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Searching for the Number of Small Businesses in Halifax

Expert: Julie King

Marilyn asked:

I have been searching many sites but can't find my answer. Do you know where I would seach to find the number of small businesses in Halifax Nova Scotia to use the figure in my business plan?

Julie King answered:

It is often difficult to find specific information online when the keywords are broadly defined (not unique). However, after some searching I was able to locate the following resources:

The best resource, from which you can extrapolate your desired statistics, is this PDF file: Business Statistics 1998 Edition
(please note: you will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat software to view this file)

Your best source of local information and statistics is often your economic development corporation, local chamber of commerce and your provincial government. Here are some local links that might help you as you finish your business plan:

Halifax Regional Municipality

For more in-depth statistics on demographics in Halifax, you can access a statistical overview of your federal electoral district on this page:
- once this page has loaded, select your province and the city of your choice from the appropriate fields on the page.
(Here is the direct link for Halifax, NS)

Nova Scotia: Department of Economic Development

Nova Scotia fast facts:

About the author

Julie King is the co-founder and managing editor of CanadaOne, Canada's first small business portal.

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