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Lindsay Young

Economic Development Coordinator, Town of Kentville

Start-up companies and entrepreneurs are discovering a town offering community support and special programs for setting them up for success.


Located in the heart of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Kentville is the centre for business in this scenic part of the province, known for its high tides, wineries, and Acadian history. It may be a small town with just over 6,000 people, but it’s big on innovation and helping businesses to be successful.

From 2016 to 2022, 22 new businesses opened in Kentville — many locally owned. That can be chalked up to many factors, including Kentville’s proximity to Halifax (about an hour away), convenient highway access, a welcoming community, and an experienced workforce. Support is multi-faceted for new businesses, coming from numerous organizations and the municipal government. They help set the stage for success with one of the lowest commercial rates in Nova Scotia, lower property taxes, and a full slate of services.

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From 2016 to 2022, 22 new businesses opened in Kentville

There are ample opportunities to take advantage of what’s available to help businesses, especially small ones, thrive, such as a façade improvement program from the Kentville Business Community, which will match investments up to $5,000. Initiatives such as this attract start-ups seeking a conducive environment for entrepreneurs and the self-employed.

Find out why the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has ranked Kentville as the seventh-best place in the country to start a new business.

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