FALL 2019 - Saint John

FALL 2019 - St. Stephen

FALL 2019 - Fredericton NEW!

All Programs Start the Week of September 23-27

and run with 2 classes per week until Mid Dec.

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 New Brunswick. Two classes a week, each  three-hours  are held with additional one on one coaching support.  The Saint John Community Loan Fund has helped hundreds of people build ideas into businesses and secure small loans to get started.

Apply with an idea.

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

During the course you will ...

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


Matched Savings

In addition to completing 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!

With a strong plan comes endless possibilities!

Diane Snelgrove

Business Development Officer

and Facilitator of Enterprising Women


All Fall classes are now full!

Up Next: 2020 Spring programs from Sussex to Sackville

Enterprising Women Application Form

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

 Enterprising Women Program success story:

Kaleena Lawless of Luna Belly Dance

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"


Our instructor provided us with the resources and confidence to take our business to the next level. We attended networking events, watched inspiring films and attended a panel discussion. My favourite part was connecting with my fellow Enterprising Women participants.

The Loan Fund is truly making a positive impact by fostering a thriving ecosystem of economic development and business community in Saint John.íí

 -Kaleena Lawless

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