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Building Your Small Business New Program for Rural Entrepreneurs

October 24, 2017 – Media Release

Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre (AEC) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) have launched a new program to support rural based entrepreneurs in the Annapolis Valley and on the South Shore.

The Building Your Small Business Program is aimed at people in rural Nova Scotia who have been developing a business idea and need guidance to take it to the next level. This unique program will offer online courses, workshops and one-on-one mentorship to support individuals seeking to transform business concepts into reality.

"Our intent is to provide the support and guidance new entrepreneurs and small business owners need to launch or grow their business," said Findlay MacRae, Executive Director, AEC. "Through this partnership with NSCC, we hope to encourage more people to explore entrepreneurship as a way of boosting the rural economy."

The 10-month program will provide a tailored approach to entrepreneurial education. Participants will validate their business idea using best practices and business models, work through business challenges, gain experience, and complete a plan to achieve their business goals.

"I believe there’s an entrepreneurial spirit in everyone that can influence and ignite economic prosperity," says NSCC President Don Bureaux. "This partnership is one way we can help empower innovative problem solvers who’ll boost our economy and our communities."

Registration is now open for the new program which will run from January to October 2018. The cost for the program is approximately $2,100.

AEC and NSCC encourage participation from:

  • Home based businesses
  • Seniorpreneurs
  • Individuals with skilled trades
  • Cottage industry etc.
  • Continuing Education seekers

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

About Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre (AEC)

AEC has been supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in the Annapolis Valley and on the South Shore for almost 30 years, providing business counselling, consulting and facilitation services for students, small and medium size businesses, social enterprises and non-profit organizations.

For More Information

Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre
Findlay MacRae, Executive Director

Kathleen Cameron
NSCC Manager, External Relations


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