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. The Self Employment Program is ONLY accessible to those who are referred through Nova Scotia Works.
Below are a few of the eligibility requirements:
Unemployed or underemployed – working a maximum of 19.5 hours per week
Legally entitled to work in Canada – Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA) Eligible/Premiums Paid Eligibility (PPE) *must meet 1 of the 4 criteria*
- Currently on a regular EI claim
- Have been on a regular EI claim within the last 5 years
- Have received CERB/CRB and did not have to repay
- Have generated at least $2,000 of insurable earnings in any 5 of the last 10 years
For full eligibility requirements visit the Employment Nova Scotia website.
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.
Tabitha Osler, Owner, Faire Child Inc.
Jacob Foley, Owner, Sourwood Cider Company
Anita Kirkbride, CEO Twirp Communications
Donna McLean, Proprietor, Ocean Tides Counselling and Therapy
Rafael Tomas, CEO, Rapid Wheels Mobile Tire Services HFX
Melanie Quigg, CEO, Quigg Counselling & Therapy Services
Cheryl Denman, Owner, Cóstafit Rebounding
Vanessa Burns, Founder, Vanessa Burns Consulting
Nadine Sparks, Owner, Unity Wigs & Hair Services
Kate Sullivan, Owner, Virtually Connected Solutions
Kaytee Mullins, Owner, The Change Room
Kathy Colaiacovo, President, Pepper It Marketing Services, Inc.
A tested and effective approach
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:
2. If you qualify for the program, you will then be given guidance for completing CEED’s application forms, along with a referral to the program’s next orientation session.