All about cooperatives.
- The Nova Scotia Cooperative Council is pretty much the place to start. They're on twitter, too.
- This same NSCC has a How to Start a Cooperative brochure.
- Start with a good plan! The 2011 Business Plan Workbook put out by the NSCC is a nice, medium-weight manual for putting together a plan.
- The NS government has a Nova Scotia Cooperatives Branch to deal with the hippies like me who are into Cooperatives and sharing and granola and stuff.
- And hippies get into housing cooperatives too. Cuz we're communists amIrite?
All about starting ecological businesses in Nova Scotia.
- Dalhousie University has an incredible Eco-Efficiency Centre that supports small businesses.
- There is a homegrown wind power company called Seaforth Energy that makes a durable 50kw turbine. In my native Alberta, solar is probably a better and more cost-effective manner of getting energy (much more sun there than most other places in Canada), but NS has loads of wind.
- The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has a program for net metering as well as subsidy for getting renewable generations sources onto the grid.
Funky stuff in general.
- The Government of Canada has all sorts of programs (read: grants) for interesting agricultural and technological projects. Find agricultural programs with AgPal.
- You can find the more technological programs with Industry Canada's BizPal.
- Industry Canada programs for eco-efficiency.
- Industry Canada regional and rural development.
- Environment Canada funding programs. A whole lot of em!
And, last but not least, MLS.ca property porn.
That's just a start, I think I will start planning a little more openly in the coming days. Talking is winding down, actual planning is ramping up :)