The Self Employment Benefits Program

The 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 our SEB Program, consider registering through the Employment Insurance stream found below:

EI Stream

Employment Insurance (EI) stream is for unemployed and underemployed individuals who are EI eligible or have had an EI claim in the last five years.

To apply, 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 reviewing eligibility requirements, 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?

Download our Frequently Asked Questions, call us at (902) 421-2333, email us at, or visit Employment Nova Scotia.

“My CEED experience was fantastic. Besides teaching me the skills needed to start my own business, working with my adviser helped me build the confidence needed to be successful.”
-Kevin Bishop – B Tech Works

“My business advisors were great to bounce ideas off of and to help me stay on track with business goals.”
-Charlene Pickrem – Pick Empowerment

“The 1st year of business is tough and I am not sure I would have survived without the support of my CEED Advisor!”
-Sarah Mullins – UptreeHR