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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.

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 […]

An immigrant success story: Bassem Ghali

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 […]

Help getting a business loan with ACCESS Community Capital Fund

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 […]

Saad’s story: A newcomer entrepreneur in Canada

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 […]

#IBExpoTO – Connecting immigrants to entrepreneurship

#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 […]

Toronto event hears from experts and immigrant entrepreneurs on how to be successful

Toronto event hears from experts and immigrant entrepreneurs on how to be successful

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A networking event for Canadian immigrants who are seeking to become entrepreneurs was organized by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), through its Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) program. “Newcomer Start-ups: Building a successful business,” aimed to provide immigrants with information on programs and services that can support them to start their own businesses, to inspire […]

Pilot program for immigrant entrepreneurs to be made permanent

Entrepreneurship increasingly attractive to newcomers

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Event hears from experts and immigrant entrepreneurs on how to be successful. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), through its Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) program, has organized an information and networking event, hosted by MaRS Discovery District, to support immigrants seeking to become entrepreneurs. The event, ‘Newcomer Start-ups: Building a successful business,’ will feature four […]

BDC loans new Canadian entrepreneurs with no credit history

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