Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold summed up the city’s perspective on southeastern New Brunswick’s rapidly-growing immigrant population with enthusiasm and vision.
“We are here to support your growth because you are making us all better and we appreciate it,” the mayor said at the conclusion of a two-week Business Immigrant Essentials course, organized by The Have/La Ruche, a division of the 3+ Corporation, Greater Moncton’s economic development agency.
The free course was completed by 16 newcomers to Greater Moncton who are looking to start their own businesses. Volunteers from several companies and agencies shared their expertise in areas like finance, bookkeeping, business etiquette, market research, marketing, planning, real estate, communications, taxation, employment standards and more.
The entrepreneurs received certificates during an upbeat ceremony on Feb. 15 at Dieppe City Hall. Mayor Arnold, Dieppe Mayor Yvon Lapierre, Riverview Deputy Mayor Tammy Rampersaud joined 3 + Corporation co-CEO Don Moore and Krysta Cowling, the corporation’s business immigrant services co-ordinator, to present the certificates.
Lapierre thanked the newcomers for their desire to launch businesses in the Greater Moncton area and pledged Dieppe’s support for their efforts.
“We need you in our region and we want to show our gratitude for helping our communities grow,” Lapierre said.
Rampersaud said the newcomers are “enriching our communities every day” and diversity will make Greater Moncton stronger and more vibrant in the future.
Moore said the 3 + Corporation has a mandate to encourage the creation of small businesses and he was happy to see so many newcomers eager to begin their own enterprises.
“The participants had lots of great ideas and lots of questions so we were happy to help,” Moore said. “We are also grateful for the many volunteers who stepped up to make this essentials course such a success. We look forward to offering similar programs in the future.”
Cowling said a key component of the course was the networking opportunities the newcomers had so they could talk business with experts and others who are also looking to start new businesses in Greater Moncton.
“Each participant left with a list of resources and most importantly new contacts that can help them further navigate the path to starting their business.”
Volunteers from 3 + Corporation, the City of Moncton, Government of New Brunswick, Venn Innovation, Vienneau Insurance, Opportunities New Brunswick, Stewart McKelvey, Cushfield and Wakeman, Brainworks, MAGMA, Grant Thornton, UNI, CNAP Business Consultants, BDC, Dialogue New Brunswick and Woven Cultures participated in workshops.