Enterprising Women

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 FALL 2019 - Saint John Accelerator Program

FALL 2019 - St. Stephen Accelerator Program

FALL 2019 - NEW Fredricton Accelerator Program

All Programs Start the Week of September 22-26

Once we have received your application we will set up an in-person or by phone interview  to answer all your questions.

The Enterprising Women Program is a free 90 hour training program dedicated to women who want to start their own businesses in the Sussex, Saint John, and St.Stephen New Brunswick . Two, three-hour classes are held each week with additional one on one support.

Apply with an idea.

To participate, you must have a business idea prior to joining the program and you must be currently unemployed or underemployed.

During the course we will ...

  • Research your business idea
  • Define your market
  • Identify your price
  • Practice selling your idea
  • Create financials
  • Build a sustainable business model
  • Write a business plan
  • Understand day-to-day business operations


Matched Savings

Besides leaving with your business plan  and the skills to pitch your idea, you will also leave with savings. We provide a 3 to 1 match on up to $20 per month allowing you to total match savings of  $240 by the time the class is done!

Fill in and submit the form below and email it to diane@loanfund.ca



Enterprising Women Application Form

Enterprising Women Application 79.0KB 15 Feb 2018 5:15 AM

Our latest Enterprising Women Program success story:

Kaleena Lawless

'ĎThe Enterprising Women (EW) Program offered me a community, education and the support I needed to achieve my business goals. I moved to the Greater Saint John Area from Toronto to escape the high cost of living and I wanted to take my passion and experience as a belly dance teacher and performer with me to Saint John so I launched my own business: LUNA Belly Dance. I danced a lot in Toronto both professionally and within the arts communities for over 8 years and when I think of how hard I worked in the industry to earn opportunities and experiences, itís really no wonder I was finding it difficult to break into a new city.


I was accepted into the Enterprising Women program in the Fall of 2017. I hoped the course would help improve my skills as a small business owner in the areas of financial literacy, asset building and goal setting, to move forward. Enterprising Women did all of that and more. The program enabled and empowered me. I was introduced to local women who had started their own business, faced similar challenges, and prevailed. I was moved and inspired through their stories, and more so because many of these guests were graduates of the EW program.


Our instructor provided us with the resources and confidence to take our business to the next level. We attended networking events, watched inspiring films about women in business and attended a panel discussion. My favourite part however, was connecting with my fellow Enterprising Women participants. Between casual focus groups, feedback in class, and trying each othersí products and services, I immediately gained a new group of friends and cheerleaders, and I was more than delighted to reciprocate the encouragement.


Best of all I started to rent the wellness room in the Social Enterprise Hub to teach my classes. In September I had one class and then I expanded to teach two nights a week in January. I could not be happier to be a customer, and to be evidence of businesses being helped by the Saint John Community Loan Fund. I love being able to give back in this small way and work in a building that changes the lives of so many entrepreneurs. They are truly making a positive impact by fostering a thriving ecosystem of economic development and business community in Saint John.


The Saint John Community Loan Fund and its Enterprising Women program is an asset to the community for its ability to invigorate businesses for women that want to achieve financial independence, and to bring business ideas to life. For this, I am so thankful and such a big supporter of this phenomenal program and organization.íí


-Kaleena Lawless, LUNA Belly Dance

For more success stories, check-out our Success Stories page!

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