The Self Employment Program

Are you really ready to start a business?

Our intensive 40 week Plan to SucCEED Program is our most comprehensive program package and is designed to help you successfully launch your business.

Our program pairs participants with a dedicated Business Advisor who provide individualized support and on-on-one coaching throughout the entire 40 weeks. Each of CEED’s Business Advisors are experienced business owners themselves and will help participants build capacity and maximize resources in order to sucCEED!

In addition to one-on-one coaching, participants will gain knowledge and skills via more than 20 interactive and engaging workshops. Our highly effective approach to learning combines peer learning and experimentation. We offer entrepreneurs innovative opportunities to start and grow their business through:

  • Collaboration With Peers
  • Experiential Learning
  • Hands-On Workshops
  • Technology To Spark Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Positive Risk Taking

The Plan To SucCEED program includes:

  • An Orientation Session
  • Our Blast Off To Business Program
  • Our Fit To SucCEED Program
  • Our Exploring & Developing Your Business Plan Program
  • Many Additional Business Skills Workshops
  • One-On-One Business Advisory Coaching and Support

Normal Program Cost: $1,799.00

For those eligible for funding via The Self Employment (SE) Program
Cost : $0.00

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.

Still Have Questions?

Call us at (902) 421-2333 or send us an e-mail at You can also visit Employment Nova Scotia for more information.

“As an entrepreneur, you often have to make decisions without discussing your options with others. CEED was extremely valuable in terms of giving us the framework to talk to customers, helping us realize the questions that should be asked and enhancing our marketing. It provided us with an extensive support network through other CEEDlings and the promotional campaigns through their networks and social media platforms. As well, CEED Business Advisors were fantastic to bounce ideas off of, sift through the ideas and helped us to focus our energy.”
-Aaron Short – B-Line Analytics

CEED Programs are delivered in partnership with ACOA and the Province of Nova Scotia