Entrepreneur Development

Starting A Business

Supporting entrepreneurs in the early stages of the start-up journey is something we’re truly passionate about.

We’ve got the expertise to help you develop a business plan, access finance in the form of business-friendly loans, connect with advisors and mentors, and get crucial, early-stage advice.

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We are working with young people between the ages of 15 and 35 to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, and to equip them with the skills and experience necessary to pursue their own business venture.

Learn about our Entrepreneurial Pipeline Project – IDEA Centre and Paid Start-up Internship

Discovery Sessions

The Economic Development Greater Saint John Discovery Session is designed for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit, who wants to learn more about EDGSJ’s entrepreneurial services.

Come on in and tell us about your business idea. Our Entrepreneur Development Coordinator will help you choose the best course for your needs.

ConnexionWorks, 3rd floor, 1 Germain Street, Saint John
Thursdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm (by appointment)
30 minutes

Newcomer Retention and Business Start-up Help

Are you a newcomer to the Greater Saint John area interested in starting a business? The Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP) is located in Saint John and administered by ConnexionWorks, provides business training and mentorship.


Growing A Business

Catalyst Program

Economic Development Greater Saint John is a huge proponent of innovation in business. Through our Catalyst Program, existing businesses can identify ways for their operations to grow, and positively impact our region’s economy.

Our business growth consultants are here to help you scale your business model, expand your physical footprint, and reach new markets.

We are here to help you solve business problems, overcome challenges, access financing and loans, and connect with investors, advisors and mentors.

If you don’t see what you need below, or if you have a question, we’re always available for coffee and a chat.

Business Consulting And Workshops

Using a proven process tailored to your company’s needs, our Catalyst Innovation Program helps companies find solutions to complex business challenges using the Simplexity process. Learn more in this brochure.

Catalyst Also Enables Your Team To:

Whether you want to reduce costs, create value, access new markets, outperform competition, or solve a major industry problem, the Catalyst Innovation Program will guide you and your team using facilitated problem-solving workshops and strategic support.

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The simple act of co-locating with like-minded businesses can result in a critical mass of expertise, innovation and opportunity that creates a success cascade. Being a part of a cluster is so valuable that belonging becomes intrinsic to the brands of each participating company. It is the kind of magic that happens when the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Clusters In The Saint John Region Include:

Impact Loan

The Impact Loan, formerly known as the SEED loan, is a loan fund for the development or expansion of business in the urban Saint John area. In addition to capital, the program also offers free business management skills training for successful applicants.

An Impact Loan Review Meeting is held in the morning of the final Wednesday of every month. Applications must be submitted nine (9) business days prior to the meeting. To find out more information and apply, go to www.impactatlantic.ca.

Eligibility: Entrepreneurs living in the Saint John area, who are starting a business. If you live outside the urban Saint John area, you may contact your local Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) for similar funding programs.

Up to $25,000
5-year term at 2% + prime, interest-free for 12 months
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