Craft Business – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Craft Business

"Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design has played a tremendous role in helping to grow our soap-making hobby into a successful business. They have provided assistance with various aspects of our business, from obtaining funding to marketing to expanding into the world of online sales. They truly care about their artisans and it is evident in the measures they have taken to help us succeed!" Shannon Costelo
Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design facilitates business skills development activities for emerging, existing and established craft producers, makers and artists within the craft sector of Unama’ki-Cape Breton Island. These activities support the development
 and growth of craft businesses.

Our business development program provide craft producers, artists and makers with the support they to start or grown their business, enhance productivity, promote their business and improve capacity for growth through workshops, resources, mentorship, training and funding support. 

The Centre provides funding to support a number of activities. In order to access funding, you will need to complete a Business Profile. 

Business Profile for Craft Producers, Artists and Makers


To learn more about the Centre’s funding assistance programs, click one of the links below:

Website & E-Commerce Funding

Do you need to build a new website or improve an existing one to meet your customers needs or find the right market? We’re here to help artists to advance digital capabilities that will enhance their product development, business activities and access to technology to further promote their product and business. 

Deadline: March 5th, June 15th, October 15th
Program Guidelines

 Website & E-Commerce Application


Branding & Storytelling Funding
Good branding and packaging assist in telling the unique story of the handmade craft product, is yours hitting the mark in the competitive marketplace?

Deadline: March 1st, September 1st
Program Guidelines 

 Branding & Storytelling Application


Craft Business Consultancy Funding
Do you need a tax expert? Copyright expert? An accountant to help with those big question? This funding program is open ended, offering a tailored made program just for your need. 

Deadline: Open deadline
Program Guidelines 

  Consultancy Application

For more information about the Centre’s craft business development programs, contact Lori Burke at 902 539 7491 ext 113 or



In March 2020, Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design conducted a Cape Breton Island – Unama’ki Craft Sector Benchmark Survey. 

To view the complete study and findings, click here.