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There is a reason why many consider Canada as the land of opportunity. Here, you can hone your ideas and find ways to finance them and see them grow into a business of your own. In this section, you’ll find stories about other Canadians who run successful small businesses. You’ll also learn about options to consider should you require financing for your business.

Starting a business in Canada? Here’s what you need to know

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Congratulations, all seems set for you starting a business in Canada!  We bet that like most entrepreneurs, you’re enthusiastic and counting down to when you open the doors to your first customers.  However, running a business in Canada could be quite different from what you’re familiar with, especially if all your entrepreneurial experience has been […]

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Karla Briones’s ‘IDEA’ for aspiring entrepreneurs in Canada

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Immigrants Developing Entrepreneurs Academy (IDEA) is a venture by Karla Briones. An Ottawa-based award-winning immigrant entrepreneur and business consultant, Karla has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs launch, scale and exit their businesses. Here, in an interview with New Canadians reporter Shruti Dargan, she shares why she came up with IDEA and how her 10-week step-by-step course […]

Finding small business success in New Brunswick

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New Brunswick is a fast growing community for small business. With so much potential for growth, entrepreneurs are flocking to the province to try it out for themselves. We take a look at a few small business owners’ successes in the province, as well as the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program – a free program to […]

Saint John welcomes newcomers: Mayor Don Darling shares growth plans

Sarnia – hot-spot for entrepreneurs

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Sarnia-Lambton is a haven for small business owners. Unique factors such as low cost of living and community resources for entrepreneurs make it a desirable spot to set up shop. If you’re keen on being your own boss, listen to what Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) of Sarnia-Lambton has to offer to small business owners.

The Start-up Visa Program attracts more innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe

#IBExpoTO – Connecting immigrants to entrepreneurship

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The second annual Immigrant Business Expo (IBE) in Toronto brings entrepreneurial resources and inspiration to immigrants in the GTA. Initiated by Gerard Keledjian, Executive Producer of New Canadians, IBE collects local community organizations along with workshops and one on one small business clinics to provide a starting point for immigrants looking to start their own […]

Karla Briones’s ‘IDEA’ for aspiring entrepreneurs in Canada

Help getting a business loan with ACCESS Community Capital Fund

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Many newcomers to Canada choose to start their own small business and getting things started without loans can be a challenge. Despite that, finding a conventional loan at a bank may be an issue for newcomers. ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a charity that works to guarantee loans on behalf of entrepreneurs who don’t have […]

Finding small business success in New Brunswick

Pilot program for immigrant entrepreneurs to be made permanent

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Immigrant entrepreneurs are receiving a leg up from the government of Canada with the new permanence of a pilot program that helps newcomers launch their Canadian businesses. The five-year pilot called Start-up Visa Program was designed to encourage entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada. Professionals can apply for permanent residence after their company is accepted into […]

Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership, Canada’s new way to support LGBTQ refugees

BDC loans new Canadian entrepreneurs with no credit history

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Evolution is key for a successful business. Advances in technology affect every business. But one thing that is a constant for an entrepreneur is the need for money. At the recent Immigrant Business Expo organized by NEW CANADIANS, we caught up with Catherine Leteinturier-Guisse, the Toronto Business Centre Manager of the Business Development Bank of […]

Canadian Small Business Women to host an empowering career expo for immigrant women

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