory Services

CBDCs offers individualized training opportunities, as well as group training to clients and other small business owners. CBDC's also have the ability to offer Consultant Advisory Services to small and medium sized businesses & not for profit organizations.


Other Training Opportunities

Several of NOBL's Partner organizations offer training opportunities. Information on Trade missions, conferences, and workshops are compiled from Chambers of Commerce, Nova Scotia Business Inc, the Government of Nova Scotia, Business Development Bank of Canada, and Export Development Canada; to name a few.

Other Training

 CBDC/NOBL has many partners in the business support arena. We share  clients with ACOA and Service Canada; not to mention other financial institutions such as banks and credit unions.. We work with the local development agencies and Nova Scotia Business Inc. to find potential entrepreneurs as well as businesses looking for financial assistance. 

We see ourselves as the deliverer of all government small business development financing programs and as such have a bailiwick of options for people interested in getting into business, expanding or modernizing their current business.

This organization has been dedicated to strengthening the economic base of the Northern Region.  When Northern Opportunities for Business Limited (NOBL) was formed in 1986, it was known as Pictou County Business Opportunities Limited. NOBL has been operating since the beginning of 1997 in the three Counties of Antigonish, Pictou, and Colchester. Throughout that time our mandate has remained the same: To Support Business in our Community.