Amherst is ideally located in the geographic center of the Atlantic provinces with excellent transportation links by road, rail and air to the rest of the world. We are also the gateway community into Nova Scotia through New Brunswick, representing nothern Nova Scotia's service center for those visiting the area. With a focus on aerospace, machining, food processing, and distribution, Amherst is the chosen location for successful companies to grow.

Here's what the Business Development department does to support and grow business in Amherst:

Demographic and business support

  • Provide strategic advice and policy recommendations that support new business start‐ups and existing businessin the community.
  • Conduct surveys and research on economic development opportunities.
  • Provide advice on market analysis and economic opportunities.
  • Maintain strong communications with existing businesses and industry
  • Coordinate local economic development initiatives through identifying and producing materials such as business directories,statistical brochures, community profiles, and website and social media information.

Support business initiatives at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre

  • Lead, partner on, or support activities related to business development being undertaken with the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre.
  • Coordinate business activities in the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre.
  • Assist local organizations, businesses and individuals to develop, promote and take advantage of economic development opportunities and major projects.

Grow our population and economy

  • Implement strategies to increase immigration and decrease out-migration.
  • Cultivate partnerships with educational institutions to support entrepreneurship and business growth in Amherst.
  • Act as a liaison between local organizations, businesses, and individuals, and representatives of government, business and industry concerning economic development.
  • Compliment the Cumberland Business Connector's work with investment readiness, skill/training and business retention and expansion programs.
  • Share information and collaborate with regional, provincial, federal and other economic development officers and professional associations.

Respond to business investment opportunities

  • Analyze and provide recommendations on economic development opportunities.
  • Provide advice on market analysis and economic opportunities.
  • Provide economic and business development information to interest groups, other levels of government and business development proponents.

Competitive Amherst businesses

Waldale Manufacturing


Emmerson Packaging


Mansour's Menswear


Bradean's Tool & Die

 Videos shared with persmission of the Cumberland Business Connector


Article praises Amherst

Business View Magazine, an international publication, calls Amherst, N.S., a hidden gem. To read the article please go to: Business View Civil & Municipal | July 2022 ( 


Jeffery Bacon, Business Development Officer
Phone: 902-694-2161
Email: jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Joint CED Strategy 2021

2019 Community Economic Analysis and Dashboard

Commercial Development Support Bylaw P-9

Strategic Priorities

2010 Centre First Downtown Action Strategy

2010 Authentically Amherst: Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy

2015 Demographic Analysis

2013 Regional Marketing Strategy

Business Database Update Form