We've worked with so many inspiring individuals who have used our financing and training programs to overcome barriers and seize opportunities.

We share their stories to celebrate their journeys.

Sustainable fresh food anywhere

The launch social program helped Fred build his vision of building mobile food markets to serve people fresh food in places where fresh food is hard to come across as well as promoting healthy meal plans. Since Fred has graduated from the program, he has expanded his social enterprise greatly and is now looking to expand across the coast in California! You can check out Fred's ideas from his External link opens in new tab or windowwebsite, External link opens in new tab or windowFacebook page, External link opens in new tab or windowInstagram, and External link opens in new tab or windowTwitter page.




Miriam participated in the enterprising women program during the fall of 2020 to follow her vision which promoted local food products by offering boxes of fresh local produce.  With the help of the enterprising women program, she was able to create her business plan and run with her dream. "I am so grateful for the Saint John Community Loan Fund in both pushing me to move forward with my idea and providing me with the support to take it further."  If you're thinking of following your dream business but don't know where to start, we're the best place  to get you started. You can follow Miriam's journey from her External link opens in new tab or windowwebsite or External link opens in new tab or windowFacebook page



Chelsey's First Car - 

On The Road to success

Chelsey was recommended to the Saint John Community Loan Fund when she needed support in financing her first car.  "I filled out the application with Darlene, and I was approved, which really brought my dream of owning a car to life. In what was only a matter of weeks, I bought my very first car, and I am so happy and blessed! Thank you SJCLF for being here and helping me literally on the road to success!" If you are in need for advice or financial support, we're the best at it!








Entrepreneur mom finds balance at the HUB

Christina MacLennan  was seeking financing to relocate her business, Nails by Christina. The Social Enterprise Hub was only a few weeks away from being completed and Christina jumped at the the space opportunity for her Salon.' I feel even more connected to the Waterloo Village community now that my work is within walking distance of not only my home but also my children's school. It makes my work- life balance of a single mom entrepreneur way more manageable."

Christina then completed the Enterprising Women Program to expand her business. --Tools such as the Business Model Canvas allowed me to envision my business in a different way and make sense of it even more. I also value the support of the other women in the group!--


Dan's Taxi ...plus

Dan Sangster came to the Loan Fund to help finance his taxi business with the new metering system. Dan's Taxi was launched in 2016 and his gentle demeaner is welcome by regular customers throughout Saint John.  In his 'off' time, Dan also runs The Recording Star, an affordable recording  and jamming studio.


enterprising women with something to crow about 

Cheryl Horgan runs Inner Crows, a small company that specializes in jewelry made from recycled metals. Besides selling online through an Etsy site, Inner Crow jewelry is currently being sold in outlets in Fredericton and the Miramichi.  Her favorite thing about running her business is the joy of creating. She says the Loan Fund gave her the confidence she needed in her products and her pricing.  External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://Cherylhorgan.wix.com/innercrows

ASSETS Graduate Excels at NBCC

Janet Hooper was motivated to change direction. She enrolled in and graduated from Power Up, then Asset$, and finally used a small loan to help her get in to NBCC Human Services Program. There she achieved an A average and after graduating got work in counselling. She says the Loan Fund helped her get ahead by giving her a sense of belonging. "They wanted to see me succeed". That we did. Clearly, Janet did too!


Changing career is a 'laughing matter' for Steven Barnes  

Steven Barnes came to the Loan Fund  to help finance his Marine Emergency Duties course and then to help purchase his family home in Red Head. He renovated the home in between his work on the Great Lakes, doing a three weeks on and one week home gig for a couple years. A pretty motivated guy, he decided to move back to Saint John permanently and start Yuk Yuk's which opened at the end of 2016. Steven joined the Loan Fund board in 2017 bringing an incredible mix of experience as a borrower and now an UptownSJ business owner.


Money Matter$ Graduate on the right Track

Yvonne McGraw took Money Matters  in 2015 while she was enrolled in the BEST program at the Learning Exchange. She enjoyed learning how to stretch her dollars further. Here she is with her 'Black Book' which the students use to track their spending and eventually develop their budget. Even though she completed the course months ago, she happily explains, 'I always have my black book with me.'


Asset$ and enterprising women grad makes a difference

Rhoda Welshman is a single mom who puts a lot of care into raising her son. Perhaps that was the motivation to attend Assets and then Enterprising Women; to develop an idea that could help her son learn too, at a pace they could live with.  Her business,Reaction Events, Is an business that focuses on events for non-profits and getting their message out to grow their base of support and to effect more change. Her clients are recognizable; Sustainable Saint John, Gentle Path, the Loan Fund, etc. In addition to her business she also worked as a mentor recruiter for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rhoda says, "with the help and support from here,  W mentors and classmates, I've achieved my dream". What she loves most about running ReAction is the "48 hour rush" leading up to an event.  External link opens in new tab or windowreactionevents.ca


business grows across Canada

Jason Pineau and Robyn Calvin started Precision Painting in 2009 and before they knew it, demand for their services had grown.  They had the opportunity to bid on their first major commercial job in Moncton, the Hampton Inn. "When we received an opportunity to expand but we were not sure it would be possible, financing was the biggest key to the equation. The Saint John Community Loan Fund provided that key and helped make it possible. They are very innovative in arranging funding that fits the customer's need. They took the time and had the patience to make it work."  Today, Precision Paint Applicators is doing jobs throughout Canada. In 2016 alone, they were in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI and of course New Brunswick.




The beauty of budgeting

Lesley Belyea graduated from Enterprising Women and is an accomplished artist, but what she loves most is the budgeting reminders she got from the Money Matter$ modules. "Money Matters has taught me that sticking to a budget and keeping a log isn't just easy, it's rewarding. I immediately saw the rewards of my cash growing and my debt shrinking. I have successfully shrunk my debt to a manageable size. I only use my credit for emergencies such as medical or repairs. The excitement that I used to get from buying a new treat has been replaced by the excitement of watching my money grow and my debt shrink. This self-control has done wonders for my anxiety and confidence."