Government of New Brunswick

Business Immigrant Mentorship Programs (BIMPs)

These programs were piloted in Fredericton in 2009 with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, and expanded to Moncton, Saint John, Bathurst and Edmundston in partnership with various economic development agencies.

Program Highlights:

  • One-on-one mentoring
  • One or two-hour meeting per week for six months
  • Two cohorts each year
  • Discussion on how to start or operate a business
  • Local business culture, environment and regulations
  • Market research
  • Networking events
  • Educational and learning events
  • Cultural competency training
  • Integration into the local business community
  • Mentor training

 

The Hive/La Ruche Business Incubators

These business incubators were initially created as a next step to the other business support programs to assist immigrant entrepreneurs by offering  support in developing their business plans from infancy to a successful and productive business. The business incubator program was first created in 2013-14 in Moncton. It then expanded to Fredericton in 2014-15 and to Bathurst and Edmundston in 2015-16.

Program Highlights:

  • Access to the BIMPs and business trainings
  • Physically housed in business centres
  • Helping setting up business and reaching a point of self-sufficiency
  • Providing working space for startups with low costs
  • Sharing common office facilities
  • Peer-to-peer support activities
  • On-site administrative support
  • Business networking

 

Ignite Fredericton

A non-profit, community, economic development organization where free, confidential business counselling and tools are offered to help entrepreneurs start, grow, and locate their business.

Program Highlights

  • Supporting Entrepreneurs
  • Attracting & Retaining Talent through Immigration
  • Strengthening the Economic Development Ecosystem through Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

 

Propel ICT

A private, non-profit, cohort-based accelerator program for early stage technology entrepreneurs to increase their chances of long-term success by providing an early opportunity to funding, mentorship, knowledge and support.  

Program Highlights:  

  • Increase the number of new ventures and improve their survival rate
  • Move start-ups from the idea/R&D phase
  • Speed commercialization
  • Integrate founders and their start-ups into the community and the business technology network
  • Build partnerships between the private sector, the public sector and academia

 

Business Language Classes

Classes in English for Business are offered in Fredericton (Multicultural Association of Fredericton), Moncton (Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area) and Saint John (Newcomer Connections). Find contact information for these organizations here

 

Other business supports available

  • Take part in professional networking and educational events
  • Participate in cultural competency training
  • Attend an import/export information session
  • Complete market research
  • Integrate into the local business community
       

New Brunswick Chambers of Commerce

Bathurst
Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce (BIMP and La Ruche)
725, College Street - CEI Building
Bathurst, NB E2A 4B9
Phone: 1-506-548-8498
Fax: 1-506-548-220
E-mail: info@bathurstchamber.ca
www.bathurstchamber.ca

Edmundston
Edmundston Region Chamber of Commerce (BIMP and La Ruche)
1 Canada Road
Edmundston, NB E3V 1T6
Phone : 1-506-737-1866
Fax : 1-506-737-1862
E-mail : info@ccedmundston.com
www.ccedmundston.com/en/initiatives/the-business-immigrant-mentorship-program

Fredericton
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce (BIMP and Hive)
364 York St #200
Fredericton, NB E3B 3N8
Phone: 1-506-458-8006
E-mail: fchamber@frederictonchamber.ca
http://www.frederictonchamber.ca/immigration

Moncton
3+(BIMP and Hive)
22 rue Church St., 4th Floor 
Moncton, NB  E1C 4Z3  
Phone : 1-506-858-9550
Toll-Free: 1-888 -577-0000
E-mail: info@3plus.ca
http://www.3plus.ca

Saint John
Saint John Chamber of Commerce (BIMP)
40 King Street
Saint John, NB  E2L 1G3
Phone: 1-506-634-8111
E-mail: info@TheChamberSJ.com
http://www.sjboardoftrade.com/main.html