Business Immigrant Essentials Program enriches Fredericton’s social and economic development and cultural diversity by integrating immigrants into the local business community. Newcomers, immigrant entrepreneurs, and international students who want to start or grow their business in Fredericton are encouraged to join. During their time in the program, we help to guide and develop a business venture while establishing a network.
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In 2009, the Province of New Brunswick and the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce partnered to pilot the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP). With the help of other economic development agencies, BIMP has since expanded to Saint John, Moncton, Bathurst, and Edmundston.
In celebration of the 10th year this program has been helping newcomer entrepreneurs, we decided to rebrand and rename the program to Business Immigrant Essentials (BIE). We’ve come to realize the importance of delivering the essentials skills on how to do business in New Brunswick and the benefits of the large network that is available through the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.
The Business Immigrant Essentials program enriches the social and economic development and cultural diversity by integrating immigrants into the local business community. Newcomers, immigrant entrepreneurs, and international students who want to start or grow their business in our city are encouraged to register and take advantage of this success-driven learning opportunities which will foster professional understanding of the Canadian business culture and expand the networks of our clients.
Business Immigrant Essentials offers amazing benefits such as:
- One-on-one mentoring
- Access to working space in The Hive
- Networking events and opportunities
- Information about local business opportunities
- Promotion and advertising for participants
- Access to Planet Hatch, the economic development centre in Fredericton
- Accelerator programs
Mentees are offered an entrepreneurship training session which covers entrepreneurship, business practices, laws, and regulatory bodies in New Brunswick.
Mentors are given a training session where they learn both about cultural diversity and their role and responsibilities as a mentor.
Business Immigrant Essentials mentors are entrepreneurs with years of business experience who are prepared to work new Fredericton entrepreneurs. Mentorship is a vital part of business, as it increases the mentee’s likelihood of success, and increases their overall income. Mentors benefit from growing their leadership and coaching skills while providing a new learning experience for their staff.
If you are an experienced entrepreneur who wants to learn about new cultures while helping Fredericton grow, joining as a BIE mentor may be the right move for you!
Registration / Next Steps
You can start the process of joining the Business Immigrant Essentials Program and connect with Ksenia Sehic, Program Services Coordinator through the following contact form. For general inquiry or more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.