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Building Your Small Business program supports rural entrepreneurs

April 23, 2019 – Media Release

Kentville – Aspiring entrepreneurs in rural Nova Scotia will have the opportunity to develop their business ideas through the Building Your Small Business Program (BYSB). Developed by Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre (AEC), Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the Tri County Sandbox, and now in its second year, BYSB supports rural entrepreneurs in the Annapolis Valley region, Southwest Nova region and the Tri-County regions.

The 8-month part-time BYSB program will run from May 3 to December 20 and is open to participants who are interested in starting new businesses, growing existing businesses, product development, home-based business, specialized skills and more. The program is delivered through online courses, workshops and one-on-one business advisory services to support individuals seeking to transform business concepts into reality.

“In the first year of the program, we had an 84 per cent completion rate and ten new businesses launched in rural Nova Scotia,” says AEC Executive Director Findlay MacRae. “Through this partnership with NSCC, we hope to encourage more people in rural Nova Scotia to start businesses, create job opportunities and help boost the rural economy.”

NSCC President Don Bureaux says, “We’re proud to partner with the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre and the Tri County Sandbox to provide the Building your Small Business Program. This opportunity is one way we can help empower innovative problem solvers to take that next step toward their business success, and as a result, invigorate our rural communities.”

Applications are accepted until the deadline on April 29, 2019. Those who wish to learn more about the BYSB program are invited to an information session held at NSCC Kingstec Campus in-person and on Facebook Live on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn more about the Building Your Small Business Program.

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 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 88% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

About Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre 

AEC has been supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in the Annapolis Valley and in South West Nova Scotia for more than 30 years, providing business counselling, strategic planning, and consulting and facilitation services for small and medium size businesses, social enterprises and non-profit organizations and students. 

For more information

Kathleen Cameron
Manager, External Relations, NSCC

Findlay MacRae
Executive Director, Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre

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