The CEED Program

The CEED Self-Employment Benefits (SEB) Program helps unemployed individuals start a business from idea to launch with financial and entrepreneurial assistance.

Our intensive 40-week program, pairs participants with a dedicated Business Advisor who provides individualized support and one-on-one coaching. Each of CEED’s Advisors has owned and operated their own business. Together, they work to help participants build capacity and maximize resources in order to succeed.

Participants also benefit from CEED’s comprehensive business skills training. Our highly-effective approach to learning combines peer learning and experimentation. We offer our entrepreneurs innovative opportunities to build and grow their businesses through:

  • Collaboration with peers
  • Experiential learning
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Technology to spark innovation
  • Positive risk-taking

This unique combination of training and support provides clients with the practical experience they need to be successful.

If you are interested in the CEED Program, the first step is visit the Nova Scotia Works Centre in your area. They will advise you on your options, and help you with your self-employment application process by assisting you with completing CEED’s application forms and referring you to our next Orientation Session.

The application process takes approximately five weeks to complete. To remain eligible, you cannot start to actively operate your business until the completion of this process.

Still have questions? Call us at (902) 421-2333, email us at [email protected], or visit Employment Nova Scotia.

Our financing supports more than 40 new businesses each year