What if your dream to own your own business could become a reality?

CEED offers a comprehensive Self-Employment Program that takes participants from dreamers to entrepreneurs in just 46 weeks.

Take your commitment, hard work and enthusiasm and combine it with our expertise, resources and dedication. It’s a recipe for success that has seen over 1,000 program graduates develop the skills and knowledge they need to start their own business.


A tested and effective approach

CEED’s Self-Employment Program team, in addition to having extensive business experience, have a passion for helping program participants build their abilities and make the most of their resources to succeed as entrepreneurs. In other words, they are there to support you each step of the way.

Our well-tested and highly effective approach to learning also gives participants an opportunity to test out different ideas and learn from each other.

The format:

The program starts off with a full day of orientation that includes a roadmap for the 46 weeks ahead.

Next, there are 15 workshops in which you learn essential business skills.

You’ll be paired with an expert business advisor who will provide individualized support and one-on-one coaching throughout the program.

Guess what? You actually launch your business within the first 25 weeks of the program. That means you get to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve developed in the first weeks of the program to the real-world experience of owning your own  business—all with the support of your advisor and peers.

How to apply:

The first step in applying for the program is to contact a Nova Scotia Works Centre in your area. There, you’ll be advised about your options, starting with a review of eligibility requirements. If you qualify for the program, you’ll get help completing CEED’s application forms, along with a referral to the program’s next orientation session.

Still have questions?

Complete the contact for below, call us at (902) 421-2333, or send us an e-mail to selfemployment@ceed.ca.